• October 05, 2022

James Ball Killed in 18-Wheeler Rollover Crash on CR X37 in Morning Sun, IA

Morning Sun, IA — October 1, 2022, 61-year-old truck driver James Ball died in a rollover accident on County Road X37 in Louisa County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:25 p.m. along CR X37. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Ball was driving a semi-truck with a loaded trailer along the roadway when he may have lost control for unknown reasons. The truck overturned in or near the roadway.

Ball was ejected during the overturn and suffered critical injuries. He was rushed to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

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

James Ball Killed in 18-Wheeler Rollover Crash on CR X37 in Morning Sun, IA

Commentary on James Ball Accident in Morning Sun

Despite the serious and clearly-tragic aftermath of this accident, I admit to some concern that it won't receive the careful attention it should from police. It's unfortunately quite common for solo wrecks of any variety to quickly get blamed on the vehicles' drivers, with the general conclusion being they must have done something wrong to lose control. However, that's far from the only possible reason that a loaded big rig might go off-course and overturn. Something else could be responsible--not just for the crash itself, but also for the victim's fatal injuries.

For instance, an unfortunate problem in the modern trucking industry is truck manufacturers failing to prioritize driver safety. Corners get cut and designs rarely change even if simple safety improvements could be made to help prevent serious or fatal injuries in a crash. When those improvements aren't implemented, a wreck like the one in Iowa may end up much worse than it realistically had to be. I'm not saying I know that was the case, only that vehicle flaws or defects are another area that deserves careful scrutiny. To learn more, click below.

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