• March 14, 2019

Christina Pierce Injured in Cortland, NE, 18-wheeler Accident

Cortland, NE -- March 12, 2019, Christina Pierce was injured following an accident where her vehicle crashed with an 18-wheeler.

According to information released by the Gage County Sheriff's Department, the accident happened at around 4:00 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 77 and Apple Road.

Investigators said that an 18-wheeler was on Apple Road at the US Highway 77 intersection. The truck attempted to make a left turn across US 77, and a car crashed into the side of the trailer.

The driver of the car, 33-year-old Pierce, was extricated from the wreckage and taken to a hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was injured.

Investigators say there was thick fog in the area, and the driver told police he looked but did not see anyone coming prior to the collision.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Commentary

No matter what happens, any serious truck accident like this is cause for concern, and those involved should ensure they conduct thorough, independent investigations as soon as possible. One of the primary reasons for this is because in the event the truck driver caused the accident, the trucking company is going to take steps to muddy the waters and try to avoid responsibility. In fact, one news story flat out says that a trucking company representative arrived on this accident scene while police were still there. This is a huge red flag.

People might think I'm just being paranoid and that the representative is just there to inspect the truck or something along those lines. I sincerely hope that's the case, but I highly doubt it. I'm currently litigating a deadly truck wreck here in Texas that shows exactly why this is such a serious problem. An 18-wheeler crashed into an unsuspecting motorist's car, killing them. During the course of our investigations, we got a hold of the investigating police officer's report. What we found was absolutely flabbergasting.

The officer said in his report that a representative from the trucking company arrived on scene shortly after the crash. The representative then offered to do some laser mapping of the scene and pull ECM data from the trucks, then share their findings with officers so that they didn't have to spend their time investigating the scene. Unbelievably, the officer agreed. In other words, the police officer handed the investigation over to the trucking company who has every reason to tell the story in a way that puts them in the best light possible.

And this isn't a rare exception. This is the norm. I've litigated hundreds of truck accidents, and the trucking company almost always sends a representative to the scene to begin building their defense. I've even litigated cases where the truck driver called his employer before calling police. That's why when I say victims and families need to conduct their own independent investigations, I'm not just being a paranoid lawyer. I'm laying out the steps which must be taken to prevent trucking companies from taking over an investigation and tipping the scales in their favor.

--Grossman Law Offices

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