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American Fork, UT (August 24, 2021) – Officials have identified a semi-truck driver who died in a tractor-trailer accident on I-15 on Monday afternoon, August 23, in northern Utah County.

The victim is 75-year-old Gary Hubbard, according to a statement from Utah Highway Patrol. A previous statement from UHP said that around 2:30 p.m., a dump-style semi and pup trailer was traveling southbound on Interstate 15 in the American Fork area.

The left front steer tire blew, causing Hubbard to swerve left across the three lanes and crash into the center concrete median barrier. Hubbard was then ejected and pulled underneath the semi as it continued south along the HOV and left the emergency lane.

Despite life-saving measures administered by paramedics, Hubbard was declared deceased at the scene. It’s unclear why the tire blew, or if any other vehicles were involved in the wreck

An ongoing investigation into the cause of the crash is being handled by local law enforcement officials, and further details surrounding the circumstances of the wreck were not provided.

Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Gary Hubbard.

Deadly Truck Accidents in Utah

When it comes to freight delivery in the United States, commercial trucks are king, and these massive vehicles may represent a significant threat to passengers in passenger automobiles. When a car accident occurs, occupants in smaller cars are more likely to have life-threatening injuries, as evidenced by national accident data on the subject.

Trucking accidents are recorded in excess of 500,000 times every year, resulting in thousands of fatalities. A tractor-trailer or semi-truck collision results in the death or serious injury of someone around every 15 seconds.

In the case of a collision with a passenger car, large semi-trucks can cause severe and life-threatening injuries. Driver inexperience is a significant cause of fatal commercial vehicle accidents, which occurs when firms scramble to fill jobs owing to a scarcity of qualified drivers.

This carelessness adds to catastrophic incidents involving 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles. When a trucking accident occurs as a consequence of the negligence of another driver, affected victims should speak with an American Fork truck accident attorney in order to recover lost compensation via the filing of a personal injury claim.

Combined, the attorneys at Jardine Law Offices have decades of expertise assisting Utah citizens who have been wounded in an 18-wheeler accident, and we are committed to ensuring that all of our clients receive high-quality legal counsel. Our American Fork personal injury attorneys have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of their clients to date, and we can put our years of expertise to work for you in your case as well.

American Fork Wrongful Death Attorneys

Whether you’ve suffered injuries in a crash that’s occurred through no fault of your own or lost a family member in one of these incidents, our lawyers are ready to help you move forward in the best possible position. Contact our offices at 801-350-3506 to speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney in the Salt Lake City area about your claim for compensation. Our legal team is here for you and your family in your time of need.

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Disclaimers: The attorneys at Jardine Law Offices have worked hard through the years to build a solid business reputation in the community. We write about these serious incidents to bring awareness about the dangers associated with driving in hopes that our fellow community members will use an abundance of caution when operating a motor vehicle and avoid being involved in a serious accident themselves. This story is not intended to be a solicitation for business. The information provided in this post should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos used in this post are not taken from the scene of this accident.