• May 04, 2021

One Injured in 18-Wheeler Accident on North Memorial Pkwy in Huntsville, AL

Huntsville, AL -- April 28, 2021, one person was seriously injured in a collision with a commercial tractor-trailer on North Memorial Parkway in Huntsville.

Authorities say the incident happened Wednesday on North Memorial near Mastin Lake Road. The circumstances of the accident aren't yet known, but reports indicate an 18-wheeler and at least one other vehicle were involved. One person inside the passenger vehicle was trapped after the collision and had to be extricated by emergency personnel. They were then taken to Huntsville Hospital in serious condition.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Huntsville 18-Wheeler Crash on North Memorial Pkwy

Even when preliminary reports have little information, some people can't help but jump to conclusions about what "must have happened." While I understand the urge to try and make sense of a serious accident as quickly as possible, I discourage such speculation whenever I see it. In truth, developing opinions about what occurred with so few available facts is a disservice to all those involved.

Knowing little more than that two or more vehicles collided with tragic results it's unreasonable to decide how that happened, let alone who's responsible for it. Just to better understand the chain of events involved investigators still have to look into numerous factors--not just driver-related issues like distraction or fatigue, but also issues with the vehicles themselves, road conditions, visibility, inclement weather, any other traffic in the area, and many other elements that could have influenced or even outright caused the wreck.

One Injured in 18-Wheeler Accident on North Memorial Pkwy in Huntsville, AL

That's what I mean about not jumping to conclusions: I can't begin to count how many cases I've had where people rushed to prematurely judge one party or the other after reading a vague news bulletin, only for details to come to light that completely changed their minds. The same thing could happen here, though the eventual police report may also not clarify things as much as one would hope.

After a commercial truck accident I almost always suggest an independent investigation to make sure all the facts are found, because victims should be aware that the companies behind those trucks will almost certainly send out their own investigators in search of evidence that they aren't to blame. Whatever those investigations reveal, the injured victim deserves to know that every effort was made to uncover all the answers. If any other action should be taken, knowing that will depend largely on investigators' findings.

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