Moose Pass, AK — March 13, 2019, Marc Roderick was fatally injured following an accident where the cargo he was hauling came loose and struck the cab.

Alaska State Troopers reported that the accident happened in the afternoon hours of Wednesday along Seward Highway.

While traveling along the highway, the truck driven by 46-year-old Roderick lost control and ran off road. It crashed into a wall, causing the excavator he was hauling to shift forward into the cab. The cab was crushed, killing Roderick.

At this time, investigators continue to look into the cause of the accident.

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Commentary

With an accident like this, it’s possible that the collision was severe enough that the most secured load in the world would have come loose. What’s more likely, however, is that the load wasn’t secured properly. Most people are going to put the blame on the truck driver, and that’s reasonable to some degree. After all, truck drivers are responsible for checking their loads. However, there are many cases where a separate company is the one who loaded and secured the cargo. As such, it’s possible there’s an outside party who contributed to this man’s death.

We litigated a case some years ago where an unsuspecting motorist crashed into a steel slab that was hanging off the back of a flatbed tractor-trailer. Our investigations revealed that not only was the steel far too long for the trailer it was on, no one bothered to put a red flag or any sort of marking on it, rendering it nearly invisible at night. With those findings, we were able to identify that the company who put the load on the trailer did so negligently, and they were held responsible for their contributions to the deadly accident.

Quite frankly, the police rarely look into parties beyond the ones directly involved in the crash. To ensure this man’s family gets the answers they deserve, there needs to be an investigation into who loaded this cargo and whether or not this tragedy could have been avoided.

–Grossman Law Offices

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I'm a former employee. I had brought up this exact scenario and suggested a maintenance procedure that would eliminate the possibility of this type injury. Obviously my warning went unheeded.
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I was actually a couple cars back from this wreck, one of the first on the scene, and helped administer CPR on the victims. The truck driver was going way too fast, but it was actually his trailer that swung around and hit the suv, the semi-truck ended in the median.
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