• May 09, 2017

Keagan Brixey Killed in Notus, ID, 18-wheeler Accident

Notus, ID -- May 6, 2017, Keagan Brixey was fatally injured after an accident in which his vehicle and an 18-wheeler crashed head-on.

The Idaho State Police released preliminary details surrounding the fatal crash. The accident took place at around 10:00 p.m. along Highway 20.

Police officials reported that 20-year-old Brixey was traveling westbound on the highway in a Kia Optima. As he did so, police claim the vehicle drifted into oncoming traffic where it was then struck head-on by an 18-wheeler.

As a result of the collision, both vehicles caught on fire. The 18-wheeler driver was able to escape the wreckage without injury, but Brixey died at the scene.

Police have not reported any potential factors involved in the accident. Their investigations are ongoing.

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Commentary

I think one thing people should keep in mind when reading these accidents is that we're only seeing a very rudimentary version of the facts. These are details which were given to us from news outlets who received the information after a preliminary police investigation. Not only are news sites notorious for having inaccuracies, so are police investigations.

I don't say this to undermine the efforts of police officers in anyway, but the simple fact of the matter is many police departments simply don't have the time, experience, or resources necessary to properly investigate something as complex as an 18-wheeler accident. What if one person was killed and there were no witnesses. Police departments don't have professional truck accident investigators waiting around on standby. They usually do the best they can and come up with a basic fact pattern.

The issue here is that the factors going into truck accidents are rarely basic. Look at this accident in particular. Let's say news reports are accurate. If so, then how did the Kia cross over the center line? Was it driver error, or perhaps a mechanical failure? Was there debris in the road that caused the accident to lose control? How much time did the truck driver have to react to the situation? Reports say the vehicles caught fire--was this a reasonable reaction to the collision, or did one of the vehicles experience a catastrophic failure under the conditions?

And all of that is just if the preliminary details are correct, which we can't be sure they are at this time. The point I'm trying to make here is not that some crazy sequence of events occurred that is beyond basic reasoning. It's entirely possible that something very common caused the Kia to cross over, and all of the details given by police are 100% accurate. That being said, when someone is hurt or killed in an accident, shouldn't every step be taken to ensure information is accurate?

This is why I always advocate for victims of commercial vehicle accidents or their families to get the aid of a private investigator. Having the accident examined by an experienced professional is the best way to be sure that all information surrounding the accident is brought to light and accurate. It's like when someone receives serious news from a doctor. Many people seek out the second opinion of a specialist before taking the next step forward. It isn't a slight against the original doctor, it's the desire to be completely sure of the facts before seeking a resolution.

Perhaps the investigation will uncover new information or correct mistaken details, or maybe it will simply confirm what police have already said. The point to take away from this is that a private investigation is a crucial step in getting families the closure they need during a time of immeasurable hardship.

--Grossman Law Offices

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