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Pedestrian Struck by 18-wheeler on Highway Shoulder

semi-truck driving on highway

According to The Press-Enterprise, a pedestrian was hospitalized after being hit by a semi while outside a car on the highway shoulder in Jurupa Valley, California, on Monday morning.

Details of Pedestrian-Semi Collision

The pedestrian accident occurred on the shoulder of eastbound 60 Freeway near the exit to Rubidoux Boulevard. A vehicle with three occupants spun out around 5:20 a.m. local time, causing the driver to pull onto the right-hand shoulder. The driver and passengers walked up an embankment off the side of the road, but the driver made his way back down toward the vehicle.

When he reached the vehicle, the pedestrian was hit by a tractor-trailer that was unable to brake for the slowed traffic, reports The Press-Enterprise. The pedestrian suffered various lacerations that were not deemed life threatening and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Weather likely played a role in the collision, according to The Press-Enterprise. The conditions were rainy at the time of the crash. The driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured.

Information on Trucking Accidents

The following information regarding large-truck crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks.
    • 10 percent of these fatalities were nonoccupants, such as pedestrians or bicyclists.
  • An estimated 111,000 people sustained injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
  • In 2014, large trucks accounted for eight percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

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