Earl Smith Killed in Box Truck Accident in Waterbury, CT
Waterbury, CT -- January 26, 2022, Earl Smith was killed following an accident where a box truck hit Smith along the roadway.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of East Main Street and North Elm Street.
In their reports, officials said that 68-year-old Earl Smith was walking in the area when a box truck struck Smith. As a result, Smith sustained fatal injuries.
Additional details about the accident are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Earl Smith Box Truck Accident in Waterbury
Looking at images of this intersection, it appears to be a pretty busy area with clearly marked crosswalks and traffic signals. One would think this would be the easiest place to avoid a pedestrian accident, both for pedestrians and for drivers. One can't help but wonder what went wrong here. Folks may assume that it all just comes down to whether or not the victim was in a crosswalk. As important as that is, that's not the only important factor to consider.
One key detail the law concerns is how reasonably avoidable an accident was. Let's say, for example, that someone steps into the middle of the road or into a crosswalk without a crossing signal. If they walk directly into the path of a vehicle, it's possible that even a driver with impeccable reaction time wouldn't be able to avoid hitting them. As such, it wouldn't really be reasonable to hold a truck driver accountable in a situation like that.
However, if it turns out that a reasonably prudent driver could have seen and avoided the pedestrian, then a driver failing to do so would raise some serious red flags. That could be a sign that the driver was doing something wrong, like speeding, looking at their phone, or simply not paying attention to their surroundings. Could it be that something like that happened here? Even if it's just to rule out that possibility, these factors are always crucial to investigate thoroughly.