• May 11, 2022

Three Injured in Tractor-Trailer Accident on State Road 37 in Johnson County, IN

Johnson County, IN -- May 10, 2022, three people were injured as the result of an accident where a tractor-trailer crashed with traffic on State Road 37.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 7:15 a.m. in the area of State Road 37 and Smith Valley Road.

Officials said that a semi-trailer going along the highway somehow "smashed into" traffic, hitting multiple vehicles and pushing a pickup on top of another vehicle.

Due to the crash, at least three people were taken to the hospital. One of those victims had serious injuries, reports say. Factors leading up to the crash remain unclear at this time.

Commentary on Tractor-Trailer Accident on State Road 37 in Johnson County

The way authorities describe this crash is more than a little concerning. A tractor-trailer "smashing into" traffic is usually (though not always) a sign that the truck driver was doing something irresponsible. Whether that's something common like speeding or distracted driving or even something highly unusual like a mechanical defect the truck driver couldn't possibly foresee, it will likely take thorough independent investigations to ensure nothing slips through the cracks. Besides, those thorough investigations can even show that seemingly straight-forward situations require far more professional attention.

Johnson County, IN Tractor-Trailer Accident smith valley State Road 37

Not long ago, for example, I handled a situation in which a truck crashed into traffic after a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel. Investigations showed that he'd been behind the wheel for over 20 hours straight. But why would he do something so obviously reckless? Well, our continued investigations made that clear.

At that company supervisors would set these ludicrous deadlines for drivers to meet. If they failed to meet the deadlines, they risked losing their jobs. In other words, drivers were forced to choose between being safe drivers and putting food on their family's table. It was just a matter of time before someone got hurt.

So why is this significant? Well, when folks come to me for help, there's something else they want: accountability. They want to know the right people are being held fully accountable for their actions. If a single driver makes an isolated mistake, the consequences aren't likely to be as severe as they would be for an entire company putting the public at risk through negligent business practices. Holding them accountable could get victims and families the help they need, ensure that business faced the appropriate consequences, and even get them to clean up their act before more people got hurt. Shouldn't that be worth every step to ensure investigations into the crash are thorough?

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