Walter Hicks Killed in Truck Rollover Accident in Baxter, MN
Baxter, MN -- July 18, 2022, Walter Hicks was killed due to an accident where a truck overturned along the highway.
Authorities said that the crash happened in the afternoon hours off the corner of Highway 371 and College Road.
According to officials, 38-year-old Walter Hicks was in a semi-truck traveling northbound along the highway. Somehow, the truck went off-road and overturned.
Due to the crash, Hicks sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Walter Hicks Truck Accident in Baxter
It goes without saying that finding out why the truck ran off-road is a priority. Folks may just assume it was something like distracted driving, but this could involve anything from a medical emergency to a tire blowout to a mechanical issue. But beyond that, there's another issue I rarely see authorities look into. Did this crash really need to be fatal?
When it comes to rollovers, a lot of truckers get seriously hurt or killed where someone in a well-built passenger vehicle likely would have been fine. This is because truck manufacturers simply aren't required to make the driver's cabin strong, so they don't. Truckers might was well be sitting in a shed on top of a steel slab.
But this shortcoming is not unavoidable. The technology to make trucks safer for big rig drivers exists, and it's not even that expensive all things considered. If manufacturers took steps to protect drivers, then it's possible a tragedy like this could be avoided. That's why it's important to confront those companies and teach them that there are more important things than their bottom line.
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