Michael Wright Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Union County, OH
Union County, OH -- September 20, 2022, Michael Wright was killed after an accident where a semi-truck crashed into Wright's pickup.
Officials were called to the area of State Route 31 near Marysville at around 12:45 p.m. It appears that Michael Wright was in a Toyota pickup going southbound along the highway. From oncoming lanes, authorities said that a tractor-trailer veered left and crashed into Wright's pickup.
Wright sustained fatal injuries due to the crash. The truck driver's injuries were said to be serious. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Michael Wright Tractor-Trailer Accident in Union County
When it comes to a deadly truck wreck like this, one of the worst things one could do is jump to conclusions. Frankly, it's highly unlikely this sort of thing (as the events are currently described) could happen without the truck driver doing something wrong. It is at least possible, though, that there are other factors at play that the truck driver had little or no control over. If authorities don't look into that, then it's possible nothing short of an independent accident reconstruction could really get answers for this man's grieving loved ones.
Allow me to give an example of why this can be so important. I handled this situation a while back involving a truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel. He'd been behind the wheel for over 20 hours straight, which is not just illegal but outright beyond the pale. However, we didn't take that and run with it. We took steps to make sure we had all the facts, and it's a good thing we did so.
It turned out the company the driver worked for had a history of reckless drivers causing accidents. That's because they only cared about one thing: doing as much work as fast as possible. As such, they expected drivers to cut corners to meet unreasonable deadlines. If they didn't, those drivers essentially risked their livelihoods. It was just a matter of time before some driver simply trying to put food on his family's table made a huge mistake and got someone hurt. That's exactly what happened.
Here's why that matters. When families come to me for help, there's almost always something else they want: accountability. If I knew there was some company out there whose actions could lead to other families suffering similar hardships, I'd want every possible step taken to make sure that company cleaned up its act. Like I said, that may not apply to this specific accident. But if folks think a family can just rely solely on police reports to get the justice they deserve, they're likely to find otherwise without more thorough independent investigations.