• June 08, 2017

Patrick Fields Killed in Paton, IA, 18-wheeler/Tractor Accident

Paton, IA -- June 6, 2017, Patrick Fields was killed due to an accident in which his farm tractor was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler.

Iowa State Police officials came out to the accident scene at around 11:20 a.m. Their reports say that the crash occurred near the intersection 130th Street and X Avenue.

Preliminary accident reports stated that 47-year-old Fields was driving a farm tractor along the roadway. As he did so, the tractor was suddenly rear-ended by an 18-wheeler driven by 25-year-old Troy Shaw. The collision ejected Fields into a nearby ditch, and the tractor then rolled on top of him.

Emergency services rushed out to the scene, but Fields succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

At this time, police continue to investigate the factors surrounding the accident. No further information is currently available.

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Commentary

Our firm has come across several accidents like this in the past. One of the common excuses we've seen trucking companies make is that the truck driver wasn't prepared for a slow-moving tractor in the roadway, and therefore could not be expected to slow down in time to avoid hitting it. Here's the thing though: not only did this happen during daylight hours on a flat, open roadway, but this happened in an area completely surrounded by farmland. Any reasonable driver should expect that a road surrounded by farms might have farm vehicles on it at some point.

Considering the fact that the driver should have had this foresight and also that he somehow failed to avoid the tractor with a seemingly clear line of sight, there needs to be a thorough investigation to determine exactly why this accident was allowed to happen. Having an independent professional look at the evidence will help ensure that no details fall through the cracks like they tend to do in police investigations. Only by knowing the full story can the victim's family get the justice they deserve.

--Grossman Law Offices

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