• October 17, 2022

Pedestrian Killed by 18-Wheeler on Interstate 75 in Hamilton County, FL

Hamilton County, FL — October 16, 2022, a 19-year-old pedestrian was struck and fatally injured by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 75 in Hamilton County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:45 a.m. on southbound I-75 near mile marker 465. Preliminary investigation suggests a commercial 18-wheeler was headed south in the road's center travel lane when it approached the victim, who was walking in the center lane in its path.

The truck's front-left quarter struck the pedestrian and caused her fatal injuries. The driver remained at the scene.

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

Commentary on Hamilton County Pedestrian Accident on I-75

Pedestrian accidents can be complex despite many people thinking they aren't. I've heard "Either the pedestrian was in a crosswalk or they were at fault" more times than I care to count, and the people inclined to say that don't typically show much sympathy for someone on foot in a highway's lanes either.

However, virtually every accident is more nuanced than that and the law considers all a crash's variables rather than focusing purely on one detail (like someone walking in a travel lane). It's important to find out how avoidable the crash was (or should have been). For example: Why was the pedestrian walking on the highway? Reports say she was in the center lane; was she crossing through it or walking along it? How long was she there before the truck passed through? How visible was she? Is that area lit at night? Were the truck's headlights on? Was the driver's attention fully on the road? Did other vehicles successfully avoid the pedestrian? Could or should anything else have been done to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?

I'm not making any accusations or suggesting I know more than police investigators. I'm only saying what I often do: Even if preliminary reports seem fairly straightforward and paint a picture of someone in the road at a bad time, it's always best to carefully investigate all the possible factors in search of the whole truth. If there are other issues to consider, that will only be learned by finding all the details.

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