• April 12, 2022

Semi-Truck Hits Van, Two Injured on Parnall Road in Blackman Township, MI

Blackman Township, MI -- April 11, 2022, a 24-year-old Parma woman was critically injured when a semi-truck hit a van on West Parnall Road in Jackson County.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 9:00 a.m. on Parnall near Gallery Place Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a 29-year-old man was driving a Chrysler van east on Parnall when he attempted to turn left. As the van passed through the westbound lane it was hit on its passenger side by an oncoming tractor-trailer.

The van's passenger was critically injured and was transported to an Ann Arbor hospital for emergency care. The driver was taken to a different hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Truck Accident on Parnall Road in Blackman Twp

I often mention the importance of keeping an open mind after a crash, no matter what early assessments say. Some roll their eyes at that, but I wouldn't be so wary of preliminary reports if I hadn't seen them overlook or omit crucial details so many times. There are instances where independent experts look into a crash and only confirm what early reports said, but we've also seen plenty of cases where their superior training and equipment turned up crucial information that police missed--things that completely changed how the crash was perceived.

Semi-Truck Hits Van, Two Injured on Parnall Road in Blackman Township, MI

For instance, the crash in Michigan is described as though the van driver made an ill-timed turn into the path of the truck. There isn't really much insight into why that might have happened, though, as an oncoming big rig isn't the sort of thing one just overlooks in general. Was the van driver distracted by something in that moment? Is the point where he was turning affected by any limited sightlines, such as being at the top of a hill? How far away was the truck when the victim started to turn, and how fast was it moving? Was there any other traffic in the area? What was weather like? What about road conditions? Was the van in a state of good repair?

It's important not to simply blame the victim for a bad turn and call it a day without being sure all the facts are in. I'm not saying adverse weather or a dodgy van are necessarily responsible for the crash, but I think it would take further careful investigation before anyone could say the whole story is known. If there are any questions about the "official" findings (there often are), then the victims may be better served by independent investigations to determine the whole truth of the matter.


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