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Woman Dies After Semi-Truck Part Flies Off and Strikes Her Vehicle

Jason Reese

A woman died in an Owen County accident caused by a stray part off of a semi-truck. 31-year-old, Sarah Carr, of Spencer was driving on State Road 46 near Flatwoods Road when a piece of a brake drum fell off a semi, bouncing in the road before crashing through her driver’s side windshield. Carr’s vehicle left the road and veered down an embankment, then hit a utility pole. Carr was taken to IU Health Bloomington but was later pronounced deceased.

A second car was also struck by the brake drum and damaged. The semi did not stop, and the Owen County Sheriff’s Department immediately began looking for information on the silver semi with green trim. An investigation is ongoing.

Tires on Semi-Trucks Also Pose Roadway Risks

Parts coming off of any kind of vehicle will always pose a risk to other drivers. A major cause of these kinds of accidents is tires. Often, tires are damaged and pushed to their max, resulting in part of the tire tread to peel off—sometimes even the entire tread. This can be dangerous for many reasons, all of which are multiplied greatly when the tire part is coming off of an eighteen-wheeled semi.

In fact, most of the tire parts you see on the road have fallen from semi-trucks. This happens even more often during the hottest part of the year for a number of reasons. Obviously, the heat causes additional wear and tear on the tires. A greater damaging influence is exerted on tires from underinflation. Underinflation may have the greatest impact on tires, especially during summer when semis are traveling greater distances and carrying heavier loads.

Truckers and Trucking Companies Carry Responsible To Maintain Safe Trucks

Truckers and their trucking companies are required by federal law to regularly inspect their vehicles for damage and malfunction. Not only are they required to track and log inspections, maintenance activities, and repairs, but they must fix issues they find. In cases such as the Owen County accident, it would be important for the family of the deceased to find a semi-truck accident attorney who is experienced in combing through these records to discover if the trucking company had properly maintained the vehicle. If not, they can be held liable for negligence, in which case a victim or the victim’s family can recover costs for many of their medical and burial expenses, as well as for the future losses the family sustained when their loved one was killed.

If someone you love was killed in a crash caused by a semi-truck or an errant part from another driver’s vehicle, the auto accident and wrongful death attorneys at Wagner Reese will help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a risk-free, no-cost consultation: (888) 204-8440.


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