Milford, NE — February 10, 2019, Robert Robotham was killed and Eliud Benitez was injured due to an accident involving a jackknifed 18-wheeler.

Authorities with the Nebraska State Police stated that the accident happened just north of town at around 7:30 a.m.

In their reports, troopers said that roads along I-80 were slick at the time. For reasons unclear, an eastbound 18-wheeler lost control and jackknifed across traffic lanes. Some time later, a Mercury Mariner and a Toyota pickup crashed into the tractor-trailer.

As a result of the collision, 71-year-old Robotham, the driver of the Mercury, succumbed to fatal injuries. The driver of the Toyota, 42-year-old Benitez, went to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was injured.

At this time, police continue to investigate the factors surrounding the crash.

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Commentary

A lot of people are going to read this and just assume the truck driver is automatically at fault for the accident. The situation is a bit more complex than that, and determining who is at fault likely comes down to the timing of the events.

If this was a chain reaction where the 18-wheeler jackknifing left the other two motorists without enough time or space to react, it’s entirely likely that the truck driver is responsible for the wreck. However, it is also possible that the 18-wheeler lost control, several moments passed, and then the other two vehicles crash into the truck. If that’s the case, then those other two drivers may have had plenty of time to slow down and avoid the collision.

It may seem simple to clear those details up, but any accident involving a commercial vehicle is sure to be incredibly complex. As such, it needs to be looked into by a private investigator who has experience in these matters and the state-of-the-art equipment needed to properly investigate the scene. Until then, it’s best people withhold their judgments and wait for the facts.

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