• May 17, 2022

Jenna Mahovlich Injured in Truck Accident on I-70 in St. Clairsville, OH

St. Clairsville, OH -- May 16, 2022, 32-year-old Jenna Mahovlich was injured in a crash between two semi-trucks on Interstate 70 in St. Clairsville.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:30 a.m. on eastbound I-70 near mile marker 219 and the I-470 split. Preliminary investigation suggests Mahovlich was driving east on the highway when she crashed into the back of a tanker truck that was slowing ahead. The impact pushed the tanker into a guardrail and the support of a highway sign pole, knocking the signs down and partially blocking the roadway.

Mahovlich received minor injuries in the crash and was taken to a local hospital. She was cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Jenna Mahovlich Accident on I-70 in St. Clairsville

Reports say one truck crashed into the other on the roadway, but they don't currently have much to say about why that occurred. Some may have jumped pretty quickly to explanations involving driver recklessness like looking at a cell phone or falling asleep, but it's important not to make premature assumptions. The best way to learn how this unfortunate incident could have happened is through careful and thorough investigation. For all anyone knows at this point the tanker truck might have braked suddenly in front of the victim and police just didn't get that part right.

Some may think it's not really necessary to learn all the details of a wreck where the only injuries were described as minor. I hope reports have that part right, of course, but I've also worked on a number of cases where early assessments didn't really grasp what happened to the victims. With all due respect to first responders, sometimes what they see at the scene isn't really the full breadth of the damage.

Jenna Mahovlich Injured in Truck Accident on I-70 in St. Clairsville, OH

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 he had spinal trauma--a ruptured disk that caused him enormous pain. The injury's true nature took a short while to show, but at first he and everyone else thought it was negligible. He ended up needing major surgery and lengthy rehab for it, though, all while the at-fault trucking company and insurers argued against giving him the help he needed. When all was said and done very little about his experience was "minor."

I'm not saying the Ohio wreck will end up the same way. I wouldn't wish that experience 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 it's important to take a truck accident seriously from the start. That means investigating it carefully and finding clear evidence of what really occurred, all to be sure that the right parties are held accountable if needed. "Better safe than sorry," as they say, and these crashes are no exception.

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