Harrison County, MO — February 7, 2019, Vernon Bates and Abdinasir Ali sustained injuries due to an accident where two 18-wheelers collided.
According to information released by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, the accident happened at around 1:00 a.m. about 7 miles south of the town of Bethany.
Reports indicated that 45-year-old Abdurazaq Jama was driving an 18-wheeler southbound along I-35. Somehow, his truck lost control and jackknifed, blocking traffic lanes. Following this, another 18-wheeler driven by 52-year-old Bates crashed into the jackknifed trailer.
Emergency services arrived on the scene and transported Bates to a hospital with serious injuries. A passenger from Jama’s truck, 29-year-old Ali, was taken to a hospital with reportedly minor injuries.
At this time, the exact cause of the accident is still under investigation.
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There are a lot of reasons an 18-wheeler could jackknife across the interstate, and quite frankly most of them are the driver’s fault. Most commonly, factors like distraction, fatigue, abd driving too fast for weather conditions cause these kinds of accidents. Of course, there are a few circumstances where the accident is unavoidable, such as an unforeseeable mechanical failure or a medical emergency. Having litigated hundreds of truck accidents, insurance companies are likely to say such a factor caused this wreck as well.
It’s no secret that insurance companies don’t like to accept responsibility for any accident. Some people think that’s okay, since police investigate the crash. The reality is a police report rarely provides enough evidence to keep insurance companies honest. At the end of the day, the burden of proof is on the injured victims. If they don’t have extensive evidence to tell their side of the story, even the flimsiest of defenses can succeed.
That’s why I always encourage those involved in a truck wreck to get an independent investigator to the scene as soon as possible. To get the assistance they deserve, they need to build their case as soon and as full-proof as possible. Whether or not this accident could have been avoided depends on the facts surrounding the crash, and it’ll take more than just a police investigation to get those.
–Grossman Law Offices