• September 27, 2022

Two Injured in Semi-Truck Accident on Highway 30 in Tama County, IA

Tama County, IA -- September 26, 2022, two people were injured following an accident where a semi-truck hit another truck on Highway 30.

Investigators reported that the incident happened at around 8:00 a.m. near mile marker 204 of Highway 30.

Officials said that a Ford F-450 was traveling westbound along the highway when it somehow became disabled in the right lane. While there, a semi-truck rear-ended the disabled truck.

As a result of the crash, both drivers were taken to area hospitals. Their conditions are unclear. Authorities did not give any additional details.

Commentary on Semi-Truck Accident on Highway 30 in Tama County

Generally speaking, a truck rear-ending a disabled vehicle during daylight hours is going to raise some red flags. But folks would be wise to avoid jumping to conclusions until they know all the facts. These crashes aren't always reasonably avoidable, so it's important there is clear evidence to show exactly what happened.

Tama County, IA Semi-Truck Accident Injures 2 on Highway 30

For example, I handled a situation not long ago where an 18-wheeler hit a car on the highway, killing that driver. The truck driver said it was simply too dark to see the car, which was disabled at the time. Through court orders, however, we were able to pull video footage from the truck which showed two crucial details. One was that the victim's hazards were on and clearly visible well ahead of the truck driver. The second and shocking detail was the truck driver was watching TV shows on his tablet.

I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but that evidence dug up through independent investigations proved vital in getting that family the resolution they deserved. Getting answers about what went wrong here may require similar steps.

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