Amy Skiba Killed, Children, Darrin Carroll Injured in Boone County, KY, 18-wheeler Accident
Boone County, KY -- January 9, 2019, Amy Skiba was killed and children sustained injuries due to an accident where a flatbed truck hit their vehicle head-on.
Investigators with the Boone County Sheriff's Department reported that the accident happened at around 7:20 a.m. along Richwood Road.
In their reports, officials stated that 45-year-old Skiba was driving a Honda Accord along the westbound lanes of the roadway. From oncoming lanes, a flatbed Chevy drifted off the right side of the road. The driver over-corrected, causing the truck to swerve into westbound lanes. There, it collided head-on with the Honda.
Due to the severity of the collision, Skiba succumbed to fatal injuries. Two 12-year-olds in her vehicle were taken to local hospitals in stable conditions. Carroll was taken to a hospital in Cincinnati with unspecified injuries.
At this time, the exact factors leading up to the accident are under investigation.
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There are two key details that stand out in these reports. First of all, the reports that the truck drifted off the side of the highway are concerning. There are many factors that can cause this, but the most common tend to be fatigue and distraction. In either of those scenarios, it's negligent behavior that a driver should have been able to avoid, thus they can be held accountable for that.
But on top of that, it appears the crash occurred after the truck over-corrected and swerved across the center line. This usually happens due to "faulty evasive maneuvers." Obviously a driver has to put their vehicle back on the road, but swerving so dramatically that it sends the vehicle careening into oncoming traffic is clearly not the right course of action. So depending on the factors that led to that decision, this could also be negligent behavior.
All that said, just because certain factors are common or seem accurate doesn't mean that's what happened. Even if it is, those affected by the crash need clear evidence to prove their side of the story. So whether it's to clarify what really happened here or to build a convincing case, and accident this serious needs to be investigated by an experienced professional. It will take clear details beyond a typical police report to ensure all the facts are in order, so the sooner a private investigator looks into this, the better.
--Grossman Law Offices