Two Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident on I-70 in Ohio County, WV
Ohio County, WV -- May 3, 2022, two people were killed as the result of an accident where a tractor-trailer crashed with vehicles on I-70.
Initial reports from Ohio County officials said that the crash happened late Tuesday along I-70 near the Pennsylvania state line.
According to officials, traffic along the westbound lanes of the interstate. Approaching that traffic, it appears a tractor-trailer crashed into a passenger vehicle which was behind another commercial truck, crushing that vehicle.
Due to the crash, a man and a woman in the passenger vehicle, both from Pennsylvania, sustained fatal injuries. Right now, additional details about the crash.
Commentary on Tractor-Trailer Accident on I-70 in Ohio County
With a situation like this, it's incredibly important to make sure the investigators handling things have the experience and tools to ensure nothing important slips through the cracks. While a commercial truck crashed into traffic is almost always a sign that driver was being reckless, jumping to conclusions isn't going to get families the answers they deserve.
For one, this could be one of those unusual circumstances where a truck driver truly had no way to avoid the collision. Unlikely or not, we shouldn't go around blaming people when things like mechanical defects, medical emergencies, other reckless drivers reports failed to mention, or road hazards can cause deadly wrecks. That said, even if something more common led to the crash, there may have been more complex factors leading to that mistake.
Let me give an example of why I say this. A while back, a family came to me with a situation where a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel after driving for over 20 hours straight. That was obviously reckless, but why did the driver do something like that? Well, we kept digging, and it turned out his employers essentially would coerce employees to be reckless. They would set these deadlines that were just ludicrous, and they all but requires drivers to cut corners. If they failed to meet those expectations, they risked losing their livelihoods which they needed to put food on their family's table.
What started out as some negligent truck driver ended up being an entire company whose actions were putting the public in serious danger. Why does this matter? Well, generally speaking, reasonable juries know that consequences must rise to the level of the mistakes that prompted them. The consequences for a single reckless driver aren't likely to be as severe as those for an entire company that needs to clean up their act. That's why digging up all of that evidence is so crucial. Getting folks the help they need is always a priority, but those same people almost always want to be sure those responsible for their hardships are being held accountable for their actions. It remains to be seen if those steps are being taken here.