Injuries Reported in Truck Accident on Sprinkle Road in Kalamazoo County, MI
Kalamazoo County, MI -- May 12, 2022, injuries were reported after a car and a tractor-trailer collided on Sprinkle Road in Kalamazoo County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:50 p.m. on Sprinkle near Miller Road. There aren't many details about what happened in preliminary reports, but a car was said to have crashed with an 18-wheeler in the area. A motorcyclist near the collision reportedly laid down their bike to avoid it.
All those involved were taken to an area hospital as a precaution.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on Sprinkle Road in Kalamazoo County
It's not uncommon for there to be few details about an accident so soon after it happens. Hopefully investigators are working hard to fill in many of the lingering blanks about the events of the crash and its specific cause.
In the meantime it's at least some silver lining that the injuries involved in the wreck don't appear too serious--at least that's the usual takeaway when victims are taken to a hospital "as a precaution." I certainly hope that means everyone will be back to normal in no time, but I also feel a little hesitation in writing injuries off right after a wreck like this.
Unless everyone was traveling at a snail's pace at the time of impact then just about every 18-wheeler accident should be taken seriously, no matter how preliminary reports describe the damage. I once worked on a case where a big rig rear-ended our client and he thought he only got a sore back out of it, only to find out within a couple of weeks that a disk actually ruptured in his spine. The effects took a short while to show, but he thought at first his injury was only minor. He ended up needing major surgery and lengthy rehab, all while the at-fault trucking company and insurers argued about giving him the help he needed. When all was said and done very little about his experience was "minor."
I'm not saying the Michigan wreck will end up the same way. I wouldn't wish that mess on anyone, client or not, and there's no particular reason to think anything like it will happen. I only mean to say that in case things aren't quite what they seem and more than "precautions" are necessary, it's important to take a truck accident seriously from the start. That means investigating it carefully and finding all the clear evidence of what really occurred, all to be sure that the right parties are held accountable. "Better safe than sorry," as they say, and these crashes are no exception.