Semi Hits Six Vehicles, Injures Eight People
An accident in Bloomington has resulted in injury to eight different people. A semi and an SUV were both heading north near Sample Road when the semi rear-ended the SUV. After hitting the SUV, the semi hit five additional vehicles during what may have been an overcorrection as the driver attempted to control the semi. At least eight of the ten people were taken to local hospitals, though the extent of their injuries was initially unclear. The semi driver refused medical treatment on the scene but was eventually transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for a blood draw.
During the collision, one vehicle was sent into the southbound lanes of SR 37. The driver of this vehicle, as well as another person in a separate vehicle, were among the most seriously injured and were taken to hospitals after being cut out of their cars by emergency responders.
The multi-vehicle accident in Monroe County closed both lanes of SR 37 for nearly 4 hours and left the main traffic artery between Indianapolis and Bloomington slowed considerably even after reopening. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation, along with the Bloomington Police and Fire Department and the Indiana State Police.
Is Construction on I-69 Creating a Safety Hazard?
The work on I-69, intended to connect Bloomington to Martinsville, was supposed to be completed next month. Unpaid bills, unpaid contractors, and construction site walkoffs have created significant delays. Construction on the project has often been at a complete standstill, and some believe the ongoing construction chaos is dangerous for drivers.
Crashes in construction zones make up a little less than 2% of all accidents in the United States. Fatal work zone vehicle accidents are more likely to occur on urban interstates and arterials, with work zone fatalities on urban roadways comprising nearly half the total number of fatalities. This is true despite the fact that such urban interstates make up less than 5% of the nation’s roadways.
Rear-end collisions, such as the one that occurred in the Bloomington multi-vehicle accident, are more likely to be fatal in work zones. When looking at accidents overall, rear-end collisions account for around 16% of fatalities. In construction or work zones, that number skyrockets to 41%.
Tractor-trailer companies are fully aware of the damage these huge vehicles can do, so they often carry multiple kinds of insurance in case of accidents. The insurance companies will often fight tenaciously to avoid compensating victims of terrible crashes. The Indianapolis-based attorneys at Wagner Reese have fought these insurance companies time and again—and we have a history of winning large settlements for our clients. If you’ve been in an accident with a semi or tractor-trailer, call us today to discuss the compensation you may deserve. The initial consultation is completely free: (888) 204-8440.