• August 01, 2022

Sean T. Terrell Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Jonesboro, AR

Jonesboro, AR -- July 31, 2022, Sean Terrell was killed due to an accident where Terrell's vehicle crashed with a tractor-trailer.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 10:22 p.m. along East Highland Drive near Barnhill.

According to officials, 27-year-old Sean Terrell was in a vehicle traveling eastbound on East Highland. A tractor-trailer reportedly attempted to make a u-turn, but it stopped and blocked all traffic lanes. While there, Terrell's vehicle crashed into the trailer.

Terrell sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Right now, additional details about the accident are unavailable.

Commentary on Sean Terrell 18-wheeler Accident in Jonesboro

To put this frankly, I've known trucking companies that would fire a driver simply for attempting a u-turn. Why? Because they are unnecessarily dangerous. In almost every situation, regardless of the legality of the maneuver, it's an avoidable action that puts lives at risk. Especially while it's dark out, approaching traffic may not be able to see a trailer stretched across the roadway.

Now, maybe there were extenuating circumstances reports here didn't mention. Maybe the trailer was lit up like a Christmas tree, or maybe there were employees in the road directing the truck and flagging down traffic. More often, however, I see drivers simply making u-turns because they missed a turn or want to take a shortcut.

Sean T. Terrell Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Jonesboro, AR

That's how you get situations like one I handled a while back where a car hit a tractor-trailer blocking highway lanes. The trucking company tried to blame the victim's injuries on them speeding and not wearing their seatbelt, but a few key factors discovered in our investigations made things clear that the victim did nothing wrong.

For one, their speedometer froze on impact, which is not too uncommon with severe collisions. Two, numerous EMS responders confirmed they cut through the victim's seatbelt to get them out of the wreckage. And three, our investigations showed the trailer's reflective tape was all but invisible due to how dirty it was at the time of the crash.

Only after all of that did the trucking company finally cooperate. The reality is these barriers exist even with the most seemingly straight-forward of truck wrecks. When I read these reports, while I won't jump to conclusions, it's challenging to envision a scenario where the truck driver didn't make a mistake. Getting actual evidence into the hands of the victim's loved ones, though, needs to be a priority to ensure they know what really happened here and how this all could have been avoided.

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