• September 06, 2022

Joseph Schwarz Killed, 21 Injured in Pileup Crash on I-75 in Lima, OH

Lima, OH — September 4, 2022, 64-year-old Joseph Schwarz died and 20 or more people were hurt in a pileup crash on Interstate 75 in Lima.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:30 p.m. on southbound I-75 near mile marker 125. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner semi-truck was southbound on the highway when it approached slowed traffic, which was backed up in the area due to an unrelated crash.

For reasons not yet known the truck driver failed to reduce speed on approach and crashed into traffic, causing a nine-vehicle chain-reaction pileup.

Schwarz, a passenger in one of the involved vehicles, was fatally injured in the wreck. Ten other people were transported to area hospitals, while 11 more were treated at the scene.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Joseph Schwarz Killed, 21 Injured in Pileup Crash on I-75 in Lima, OH

Commentary on Joseph Schwarz Accident in Lima

Reports paint a picture of a truck carelessly plowing into a column of slowed or stopped vehicles. That's unfortunately quite common, and after such crashes investigators often learn the big rig driver wasn't paying attention for one reason or another (fiddling with a radio, watching a phone or tablet, or even falling asleep). However, there are times where poor road conditions or sudden vehicle failures are behind these wrecks, which is why it's important to investigate the matter carefully and make no assumptions.

It's also crucial to find the clear facts because letting a trucking company get "creative" with what happened can have serious negative consequences for victims and their loved ones. Little as I like saying it, those companies are notorious for denying and deflecting liability as often as they can.

Cynical as that may sound, it's a truth I've learned from decades in this field. Anyone who might want to seek help from such a company after a wreck like the one in Lima would be best served by taking swift action. I can almost guarantee that the moment they learn what happened the company will do the same, though with the opposite goal in mind. Click the image below to learn more about what the firm might do to protect itself.

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