TWIN FALLS, Idaho — On Friday afternoon, an accident involving a harvest truck and a pickup resulted in three individuals sustaining injuries.
Preliminary reports indicate a 2000 Freightliner semi with a single trailer was traveling eastbound on Pole Line Road, and a 2019 Chevy Silverado was heading westbound when the Chevy Silverado initiated a U-turn. The Freightliner semi failed to stop for the traffic control device, resulting in a collision at the intersection. The impact caused the trailer to overturn.
The Chevy Silverado driver and the passenger were taken to receive medical attention. The passenger had critical injuries and was life-flighted to the hospital.
The semi-truck driver was also taken to the hospital.
No further details are currently available.
Thoughts on Truck-Driver’s Failure to Yield
Here we go again. A truck blows a traffic sign and the consequences are dire. As many people know, large trucks accelerate slower and need longer stopping distances than cars when they have to come to a halt. Unfortunately, some truck drivers fail to yield because of inattentive driving, speeding, inexperience maneuvering, or plain old fashioned not caring to follow the rules. Truck drivers must be held accountable when they fail to yield and their negligence causes serious injuries or deaths.
In addition, trucking companies with no regard for vetting, training, and enforcing their drivers to follow the rules of roadway safety must also be held accountable when their drivers’ negligence causes serious injuries or deaths. Trucking companies have an obligation to motorists to ensure they share the roads with safe, experienced drivers. Holding trucking companies responsible is the only way to improve safety for us all.
I do want to mention that mechanical failure should not be ruled out without a proper investigation. Mechanical failure is the cause of roughly 10% of truck crashes. If a mechanical issue with the brakes, steering, or tires left the driver unable to control the truck, a third-party very well may be responsible for all harm caused in this crash.
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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