Weber County, UT — January 9, 2019, a man was killed as the result of an accident where the truck he was in overturned along the highway.

According to information released by the Weber County Sheriff’s Department, the accident happened at around 5:00 p.m.

In their reports, police officials stated that a cargo truck was traveling along Highway 158 when it somehow lost control. This caused the vehicle to tip over, skidding across the highway on its side.

During the crash, a 37-year-old man riding passenger was ejected. That man died at the scene of the crash. The driver sustained only minor injuries.

At this time, police believe brake failure may have caused the accident. Additional details remain unclear.

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Whatever investigators ultimately find caused this accident, a commercial accident where a passenger dies depends heavily upon the exact relation between the driver and the passenger. Generally speaking, if the passenger was a co-worker on the job at the time of the wreck, then the accident most likely falls under the state’s Work Fatality laws–usually that means workers’ compensation would apply.

However, it’s possible the passenger is a friend, family member, or otherwise someone who does not work with the driver. Should that be the case, it could mean the victim’s loved ones have a claim against the driver’s employer. The law says that if a trucking company or an employee’s negligence causes an accident, the victims or their families have grounds to hold the company accountable in court. This, of course, would carry with it the various complexities that surrounding any lawsuit against a commercial entity.

So not only do investigators need to find out what happened here, they need to sort out what the passenger was doing at the time to determine exactly what area of the law applies here.

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