• December 21, 2022

One Killed in Tractor-Trailer Rollover Accident on I-11 near Boulder City, NV

Boulder City, NV -- December 20, 2022, one person was killed after an accident where a tractor-trailer overturned on I-11.

Officials said that the incident happened just outside Boulder City near mile marker 2 of northbound I-11 at around 6:30 p.m.

Boulder City, NV Tractor-Trailer Rollover Accident Kills 1 on I-11

Right now, the exact cause of the crash remains unclear. It appears that an 18-wheeler was traveling northbound on the interstate when it somehow veered off-road. As a result, it overturned over the guardrail.

Police say one person died due to the crash, but they did not identify this person or clarify the cause of death. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Tractor-Trailer Rollover Accident on I-11 near Boulder City

When it comes to rollovers like this, it's important to make sure investigators are actually being thorough. They tend to just focus on common factors like the truck driver being on their phone or driving while fatigued. Those are obviously worth considering, but there are countless other possible factors to consider, and some aren't necessarily related to the cause of the crash itself.

For example, one issue I rarely see authorities address is the state of many trucks which fail to protect their drivers. During rollovers, a truck can sometimes collapse far too easily under its own weight, leading to a trucker being seriously hurt or killed when they would otherwise be okay in a better quality truck. This is an issue manufacturers know about, but many neglect to make the necessary changes because they simply aren't required to. But that doesn't mean they're off the hook if their shortcomings lead to someone losing their life.

Did that happen here? I certainly couldn't say without more thorough investigations, but ensuring those investigations even happen is one of the reasons I rarely leave a crash like this solely in the hands of authorities.

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