The Washington State Patrol reported that a woman lost her life when a semi-truck slammed into her vehicle on Interstate 5 in Thurston County. According to authorities, the accident occurred on the interstate's northbound lanes at mile marker 102 around 3:50 a.m. on Nov. 7.
The woman was apparently experiencing mechanical issues with her 1991 Geo Metro. She had pulled onto the shoulder and stopped her car. The semi-truck was traveling at freeway speeds and apparently left the lanes of traffic and struck her vehicle from the rear at 58 miles per hour.
Responding emergency personnel pronounced the woman dead at the scene of the accident. According to reports, the force of the collision tossed the woman's compact car more than 100 feet, resulting in its complete destruction. The fatal accident caused the northbound lanes of the interstate to be closed for several hours as the police conducted their investigation and completed cleanup of the resulting debris. There is no word on what apparently caused the truck driver to leave the travel lanes and strike the woman's car where it was parked on the shoulder.
Trucking accidents between semi-trucks and passenger cars often result in serious personal injuries or fatalities. When someone's life is lost in a truck accident as a result of the truck driver's negligence, both the driver as well as the company for which he or she works may be held liable in a civil lawsuit. The families of those killed may recover several different types of damages depending on the facts of their loved one's individual case. Available damages in a wrongful death suit may include funeral expenses, medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost current and future expected income, loss of companionship and other damages. Additionally, punitive damages may be awarded in some cases.
Source: KOMOnews.com, "Woman killed as semi rear-ends her car at 58 mph on I-5", November 07, 2014