Fatal Commercial Truck Accident in Veneta, Oregon
Date: November 25, 2012
Location: Ellmaker Road, Veneta
Names: Aimee Brooke Thomas, Carl Mosier
Police report that a 26-year-old Veneta woman, Aimee Brooke Thomas, was driving a 2002 Saturn sedan on Ellmaker Road in the eastbound lane around 7:00 am. She attempted to make a left turn onto Highway 126. As she was turning, she was struck by a 2005 Peterbilt commercial truck pulling two trailers loaded with powder cement. Thomas’ car was pushed across the highway and into a ditch on the side of the road.
Thomas died at the scene of the accident. She was the sole occupant of her car. The driver of the 2005 Peterbilt, Carl Mosier, 64, of Brookings, was not injured.
Several witnesses to the accident came forward, though no one was sure why Thomas turned into the path of the oncoming truck. No citations were issued for the accident. Thomas was wearing her seatbelt at the time.
The highway had to be partially blocked for several hours as police investigated the accident and cleared the scene.
We would like to express our sympathies to the loved ones of the woman killed in this collision. It is a true tragedy to lose someone so young and our best wishes are with you during what must be a very difficult time.
If you or a loved one was injured in a trucking accident, consider contacting a compassionate and competent Portland truck accident attorney. They will be able to explain to you the extensive investigation required by these accidents.
Truck accidents require extensive investigation to determine liability. The insurance company that works for the trucking company will look at witness statements, trucking logs, cell phone records of both drivers, police reports, the trucking company’s safety record. Be aware that this is happening, and do not sign any documents from that company without speaking to a lawyer.
You should investigate also. Take pictures at the site of the accident, keep your medical records and bills, and exchange information with the truck driver.
The next steps (seeking medical treatment, investigating the trucking company, bringing a personal injury claim, etc.) can be tricky and overwhelming. Let a Portland personal injury lawyer help you get better, by letting you focus on yourself, instead of the at-fault driver.