• September 21, 2022

Semi-Trailer Falls on Workers, Two Injured at Kroger DC in Chesterfield Twp, MI

Chesterfield Township, MI — September 20, 2022, two people were seriously injured when a semi-trailer fell on them in a Chesterfield Township parking lot.

Authorities say the incident happened just after noon in the parking lot of the Kroger Distribution Center on 23 Mile Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the victims, ages 22 and 25, were performing unspecified work underneath the box semi-trailer when its supports gave out and the trailer fell on top of them.

Both workers suffered serious injuries in the accident and were taken to a local hospital.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Accident on 23 Mile Rd in Chesterfield

News reports say the two injured people were workers and may have been doing some kind of maintenance on the trailer when it fell on them. That would likely classify what happened as a work accident, which in every state but Texas means workers' compensation is likely to provide at least some benefits to the victims.

Workers' comp may be the sole remedy available to those workers and should kick in regardless of this accident's specifics, but at the same time it's still important to investigate what happened in that parking lot very carefully. Why did the trailer fall from its supports? Did they break underneath it? If so, why? Were they manufactured poorly or in bad condition? Was the trailer balanced appropriately on them before the workers got underneath?

Semi-Trailer Falls on Workers, Two Injured at Kroger DC in Chesterfield Twp, MI

That's just a few of many questions that still need answers, because it's important to learn whether someone else's negligence ultimately caused the accident. If the truck was supported by badly-made or worn-out structures that gave way beneath its weight, then whoever made or failed to maintain the supports may have a duty to help the victims get back on their feet.

I'm not pointing fingers or saying I know more than early reports tell us. I'm only noting that it's important after an incident like this to get to the bottom of how and why it happened--both to make sure the truth is learned and to ensure that everyone responsible for the damage done is held accountable.

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