• September 06, 2022

Oneil Frazier Killed in Box Truck Accident on I-59/20 in Birmingham, AL

Birmingham, AL — September 1, 2022, 43-year-old Oneil Frazier died when a box truck hit his stopped vehicle on the shoulder of I-59/20 in Birmingham.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. Thursday on the shoulder of I-59/20 between the Airport Highway exit and the I-20 East ramp. Preliminary investigation suggests Frazier's vehicle was stopped and parked in the emergency lane on the shoulder when a box truck approached on the roadway. For reasons not yet known the truck veered out of the travel lanes onto the shoulder and rear-ended Frazier's vehicle.

Frazier suffered fatal injuries in the collision. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Oneil Frazier Killed in Box Truck Accident on I-59/20 in Birmingham, AL

Commentary on Oneil Frazier Accident in Birmingham

Some may look at the description of this crash and think there's little else to say. After all, if the victim was simply stopped on the shoulder in the light of the early morning how could there be any justifiable reason to hit him? It would seem like the box truck driver--and by extension his employer--would have to accept responsibility for the terrible damage done.

That seems reasonable enough on its face, but I have cautioned many people against the dangerous thought that just about any commercial vehicle accident is truly as straightforward as a few sentences in the news makes it sound. Few companies willingly admit liability right out of the gate when their employees cause harm, and trucking companies are no exception. As a matter of facts, when wrecks like this one occur it often sets off a well-planned flurry of activity when a company mobilizes to cover its hide from any suggestion of wrongdoing. Click below to learn more about the actions a company might take to defend itself after an accident like the one in Birmingham.

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