Salem, OR (May 7, 2022) – The Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a pedestrian accident in Salem on Friday, May 6th. The crash was reported just before 10:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Lancaster Drive Northeast in the East Salem community.
When authorities arrived at the scene, they located a pedestrian lying near the roadway suffering from serious injuries. The 34-year-old man had been struck by a vehicle. Rescue workers pronounced the man dead at the crash scene. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with the police investigation. No other injuries were reported as a result of the accident. The identity of the man has not been released at this time.
The crash is still under investigation. There is no word on whether any charges will be filed.
No further information has been released.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family members who lost their loved one in this fatal Salem pedestrian accident.
Oregon Pedestrian Accidents
The Oregon Department of Transportation maintains statistics on the various types of accidents that occur each year, as well as the number of injuries and fatalities. According to these statistics, pedestrian crashes are among the most dangerous types of collisions that occur on our state’s roadways. In 2020, there were 768 reported pedestrian accidents. In these accidents, 698 people were hurt and 78 were killed. This amounts to a greater than 90% injury rate for all pedestrian crashes in Oregon during that year.
The reason for the dangerousness of these accidents is easily explained. Pedestrians have no protection from the impact of the accident as they would if they were in a car or another type of vehicle. The pedestrian typically takes the entire impact of the crash and pedestrian accidents occur suddenly and often at high speeds, leaving the victim little time to make any evasive maneuvers.
Following an Oregon pedestrian accident, victims are likely to have questions about their legal rights. If you have lost a loved one, you may also have questions. Under Oregon law, victims and their families may be able to bring a legal claim for personal injury or wrongful death depending on the facts of the case. If you or your loved one were not at fault in the accident, then you may be able to assert a claim for compensation. Such compensation can help offset the many unexpected expenses that you have during this time and can assist in securing a better future for yourself and your family.
Here at Johnson & Taylor, our team treats each case as if it were our own. We will spare no expense to make sure that you receive the most effective and zealous representation under the law. Our team of Salem car accident lawyers is standing by to take to your call at any time and our consultations are always free for potential clients. To meet with us and to schedule your initial meeting, please do not hesitate to contact us at the link on our website, or give us a call at (503) 990-6641.
Note: Our team of writers utilizes secondary sources when creating these accident news posts. These sources include local and state police incident reports, news media outlets, social media posts, and at times, eyewitness accounts about accidents in and around Salem, Oregon. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this accident. If you locate something incorrect in our post, please contact Johnson & Taylor right away so that we can correct the post with the updated information. We will take this post down if requested.
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