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Major Indiana truck accident leaves four dead

A recent truck accident on a major highway in another part of Indiana left four people dead and also attracted the attention of the national news media. If anything, the tragedy shows the importance of a trucker's being always mindful of what is going on ahead of him or her, as no one can assume that highway traffic will not suddenly come to a standstill even outside of an urban area.

Apparently, traffic along the interstate was experiencing a slowdown because of a fire in the nearby brush. Fro whatever reason, the truck driver heading down the interstate did not respond to the slowdown and thus smashed in to the rear of a car. The car was quickly engulfed in fire, and three occupants of the car died.

After hitting, the car, the truck then hit another large vehicle, a flatbed carrying large bars of steel. When the semi hit the flatbed, it disturbed the bars, sending them through the cab of the semi. These bars crushed the driver, leading to the fourth fatality.

While sometimes it is easy for a truck driver to just start traveling along automatically and without actually noticing changes in traffic flow, this really must be avoided at all costs. Motor vehicle accidents involving trucks can be particularly devastating largely because of the size difference between trucks and other vehicles, as this tragic case illustrates.

Although the responsible truck driver also died in the accident, this does not prevent the family of those others who were killed from seeking compensation for the loss of their loved ones via a wrongful death cause of action.

Source: ABC News, "4 dead after tractor-trailer crash in western Indiana," May 13, 2017.

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