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Large Trucks Responsible for Pedestrian Fatality and Wreck with School Bus

Jason Reese

Two separate accidents both involving semi-trucks, occurred this week in Indiana. Sadly, the Hoosier state met the current statistic of one fatality per month caused by a semi-truck when a big-rig caused the death of a 69-year-old woman from Shelbyville. Its believed the victim, Bonnie Smiley, died after attempting to cross N. State Road 9 on foot and was struck by a tractor-trailer. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say alcohol, drug use or criminal activity is not believed to have been involved in the accident. Because of their sheer size, a pedestrian vs. semi-truck crash is often deadly. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2012, there were 19 fatalities related to large truck crashes in Indiana.

Earlier in the week, more than a dozen students were hospitalized for treatment from glass cuts and multiple injuries to the head, chest and arms after a semi struck their school bus on US 231 in Owen County. State Police say the truck slid across a centerline, hit the front driver’s side of the school bus and then skid down the entire left side. The 35-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer was cited for driving left of center and driving too fast for road conditions.


Because of their sheer size, ending up in a crash with a semi-truck can be deadly. But happening more often than fatalities are the 100,000 personal injuries sustained from the wrecks. Protect yourself and your best interests by taking these immediate steps after being involved in a big-rig accident.

  • Get medical attention. Injuries from truck accidents may not present immediately at the scene of the accident. It is best to make sure that you are unharmed and seek medical attention even if you don’t suspect your injuries to be serious.
  • Initiate an investigation and collect evidence. Evidence from truck accidents usually clear up quickly. Gather any relevant information that may assist in claiming your compensation. This may include taking notes about the accident, taking pictures of the scene, gathering statements from witnesses – all these things can be done with the assistance of a personal injury lawyer.
  • Contact the accident lawyers at Wagner Reese first. It is essential that you do not provide insurance carriers with a recorded statement before you have consulted with one of our attorneys. Insurance carriers, while they may outwardly seem like they are trying to help you, may in fact be trying to limit your claim.

While more than one fatal truck accident per month in Indiana may seem high, this does not include the many non-fatal, but serious injury car and truck accidents that the personal injury lawyers at Wagner Reese see and handle on a regular basis.

If someone close to you has been the victim of a semi-accident or you have been injured, call our offices today. We recognize that no amount of money can restore you or the lives of those affected by a tragic accident, however, that doesn’t mean that you deserve to struggle under the weight of financial stress. We are waiting to speak with you at (888) 204-8440.


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