• September 01, 2022

Two Injured in Semi-Truck Accident on US 71 in Kansas City, MO

Kansas City, MO -- August 31, 2022, two people were injured due to an accident where a semi-truck and other vehicles crashed on US 71.

Investigators indicated that the crash took place in the area of US Highway 71 and 18th Street.

It appears that traffic was moving along northbound lanes of the highway when a Chevy Tahoe may have changed lanes into the path of a semi. The semi swerved to avoid the Chevy, hitting a Dodge Journey and forcing it into the median. The truck then crashed with the Chevy before also hitting a Nissan Frontier.

As a result of the crash, the Dodge driver had critical injuries while the Frontier driver had less serious injuries. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Semi-Truck Accident on US 71 in Kansas City

These reports may seem pretty straight-forward, but there may be subtle details these reports aren't properly addressing. Authorities seem to say that this all began after someone changed lanes into the path of the semi. But there's an important question to ask in such situations: Was the truck driver's reaction a reasonable one?

Consider two hypothetical scenarios. One is that a driver cuts off a semi-truck with mere feet to spare, and the truck driver's only option to avoid hitting them is to brake or swerve. If doing these things can only result in a crash, it would be pretty ridiculous to blame the truck driver for something they couldn't avoid.

Two Injured in Semi-Truck Accident on US 71 in Kansas City, MO

However, the other possibility is someone enters the path of the truck--perhaps recklessly--but there is plenty of room for a truck driver driving responsibly to simply slow down. In that situation, if a truck driver instead swerves unnecessarily, resulting in a series of collisions that could have been avoided had they been traveling at appropriate speeds, then it's possible that both the first driver and the truck driver have actions to take responsibility for.

To be clear, I can't say which scenario took place here without more thorough investigations. I simply wish to illustrate to folks the importance of independent accident reconstructionists to make sure all the facts are clear. Simply jumping to conclusions isn't going to get people the help they deserve.


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