• October 19, 2022

Joseph Ryan Taylor Killed in 18-wheeler Rollover Accident on I-85 in Cherokee County, SC

UPDATE (October 21, 2022): Recent reports identified the man killed in the crash as 43-year-old Joseph Ryan Taylor. Additional details about the accident are unavailable.

Cherokee County, SC -- October 18, 2022, one person was killed after an accident where an 18-wheeler overturned off I-85.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 1:00 p.m. along southbound I-85 near North Mountain Street.

Joseph Ryan Taylor Killed in 18-wheeler Rollover Accident in Cherokee County, SC

It appears that an 18-wheeler somehow ran off the side of the road where it hit the ditch and overturned. As a result, the unidentified driver sustained fatal injuries.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on 18-wheeler Rollover Accident on I-85 in Cherokee County

With a crash like this, it's important to understand just how complex the investigations can be. Authorities may look into things like maintenance history, cell phone date, hours of service, and possible impairment. That's all very important, of course. But other extenuating circumstances tend to slip through the cracks.

One issue I rarely ever see authorities address, for example, is how often these deadly rollovers don't actually need to be deadly. There is an issue with many trucks where manufacturers build the cabins to be so flimsy that they might as well be made of paper. As such, rollovers which should be relatively moderate end up being serious or deadly due to factors beyond the driver's control. I'm not saying that happened here, but it's an issue that needs more attention in the public eye.

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