• August 25, 2022

Larry Schreiner Killed, Luke Truman Injured in Mansfield, OH Truck Accident

Mansfield, OH — August 23, 2022, Larry Schreiner died and Luke Truman was critically injured in a truck accident on U.S. Highway 30 in Mansfield.

According to reports the incident happened around 6:15 p.m. on US-30 near the Springmill Street exit ramp. Preliminary investigation suggests Schreiner, 56, was driving an International dump truck west on the highway when he lost control for unknown reasons.

The truck ran off the right side of the road and hit a guardrail, then re-entered the lanes and passed through to the other side where it hit the concrete median divider. It crashed through and over the divider, went partly airborne, and hit an eastbound Freightliner big rig driven by Truman, 28.

Schreiner and Truman were both taken to a Mansfield hospital for surgery; Schreiner died a short time later. Truman was listed in critical condition as of Wednesday morning.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Larry Schreiner, Luke Truman Accident in Mansfield

Over the years I've learned that crashes between commercial trucks often turn into a long and high-stakes round of "hot potato" between the trucking companies. Most won't accept responsibility without a fight, and while they bicker back and forth about who or what is to blame the crash victims and their families may be stuck in limbo waiting for help.

Some may wonder if that's really an issue here considering how the wreck reportedly happened, but it's important to realize there's more investigating to do and many unexamined factors still to consider: Limited visibility, hazardous roads, and possible malfunctions or defects in the truck are just a few potential factors that must be accounted for, so it's important not to take the outcome of the investigation (or what it might mean for the victims) for granted.

Larry Schreiner Killed, Luke Truman Injured in Mansfield, OH Truck Accident

I'm not trying to overcomplicate things here. I'm just saying that almost no crash--but especially one involving commercial trucks--is actually as simple as the news makes it seem. That may just sound cynical, but it comes from plenty of experience helping truck drivers and families whose lives were changed forever by crashes like this. When it's time to hold someone accountable for that all notions of teamster solidarity evaporate, at least as far as the companies and their lawyers are concerned.

Furthermore, many commercial drivers believe their only recourse is through workers' compensation after these accidents. Since that's more or less automatic, they don't make much effort to gather evidence after the crash. It's true that they may get some help from the program, but on principle the parties responsible for their damages should help them get back on their feet. Holding the right people accountable requires abundant clear proof, though, so taking the necessary steps after an accident is vital.

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