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Fatal dump truck accident reported on I-43 in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE COUNTY, Wisconsin – A 74-year-old man driving a convertible was killed on August 18, 2022, after colliding with a dump truck on I-43 at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Initial reports suggest that first responders arrived on the scene to find a Triumph TR6 convertible from the 1970s nearly flattened by a dump truck. The 74-year-old driver passed away due to injuries sustained in the crash.

The accident resulted in the closure of I-43 for upwards of six hours.

No further information was immediately available.

Further investigation must occur before determining the fault in this accident

Although little information about the crash was made available, we do know that collisions with dump trucks usually result in severe injuries. Here, a 74-year-old man lost his life unexpectedly, and his family likely wants answers about how this crash occurred.

Often, when smaller vehicles are involved in accidents with large trucks, there is negligence involved. For instance, the dump truck in this accident may have had issues with its tires, causing the truck to crash into the convertible, or the truck driver may not have been trained to look for smaller vehicles on the road. In worst-case scenarios, the driver was simply distracted and caused an entirely preventable accident.

When truck tires are not regularly replaced and maintained, there can be catastrophic results. For example, truck tires that fail unexpectedly can cause the truck to veer off-course suddenly and into oncoming traffic. If one or more tires on the dump truck blew out or lost traction, the dump truck could have easily struck the convertible without giving either driver time to react evasively.

Alternatively, the dump truck driver could have been distracted. Most truck accidents are caused by driver error. Despite strict rules regulating the use of smartphones or other electronic devices while operating a commercial vehicle, we routinely represent victims who were seriously injured or killed by a driver texting, talking, or surfing the internet. If that happened here, our firm will discover this information and hold the appropriate parties responsible.

While we cannot make any determination of fault at this time, this accident warrants an independent investigation to determine all parties at fault for this crash. If it is revealed a mechanical issue caused a sudden loss of control, we will hold the manufacturer and maintenance company liable. If the trucker was simply retired, we will hold the driver’s company responsible for the harm caused by a driver on the job.

As this investigation continues, our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this crash.

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