• November 07, 2022

Erica Johnson Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-412 in Hindsville, AR

Hindsville, AR — November 1, 2022, 40-year-old Erica Johnson died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 412 in Madison County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:25 a.m. along eastbound US-412. Preliminary investigation suggests Johnson was driving a Ford Fusion east on the highway when a Peterbilt 18-wheeler reportedly turned into her path. The Ford and the big rig collided in the travel lanes, then came to rest partially on the shoulder.

Johnson suffered fatal injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

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

Erica Johnson Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-412 in Hindsville, AR

Commentary on Erica Johnson Accident in Hindsville

If reports have their facts straight here it sounds like a truck driver acted negligently and turned in front of oncoming traffic. Some may think little else beyond what the news said is necessary to hold that driver (and by extension his employer) responsible, but commercial truck wrecks are rarely that simple.

People who've never crashed with a big rig may not realize the battles that await people who do (and the families of those who tragically don't survive). They're not just a matter of the trucker owning up to a mistake, but rather ensuring that his employer is also held accountable for the damage done. Considering how much most trucking companies have to lose, they'll fight as hard as they can not to be found at fault. That might mean trying to redirect blame at other factors, dragging their feet and trying to blow the statute of limitations, and in general doing whatever they can to slow or stop proceedings and dodge liability.

It's important not to underestimate a trucking company's will to protect itself and its assets; in fact, some folks have been unpleasantly surprised to learn how far things might go. I wrote about some of the steps companies take to help them avoid fault, as well as what victims and families can do to combat those tactics. Click below to learn more.

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