Neenah Man Killed in Semi-Truck Accident on US 151 in Dodge County, WI
Dodge County, WI -- November 6, 2022, a Neenah man was killed due to an accident where a semi-truck and other vehicles crashed.
Investigators said that the incident happened at around 7:00 p.m. along US 151 outside of Beaver Dam.
Dodge County officials said that a 75-year-old Neenah man was in a Town and Country traveling along northbound lanes of the highway. It appears that a semi-truck came off County Road C. Doing so, the Neenah man's van hit the truck. An SUV then hit the van.
The Neenah man sustained fatal injuries due to the crash. One person from the SUV had non-life-threatening injuries. At this time, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Neenah Man Semi-Truck Accident on US 151 in Dodge County
If the images of the intersection I found are up to date, it would appear that traffic on the highway had the right-of-way here. That makes it seem as though this couldn't have happened without the truck failing to yield. Is that what happened here? Even if it is, it's important folks understand why a deadly truck wreck is almost never straight-forward.
Authorities could come out tomorrow and outright say the truck driver is at fault here. Even in that hypothetical, getting a proper resolution for the victims and families would likely prove challenging. A big reason for this is simply because trucking companies go to great lengths to avoid responsibility after an accident. They have teams of professionals dedicated to stonewalling investigations, muddying the waters, manipulating uninformed victims into signing away their rights, and sometimes even lying or altering evidence to their advantage.
Whatever happened here, one thing remains consistent throughout pretty much every one of the hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks I've handled: thorough independent investigations are a crucial step forward. Trucking companies and insurance companies have a lot of resources at their disposal to tip the scales in their favor. It's important victims and families know they have the allies, evidence, and legal tools to keep those scales balanced.