Harvail Singh Dhillon Killed in Amazon Facility Accident in Hancock County, IN
Hancock County, IN -- October 20, 2022, Harvail Singh Dhillon was killed due to an accident where a truck hit him at an Amazon facility.
Investigators said that the incident happened early Thursday at an Amazon distribution center located along County Road 300.
It appears that 66-year-old Harvail Singh Dhillon was a truck driver who stopped a semi along the roadway at around 6:45 a.m. While walking on the roadway, it appears that another truck hit Dhillon.
Dhillon's injuries proved to be fatal. Right now, details surrounding the accident are under investigation. Authorities say only that the area was dark. It's unclear if Dhillon and the truck driver worked for the same company. Investigations continue.
Commentary on Harvail Singh Dhillon Amazon Facility Accident in Hancock County
Some people may be quick to write this off as just an unfortunate accident, considering it happened on a dark stretch of road. But there are a few key questions that need answers if the victim's loved ones are going to get the help they deserve. Are those questions being asked here?
One crucial one is simply how the incident could have been avoided. Just because a pedestrian is in a dangerous place doesn't mean drivers have free rein to run them over. This truck driver may not have had any way to see or avoid the victim, but if evidence shows they could have, then finding out what prevented the driver from doing so could reveal serious issues.
Another important factor is who exactly is responsible for the area in which this happened. It appears the incident happened on a public road, so if lighting is an issue in this area, that may be something the local authorities need to address. Have they received complaints about this area already? Or, could it be the location is part of the Amazon facility, and therefore the company is responsible for the lack of lighting?
Important also is whether or not the victim and the driver were co-workers. Folks are quick to assume any work accident is one which falls within the confines of workers' comp. That's often true, but workers' comp is particularly challenging because it restricts the rights of victims and families even if it can be extremely helpful in some cases. However, if a worker from one company harms a worker from another company, those typical restrictions may not apply since they tend to only restrict actions an employee can take against their own employer, not someone else's.
I know I'm throwing a lot of information out there, but I want it to be absolutely clear how complex an accident like this can be. Folks can't just write this off as some unfortunate, unavoidable situation. Investigators need to determine truly whether or not it was avoidable. If it was, is there anybody who needs to answer for their failure to avoid it?