• October 12, 2022

Pedestrian Killed by 18-Wheeler on I-20 West in Shreveport, LA

Shreveport, LA — October 9, 2022, a pedestrian was hit and fatally injured by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 20 West in Shreveport.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:25 p.m. along I-20W near Jewella Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the victim was walking on the westbound I-20 overpass when a Volvo 18-wheeler passed through and hit them.

The pedestrian suffered fatal injuries in the collision. The truck driver was unhurt.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Pedestrian Accident on I-20 W in Shreveport

I've encountered many people over the years who generally felt that pedestrian accidents on highways, while tragic, were mostly due to someone being on foot in a place they shouldn't be. It's true that a busy highway is a risky place to walk, stand, or run, but at the same time fault is never automatic after an accident. Every incident's specifics must be learned to find out whether it could or should have been avoided or its damage reduced.

With that in mind investigators still have to look at a lot of details: Where exactly was the pedestrian in relation to the road, and what were they doing when the truck approached? Was the truck driver awake, alert, and watching their surroundings? Did anything block their view of the victim? Was there any other traffic around--did other drivers successfully avoid the pedestrian before the truck came along? What are lighting conditions at night on that overpass? Does it have sidewalks or a breakdown lane?

Pedestrian Killed by 18-Wheeler on I-20 West near Jewella Ave in Shreveport, LA

The point isn't to complicate things or make accusations. It's just important not to jump to conclusions with such a limited amount of information. Further careful investigation could show a clear and simple explanation for what happened here, but it could also show that things are more complicated than anyone first realized. Whatever is learned, the most important thing is to get the victim's loved ones all the answers and help they deserve.

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