Morgan Nelson, Child Injured in Semi-Truck Accident in Whitley County, IN
Whitley County, IN -- April 26, 2021, Morgan Nelson and a child were injured due to an accident involving a semi-truck and a car colliding.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 3:30 p.m. in the area of US 30 and Binkley Road.
Preliminary reports said that 20-year-old Morgan Nelson was in a vehicle traveling along the highway. Authorities said that a semi-truck "entered the intersection," and Nelson's vehicle crashed into the truck's trailer.
Due to the collision, Nelson had to be airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries. A 1-year-old child in Nelson's vehicle was also transported to a hospital, but it's unclear what condition the child was in. No other injuries were reported.
Right now, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Morgan Nelson Truck Accident in Whitley County
There are a lot of important details that the authorities didn't really address in these initial reports. Jumping to conclusions without more facts wouldn't be prudent, so clearly there needs to be a more thorough investigation. Accomplishing that, however, is usually the hurdle that trips up most folks who end up calling professionals like myself. The reason, quite simply, is that authorities are not always the best source of information after a complex commercial truck wreck.
It takes years of experience and state-of-the-art equipment to look into these crashes. Even when something seemingly obvious happens--a truck pulling through a stop sign, for example--there could be other complex factors to consider. Was that truck driver trained properly? Did their brakes malfunction? Are they driving outside of federally allowed hours of service? Do they have a history of reckless driving their employer should have known about? Was there something wrong with signage or lighting at the intersection? Did anything unusual like airbag or seatbelt failure contribute to the victim's injuries?
There are times authorities cover these important factors, and this could be one of those times. However, I learned long ago it's best not to roll those dice when there's so much on the line. Independent accident reconstructionists are a crucial ally for that very reason. I rely on their efforts and I always advocate for them precisely because they help to ensure victims and families have all the facts they need going forward. Whether it's to get help for their injuries or to make sure those who caused the accident face the appropriate consequences, taking steps to get the facts should be a priority.