• November 13, 2019

Julie Anne Jenkins Killed in Burke County, NC UPS Truck Accident

Burke County, NC -- October 31, 2019, Julie Anne Jenkins died due to an accident where a UPS truck rear-ended her vehicle on the interstate.

North Carolina authorities said that the crash happened at around 5:00 p.m. along I-40 near mile marker 110.

Police officials said that traffic slowed along the eastbound lanes of the interstate. 47-year-old Julie Anne Jenkins was in a Honda in the traffic. While waiting, a UPS truck driven by 26-year-old Cody Bess reportedly failed to slow down. As a result, it slammed into the Honda and a pickup. This sent both the UPS truck and the Honda into the median barrier where they crashed.

Due to the severity of the collision, Julie Jenkins succumbed to fatal injuries. It's unclear if there were any other injuries. As of November 12, police charged Cody Bess for Misdemeanor Death by Vehicle and Failing to Reduce Speed to Avoid a Collision.

Additional details are unclear at this time.

Commentary

Seeing that the truck driver face charges, it seems the driver has his day in court to answer for what happened here. But does that mean the insurance company will take responsibility? Probably not. I've litigated hundreds of truck wrecks, many with seemingly straight-forward details like this crash. Even then, insurance companies go to great lengths to avoid the blame.

I litigated a case recently here in Texas where a truck driver caused a wreck while driving drunk. Instead of accepting fault for all the carnage, the insurance company actually hired a defense attorney to fight the DUI charge so that it would be easier to deny assistance to the victims and families. Fortunately we had strong enough evidence that we didn't have to rely on the DUI charge to hold the insurance company accountable in get our clients the help they deserved.

Even with tragic consequences like the ones in this deadly wreck, examples like the one above are all too common. That's why I always tell victims and families to make sure they extensive evidence and legal tools at their disposal going forward. It's not impossible to get people to accept responsibility after a crash, but victims and families must be prepared to overcome the barriers insurance and trucking companies put in their way.

--Grossman Law Offices

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