One Killed, Two Injured in Semi-Truck Accident on US 1 in Chesterfield County, SC
Chesterfield County, SC -- June 10, 2022, one person was killed and two were injured due to an accident on US 1 involving a semi-truck.
In initial reports, authorities said that the crash took place at around 10:50 p.m. along US Highway 1 at Old Creek Road.
According to officials, A Honda CRV was traveling westbound along the highway. At Old Creek Road, a northbound semi-truck reportedly went through a stop sign and crashed into the Honda.
Due to the collision, one person in the van sustained fatal injuries while two others were hurt.
Commentary on Fatal Truck Accident on US 1 in Chesterfield County
While there isn't much information about what happened, there aren't many reasons a truck goes through a stop sign without the driver messing up big time. Could this be some unusual situation the truck driver couldn't control? Sure. There may have been a mechanical defect, medical emergency, or maybe even signage was missing (believe me, it's happened before). But the most likely explanation is the driver wasn't paying enough attention, though that wouldn't make it any less crucial to conduct as thorough an investigation as possible.
One reason that a grieving or hurting family needs as much information as possible is to get whatever help they can get. Having as much evidence as possible telling the story can be crucial when it comes time to hold people responsible for their role in a deadly crash. But more than that, the evidence that investigation brings to light can also show that there were more serious issues leading to the crash which require more involved legal strategy.
For example, I handled a case a while back where a truck driver had been texting and driving. As open-and-shut as that seems, our continued investigations revealed something more serious. It turned out that the driver was texting his supervisor. This supervisor would constantly text and call drivers throughout the day, micromanaging them and demanding they respond immediately and without question. Essentially, this unreasonable boss coerced drivers to take risks under the threat of losing their jobs. It was just a matter of time before such reckless and self-absorbed behavior got people hurt.
With a situation like that, a typical case isn't likely to truly address the issues that led to the crash. Obviously, getting help for people is always a priority when they seek out legal action against those who harmed them. But across the hundreds of people I've helped following commercial vehicle wrecks, they also wanted something else: accountability. Making sure the right people are held accountable for their actions is just as important as getting people the help they need. The question, then, is if steps are being taken to address both of those priorities here.