Getting out of a motor vehicle on a busy highway is always risky. Other drivers do not expect to see pedestrians near their right of way, and the narrow shoulders on some roads preclude parking a vehicle completely out of traffic. An apparent combination of driver inattentiveness and an unexpected stop recently led to the death of a resident of Greenwich, Ohio.
The man was driving his pickup westbound on Ohio 162. For unknown reasons, the man stopped his truck and attempted to get out of his vehicle. As the man opened his door, a school bus struck the pickup truck in the rear. The man was thrown to the payment by the impact, his truck was pushed off the north side of the road, and the school bus crossed the center line and drove off the south side of the highway.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The school bus driver suffered only minor cuts and abrasions and was treated at the scene. Police have reported that neither alcohol nor drugs appear to have been contributing factors in the accident. Police are continuing to investigate the exact cause of the accident.
Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a car accident may consider filing a lawsuit to recover damages from the negligent parties. A conference with an experienced auto accident lawyer can provide a helpful analysis of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.