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Lawsuit Filed Following Tragic Trucking Accident

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Maya Kammourieh2 years ago

A lawsuit has been filed in connection with a Centralia, Washington trucking accident that left a motorcyclist in a coma.

Centralia Trucking Accident Leads to Lawsuit

Accrding to KING-5 News, Scott Bliss, a 40-year-old man was involved in a truck accident on April 17, along a stretch of I-5 in Centralia. The freeway is currently under construction.

The man was riding his motorcycle on I-5 from Rochester to his job in Tumwater when he crashed into a truck. According to his attorney, the truck was blocking the roadway. His attorney has filed a lawsuit against the construction company and a claim with the state Department of Transportation.

According to Bliss’ attorney, there is nothing to indicate that warning signs, lights, or other alerts were in place to notify the public of the truck. She speculates the dump truck driver took a shortcut and tried to U-turn on the ramp when he was supposed to exit the freeway.

Bliss was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup where he remains in a coma with catastrophic injuries. His long-time girlfriend, Cheryl Aton, is currently at his side and hoping for a miracle “that might be a wiggle of his foot and a twitch in his face, something small”.

Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,921 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2012, marking a 4-percent increase from the 3,781 deaths recorded in 2011.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents
    • 73 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles
    • 18 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 10 percent were non-occupants such as bicyclists and pedestrians
  • An additional 104,000 people were injured in trucking accidents up 18 percent from the 88,000 injuries recorded in 2011.


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