Adam Reddick, James Garhart Injured in Truck Accident in Warren County, MO
Warren County, MO -- June 29, 2020, Adam Reddick and James Garhart were injured after an accident where their trucks collided.
In their reports, Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that the crash happened at around 3:00 p.m. near mile marker 195 of I-70.
Preliminary reports said that 71-year-old James Garhart was driving a semi-truck westbound along the interstate. His truck somehow drifted off the side of the road, then swerved back onto the main lanes. There, his truck collided with another semi driven by 27-year-old Adam Reddick. This caused Reddick's truck to run off-road and overturn.
As a result of the collision, Garhart had serious injuries. Reports say Reddick only had minor injuries. No one else was hurt.
Police released no additional details.
Obviously there needs to be a thorough investigation into what caused this truck to lose control so suddenly. It doesn't take an experienced truck wreck attorney to make that clear, but it will likely require an experienced truck wreck investigator to make sure all the facts get the attention they deserve here. One thing that did stand out to me, however, is that the driver of the truck that overturned only had minor injuries. With a crash this severe, I'm surprised those injuries weren't more serious. While I sincerely hope that these reports are accurate in that regard, I'm always a bit concerned they're not.
Not long ago, I litigated a case where two commercial vehicles collided. One of the drivers involved walked away more or less okay, and doctors sent him home with nothing more than a sore back. Days later, however, that soreness became crippling pain. Another trip to the hospital revealed that the collision ruptured a disk in his spine, and he needed surgery. Of course, that was met with a stone wall from the other trucking company who did everything in their power to avoid responsibility. We eventually resolved that case, but it was a hardship I wouldn't wish on anyone.
That's why, if nothing else, I can't help but feel skeptical when reading about crashes like this one. My hope is that the right people are looking into the crash so that all the evidence is preserved properly. Should that evidence prove to be necessary, it's important those affected by the crash have as much of it available to them as possible.