• June 16, 2022

1 Killed, 1 Injured in Multi-Truck Accident on I-75 in Detroit, MI

Detroit, MI -- June 15, 2022, one person was killed and one person was injured due to an accident where multiple trucks collided on I-75.

Investigators reported that the crash took place in the afternoon hours of Wednesday along I-75 at Springwells Street.

According to information from Michigan State Police, the crash involved a gravel truck, a semi-tanker, a pickup, and a Dodge Charger. Somehow, the gravel hauler crashed into the pickup and a semi-tanker, causing the tanker to overturn onto the Charger which was on the shoulder.

Due to the collision, the pickup driver sustained fatal injuries. The Charger driver reportedly had minor injuries. Right now, an official cause for the crash is unclear.

Commentary on Fatal Truck Accident on I-75 in Detroit

It's not entirely clear what all happened here, but a truck crashing into other vehicles on the freeway is rarely as sign that driver was doing everything right. The most likely explanations are that the driver was speeding, following too closely, or just not paying attention to the road. But there needs to be a proper accident reconstruction and an investigation into the surrounding events to ensure nothing important slips through the cracks. There's no telling if something unusual led to this tragic event.

A while back, for example, I handled a crash where initial investigations found that a truck driver had a medical emergency, leading to a collision. While that made the whole situation seem unavoidable, we made sure to keep digging. What ultimately came to light was that the driver's employer should have been able to see the medical emergency coming.

The driver's medical history was a long list of red flags that anyone would know would make it unsafe for him to drive a commercial truck. Companies have a responsibility to ensure their drivers can do their jobs safely and to get them off the road if they can't--for the safety of the public and the safety of the driver. That company instead neglected to do so or never even bothered to check the driver's background, inevitably leading to a serious accident.

Just to be clear, I'm not trying to say the same thing happened here. I'm only saying that it took far more thorough independent investigations to get answers for a family in need. That's almost always how things go following a commercial truck wreck. Getting answers is a crucial step toward getting much needed help, which is why having professionals look into the details as soon as possible is so important. Have those steps been taken here?

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