A tractor trailer cut across the Interstate 10 median in Casa Grande, AZ, and slammed into a car, killing one.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the westbound truck crossed over into the eastbound lanes.
The cause of the tragedy has not been determined at this time, and the police investigation continues.
We do not yet know what caused the truck driver to lose control of his truck, but the incident reminds us of many of our cases in Virginia. In our years of work as truck accident attorneys, we have seen many truck accidents caused by negligence and poor truck condition. For example, our legal firm won a $3.5 million settlement in Norfolk VA, when the truck driver rear ended a passenger vehicle. Our client was one of the passengers in a car that was being driven slowly after a mechanical problem. Two vehicles were severely damaged in the wreck, and our client lost his life in the resulting fire.
The truck driver admitted during deposition that he never saw the cars until a few seconds before impact. His lawyer argued that the driver caused the wreck because the cars were going 25 MPH on the highway and did not have hazard lights turned on.
However, were able to prove that the driver violated safety rules from the Virginia CDL manual, and we also determined that he had poorly controlled diabetes. Both of these issues contributed to the crash.
We hope that this accident serves as a potent reminder to all truck drivers to use extreme caution when on America’s highways.