Two Injured in Truck Accident on Charlestown Road in New Albany, IN
New Albany, IN -- May 5, 2022, two people were injured in a three-vehicle crash involving a semi-truck on Charlestown Road in New Albany.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before noon along Charlestown Road near the Southern Estate Subdivision. Preliminary investigation suggests a northbound semi-truck attempted to turn left from the road into the subdivision. While turning the big rig entered the path of a southbound pickup truck, hitting a pickup truck and a passenger van that was waiting at a stop sign to leave the subdivision. After the impact the pickup overturned on its side.
The pickup's two occupants, an adult driver and a juvenile passenger, were transported to area hospitals for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on Charlestown Road in New Albany
A witness at the scene said she viewed the semi driver turn into the pickup’s lane of travel. Between that and what reports say happened it seems like it would be a fairly easy thing to consider the truck driver liable for the damage done, which in turn his employer should try to make amends to the victims. Let's not be too hasty, however; truck accidents are rarely open-and-shut and this isn't likely to be the exception.
The unfortunate truth is that most companies will only admit fault if all their defenses and blame-shifting attempts are overcome. Some of the company's tactics can take unprepared victims very much by surprise.
Here's an example from another recent crash: In that instance an 18-wheeler pulled out of a parking lot directly into a car's path, causing a fatal collision. Police reports said the truck driver was at fault and the victim's family assumed that was enough for the company to accept responsibility. When they reached out, though, they were shocked to hear it say it wouldn't cooperate because the victim himself was actually to blame. The company didn't deny their driver failed to yield, but claimed the victim was speeding and not wearing a seat belt--the combination of which was the true proximate cause of his injuries. That was certainly harsh, but the family had to prove it was also untrue. They reached out to us for help in finding the truth and building a case.
Our investigators analyzed debris patterns, tire markings, electronic data from the vehicle, and other evidence from that crash and conclusively found the victim wasn't speeding at the time. We also talked to the ambulance crews from the scene and they agreed they had to cut through his fastened seat belt before they could get him out of the car. Armed with that clear evidence we refuted the trucking company's arguments, and after a few more attempts to avoid liability it finally did the right thing.
The crash in New Albany and the one I just described obviously aren't identical, but some things about truck crashes are almost universal. Victims of those wrecks must be ready for trucking company and insurance defenses--some predictable, others much less so. Preliminary reports from news sources or even police, no matter how clear their details may seem, typically aren't enough to make sure the victims and their loved ones get the answers and the help they deserve. Will further steps be taken here to ensure they do?