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Truck Driver Runs Stop Sign Causing Accident and a Fatality on SR 85 in Buckeye, Arizona

BUCKEYE, AZ — An accident between a semi-truck and a car in the early hours of Thursday morning caused a fatality.

The crash transpired shortly after 5:30 a.m. within the northbound lanes of SR 85, situated at milepost 152, near the intersection of Southern Avenue. Information is limited; however, images show the car pinned beneath the semi-truck.

One individual was pronounced deceased at the crash site, and additional injuries were reported.

No further details are available at the moment.

Thoughts on Truck Accident With No Underguard Rails

In 2021, 72 percent of deaths from large-truck accidents were occupants of vehicles other than the trucks (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2023). Smaller cars are no match for a large truck: when a large truck crashes into a passenger vehicle, the results are catastrophic.

For this reason, truck drivers have a high responsibility to keep motorists around them safe. If the allegations about this accident prove true, the truck driver and the trucking company that hired him should be held accountable for running the stop sign, which resulted in someone losing their life.

A detailed investigation may also show that other parties are at fault here. From the images provided, the car went under the trailer. This is known as an underride accident. Underride accidents happen when a truck does not have safety bars in place, allowing a car to slide underneath the trailer’s body easily. These are some of the deadliest types of accidents since trucks stand high and the point of impact happens at the windshield or the hood of the smaller vehicle, preventing the vehicle occupants from receiving any protection during the crash.

Manufacturers of trailers know the risks of underride accidents and have a duty to provide trailers that reduce the risk of injury. If the victim here would have survived had the trailer been equipped with underride guards, the manufacturer of the trailer may also be held responsible for the death of this person. To determine this, trained professionals will need to recreate the accident to see if the motorists would have died had the guards been In place.

This is a terrible and preventable crash, and the surviving family deserves answers and justice for the pain caused by the loss of their loved one.


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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