According to WANE, a major crash involving three semi-trucks and a pickup truck has resulted in injuries to three people and brought traffic to a standstill on Interstate 69 (I-69) for several hours Monday July 24, 2023. The incident occurred approximately 10 miles south of Markle, near State Road 5 in Huntington County, Indiana.
The Huntington County Sheriff's Department (HCSD) reported that the accident took place at around 12:51 p.m., causing significant traffic congestion along the southbound lanes of I-69. According to the HCSD's preliminary investigation, one of the semi-trucks failed to slow down and violently rear-ended another semi truck, which was stationary at the time.
As a result of the initial collision, the stationary semi-truck was forcefully pushed into the path of a pickup truck, triggering a chain reaction involving another semi-truck.
Emergency services were swiftly dispatched to the scene. Three of the drivers involved in the crash sustained minor injuries and were promptly transported to a nearby hospital for medical attention. Fortunately, the fourth driver emerged unscathed from the collision.
The authorities have yet to determine the exact cause of the initial semi truck's failure to slow down, and investigations into the incident are ongoing.
The crash prompted the closure of both southbound lanes of I-69 for an extended period as authorities worked to clear the wreckage and assess the extent of damage to the road. Motorists in the area experienced significant delays and were advised to seek alternate routes while the scene was being cleared.
As of now, the identities of the drivers involved have not been disclosed, and it remains uncertain whether any charges will be filed in connection with the accident.
In the aftermath of the recent multi-semi truck crash, questions arise about the legal recourse available to truck accident victims and their families in general. We sat down with experienced truck accident attorney Jeff Gibson, Esq., to gain insight into what actions accident victims and their loved ones can take in seeking justice and compensation following a truck accident.
Editor Darla Medina (DM): Good evening. We welcome Attorney Jeff Gibson, Esq., a prominent truck accident lawyer based here in Indiana. Thank you for joining us, Mr. Gibson.
Attorney Jeff Gibson (JG): Thank you, Darla. It's my pleasure to be here to discuss the legal implications of truck accidents.
DM: Absolutely. It's essential that we understand what actions victims can take in seeking justice and compensation. Can you elaborate on your options for a civil case against the liable parties?
JG: Of course, Darla. In accidents involving commercial vehicles, victims and their families may have grounds to pursue a civil lawsuit against the parties deemed responsible for the accident. However, with multiple vehicles involved, it could be a complex matter to determine liability, so a thorough investigation will be necessary.
DM: I see. And what steps can accident victims or their families take to ensure they build a strong civil case?
JG: Firstly, it's crucial to seek medical attention immediately after the accident, even if the injuries appear minor. Some injuries may manifest later, and having medical records can be vital in establishing the extent of damages. Additionally, collecting evidence from the scene, such as photographs, eyewitness accounts, and police reports, can significantly support their case.
DM: That makes sense. And how important is it for accident victims or their families to consult with an experienced truck accident attorney?
JG: Consulting with an attorney experienced in handling truck accident cases is highly advisable. Truck accidents often involve multiple parties, including trucking companies, drivers, and sometimes even vehicle manufacturers. An attorney can navigate the complex legal landscape, identify liable parties, and help pursue fair compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering.
DM: That's valuable information. How long do victims or their families typically have to take legal action?
JG: The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Indiana is typically two years from the date of the accident. However, it's essential not to wait until the last moment, as evidence and witness recollections can fade over time. It's best to consult an attorney promptly to protect their rights and build a strong case.