• July 18, 2022

Five Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on Highway 169 in Ada Township, MN

Ada Township, MN -- July 16, 2022, five people were injured due to an accident where an 18-wheeler crashed into vehicles on Highway 169.

Investigators reported that the crash took place early Saturday along Highway 169 at the Highway 282 intersection.

According to reports, traffic was waiting at the intersection when an 18-wheeler crashed into multiple vehicles. A crash occurred in oncoming lanes, as well, following the initial collision.

It appears at least five people were injured, one seriously. That person was identified only as a 30-year-old St. Paul woman.

Additional details are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on 18-wheeler Accident on Highway 169 in Ada Township

Right now, there isn't much information about what actually happened here. However, folks may not think the particulars are all that important. After all, a truck doesn't slam into stopped traffic without the driver doing something wrong, right?

Well, despite how folks see a lot of lawyers, I would never assume that without clear evidence. Unlikely as it may be, this could be one of those highly unusual situations caused by something unforeseeable like a mechanical defect. A prudent investigator would consider this and other possibilities. After all, even mistakes can be the result of more complex issues than authorities are used to looking into on their own.

I'll give an example from a situation I handled not long ago. A while back, a crash occurred involving a commercial truck driver texting and driving. As open-and-shut as that was, we kept digging. It's a good thing we did, because more serious issues came to light.

Ada Township, MN 18-wheeler Accident Injures 5 on Highway 169

It turned out that driver was responding to his supervisor. This supervisor was constantly calling and texting drivers throughout the day instead of simply leaving them to do their jobs. As a result, all of those drivers had to choose between engaging in reckless behavior or possibly losing their jobs. It was just a matter of time before someone got hurt, and that's exactly what happened.

So why does this matter for folks involved in a crash like this? Well, consider a potential jury hearing about an 18-wheeler wreck. They generally decide on the severity of the consequences the responsible parties will face. Say they hear about some reckless driver otherwise with a clean record making a lapse in judgement and causing a wreck. Now, imagine that same jury hearing a driver's mistakes were actually the result of continued reckless behavior from a whole company that could still be putting the public at risk. Will the consequences look the same, or will the latter scenario resulting far more significant consequences?

Put simply, the hundreds of people I've helped over the years were as keen on seeing people held accountable as they were on getting the help they needed. Generally speaking, having as much evidence as possible works toward both of those goals. That's why thorough investigations are crucial in situations like this one and why it is often best to have independent investigators look into things rather than authorities on their own.

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