Wrong-Way Driver Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on IN Toll Road in Lake County
Lake County, IN — August 5, 2022, a wrong-way driver died in a crash with an 18-wheeler on the Indiana Toll Road in Lake County.
According to reports the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. on the Toll Road near the Calumet exit. Preliminary investigation suggests a Jeep Grand Cherokee was headed west in the eastbound lanes of the road, against traffic, when it crashed head-on with a Freightliner tractor-trailer. After the impact both vehicles caught fire.
The Jeep's driver was ejected during the collision and suffered fatal injuries. The truck driver was unhurt.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Wrong-Way Crash in Lake County
News reports suggest the fatally-injured driver in this accident was traveling the wrong way on the toll road for unknown reasons. Some may feel that makes this situation pretty open-and-shut, but I often caution against mistaking preliminary findings for gospel truth. What if there's more to the story that was overlooked or misinterpreted?
People don't always realize that much of what investigators learn at the scene comes solely from interviewing witnesses. In many cases those witnesses are the survivors, aka the truck drivers, who have a stake in how police view their role in what happened. Most of those drivers tell the truth and act honorably, but unfortunately "most" is not "all." Moreover, many of them get specific instructions from their employers about how exactly to tell the story so their part is downplayed or even erased.
Altogether the deck is often stacked against victims and families after a commercial truck accident, and trucking companies are only too glad to use that. Click the link below to learn more about their strategies to get off the hook after many accidents, and what steps are needed to overcome them.