• October 25, 2022

Teen Killed in Semi-Truck Accident on Highway 55 in Ada Township, ID

Ada Township, ID -- October 21, 2022, a teenager was killed in an accident where a tractor-trailer hit them on their bicycle on Highway 55.

Officials said that the accident took place at around 1:30 p.m. along Highway 55 at Beacon Light Road, just outside Eagle, which is northwest of Boise.

In statements, authorities said that a 14-year-old Eagle teenager was apparently along the side of the highway and stationary. While there, a tractor-trailer was said to have made a right turn, and the trailer hit the teen.

As a result of the collision, the teenager was killed. The tractor-trailer initially left the scene, but authorities located the truck and spoke with the driver. It's unclear if charges or citations are being considered.

Commentary on Teen Killed Truck Accident on Highway 55 in Ada Township

As a father, accidents like this are about as devastating as it gets. Even after 30 years of helping hundreds of families through complex commercial truck wrecks, it just doesn't get any easier to see the pain it can cause. That's why I at least feel I can illuminate some of the potential challenges surrounding these incidents so the public at least has some understanding that there are steps that can be taken to help the victims and families as much as possible.

To that end, there needs to be consideration here for where exactly the boy was, who had the right-of-way, and whether or not a reasonably prudent truck driver could have avoided this.

The reports say the boy was on the side of the road and stopped, but they don't say exactly where, and they don't say if the tractor-trailer was there before or after the victim. Why does this matter?

Teen Killed in Semi-Truck Accident on Highway 55 in Ada Township, ID

Well, for one, there appears to be plenty of room off the side of the road for cyclists or pedestrians. If the kid was there out of the way of traffic, I suspect there are few scenarios if any which could excuse the truck hitting the victim.

Alternatively, if the truck was approaching the intersection while the boy was ahead, any attentive truck driver would likely see the kid while approaching and know to make absolutely sure the victim was out of the way before turning around them. Otherwise, circumstances could be such that the truck driver was already at the intersection, and the boy approached the truck in a way that he couldn't reasonably be seen by even the most careful of drivers. It's tragic, but it happens.

Anticipating a Trucking Company's Challenges

So what is to be done with all of this information? Why bring all that up? Simply put, I bring all this up to illustrate that an accident like this is as far from simple as it gets. It's not just about who had the right of way. It's not just about who hit who. It's about getting all of the facts and proving how this all could have been avoided and who exactly was responsible for not avoiding it. That's where things become incredibly challenging. When there's a company on the other side doing everything in their power to avoid responsibility, it takes extensive evidence and legal maneuvering to keep the facts straight.

Even if police came out and said this truck driver is 100% at fault, that wouldn't guarantee anything. Trucking companies have tactics to shift the blame and muddy the waters. If families aren't prepared to counter those tactics, they may quickly find that even what seem to be clear facts only go so far.

In the article below, I lay out some of the potential challenges one can face following a deadly truck wreck. Understanding those challenges can be crucial to anticipating and ultimately overcoming them. The truth can be found here, but it's likely going to require a family going through unimaginable hardship taking the necessary steps to move forward.

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