A man in his 30s is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries Friday morning after a large commercial truck backed into him at a business loading dock in North Seattle.
Police reports show that authorities were called to a store in the 9900 block of Holman Road Northwest in North Seattle just after 5 a.m. Friday. They had apparently received multiple reports of a large truck accident involving serious injuries to the victim.
A woman was backing a delivery truck into the loading dock of a store and did not see the man behind the vehicle. Interestingly enough, some witnesses even said that it appeared that the victim was a homeless man and that he had intentionally gotten behind the truck as it began to back into the loading dock.
The mother of the delivery truck driver was at the scene shortly after the accident occurred and said that the driver looked into her mirrors before backing in and did not see anyone behind her. The driver is very shaken up about the incident and confused as to how the man got behind her.
The victim, who has not yet been identified, was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he is being treated for multiple life-threatening injuries.
Serious Injuries from Delivery Truck Accidents
Delivery truck accidents are often very devastating because – like with semi truck accidents – the vehicles involved are much larger than a standard passenger vehicle. For the same reason, they are particularly devastating in accidents involving pedestrians because their size gives them a limited ability to stop in a reasonable amount of time.
Many times, accidents involving delivery trucks occur in alleys and loading docks where not many witnesses are present. In this case, there were multiple people who witnessed the accident and some even allege that the victim intentionally stood behind the backing vehicle, as if he was trying to injure himself.
Police continue to investigate the circumstances of the accident and the results of their investigation should provide a better idea of who was at fault and, as a result, who is liable for the damages.