Milford, Delaware – Delaware State Police have identified the victim of an accident on Route 1 as 87-year-old Kenneth Moore from Milford, Delaware. This incident claimed Mr. Moore’s life while he was operating a small garden tractor.
Additionally, a 45-year-old Clayton man was injured but is reported to have non-life-threatening injuries.
The accident transpired on Route 1 when Mr. Moore, operating his Cub Cadet Tractor, was traveling southbound. The tractor was partially operating on the grass median and the left traffic lane.
As Mr. Moore approached Thompsonville Road at approximately 12:20 p.m., the preliminary investigation revealed that he veered into the right lane, directly into the path of a Freightliner operated by the Clayton man.
The impact of the collision resulted in Mr. Moore’s tractor being struck and sent southbound on Route 1 until it broke in half. Mr. Moore was ejected from the tractor and came to rest on the grass median. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Another Road Collision Claims the Life of a Tractor Driver
I am disheartened to learn Mr. Moore lost his life, and another unidentified truck driver was injured in this tragic crash. Two-vehicle truck accidents are highly dangerous, routinely resulting in serious injury and death. Each year, 4,714 people die in large truck-related incidents (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2023). This is an unacceptable high number.
Following any accident, especially those that result in serious pain to others, an independent investigation should be conducted to determine exactly what happened and ensure those injured or killed receive the help they need.
From the facts, it seems the tractor had some kind of emergency that caused the driver to pull quickly to the right. However, we do not know what caused the emergency or if the surviving driver had adequate time to react.
The law is clear that each of us has a duty to others to drive responsibly. This includes taking reasonable precautions to avoid sudden emergencies. When drivers are distracted, their ability to react to sudden emergencies is hindered. If the driver of the truck was distracted, and such distraction prevented the driver from taking evasive action to avoid the sudden movement of the tractor, the surviving family should know this so they can determine how they wish to deal with the driver’s actions.
Mr. Moore paid the ultimate price in this crash, and his surviving family will suffer the pain of loss for the rest of their lives. If wrongdoing by another party led to this collision and ultimate death, the law should have the right to bring a legal claim if they choose and receive whatever justice may be available.
Likewise, based on the facts determined during the investigation, the injured trucker should be provided whatever compensation available for the pain and suffering endured as a result of the crash.
The law does not seek to place blame where blame is not meant. The law aims to provide those suffering whatever rights to recovery they may have based on the facts.
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