A semi truck driver taking evasive action is to blame for an I-15 shutdown in Woods Cross, UT, on March 3, 2011. According to KSL News, the big rig driver, 31-year-old Javier Acosta, was driving north on I-15 when the driver of a pickup truck took evasive action to steer around a tire left in the road. This in turn started a chain of events where the truck driver in turn took evasive action, which led to the truck driver losing control and hitting a wall, causing the truck to flip forward. The driver of the semi was able to get himself out of the cab of the truck but had unfortunately sustained broken bones and internal injuries. He was flown to the hospital in critical condition.
I offer my best wishes to the owner of the semi for a full and speedy recovery.
Legally speaking, the big rig operator has claim against the pickup truck driver for suddenly moving sideways into his lane. Although it is difficult in sudden emergency situations to judge, the best course of action would have been to run over the tire. Given the fact that the pickup is higher off the ground than a passenger car, he may have been able to entirely clear it and could have completely avoided causing this pile up.
Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah truck accident attorney.