Bradley Strese, Jordan Shaw Injured in Truck Accident in Winthrop, IA
Winthrop, IA -- November 11, 2022, Bradley Strese and Jordan Shaw were injured due to an accident where two semi-trucks collided.
Authorities said that the accident happened at around 1:30 a.m. along US Highway 20 near the intersection of Racine Avenue.
Investigators said that Bradley Strese and Jordan Shaw were in separate trucks along westbound lanes of the highway. Authorities say one of the trucks was parked on the shoulder when the other crashed into it somehow.
Both Strese and Shaw sustained unspecified injuries. Right now, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Bradley Strese, Jordan Shaw Truck Accident in Winthrop
People tend to see a crash involving a vehicle parked along a highway and assume that driver couldn't possibly have done anything wrong. Oftentimes, that's true, but it's important to avoid jumping to conclusions until all the facts are clear. Certain factors can make a driver liable for contributing to an accident even if they weren't driving at the time.
Things like poor maintenance, running out of gas, pulling over in a dangerous place to sleep, failing to properly mark a truck--these are all possible reasons a vehicle on the shoulder may still contribute to a serious crash. However, it's also important to consider how another driver would leave a lane of travel and hit someone who was out of the way on the shoulder. Were they distracted? Fatigued? Experiencing a medical emergency? Trying to pull over for their own mechanical issues?
Likely or not, it's important investigators have the experience to consider all of these possibilities. Whether one driver did something wrong, both, or even neither, getting answers as soon as possible is vital to getting folks the help they deserve. I see no reason why this crash would be an exception to that.