Gary Roberts Killed in 18-wheeler Accident in Greene County, AL
Greene County, AL -- March 23, 2020, Gary Roberts was killed following an accident where his vehicle collided with an 18-wheeler.
Alabama State Police released preliminary reports about the fatal crash. They say it happened at around 9:00 p.m. about 10 miles north of Eutaw.
In their reports, troopers said that 53-year-old Gary Roberts was driving a Land Rover along I-20/59. In a series of events currently unclear, his vehicle and an 18-wheeler collided.
Due to the severity of the crash, Roberts succumbed to fatal injuries. It's unclear if anyone else was hurt.
Police have not given any further information about the crash at this time.
Some details in the news concern me here. I see a few reports say that the victim's vehicle hit an 18-wheeler, then I see others say the opposite, that the 18-wheeler hit his vehicle. So which one is it? And why are the reports inconsistent? Maybe it's just nothing, and the news just used unclear language when relaying information from troopers. However, there's always the chance that the investigations aren't as thorough as they need to be. In few places is that a bigger problem than in a state like Alabama.
Alabama law has a unique hurdle for victims and families to overcome after a serious wreck. It uses a system of liability called Contributory Negligence which says that if a jury puts just 1% of fault on a victim, they lose their case. Period. That means that trucking companies have more incentive than ever to muddy the waters and shift the blame. To be clear, I'm not saying that's happening here, but the initial inconsistencies with some of these reports send off some red flags. At the very least, this man's loved ones deserve to know they're getting the full story here.