• September 06, 2022

Man Swerves to Avoid Semi-Truck, Crashes on I-94 near Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo, MI — September 2, 2022, a 66-year-old Saginaw man was injured in a crash while avoiding a semi-truck on I-94 near Kalamazoo.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:30 p.m. on eastbound I-94 just outside town. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Mercury vehicle east when he swerved to avoid a semi-truck that was unsafely entering his lane. The Mercury veered out of control, hit the concrete median, and overturned.

The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. His wife, a passenger in the vehicle, was unhurt.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Semi-Truck Accident on I-94 near Kalamazoo

If early news reports have their facts straight, it sure seems like the truck driver triggered this crash by trying to merge into an occupied lane. If the victim had to panic-steer away from the rig as it moved in, how could that be anything but the trucker's fault for chasing him out?

That sounds reasonable enough on paper, but I often have to caution people who contact the firm that their situation may not be as open and shut as they think. Even seemingly-clear fact patterns may present challenges when a trucker's employer wants to avoid the blame. But what possible excuse is there for what happened on I-94?

Man Swerves to Avoid Semi-Truck, Crashes on I-94 near Kalamazoo, MI

Enter one of the "greatest hits" of trucking defense: improper evasive maneuvers. It's pretty much what it sounds like, where the trucking company argues the victim could or should have reacted differently to spare themselves injury. If it sounds odd to blame someone for not ducking a punch they didn't know was coming, I understand, but time and again companies try to blame the victims for not handling the situation better.

That's just one of many potential arguments the company can and likely would make in its own defense. To make sure they can't duck their responsibility for what happened, it's best to investigate carefully and let just the facts do the talking. Unfortunately police don't always go to the necessary lengths to get those facts, so it often takes independent investigators to get the job done right.

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