Bhardwaj Vidit Killed, Several Injured in Multi-Vehicle Accident on I-75 in Allen County, OH
Allen County, OH -- On October 8, 2019, 24-year-old Bhardwaj Vidit was killed and injuries were reported in a multi-vehicle pileup on Interstate 75 in Allen County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:45 p.m. on the interstate just north of Beaverdam. 23-year-old Quincy Salcido and 66-year-old Richard Fender were stopped for construction-zone traffic as a Volvo tractor-trailer driven by 34-year-old Wisam Dagwood began to slow behind them. At that point, Vidit's Freightliner semi truck plowed into the rear of Dagwood's and pushed it into Fender's truck, which then struck the back of Salcido's car. The impact partially separated the Freightliner's cab from its trailer.
Vidit was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck. Dagwood was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries; both Salcido and Fender were treated at the scene and released. A passenger in Fender's vehicle, 67-year-old Mary J. Fender, was treated on the scene but told medics she was not hurt.
Authorities continue to investigate the cause of the crash but say alcohol is not suspected as a factor.
Reports seem to say that most of the crash victims--minus Mr. Vidit, who appears to have triggered the chain reaction--suffered only minor injuries. I hope that turns out to be true, but I am somewhat skeptical when I see those conclusions so soon after accidents. Victims' injuries may not seem so bad at first, but I have instances where they got much worse.
I litigated a case recently where our client's back injury, originally thought to be minor, turned out to be a ruptured disc in his spine. After his accident he was prescribed bed rest and aspirin at the emergency room. While he tried to recuperate at home his ruptured disc leaked fluid, eventually causing him crippling pain.
We fought to get him justice, since the trucking company insisted he must have done the damage to himself: "The hospital said the accident injury was minor, so that should be the end of it." We begged to differ and showed how the injury related to the crash, forcing the company to admit its responsibility.
The point here is that while reports suggest that most of the victims emerged relatively unscathed (again, except for Mr. Vidit's tragic demise), it isn't always as simple as it appears at first blush. It's important to watch one's injuries carefully and to take appropriate action, both medically and legally, if they worsen.
--Grossman Law Offices