According to recent news reports from West Memphis Arkansas Robert Nowicki Jr. and Tony L. Davis have died as a result of an 18-wheeler collision that occurred on Monday June 20 around 1:30 p.m. An 18-wheeler owned by K & D Grain Transport of Jonesboro was broken down on the shoulder of I-55 near the Riverport Road exit. A Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) vehicle driven by Nowicki was assisting the K & D driver. Then an 18-wheeler owned by Ellis Transports LLC from Blytheville struck the vehicles on the side of the road. Nowicki was pinned to a wall and killed. The Ellis Transports driver Davis was ejected from his semi-truck and also killed. The K & D driver was able to escape by vaulting over a wall. He was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
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One of the news articles that reported on this devastating trucking accident relayed that Ellis Transports was found to have been cited for nearly a dozen unsafe driving violations in the last two years including 13 citations for driver fatigue. When truck drivers operate their big rigs for more than 11 hours or dont take necessary rest stops or drive for more than a certain amount of days without having taken a certain amount off prior to driving for continuous days theyre not only in violation of the law but they could pose incredible risks to both themselves and the drivers surrounding them. In the event that drowsy driving may have played a role in this tragic accident a trucking company may be held liable for such a wreck.
However other issues can also contribute to such accidents like a mechanical malfunction such as a brake failure or the reckless driving of a passenger vehicle driver that may have caused a truck driver to swerve. Prior to an in-depth investigation being conducted into such an accident its difficult to know exactly what may have led up to this major truck wreck. Unfortunately one or more parties may have played a role in such an accident and a third party investigation may be pursued so that all such parties might be identified and held accountable for their alleged negligence.
Arkansas 18-wheeler Accident Attorney Michael Grossman