• April 27, 2022

Lois Fair, Dawn Covey Killed in Semi-Truck Accident in Goshen, IN

Goshen, IN -- April 25, 2022, Lois Fair and Dawn Covey were killed after an accident where a semi-truck crashed into their vehicle at a traffic light.

In their initial reports, officials said that the crash took place at the intersection of Rieth Boulevard and County Road 17.

According to officials, 72-year-old Lois Fair and 44-year-old Dawn Covey were in a Toyota Corolla along Rieth. When they attempted a left turn onto CR-17, reports said that a southbound semi-truck's brakes may have failed, causing it to crash into the Toyota. The Toyota then hit a couple of vehicles stopped at the opposite end of CR-17.

Due to the collision, reports say that both Fair and Covey sustained fatal injuries. Right now, it's unclear if anyone else was hurt. The exact factors surrounding the crash remain unclear at this time.

Commentary on Lois Fair, Dawn Covey Semi-Truck Accident in Goshen

It's just shocking to see what appears to be a sudden, unavoidable tragedy, though it's important to consider what it means when someone says brake failure led to a serious crash. To be perfectly blunt, I would take those claims with a grain of salt. With 30 years of experience helping hundreds of families after serious truck wrecks, brake failure is incredibly rare. More often than not, thorough investigations show that claim to be an attempt at hiding the truth, which is usually that the driver was going too fast or simply not paying attention. But what if brake failure really did happen here?

Lois Fair, Dawn Covey Semi-Truck Accident Goshen, IN

I certainly would never suggest ignoring such claims, unlikely as they may be. As I said, brake failure is uncommon, but it's not unheard of. But how does it happen? Well, there are rare circumstances in which a manufacturing issue causes the brakes to fail despite the truck owner having every reason to believe the brakes were being used properly and in working condition. If there's some manufacturer out there that put a dangerous product onto into the public, countless others could be at risk. Not only would the manufacturer likely be responsible for this crash, they'd need to address the issue before anyone else got hurt.

More likely, however, is that brake failure is the result of misuse or poor maintenance. A lot of brakes fail in hilly areas when inexperienced truck drivers overheat the brakes, causing them to catastrophically fail. Otherwise, checking maintenance records to ensure the company that owns the truck regularly maintained the vehicle could show serious mistakes there. Not long ago, for example, I handled a situation where a mechanical issue led to a deadly truck accident. The company tried to frame it as an unforeseeable tragedy, but our investigations proved that they neglected necessary repairs for months, failing to prevent an entirely preventable mechanical failure. Did similar mistakes lead to this crash?

All this is essentially to say that these preliminary reports barely scratch the surface. Maybe it's true that brake failure led to this tragedy, and maybe it's not. The key is to make sure that investigators with the right tools and experience look into such intricate claims. Police investigators alone rarely have the resources to look into something as complex as possible manufacturing defects or neglected maintenance. Ensuring independent investigators look into things would likely be the more prudent approach to getting the folks affected by this awful event the answers and the help they deserve.

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