Ruth Bahr Killed in Truck Accident in Cullman County, AL
Cullman County, AL -- August 31, 2022, Ruth Bahr was killed due to an accident where a truck crashed into the back of a vehicle.
Investigators indicated that the crash took place along northbound lanes of I-65 at around 10:40 a.m. near Highway 91, just outside Colony.
Initial details said that 58-year-old Ruth A. Bahr was in an SUV traveling northbound on the interstate. For reasons unclear, officials say a truck hit the back of the SUV, then hit a car. That car became wedged beneath another tractor trailer.
As a result of the crash, it appears Bahr sustained fatal injuries. It's unclear if anyone else was hurt. No charges or citations were mentioned, but investigations are ongoing at this time.
Commentary on Ruth Bahr Truck Accident in Cullman County
These initial details are more than concerning. Most folks understand that a rear-end collision is usually the result of someone speeding, following too closely, or looking at their phone. Maybe this is that one-in-a-million situation the truck driver couldn't avoid, and I'm certainly not suggesting anyone jumping to conclusions before all the facts come to light. But given that this happened in Alabama, and given the inherent challenges of a truck wreck, there are concerns that likely require immediate action.
Put simply, companies in a state like Alabama have the law stacked in their favor. This is due to a standard called contributory negligence. Basically, the law says that victims and families lose their case if a jury is convinced the victim is just 1% at fault for their own injuries. Considering the go-to strategy for most companies is to blame the victims, this means they tend to throw everything and the kitchen sink hoping something sticks.
Now, I don't say this to fearmonger or to make anyone think it's impossible to hold someone accountable for a serious crash. On the contrary--holding someone accountable means having clear evidence and legal strategy to overcome the barriers put between the families and the resolution they deserve. A prudent first step, then, is to understand those challenges. Doing so can help folks take a step toward preparing themselves accordingly. Considering someone lost their life here, I would think this crash would be far from the exception.