• May 26, 2017

Fermin Antonio Killed, Eight Injured in Accident in Tippecanoe County, IN

Tippecanoe County, IN -- A single-vehicle SUV crash in the area of Tippecanoe County, IN left a 45-year-old man, Fermin Antonio dead and injured eight others Saturday, May 20, 2017.

The incident happened on Interstate 65 around 2 a.m.

According to the reports, it appears the SUV was traveling along the roadway when it lost control, flipped over, and went into a ditch. Fermin Antonio, the driver, was thrown from the vehicle. A second occupant was also thrown from the SUV.

Mr. Antonio was killed at the scene. The second occupant, a woman, four teens and two toddlers were all injured in the crash.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

map of the area

Commentary

In single-vehicle crashes, the knee-jerk tendency of the media is to blame the driver. While that's often true, years of experience litigating single-vehicle crashes has taught me to seek other possibilities in these types of accidents.

While plenty of single-vehicle accidents are due to distractions, unsafe operation of a vehicle, or even suicide, there are a whole host of other scenarios that deserve a closer look.

There are times when vehicles are run off the road by other vehicles that go unreported. Road rage, error on the part of the second driver, and reckless driving are a few examples.

Some more notable examples are accidents caused by electronic failure, much like the well-covered incidents related to a faulty ignition switch installed by General Motors. In that case, drivers would lose power mid-drive, leaving them without airbags, brakes, or steering.

One detail of note in this accident is the fact that two of the occupants in this crash were thrown from the vehicle. I say this as it's not unheard of for seat belts to fail in these types of accidents, causing belts to break free.

No matter the outcome, whenever there's an accident of this magnitude, the need for a more thorough investigation to rule out all other possibilities is paramount.

--Grossman Law Offices

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