Car vs. Semi: Whose fault? Three People Killed, Two Injured in Iowa

car v semiI often report about car v. truck collisions on this blog that are the fault of the truck driver. However, it’s important to know that a majority of car v. truck collisions are the fault of the car. My career—and passion—is to make the road safer when the truck driver is at fault. I strive to hold truck companies responsible when, for example, it requires its drivers to drive beyond hours of service or fail to give required drug screens.

Once in a while, a truck driver will write me and ask “do you hate truck drivers?” The answer is NO. My dad was high school teacher who drove a tractor trailer during the summer. I represent many truck drivers who are injured when other trucks on the road don’t follow the rules and injure them. When I find a truck company that doesn’t follow the rules or a driver who was at fault, I aggressively pursue the interests of my client and the interests of justice.

According to Iowa authorities, there was a recent tragedy that at first glance appears to be the car drivers fault. Should that not be the case, please let me know and I will correct the post, just as I have others when people reach out. The Iowa crash involved two vehicles on Highway 63 just south of New Hampton left three people dead and two injured recently.

The Iowa State Patrol identified the dead as Latorris S. Duffie, 24; Keith A, Demry, 29; and Devin Gordin, 25. The official report did not list hometowns for the deceased.

Troopers stated that a car driven by 22-year-old Bertha Smith was traveling westbound on 240th Street and failed to yield to a northbound semi. The car was broadsided by the semi, in turn, ejecting one of the people in the backseat was ejected.

Smith and another passenger in the car, Shaun N. Anderson, 25, were taken to Mercy Medical Center-New Hampton before being transferred to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City, authorities stated.

The crash occurred at around 6:20 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 63 and Chickasaw County Road B-54 near New Hampton Red Power.

Law enforcement officers stopped traffic in the southbound lanes of Highway 63 for about 25 minutes and redirected northbound traffic onto Linn Avenue.

Troopers said the accident remains under investigation.

Assisting at the scene were the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office, the New Hampton Police Department, the Chickasaw County Rescue Squad and the Chickasaw Ambulance Service.

The driver of the semi was not injured.

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