An 83-year-old died after crashing into a jackknifed semi-truck blocking traffic in Alexandria, Minn. The crash happened at about 7:45 p.m. on the 2600 block of W 34th St. The semi-tractor trailer was blocking both lanes of traffic when Arlys Hendrickson’s vehicle collided with the truck’s trailer. Sadly, Arlys died at the scene. The semi-driver, Oleksandr Shevchenko (39) of Florida, was uninjured. The Alexandria Police Department says the tractor-trailer was difficult to see as it blocked the roadway due to dark conditions. The fatal crash is under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol and Alexandria Police Department.
Negligent Truck Drivers Cause Serious Accidents and Death
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), more than 5,000 people died in large truck crashes in 2019. Negligent truck drivers can cause serious accidents that kill innocent motorists by:
- Driving while distracted
- Failing to obey stop signs or traffic lights
- Carelessly or aggressively merging into traffic
- Driving while intoxicated
- Parking illegally
A recent investigation by the Boston Globe found that deadly truck crashes are on the rise largely in part because of negligent trucking companies sending poorly trained and inexperienced truck drivers out on the road.
Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers Represent Families in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
If your family lost a loved one in a semi-truck crash, it is important to hire a truck accident lawyer with experience handling wrongful death cases like yours. At Pritzker Hageman, our semi-truck accident lawyers have been representing Minnesota families in wrongful death lawsuits for the past 40 years. Our legal team was recently named one of the 2022 “Best Law Firms in America” by U.S. News for our work in transportation law.