• April 28, 2022

One Injured in Crossover Crash with Dump Truck on IN-13 near North Webster

North Webster, IN -- April 27, 2022, one person was hospitalized after an SUV collided with a dump truck on State Road 13 near North Webster.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:30 p.m. on IN-13 near County Road 800 North. Preliminary investigation suggests the dump truck, owned by Eshelman Sand and Gravel, was travelign north on the roadway when it collided with a southbound Chevrolet Blazer that reports say crossed left of center. After the impact the Chevy ran off the road and overturned in a ditch.

The Chevy driver was transported to an area hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. The truck driver was evaluated and released at the scene.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Crossover Accident on IN-13 near North Webster

Reports suggest the victim may have triggered this wreck by crossing left of center. Some may think there's not much else to say if that's the case, but it's important to remember that preliminary reports aren't always 100% correct about a crash. In a few cases I've even seen situations where they were completely wrong about what happened.

I recently worked on a similar wreck where a victim supposedly crossed the center line and crashed with a big rig. We looked more closely on behalf of the victim's family and learned he was only in the opposite lane to escape the truck, which had crossed over first. It turned out the trucker fell asleep and drifted out of his lane, only to wake up to the victim's frantic horn-honking and swerve sharply back on-course--once again in the victim's path.

The victim couldn't evade the truck a second time, but he wasn't to blame for the collision. Because police found both vehicles in the truck's lane when they got there, though, they said the victim crossed over. There were no witnesses but the sleepy trucker, who felt no urge to set the record straight. If we hadn't looked again the wrong person, unable to tell his side of the story, might have taken the blame forever.

One Injured in Crossover Crash with Dump Truck on IN-13 near North Webster

That situation was pretty unusual, and I'm not saying the North Webster wreck happened that way. Even if authorities are sure the victim crossed over first, though, there's still the question of why. Some may reflexively blame texting, speeding, or some other common factors, but there are many other reasons someone might lose control. Could the Chevy have blown a tire or had a mechanical failure? What about the driver--did they have some kind of incapacitating medical issue? Those may not be as common as distracted or careless driving, but they and other possibilities can't be dismissed without proper investigation.

The takeaway here should be that things aren't always as straightforward as they first appear. That's why I often suggest working with independent accident reconstruction experts who can devote the proper time and care to finding all the facts. At the very least, the victim deserves the benefit of the doubt unless clear evidence is found that says otherwise.

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