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Pedestrian Tragically Killed in Collision with Big Rig on Oakland's 880 Freeway

Pedestrian Accident, Oakland, Ca

In the early hours of Thursday, July 13, 2023, a pedestrian was fatally struck by a big-rig truck on the I-880 Freeway in Oakland, California. This grim incident underscores the risks pedestrians face when navigating our roadways and offers a poignant backdrop for discussing the legal implications that can emerge from such accidents.

Authorities reported the collision occurred at approximately 3:39 a.m. just south of 16th Avenue. The pedestrian, whose identity is currently withheld pending notification of kin, was walking southbound on the freeway for reasons unknown. The truck driver, who remained at the scene, was not suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, indicating this tragic event may not have been caused by typical factors associated with negligent driving.

From a legal perspective, this unfortunate incident raises several important considerations. The act of a pedestrian being on the freeway itself is atypical, but it does not necessarily exonerate drivers from their legal obligations. In California, drivers are expected to exercise due care for the safety of pedestrians, irrespective of where they might be encountered. Should the driver be found to have breached this duty of care, they could be held liable for the incident.

On the other hand, pedestrians also have a duty to act reasonably and safely. The fact that the pedestrian was on a freeway – a place generally regarded as unsafe and often illegal for pedestrian travel – may introduce the legal concept of comparative negligence. This could potentially diminish, but not eliminate, the degree of responsibility borne by other parties.

Fatal Pedestrian Accident

The truck driver’s decision to remain at the scene of the accident is noteworthy. Fleeing the scene of an accident is a criminal act in California. By staying, the driver not only fulfilled a legal obligation but also provided vital information for law enforcement and potential future legal proceedings.

Personal injury law encompasses much more than car accidents and slips-and-falls; it also involves complex cases like this one, where an understanding of the nuances of pedestrian accidents, freeway regulations, and the duty of care is essential.

The Scranton Law Firm is here to help make sense of these complexities. For over half a century, our team of dedicated professionals has served the community, earning our clients over $500 million in injury claims. We understand the pain, confusion, and financial burden that such accidents impose on victims and their families.

If you or a loved one have been affected by a similar incident or are dealing with the aftermath of any accident, remember – you’re not alone. Our empathetic team is standing by to offer support, guidance, and most importantly, effective legal representation. It’s our mission to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.

When the unexpected happens, the Scranton Law Firm is ready to stand with you. Reach out to us, and let our experience be your strength in these challenging times. Your fight is our fight, and we won’t stop until you get the justice you deserve.


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Don’t navigate the aftermath of a semi truck accident alone. Let the Scranton Law Firm stand by your side. With over 50 years of experience as personal injury lawyers, we’ve helped thousands recover from their losses. If you or a loved one are affected by a pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Secure your rights and seek the justice you deserve. Call us now for a free consultation – The Scranton Law Firm, your trusted ally in these challenging times. Call 800-707-0707 now.