Robert Borer Jr. Killed, Jagdeep Chohan, Lorenzo Buckingham Injured in Truck Accident in Eagle Township, OH
Eagle Township, OH -- October 21, 2022, Robert Borer Jr. was killed and Jagdeep Chohan and Lorenzo Buckingham were injured in a truck accident.
Authorities said that the incident happened at around 2:44 a.m. along I-75 in the area of State Route 235.
Initial details said that 55-year-old Robert Borer Jr. was in a tanker truck on northbound lanes of I-75. While stopped for traffic, a semi-truck crashed into the back of Borer's truck. The driver of that semi was iddentified as 33-year-old Jagdeep Singh Chohan. A multi-vehicle collision then occurred involving a car and another commercial truck.
Borer reportedly died due to the collision. Chohan and the driver of the car, 19-year-old Lorenzo Buckingham, had minor injuries. At this time, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Robert Borer Jr., Jagdeep Chohan, Lorenzo Buckingham Truck Accident in Eagle Township
It is obviously concerning that a commercial truck would rear-end what reports say was congested traffic. Frankly, that's almost always a sign that the rear driver was speeding, following too closely, or not paying attention to the roadway. As easy as that is to say, though, an experienced attorney like myself wouldn't exist of reports like these could just be taken at face value. The reality is there can be extenuating circumstances to consider, and there will no doubt be roadblocks between the victims and families and the answers they deserve.
Simply put, no commercial truck wreck is simple or straight-forward. For one, this could actually be some one-in-a-million crash that couldn't be avoided. Manufacturing defects, road hazards, medical emergencies--likely or not, it's important the investigations are in the hands of professionals that won't let anything important slip through the cracks.
Secondly, even if the crash was due to something more common list distracted driving, being able to use that evidence is key. I talk all the time about how companies prioritize avoiding responsibility above all else. That doesn't suddenly go out the window just because the person harmed by their driver was another truck driver. Camaraderie has little place when it comes to being liable for someone's injuries or death, which is why a lot of my clients over the years have themselves been truck drivers.
Not even that long ago, for example, I handled a rear-end collision which left a man with a severe spinal injury. The other truck driver's company, however, basically said he was lying about his injuries, didn't need surgery, was unnecessarily taking medications, and didn't need all the tests doctors performed to diagnose his condition. Once we had experts take clear images of the injury, explain how it affected the victim, and what would have to be done to get him on his feet and providing for his family again, only then did the finally take responsibility--it was either cooperate or wait for a court to bring down the hammer on them.
Like I said, I can't say what all happened here. This could all be due to one mistake, several mistakes, or something unusual no one could reasonably avoid. The priority needs to be getting answers for the victims and families involved. Not only do they deserve the truth, they deserve as much ammunition as possible to confront anyone who needs to be held accountable for this awful tragedy. Doing so often requires efforts beyond simple police investigations. I see no reason why this crash would be an exception to that.