Drivers Injured in Truck Accident on I-69 in Madison County, IN
Madison County, IN -- November 25, 2022, two people were injured after an accident where two trucks crashed along I-69.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 11:00 a.m. along I-69 in the area of Markelville Road and Rangeline Road.
It appears that a Mack truck was northbound along the interstate when it somehow lost control. The Mack truck careened across the median where it then crashed into a semi-truck. Both vehicles then overturned.
Initial reports said the crash was fatal, but further information shows that the two drivers involved had injuries thought to be non-life-threatening. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Truck Accident on I-69 in Madison County
While folks tend to see lawyers as "anti-trucker," the reality is many of my clients have been truck drivers hurt in accidents like this one. After all, few things pose as much of a threat to commercial drivers as other commercial vehicles. But as much as those drivers know there are people out there giving their profession a bad name, they likely also know that a crash like this isn't always about a driver being reckless. Likely or not, sometimes a driver is at the mercy of the work environment they're stuck in.
Let me give an example from something I handled a while back. A truck driver lost control after falling asleep at the wheel. Logs showed he'd been driving for over 20 hours straight. But the more we dug into things, the more concerned we were with the driver's employer rather than the driver themselves.
From our investigations, we found this company only cared about getting as much work done as fast as possible. As such, they would coerce drivers into skipping maintenance, speeding, taking roads trucks shouldn't be on, and violating hours of service laws all in the name of expedience. If drivers didn't meet these ludicrous demands, they risked losing their jobs. It was only a matter of time before someone just trying to provide for their family got themselves or someone else killed.
I'm not saying that happened here, of course, but it's something that people outside of the industry just don't consider. Even police may not have the experience or techniques to make sure all possible factors get attention. To get people the help they deserve, they need to know they're getting the whole story. Are those steps being taken here?