Stanton County, KS — September 11, 2017, Lance Turner was fatally injured due to an accident in which his vehicle crashed with an 18-wheeler.

Authorities from the Kansas State Highway Patrol were called out to the accident scene in the late hours of Monday. They say the collision occurred at the intersection of West Road 4 and North Road W.

Preliminary police reports indicated that 51-year-old Turner was driving a pickup southbound along Road W. As he passed Road 4, an 18-wheeler reportedly failed to yield and drove into his path. This resulted in a serious collision.

As a result of the crash, Turner died at the scene. The truck driver was taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries.

Police did not release any additional details surrounding the accident.

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A lot of people are going to read about this accident, see that a man lost his life due to a truck failing to yield, and think that the family will automatically see justice done for their terrible loss. In reality, this is unlikely to happen. I’ve successfully litigated hundreds of commercial truck accidents over the years, and one thing you won’t see is a trucking company coming forward and saying, “Our driver caused this crash, so we’ll take full responsibility.” In fact, they’re much more likely to actively fight what police say happened and minimize their liability as much as possible.

But how exactly can they do this when reports seem to put them at fault? One thing anyone experienced with truck accidents knows is that a preliminary report is far from convincing evidence. Trucking companies can simply deny that chain of events and put forth their own. One of the most common strategies they employ is blaming the victim for the crash. In a situation like this one, for example, it’s possible the trucking tries to claim the victim failed to take proper evasive maneuvers. Essentially, they say that if the victim were a better a driver, they could have avoided the truck and would still be alive had they reacted in time.

Obviously, this is a ridiculous–and frankly insulting–argument to make, but it’s one our firm has encountered many times in the past. But why would a trucking make such ridiculous claim? The reality is they wouldn’t make the claim if it didn’t work in the past. Trucking companies are hoping that the victims or their family have enlisted the aid of a professional who isn’t experienced with blame-shifting trucking companies. Most personal injury lawyers will only see one, maybe two serious truck accidents like this over their whole careers. If they don’t have the experience to properly counter a trucking companies tactics, then victims and their families can easily be cheated out of getting the justice they deserve.

Now I don’t want all of this to make anyone fearful of confronting a trucking company. Looking back, I said that these blame-shifting strategies only work if victims don’t have evidence to support their claim or don’t have an experienced ally on their side. Those who ensure that a thorough investigation is done can acquire the tangible details necessary to prove exactly what happened in the crash. Putting that evidence in the hands of an experienced professional will allow those details to be contoured specifically to counter whatever tactics the trucking company tries to pull. Getting justice after a fatal truck accident is never a simple task, but with the right tools and allies, victims and families can ensure the trucking company takes responsibility.

–Grossman Law Offices

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