MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho — A head-on collision, shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Friday, between two semi-trucks resulted in two people losing their lives. The incident occurred along the eastbound lanes of I-84 at milepost 110, near Mountain Home, Idaho.
According to police reports, a 2015 Peterbilt semi, towing a single trailer, was traveling eastbound when a 2020 Freightliner semi, also towing a single trailer traveling westbound, crossed the median and collided head-on with the Peterbilt in the right lane.
Both drivers succumbed to their injuries at the crash site.
Updates on circumstances surrounding this accident are ongoing.
Thoughts on Head-On Collision That Fatally Injured Two Truck Drivers
Driver errors, such as distraction, fatigue, and speeding, are the usual culprits of head-on collisions. However, other factors, although not common, can also cause these deadly accidents, like poorly designed roadways, hard-to-read signs, and mechanical issues in the vehicle. This is why trained professionals need to look at all the factors that could have led to this deadly accident to ensure the families of those killed in this crash receive the answers and justice they deserve.
The first thing that needs investigation when a collision like the one between these two semis happens is the driver’s actions before the crash. Was the driver fatigued? Driving past daily legal limits? Was the driver speeding or distracted? Answers to these questions will help better understand if driver error was the primary cause of the crash.
Second, the trucking company culture must also be taken into consideration. What are its hiring practices? Do they hire drivers with repeated traffic violations and suspensions? Do they train their drivers in safety regulations and enforce safety above everything, even if it means running behind on deliveries? If the trucking company fails to hire safe drivers and does not provide their drivers with proper training, they may have partial fault in this deadly accident. Trucking companies have a duty to the motorist public to place safe drivers on the roadways.
Finally, if the truck did have a mechanical issue (mechanical problems account for 10% of accidents), such as brake failure, bad tires, or steering problems, a manufacturer company or repair shop may be the primary party at fault for this crash. We have handled dozens of cases across the country involving defective tires and other parts on semi-trucks.
May all the facts on what caused this deadly collision come to light soon so all wrongdoers can 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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