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Milton Christensen and Richard Wysocki were both killed while driving semi-trucks down I-43

BELGIUM, Wisconsin—Milton Christensen, 50, and Richard Wysocki, 69, were both killed on the evening of September 8, 2022, when their semi-trucks collided on I-43 near Belgium, Wisconsin.

Reportedly, Christensen was driving a semi-truck northbound on I-43 when he crossed the median into the southbound lanes. Wysocki was traveling in a semi-truck southbound when the two collided. Authorities do not know what caused Christensen to veer into the lanes of oncoming traffic.

Both Christensen and Wysocki passed away before they could be transported to hospitals. The crash also necessitated the closure of all northbound lanes of I-43 near Belgium for over four hours.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash. No further details were made immediately available.

To give the families of the deceased important answers about what caused this crash, further investigation is needed

Unfortunately, we do not have a way of knowing what exactly happened in the seconds leading up to this fatal accident or why Christensen suddenly crossed the interstate median. However, further investigation may lead to clues suggesting that Christensen, in his final moments, was either negligent in operating his semi-truck or was the victim of an unexpected mechanical failure.

If Christensen was simply not paying attention to the roadway or was distracted by something inside the cab of his truck or an electronic device, then Wysocki’s family could have a clear-cut claim against Christensen and any trucking company he worked for at the time of the accident. Truck drivers, like all drivers, are supposed to remain vigilant while driving and maintain the course of their vehicle. However, a semi-truck driver’s negligence can often result in extraordinarily devastating consequences. Thus, trucking companies can also be held responsible for the actions or inactions of their drivers.

Commercial trucking companies are tasked with the responsibilities of hiring quality drivers and educating their drivers on a regular basis. It is also extremely important that large trucking companies focus on promoting and incentivizing safety on the roads. If Christensen’s negligence can be traced to a poor safety culture or lack of driver training within the company, Wysocki’s family could demand answers and remedies from the trucking company itself.

Alternatively, if Christensen was not negligent in operating the semi-truck that killed Wysocki, then it is important investigators determine whether Christensen was a victim of a mechanical failure while traveling. Mechanical failures, such as tire blowouts or a steering or braking system issue, can come on quickly and without warning. Tire blowouts can send trucks careening across multiple lanes of traffic in a matter of seconds, and braking and steering system failures can leave a driver without control of the vehicle. Most mechanical failures arise from a manufacturing defect or a faulty repair job. If an independent investigation were to determine that Christensen was actually a victim of a manufacturer’s defect or the truck’s poor repair, then both Christensen’s family and Wysocki’s family could bring a claim against the manufacturer or repair company at fault.

As becomes quickly apparent in cases like these involving multiple trucking companies, large truck manufacturers, and two grieving families, there is a direct need for involving an experienced attorney. Our firm handles crashes involving semi-trucks across the country, and our attorneys can help families by providing a free independent investigation into the cause of the accident. Our goal is for all victims and their families to be given the opportunity to pursue justice in our courts with as few complications as possible.

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