• May 09, 2017

Woman Killed in Truck Accident on Route 1A in Frankfort, ME

Frankfort, ME -- A collision involving a box truck and a passenger vehicle led to the death of an unidentified woman Monday, May 8, 2017.

According to police, the box truck was traveling along Route 1A around 2 p.m. when it collided with the rear of an SUV. Witness accounts claim they saw smoke coming from the truck just prior to the collision.

The female occupant of the SUV was killed in the incident. The driver of the box truck was uninjured.

The exact cause of the collision remains unclear.

More information may be forthcoming.

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Commentary

The details provided by the report are sparse, but one claim made by witnesses stands out most to me. The early media reports say witnesses saw the truck smoking prior to the collision. Why does this detail matter? A smoking vehicle would indicate the truck may have suffered some kind of mechanical issue.

"If our truck falls apart while cruising down the roadway, how could our driver safely avoid a collision" This is a common excuse made by trucking companies in truck accidents in an effort to pacify claims brought against them and their drivers. However, hiding behind mechanical failure is not a "get out of jail free" card.

More often than not mechanical failure is a result of progressive deficiencies in maintenance and not issues that crop up spontaneously, such as the common claim made by trucking companies. While it's unreasonable to hold people accountable for unforeseen mechanical failure, there's no excuse for allowing vehicles to take to the road without proper inspections.

The greater amount of time a vehicle goes without scheduled maintenance, the higher the chances of foreseeable mechanical issues. In instances where an improperly maintained truck causes an accident, that company is responsible for the damages incurred.

Federal law requires trucking companies to put their fleets through Periodic Maintenance Inspections. This means trucking companies are required by law to inspect and maintain all vehicles under their control, and make a record of any and all deficiencies and discrepancies in their fleet. In cases such as these, victims have the most likely path to justice through obtaining these records, and having them scrutinized by appropriate, expert analysts. In doing so, we can determine whether or not a truck's mechanical failure was an unforeseeable freak accident, or was potentially avoidable with due care and proper maintenance.

--Grossman Law Offices

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