• October 03, 2022

Levi Hayden, Eric Rubenzer Injured in Truck Accident in Waubeek, WI

Waubeek, WI — September 29, 2022, Levi Hayden and Eric Rubenzer were injured when a pickup and a commercial truck crashed in Pepin County.

Authorities say the incident happened just before 8:25 a.m. along Highway 25 near Ingram Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Rubenzer, 35, was driving a truck carrying U.S. Postal Service mail south on the roadway when he crossed left of center for unknown reasons. After entering the oncoming lane the truck collided head-on with a pickup driven by Hayden, 25. Both trucks then caught fire.

A passerby rescued Hayden from the burning pickup; he was airlifted to an Eau Claire hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Rubenzer had serious injuries and was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.

Levi Hayden, Eric Rubenzer Injured in Truck Accident in Waubeek, WI

Commentary on Levi Hayden, Eric Rubenzer Accident in Waubeek

If police have their facts in order here then it sounds like the commercial truck driver may be responsible for this wreck and the injuries that followed. If he crossed over then obviously it's important to find out precisely why that happened, but as things stand people may think he and his employer would have little choice but to accept fault and try to make what amends they can to the victim.

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. They have plenty of strategies for that and are likely to argue their driver did nothing wrong, or at least that his actions weren't the true cause of the damage done. Sometimes their arguments are ridiculous, other times cold-hearted, but they're not shy about doing what they must to protect themselves.

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, 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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