Ellis County, TX — May 15, 2018, several people were taken to hospitals after an accident where multiple 18-wheelers collided along the interstate.
Authorities reported that the accident happened between Waxahachie and Forreston along southbound I-35.
According to preliminary reports, the chain of events began when an 18-wheeler changed lanes, colliding into an SUV while doing so. This pushed the SUV into another 18-wheeler, in turn pushing that 18-wheeler into a third semi-trailer.
As a result of the crash, at least 3 people from the SUV had to be airlifted from the scene due to their injuries. 3 truck drivers also went to nearby hospitals with unspecified injuries.
At this time, police report no charges or citations. Investigations continue.
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On this blog, I frequently discuss the complexity of commercial vehicle accidents. I have little doubt this incident will support those notions. An accident involving even one commercial vehicle is challenging enough, let alone three.
There are two primary reasons this sort of incident is so complex. For one, a crash site like this requires extensive experience and state-of-the-art equipment to properly investigate. Police departments don’t always have these resources readily available. Despite what some may think, there’s no crack team of CSI investigators to look into this sort of thing. That’s why independent accident reconstructionists are such an indispensable resource for victims and their families. They have the years of experience and tools necessary to get the job done.
The evidence a private investigator can provide is a key factor in overcoming the other significant challenge of these kinds of accidents. One of the reasons these incidents are so complex is because a typical trucking company defense strategy is shifting the blame. Whether it’s to the victims or others involved in the crash, blaming someone else is a favored and common tactic used to avoid liability. With multiple commercial vehicles involved, things tend to devolve into a finger-pointing, he-said-she-said mess. The only way to overcome this chaos is to show the series of events supported by irrefutable evidence.
Ultimately, there’s no way to say what happened here based solely on the news reports. A professional investigator needs to look into this as soon as possible to ensure the victims have the necessary evidence to tell their side of the story.
–Grossman Law Offices