Jason Brockel Killed in Green Bay, WI, Dump Truck Accident
Brown County, WI -- January 11, 2017, Jason Brockel was killed in , as the result of an accident in which his vehicle and a dump truck collided.
Authorities from the Brown County Sheriff's Department reported on the fatal incident which occurred in the afternoon hours near the intersection of I-41 and Shawano Avenue.
According to preliminary investigations, 23-year-old Brockel was driving a vehicle southbound on the interstate when it somehow crossed paths with a dump truck, also southbound. The two vehicles collided, causing severe damage to Brockel's vehicle.
Brockel suffered fatal injuries, and EMS officials pronounced him dead at the scene. Reports did not indicate any other injuries.
Authorities have not released any further information about the accident. Their investigations are ongoing.
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This is a very serious accident, and it needs to be ensured that investigations are prompt and thorough. These early stages of investigations are often very delicate, and it's impossible to take the next steps forward without knowing the full picture. Another reason these early investigations are so precarious is because some evidence is either time sensitive or difficult to ascertain the longer investigations take. When a commercial vehicle is involved, this create very serious issues for victims and their families.
Our firm has dealt with hundreds of trucking companies over the years. Plenty of these companies have been very professional and reputable. However, the nature of truck accidents breeds an environment that produces shady, unethical trucking companies. These disreputable companies do whatever they can to avoid liability following an accident.
Our firm has seen some truly underhanded tactics used to influence investigations. One particular accident involved a car hitting an 18-wheeler while the truck was making an illegal U-turn. The trucking company claimed that the car was driving without headlights. So we investigated the victim's vehicle at the car lot and--lo and behold--the headlights were missing entirely. That didn't really sit well, so we did some more digging and checked out the surveillance tapes at the yard. It turned out that an insurance rep came to the yard to look at the vehicle and stole the headlights. This is just one of many examples our firm has seen. The article below gives a more in-depth look on some of the ways shady trucking companies try to influence investigations.
It's unbelievable the lengths some of these companies go to avoid liability for an accident. The simple fact of the matter is that these companies are in the business of making money. If that means tampering with investigations to tip the scales in their favor, then so be it. When victims and their families don't realize this, they might just wait too long to have thorough independent investigation conducted, thus missing out on very crucial information. Sometimes, the tainted investigations might even make them think they have no claim, so they never pursue one.
Regardless of the accident, victims and their families need to be aware of potential risks they face. Like I said, not every trucking company is looking to screw people over. But the fact that these companies exist requires taking necessary precautions. The best way to do this is to ensure that a thorough private investigation is done and all necessary evidence preserved. This gives victims and their families the opportunity to balance the scales in the event someone tries to cheat them out of the compensation they deserve after a truck accident.
--Grossman Law Offices