According to local reports 51-year-old truck driver Kimberlee Joanna Cox was killed after she lost control of her 18-wheeler driving through a guardrail and sliding down a steep hill. The trailer rolled onto its driver side some 250 from the road.
Witnesses at the incident do not believe excessive speeding was involved.
Approximate Site of the Accident
This type of incident highlights why I frequently begin most accident discussions with the need for an independent investigation. While theres a good chance that the driver simply lost control of the rig what strikes me here from the limited details available are the multiple witnesses saying she was not speeding. I say this to indicate the survivors of the driver may want to have the rig checked for a manufacturing defect. If the accident was not Coxs fault her survivors may have a wrongful death claim against the maker.
Look this terrible accident may just be that an accident. My point is the survivors need to know. Furthermore if the investigation reveals fault other than the drivers there may be a third party claim here.