• October 28, 2022

One Killed, Truck Driver Arrested after 18-Wheeler Crash on I-10 in Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, AZ — September 6, 2022, one person died when their car was caught between two tractor-trailers and caught fire on Interstate 10 in Phoenix.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 2:00 a.mm. along eastbound I-10 near 67th Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests a big rig was headed east on the roadway when it crashed into the back of a passenger vehicle. The impact pushed the car into another semi-truck ahead of it, trapping its driver and catching fire.

The car's driver suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The driver of the truck that struck car was arrested on suspicion of DWI.

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

Commentary on Truck Accident on I-10 in Phoenix

Reports suggest the striking truck driver who triggered this accident may have been intoxicated at the wheel. If police find evidence confirming that, folks may think that's plenty damning enough to force the driver and his employer to take responsibility for the tragic aftermath of the collision.

That may sound reasonable, but I caution against thinking any commercial truck accident is really simple to resolve. As a matter of fact, trucking companies have a long and storied history of fighting tooth and nail against taking any responsibility for accidents--no matter how preliminary reports may portray what happened. They argue with police findings, make excuses and point fingers at potential scapegoats, and send out their own investigators to find alternate explanations, among other tricks and strategies. Their stubbornness and inventiveness should never be underestimated.

That's not said out of cynicism, just experience; in all my years of working on truck accident cases I've encountered just one company that admitted fault and did the right thing without a prolonged battle. That's why I wrote about the obstacles truck accident victims and their loved ones should anticipate, as well as some ways to overcome them. Click below to read more.

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