A man was killed in Smokey Point after a driver swerved to avoid slow-moving traffic and sideswiped the man's truck. According to reports, he had pulled his truck to the side of the highway to secure something in the back.
The man's wife stated that she was going to Kingston with her daughter when they suffered a flat tire. She had called her husband, who was going to Stanwood, and he stated that he would turn around and help them. It was then that his truck was struck on the I-5. It was not noted whether the man died on the scene or at a later time.
According to Washington State Patrol, the driver who hit the truck was not believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the incident. The crash is still under investigation.
After a deadly car accident such as this one, police and other experts may work to determine the cause of the crash. In this case, the driver of the vehicle who sideswiped the truck may be held liable for the death if it can be proven that he was negligent or reckless when he swerved to avoid slowing traffic. Issues such as talking of a cellphone, intoxication and other outside distractions may be deemed as ample negligence to hold an individual liable in a wrongful death civil lawsuit. An attorney may work with the family of the deceased in order to advocate for compensation to pay for resulting economic and noneconomic damages.
Source: KIRO, "Father remembered by family after killed by car in Smokey Point", December 07, 2014