• August 08, 2022

Five Injured in Fremont County, ID Crossover Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-20

Fremont County, ID — August 6, 2022, five men were hospitalized after a crossover collision with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 20 in Fremont County.

According to reports the incident happened around 5:00 p.m. along US-20 near mile marker 364. Preliminary investigation suggests a Subaru Legacy was headed west on the highway when the driver crossed over the center line for unknown reasons. After entering the oncoming lane the Subaru crashed head-on with an eastbound 18-wheeler.

The Subaru's five occupants, all men believed to be in their 20's, were transported to a local hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. The truck driver was reportedly unhurt.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Crossover Accident on US-20 in Fremont County

Reports say the victims crossed left of center in Idaho, but remember that preliminary findings are sometimes just officers' best guesses after a once-over at the scene. Many times they're right, but I've also seen plenty of cases where they missed the mark entirely.

For instance, after a recent similar crash police said the victim crossed over the center line and caused a fatal wreck with a big rig. We looked again at his family's request and found evidence that the truck actually crossed over first when the driver fell asleep. He swerved back when the truck hit the rumble strips, but that put him back on a collision course with the victim's car. Police saw the car in the truck's lane when they arrived and figured the victim was at fault, and the truck driver didn't correct them.

Five Injured in Fremont County, ID Crossover Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-20

I'm not saying the Fremont County trucker did anything wrong or that police won't investigate it correctly, but even if they're sure the victim crossed over that still doesn't explain why. Some may say he did something wrong, but it's best not to jump to conclusions when there could be other explanations. Did he have a medical emergency? Did his car blow a tire or malfunction somehow? Was the road wet or in poor condition in that area? Did another vehicle force him to go off-course?

The point here is that things are rarely as clear as a few sentences in the news make them seem. That's why I often suggest that independent experts take a second look and make sure nothing crucial was missed. At the very least, the victims deserve to know every effort was made to learn the whole story. Any other steps beyond that would depend on what the story turns out to be.

*We appreciate your feedback and welcome anyone to comment on our blog entries, however all visitor blog comments must be approved by the site moderator prior to showing live on the site. By submitting a blog comment you acknowledge that your post may appear live on the site for any visitors to see, pending moderator approval. The operators of this site are not responsible for the accuracy or content of the comments made by site visitors. By submitting a comment, blog post, or email to this site you acknowledge that you may receive a response with regard to your questions or concerns. If you contact Grossman Law Offices using this online form, your message will not create an attorney-client relationship and will not necessarily be treated as privileged or confidential! You should not send sensitive or confidential information via the Internet. Since the Internet is not necessarily a secure environment, it is not possible to ensure that your message sent via the Internet might be kept secure and confidential. When you fill out a contact or comment form, send us an email directly, initiate a chat session or call us, you acknowledge we may use your contact information to communicate with you in the future for marketing purposes, but such marketing will always be done in an ethical way.