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UPDATE: Annette Lorraine Montero Died In Eugene Garbage Truck Accident In Oregon Parking Lot By Church


Aug 31, 2019

Annette Montero Eugene: Annette Lorraine Montero From San Leandro Died In Eugene Garbage Truck Accident In Oregon Parking Lot By Church On Willamette Street

EUGENE, CALIFORNIA (August 31, 2019) – A 57-year-old woman from San Leandro identified as Annette Lorraine Montero has tragically died in a SaniPac garbage truck accident. 

Eugene police are saying that Annette Lorraine Montero had recently had a meal at a nearby church and was sleeping in a parking lot prior to the accident. A SaniPac garbage truck driver ran the victim over while she was in a sleeping bag.

The truck was backing up in the parking lot around 5:20 a.m. Eugene police are investigating the garbage truck accident as a hit-and-run. 

Paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim. But despite life-saving measures Annette Lorraine Montero later died due to her injuries.

Police issued a search warrant in order to examine the garbage truck. Officers have told reporters that there is probable cause that the truck driver committed felony failure to perform the duties of a driver. 

An investigation into the garbage truck accident remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Garbage Truck Accidents

All drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. Drivers must operate their vehicles according to the prevailing conditions. This means slowing down in parking lots and using extra caution when there is reduced visibility. A number of very serious accidents take place when drivers fail to check what’s behind them and back over their victims. For the most part this is completely preventable. 

  • Drivers should check their mirrors before backing up
  • Drivers can use a spotter before backing up
  • Drivers should get out of their vehicles and check what’s behind them

It is a felony to flee the scene of an accident that results in bodily injury. According to 2017 ORS 811.705, after an injury accident drivers must “immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close thereto as possible. Every stop required under this paragraph shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.” Moreover, “failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons is a Class C felony.”

If a garbage truck driver fails to operate their vehicle with reasonable caution and runs a pedestrian over their employer may face civil liability as well. Under the legal doctrine of respondeat superior companies are generally responsible for negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees are working within the course and scope of their job duties. 

The family of any victim that died in a garbage truck accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages, emotional trauma and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, truck companies will often fight hard to try to deny liability after pedestrian accidents. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. 

Investigating A Garbage Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Annette Lorraine Montero. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue investigating. The facts of this case are deeply troubling. There needs to be some accountability for this accident. 

Have you or someone that you care about been involved in a garbage truck accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into an accident or just have questions about the law we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

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