Danny White, Michael Anderson Injured in Tractor Accident in La Farge, WI
La Farge, WI -- July 29, 2020, Danny White and Michael Anderson were injured due to an accident where a truck and a tractor collided.
Authorities with the Vernon County Sheriff's Department reported that the crash happened at around noon at Highway 82 and Slayback Road.
According to deputies, 66-yeear-old Danny white was driving a tractor along the westbound lanes of the highway approaching Slayback Road. As he attempted to turn onto Slayback, a dump truck behind the tractor attempted to pass the tractor on the left. This resulted in a collision.
White was taken to a nearby airport to be airlifted to Gunderson Health System for treatment of serious injuries. The truck driver, 71-year-old Michael Anderson, had minor injuries.
right now, additional details are unavailable.
There's a few things to consider in a crash like this. First of all, based on markings on the road, it seems that passing is legal in this area. I imagine anyone stuck behind a slow-moving tractor would definitely want to get around them. However, there needs to be some consideration as to why this particular truck driver thought it was safe to pass. Putting myself in the shoes of a trucking company defense attorney, I imagine that a tempting defense would be to blame the tractor driver for not signaling their intention to turn. I'm not saying that happened here, but let's consider that possible scenario.
Generally speaking, the law holds truck drivers to a certain standard. All drivers must be reasonably prudent, but truck drivers are expected to be reasonably prudent professionals. That means they have a higher duty of care to avoid accidents, if reasonably possible. So in a situation like this, a truck driver comes upon a slow-moving tractor approaching an intersection. Would the prudent thing to do be to pass that tractor as soon as possible? Or, would it be more prudent to wait for the tractor to pass the intersection to see if it's going to make a turn? If it turns, you're good to go. If it doesn't, you can then wait to see if the tractor will pull to the side and let you pass or do your best to pass safely.
There may be some factors surrounding this crash that the news didn't report, so it's entirely possible that the situation is more complex than the hypothetical I laid out. If things happened as they seem to have, however, I think that better choices and more prudence likely could have prevented this from happening. But as I said before, even if there is evidence that the truck driver did something wrong, that doesn't mean that there won't be a defense. In fact, it's incredibly rare for there not to be.
The key, then, is to have evidence. Whatever possible explanation there can be for the accident, evidence is ultimately going to prevail. That's why it's so important for victims and families to seek out the professionals and the tools needed to get that evidence and put it together in a convincing case. With that approach, they help to ensure that the full story comes to light so that whatever mistakes led to the crash can be properly addressed. As time is of the essence in these situations, my hope is that investigators are already hard at work looking into this crash.