A collision in the parking lot of a South Carolina truck stop left a pedestrian dead in the early morning hours of April 9, 2015. The deadly crash occurred at around 4 am at the travel plaza on Old Dobbins Bridge Road just off I-85 in Anderson County.
The trucker involved in the accident was attempting to exit the lot. He told investigators that he felt a bump, stopped, backed up, felt a second bump and only then got out of his cab. It was then that he discovered he had run over a person twice. He stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. It is unclear whether any charges will be filed.
Pedestrians always face dangers around 18-wheelers. The height and length of the vehicles leave big rig drivers with large blind spots. Those visibility problems only grow during the dark of night and in places like parking lots, where truckers have multiple obstacles to navigate.
That written, truckers must operate under the assumption that their vehicles threaten others' safety. Before moving through an area where they are likely to encounter pedestrians, semi drivers need to take every possible precaution to prevent accidents. Investigators looking into the crash at the Anderson County truck stop must check whether the driver involved had switched on his light, proceeded cautiously, used his lights and horn appropriately, and did not become distracted behind the wheel.
My Carolina wrongful death attorney colleagues and I send our deepest condolences out to the friends and family of the deceased victim. We also urge all commercial truck drivers to be as careful as possible when operating in heavily traffic areas.