• January 31, 2022

Pedestrian Killed by 18-Wheeler on US-395 in Adelanto, CA

Adelanto, CA -- January 29, 2022, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a commercial tractor-trailer along U.S. Highway 395 in Adelanto.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:10 p.m. on southbound US-395 near Colusa Road. Reports indicate only that the victim was on foot in the area when they were fatally struck by a passing 18-wheeeler. The truck driver remained at the scene and was not hurt during the collision.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Auto-Pedestrian Accident on US-395 in Adelanto

I find too often that people overlook accidents like this because they simply assume there's little else to say beyond what the news reported. Most would agree it's dangerous for pedestrians to be on the highway just about any time, let alone after sundown. What else could there be to say?

For one thing, despite what some people think not every auto-pedestrian wreck is automatically the pedestrian's fault. I often remind people that there are numerous causes for something like this and placing blame without first considering all the possibilities is imprudent. The only way to know for certain what occurred and what's to blame is to conduct careful and thorough investigation.

Pedestrian Killed by 18-Wheeler on US-395 in Adelanto, CA

For example, the law requires all drivers to do everything they can to prevent a crash, even when they have the 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 California 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 pedestrian 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.

I'm not saying any driver errors were necessarily involved in Adelanto. My point is more that other issues beyond a simple "who's allowed to be where" may also have contributed and should be properly considered. At the very least, the victim's loved ones should know that every effort was made to bring them all the available answers. Any further action would largely depend on what those answers turn out to be.

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