• May 16, 2019

Driver Injured in Jackson County, IN, 18-wheeler Accident on I-65

Jackson County, IN -- May 9, 2019, one person sustained injuries as the result of an accident where an 18-wheller and a car collided.

According to initial reports provided by the Indiana State Police, the crash happened along I-65 south of Route 11 near the East Fork White River crossing.

Late that night, traffic along the southbound lanes of the interstate began to merge right due to construction. While doing so, an 18-wheeler somehow made contact with a car, crushing the car between the trailer and the concrete barrier.

Rescue teams extricated the car's driver and transported him to a hospital Seymour with reportedly minor injuries. No ne else was hurt.

At this time, the exact cause of the crash remains unclear.

Commentary

Since the tractor-trailer appears to have pushed the car into the wall, I see two likely explanations for what happened here. One is that the tractor-trailer began to merge to the right, and the car tried to squeeze into the lane while it was doing so, striking the trailer. The other likely possibility is that the car was already in the lane, and the truck driver simply failed to check his or her surroundings before merging to the right.

It may seem pretty simple for police to clear this up, but having litigated hundreds of truck wrecks I can tell you from experience that initial reports often devolve into finger-pointing and he-said-she-said. Without clear evidence to support the story, victims often find it's difficult to parse through what's fact and what's fiction.

One thing which could prove invaluable here would be locking down any witnesses who can say what happened here. The more time that passes between now and the crash, the more challenging it is to track down reliable witnesses. The sooner victims get someone to look into the crash, the sooner they can begin gathering and preserving the evidence needed to show exactly what went wrong here.

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