• September 06, 2022

Boy Dead; Mother, Siblings Injured in Truck Accident on US-69 in Pryor, OK

Pryor, OK — August 30, 2022, a woman and four children were injured, one fatally, when a semi-truck hit their minivan on U.S. Highway 69 in Pryor.

According to authorities the incident happened Tuesday at the intersection of US-69 and 49th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests the victims, a mother and her four children, were in a stopped Honda minivan waiting at the intersection's traffic light. As the van waited to proceed, a Mack semi-truck reportedly arrived behind it and crashed into its rear for unknown reasons.

The impact demolished the minivan; a 4-year-old boy riding in the back was found dead. A 9-month-old girl was critically injured, while a 6-year-old and their mother were treated for minor injuries and discharged from a hospital. A 3-year-old girl in the vehicle was pulled free of the wreckage by responders in unknown condition.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

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Commentary on Truck Accident on US-69 in Pryor, OK

It's beyond heartbreaking to read about something like this in the news. A family's lives changed forever, and all because for unknown reasons a truck couldn't (or simply didn't) slow down. I won't pretend to comprehend their grief, and I hope they find some peace in time.

Frankly, however, that peace may be hard to find without more investigation. There are some very serious lingering questions to address here; for instance, I doubt I'm alone in wondering precisely how a commercial truck fails to stop as it comes upon a red light and traffic. With the devastating results of that failure so painfully depicted in the news, it seems only right that the person responsible (and the people that put him on the road) answer for the damage done.

Some may think that would be a simple matter and the driver/company would have little choice but to acknowledge their fault and make what amends they could. Reasonable as that may seem, however, almost no trucking company is willing to immediately own up to its mistakes. To that end, they and their insurers (and the attorneys retained by both) have many strategies and defenses prepared for situations just like this--all of which are meant to minimize or even eliminate their obligations to the people their employees hurt.

To ensure these obstacles don't prevent justice from being properly served, it's best to have some idea of what awaits. Click below to learn more.

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