• May 10, 2022

Lawrence Schuh, Mary Whipple Injured in Truck Accident on IN-48 in Dearborn County

Dearborn County, IN -- May 6, 2022, 75-year-old Lawrence Schuh and 71-year-old Mary Whipple were injured in a crash with a semi-truck on State Road 48 in Dearborn County.

Authorities say the incident happened Friday evening on the 8200 block of IN-48. Preliminary investigation suggests 40-year-old Rod Kasiah was headed east on the roadway when his big rig's empty trailer slid across the center line into the westbound lane. The trailer then collided with Schuh and Whipple's vehicle.

Schuh and Whipple were extracted from the struck vehicle and transported to an area hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

The accident remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Lawrence Schuh, Mary Whipple Accident in Dearborn County

Based on how reports say this crash happened it seems like many folks will probably blame the truck driver without much extra thought: "If the truck hurt someone then the person driving it must have made a mistake." I can see how that may seem reasonable on its surface--a tool only being as good as its user--but in reality the law isn't so black-and-white. The semi-trailer may have slipped out of its lane but it's important during the investigation to learn exactly why that happened. Did the driver steer too sharply and make the trailer lose direction? Might the trailer have just hit some debris or water on the road and briefly lost traction? Were the truck and trailer hitched together appropriately? Could the trailer have blown a tire? Was the westbound victim's full attention on the road when everything occurred?

I'm not trying to overcomplicate things or point fingers, but it's important to consider all the possibilities and be sure that only facts and evidence tell the story by the time the investigation is closed. That's vital to ensure everyone's on the same page and there's no room for "creative" interpretations of what happened--which are all too common after a commercial truck is the reason someone got hurt. Victims often feel that what's in the news or on police reports should be enough for a trucking company to admit fault and make amends, but in the vast majority of cases that belief is shattered and the company argues it's not to blame at all. The best way to make sure they can't wiggle free of their obligations is to block every exit with indisputable proof of what happened.

Lawrence Schuh, Mary Whipple Injured in Truck Accident on IN-48 in Dearborn County

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