Four Injured in Semi-Truck Accident on I-69 in Madison County, IN
Madison County, IN -- August 7, 2022, four people were injured following an accident where a semi-truck crashed into traffic on I-69.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 6:00 p.m. between Rangeline and Scatterfield.
Authorities said that traffic along the interstate slowed about a mile north of Anderson. As traffic slowed, a semi-truck reportedly failed to slow and crashed into the vehicles.
Four people were sent to the hospital as a result of the crash. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Semi-Truck Accident on I-69 near Anderson
While it's not entirely clear what led to this crash, it won't surprise folks to hear the cause is usually related to a truck driver speeding, following too closely, or being on their phone. Is it possible something unusual the truck driver couldn't control led to the crash? Certainly, and a proper investigation should consider those possibilities. However, a proper investigation should also ensure the obvious factors get enough attention to ensure victims and families have the tools necessary to see some accountability.
For example, I handled a situation not long ago where it seemed pretty darn obvious a truck driver was on his phone when he caused a crash. When we demanded to see the phone, though, the company claimed he didn't own one. That sure didn't add up, but it took hours of depositions for our team to finally trip the driver up in his own stories and get him to admit he did in fact own a cell phone (big surprise).
Only after all that were we able to get a court order for the phone records, proving the driver had been watching pornography at the time of the crash. I'm not saying anything so outrageous happened here, but without the right experience and tools, it can prove challenging to get people the evidence they need. That's why taking steps to ensure the right people are looking into things can be crucial for victims and families. I doubt this crash will somehow prove to be the exception.