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Yakov and Oleg Tarasevich die in a single-vehicle truck accident.

A devastating crash on Interstate 10 in Hancock County, Mississippi, claimed the lives of two individuals, identified as brothers, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol. The accident involved a 2023 Volvo Commercial Auto Transporter, driven by 29-year-old Oleg Tarasevich, with 24-year-old Yakov Tarasevich as the passenger, both from Chesnee, South Carolina. 

At approximately 3:00 a.m., the 2023 Volvo Commercial Auto Transporter was traveling west on Interstate 10 when the tragic incident occurred. The semitrailer, carrying a load of five passenger cars, left the road and overturned. The severity of the crash required a substantial effort from first responders and crews to clear the scene, resulting in a prolonged operation lasting approximately 10 hours. Throughout the process, one lane remained open to facilitate traffic flow, with all lanes fully reopening at 1 p.m.

Authorities from the Mississippi Highway Patrol are currently investigating the cause of the crash. Details regarding the circumstances leading to the semitrailer leaving the road and overturning are yet to be determined. The investigation aims to shed light on the factors contributing to this tragic incident and provide clarity for the victims’ grieving family.

The accident may have been caused by factors outside the control of the young men.

I am saddened for the family who lost two loved ones in this single crash. Single-vehicle truck accidents are difficult because many quickly conclude that the driver is the sole party responsible and fail to conduct an independent investigation to determine if other parties may be at fault.  However, these massive machines are highly complex, and crashes of this kind are often caused by factors completely outside the driver’s control. 

For instance, we handle many crashes caused by equipment defects. Sudden tire failures are happening with alarming frequency on trucks across the nation. Did the tire fail here? It appears in the photos that the front right tire is blown, and an inspection of the tire should be conducted to determine if the tires had anything to do with the driver’s loss of control. 

Additionally, these trucks are now equipped with lane assistance technology to help drivers maintain a single travel lane. Was this truck equipped with such technology, and if so, did it perform as it should? If the truck fails to provide the protection it was designed to provide, the manufacturer may be partially responsible for this crash. This question remains unanswered with the available information.

It is clear that this is a terrible wreck that has left two young men dead. If a third party to the accident was at fault in any way, the family should know and be provided an opportunity to hold all wrongdoers accountable in a court of law.


The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases. 

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.


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