• April 28, 2022

Baby Dies, Four Injured in Semi-Truck Overturn Crash on I-10 in Gadsden County, FL

Gadsden County, FL -- April 26, 2022, two adults and three children were injured in a semi-truck overturn accident at a rest stop in Gadsden County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:15 p.m. at the rest stop along westbound Interstate 10 near Chattahoochee. Preliminary investigation suggests a truck driver turned too sharply and at too high a speed while trying to enter the rest stop. The driver lost control of the rig and it overturned.

A five-month-old infant in the truck, reportedly not secured in a car seat, was fatally injured in the crash. A seven-year-old boy suffered serious injuries. Another child and the two adults in the truck received minor injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Accident on I-10 in Gadsden County

News reports suggest this terrible accident came about when the truck driver turned too fast as they tried to get to the rest stop. I don't point that detail out to disrespect the driver, only to note that operator errors tend to be the first thing on everyone's minds after just about any crash. I hope police looked at the bigger picture and considered other possibilities (brake or steering failures, sudden medical episode at the wheel, etc) before reaching their conclusion.

Speaking of further investigation, the accident's aftermath must also be considered. A baby tragically lost its life and truck's other occupants were hurt; will they get any help trying to put the pieces back together after what they've suffered?

Little as I like being vague, the answer is "It depends." In most circumstances a truck driver hurt on a route will have their injuries addressed by their home state's workers' compensation program, a system of limited but guaranteed benefits for injured workers. However, workers' comp will only help if the worker was on the job at the time and if their employer is enrolled in the program. The news said all the truck's occupants were from McAllen, Texas, and the Lone Star State is the only one in the U.S. that lets employers opt out of workers' comp if they want to. Moreover, even if the driver's injuries are covered the same may not be true for the passengers.

Even if things went exactly as preliminary reports say they did (not guaranteed), knowing what happened is only one piece of a larger puzzle. That's why any and all lingering questions about what happened and what comes next must be answered through careful investigation, which often requires efforts from independent accident reconstructionists to make sure no important details slip through the cracks. Are the authorities in charge of this crash able to offer the same careful attention to detail, or should someone else look more closely on the victims' behalf?

Baby Dies, Four Injured in Semi-Truck Overturn Crash on I-10 in Gadsden County, FL

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