Two Injured in Truck Accident on I-70 in Putnam County, IN
Putnam County, IN -- April 28, 2022, two people were injured in a three-vehicle crash involving a semi-truck on Interstate 70 in Putnam County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:25 p.m. on eastbound I-70 near mile marker 42. Preliminary investigation suggests the driver of a commercial semi-truck failed to reduce speed when approaching slowed traffic ahead, causing the the truck to rear-end a passenger vehicle. The truck then veered into the passing lane and hit another vehicle before entering the median and coming to rest.
Two people from the struck passenger vehicles were transported to an area hospital with unspecified injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on I-70 in Putnam County
A big rig tends to hit slowed or stopped traffic due to speeding, following too closely, driver fatigue, or distraction. None of those have to be involved in the I-70 crash, but in most of these situations it's ultimately found the crash was really avoidable and the truck driver just made a serious mistake.
Of course, even if reports say the trucker did something wrong that's not set in stone. In fact, trucking companies are pretty notorious for bitterly disputing the idea their drivers did anything wrong. I suspect the company behind the Putnam County driver would reach for any explanation they thought might take them off the hot seat, no matter what he might have been up to just before crashing into the victims. We've worked on many cases where truck drivers were messing with their radios, reaching for something on the floor or between seats, digging in coolers, or even watching adult movies on their phones instead of looking at the road.
Victims often think they have those drivers dead-to-rights, but even when things seemed clear on paper their employers insisted something else was to blame: Sudden and surprising mechanical or brake failures, sun glare, distraction from the flashing lights of nearby emergency vehicles, the victims stopped too suddenly for the driver to react...the excuses go on and on in an effort to lessen or even eliminate liability, and without abundant clear evidence and the right tools to deal with them they can be frustratingly effective.
The burden of countering and disproving those defenses falls to the victims and their families, and much of the evidence needed to do that is found with either the truck driver or the truck itself. However, the driver and his employer won't simply hand anything over, so plaintiffs often work with independent investigators and other allies to obtain crucial evidence the company won't share of its own free will. Backing up a claim with indisputable proof is key for getting victims the answers and help they need and deserve.