• August 18, 2022

One Killed in Rear-End Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-43 in Grafton, WI

Town of Grafton, WI — August 17, 2022, a 34-year-old Grafton man died in a rear-end crash with an 18-wheeler on Interstate 43 in Ozaukee County.

Reports say the incident happened shortly before 2:00 a.m. on southbound I-43 between Pioneer Road and Highway 60. Preliminary investigation suggests an International tractor-trailer was headed south on the road when it was hit from behind by a Ford Focus. Investigators believe the Ford was speeding at the time.

The Focus driver was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on I-43 Truck Accident in Grafton

Folks tend to think that the rear driver is to blame for a rear-end crash by default and there's not much else to say. However, that's not really how the law works. The specifics of an individual crash can make all the difference, which is why it's always important to investigate carefully and learn all the facts--even if early reports make things sound straightforward.

Details like both vehicles' speeds, if they were both in good repair, what each driver was doing at the time (Were they awake? Alert? Paying attention to the road?), if the big rig braked or switched lanes suddenly ahead of the car, if the road itself was hazardous somehow, light conditions on that stretch of road, weather, and many others may or may not change how the crash is understood.

One Killed in Rear-End Crash with 18-Wheeler on I-43 in Grafton, WI

Reports don't have many specifics about this accident, and I'm not saying I know more than they offer--quite the opposite, since I want more information and for all possibilities to get attention. People read about someone rear-ending a truck and think "case closed," but without a full and thorough investigation no one can be sure exactly why that happened. At the very least the victim deserves the benefit of the doubt and her family should know that every effort was made to find the truth. Anything beyond that would depend on what is learned.

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