• September 27, 2022

Miranda Holaday Injured in Crash with Semi-Truck on Hwy 32 in Love County, OK

Love County, OK — September 26, 2022, 36-year-old Miranda Holaday was critically injured in a crash with a semi-truck on State Highway 32 in Love County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:50 a.m. along Highway 32 at Loves Valley Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Holaday was driving east when she crashed into a semi-truck that was turning left across her path from Loves Valley.

Firefighters extricated Holaday from her vehicle and she was airlifted to a hospital for treatment of critical injuries. Investigators believe she was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The truck driver was unhurt.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Miranda Holaday Injured in Crash with Semi-Truck on Hwy 32 in Love County, OK

Commentary on Miranda Holaday Accident in Love County

If preliminary reports have their facts straight it seems like the truck driver failed to yield to thru-traffic while making a turn that blocked the roadway. If that's the case and the trucker blocked regular traffic flow, some may think that's all that should be necessary to hold him (and by extension his employer) accountable for the damage done.

That may seem reasonable on paper, but I caution against thinking any accident--especially one with a commercial truck--will be as straightforward as reports might imply. Frustrating as it is, trucking companies rarely accept fault without doing everything they can to avoid it first. Most commonly they point fingers anywhere and everywhere but at their drivers. In Love County, for instance, they might say the victim was speeding or took "faulty evasive maneuvers" and was therefore more responsible for her injuries than the trucker was.

Some may think I'm just being cynical, but my concern comes from decades of working on commercial wrecks. In all that time, I can say without exaggeration that exactly one company simply admitted fault and tried to make things right. All the others dug in their heels and fought every step of the way against taking responsibility, so victims and families are best served by knowing what to expect and know how to deal with it. Click below to read more.

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