• January 31, 2022

Pedestrian Struck, Injured by 18-Wheeler on I-19 in Tucson, AZ

Tucson, AZ -- January 28, 2022, a pedestrian was struck and critically injured by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 19 in Tucson.

Authorities say the incident happened Friday morning along I-19 near Sahuarita Road. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the victim was on foot in the area when they were struck by a passing 18-wheeler.

The pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries in the accident. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Auto-Pedestrian Accident on I-19 in Tucson

Some folks think an accident like this must be the pedestrian's fault for being on a highway, but the law recognizes most accidents are more nuanced and decides fault based only on the objective facts of the matter. Depending on what those facts turn out to be the crash may not be as straightforward as people think.

The law requires all drivers to do everything they can to prevent a crash, even in situations where they have the technical right-of-way. That standard of care is actually higher for professional truck drivers, so determining whether they conducted themselves properly at the wheel in Tucson is even more urgent. If a reasonably prudent professional driver doing what they're supposed to (hands on the wheel, sober, eyes on the road, traveling the speed limit, headlights on, etc) couldn't have avoided the victim then it wouldn't be fair to blame them for what occurred. However, if it's found they could have done something differently to prevent the wreck or lessen its damage then it's important to find out why that didn't happen.

Pedestrian Struck, Injured by 18-Wheeler on I-19 in Tucson, AZ

Despite how that may come across, I'm not accusing the truck driver of anything. I read the same reports as everyone else. I'm only saying that this incident like most others needs more work to fully understand it. Exactly where was the pedestrian in relation to the roadway? Was he walking in a travel lane, crossing through the road, or just standing on the shoulder? How long was he there before the truck came along? How visible was he? Was the sun up at the time of the collision? Was the truck in good working order? Did anything prevent either person from noticing the other? Would a reasonably prudent person have done everything the same way as both parties did on I-19?

I don't ask those questions to unfairly blame anyone or to say I know more than news sources or police let on. I only want the same careful investigation any crash deserves to be sure the whole truth is found. Even if further analysis just confirms what's already been said, it's important to know that just the facts tell the final story. Those affected deserve to know that everything was properly accounted for when bringing them much-needed answers.

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