Edmond, Oklahoma – A wrecker was involved in a multi-vehicle crash that caused one fatality and serious injuries on I-35.
Reports state that shortly before 7:45 a.m., a wrecker driving southbound veered into the northbound lanes, colliding with multiple vehicles.
Stanley Linzy was driving a pickup truck involved in the crash and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.
Two additional drivers involved in the crash were transported to the hospital. The driver of the wrecker is in critical condition.
No other details have been released.
Thoughts on Head-on Collision Accidents
Head-on collisions cause more fatalities than any other type of accident. In fact, head-on crashes accounted for 27 percent of all roadway departure fatalities between 2016 and 2018, claiming over 10,000 lives (U.S. Department of Transportation). Many of these accidents are caused by sleep-deprived, distracted, or impaired drivers.
When it comes to this accident, trained professionals must conduct an independent investigation to determine what caused the wrecker to veer into oncoming traffic and to hold accountable all the parties who are at fault for this preventable death. If the wrecker fell asleep behind the wheel or was distracted or impaired, his employer might also be liable for negligence. This is because trucking companies are often responsible for the actions of their drivers.
Trucking companies have a duty to train their drivers on safety and to ensure they adhere to regulations. For example, state and federal regulations limit the hours a truck driver can drive without stopping and require truckers to log in the number of hours a day they have been driving. Unfortunately, truck drivers and trucking companies do not always adhere to these rules. Many times, fatigued drivers are on the road, rushing to meet a delivery deadline without regard for their tired bodies’ warnings. They drive over the legal hours allowed under pressure from their employers to make deliveries at “any cost” and end up causing a deadly accident by veering off their road to oncoming traffic.
Every family that has lost a loved one deserves answers. If this accident could have been prevented, all parties whose actions could have stopped this accident need to be held accountable.
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.
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