When Multiple Drivers Cause Pedestrian Death

Collisions between automobiles and pedestrians may involve more than one negligent driver. For example, a pedestrian crossing the street could be hit by multiple vehicles in rapid succession, making it difficult to determine the injuries caused by each. Oregon law provides that each negligent driver is liable when his or her conduct was a substantial factor in causing the injuries, even when there are multiple negligent parties. We used this rule recently when we represented the estate of a woman who was crossing in a marked crosswalk when she was hit by two automobiles in succession. The woman was killed, and both drivers fled the scene. It also turned out that both drivers were driving other people’s vehicles at the time. Ultimately, we were able to secure policy limits settlements with both of the at-fault drivers.

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