The death of a young Corvallis man on Thanksgiving Day as the result of an Oregon motor vehicle accident involving an armored car was a sad reminder of the dangers of driving on holiday weekends and has left a number of legal questions potentially unresolved.
Joseph Michael Pablo was riding in the back of an armored car early on the morning before Thanksgiving when the vehicle’s driver lost control, according to reports in the Corvallis Gazette-Times and the Salem Statesman-Journal. The accident took place off Highway 99W near Monmouth, southwest of Salem. The Gazette-Times reports that Pablo’s armored “truck was headed south and veered off the right side of the road, hit a tree and rolled several times before coming to rest on its roof.”
Pablo had been riding in the back of the truck as part of his job as a guard working for the company operating the vehicle. Pablo was transported to an area hospital in critical condition and died of his injuries the following day. The truck’s driver at the time of the Oregon fatal truck accident was not seriously injured and did not require hospitalization. He was cited for Oregon careless driving, according to the Gazette-Times.
Beyond the tragedy of the accident itself the information available to the media left many questions unanswered about this incident. The fact that the driver received a citation does not close the book on this fatal Oregon motor vehicle accident.
Should the driver be subject to an Oregon wrongful death suit? What were the safety arrangements in the back of the armored car, and were they adequate? If they were not adequate does that make the truck’s owner or its manufacturer at least partially responsible for Pablo’s death? These and other difficult questions are best addressed with the help of an Oregon personal injury and wrongful death lawyer. Obtaining justice in the wake of a tragedy such as this can be a long and painful process. Seeking skilled legal counsel is an important first step toward achieving it.
Corvallis Gazette-Times: Corvallis man dies after armored truck crash
Salem Statesman-Journal: Corvallis man injured riding in back of armored car has died