• September 09, 2022

Milton Christensen, Richard Wysocki Killed in Truck Accident on I-43 in Belgium, WI

UPDATE (September 12, 2022): The two men killed in this accident have been identified as 50-year-old Milton Christensen, who drove the crossover truck, and 69-year-old Richard Wysocki, who was operating the southbound 18-wheeler. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Belgium, WI — September 8, 2022, two truck drivers died when their tractor-trailers crashed on Interstate 43 in Ozaukee County.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 6:35 p.m. on I-43 a short distance south of Sandy Beach Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a northbound 18-wheeler crossed through the highway's grass median into oncoming traffic for unknown reasons and then collided with a southbound big rig.

Both truck drivers died in the wreck.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Milton Christensen, Richard Wysocki Accident in Belgium

Clearly this is a terrible tragedy, and I hope investigators are doing everything they can to figure out how and why it occurred. At the very least two families no doubt want whatever answers they can get about their loss, and those same answers may be instrumental in ensuring they can hold the right parties accountable for what happened. More often than not, plenty of clear evidence is needed to make sure a trucking company does the right thing.

Some may wonder how there could be difficulties here if one driver really crossed through the median into the other's lane, but it's important to remember that the driver's employer doesn't have to accept or agree with the news or even police. They can and will argue that something besides their driver's actions was the true cause of the wreck: Limited visibility, hazardous roads, sudden and mysterious truck malfunctions, and even the other driver's "faulty evasive maneuvers" are just a few of the potential scapegoats they could point to, and each would have to be proven false with clear proof.

Milton Christensen, Richard Wysocki Killed in Belgium, WI Truck Accident on I-43

I'm not saying that it's impossible to hold a company accountable when its driver makes a mistake. I'm just saying that almost no crash--but especially one involving commercial trucks--is as straightforward as it may seem. That may sound cynical, but it comes from plenty of experience helping truck drivers and families affected by crashes like this. When it's time to hold someone accountable for that all notions of trucker fraternity go out the window, at least as far as the companies and their lawyers are concerned. That's why it's always best to investigate carefully and gather evidence of what really happened. Will police attention be enough to get that, or would independent investigations help fill in the blanks?

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