Around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday of last week, an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) worker lost his life in a fiery crash.
56-year-old Gregory Lawdermilt of North Vernon, who had been a state highway worker since February 2008, was stopped to help motorists in an accident between a car and a tractor trailer. He pulled behind them in the southbound lane of Interstate 65, near Seymour.
According to reports, Lawdermilt had placed caution triangles around the scene before returning to his truck. He was then struck from behind by another 18-wheeler. Both vehicles smashed into the median and the semi burst into flames.
Mr. Lawdermilt died at the scene.
Fatal commercial vehicle accidents are far too common on Indiana roads.
In late October, seven people were killed in Elkhart County on a toll road between Middlebury and Bristol when their minivan was struck by a semi truck. According to reports, the minivan had just hit a deer when it was hit from behind by the 18-wheeler.
After an investigation, it was determined that none of the occupants of the minivan were wearing seat belts. A six-week-old boy was among those killed in the accident, and investigators said that he was in a car seat but was not restrained.
While some accidents are unavoidable, some are the result of careless or negligent actions of those behind the wheel. Regardless of how accidents happen, it’s our responsibility to take the necessary safety precautions. Our actions might just save lives in the event of an auto accident.
Safe Driving Tips
• Wear your seatbelt – They reduce the risk of injury and death by 50% in adult passengers.
• No texting – If you must use your cell phone while driving, use a hands-free alternative.
• Properly install Child Seats – When used correctly a child safety seat can reduce the risk of death in a car accident by 70%.
• Keep at a safe distance – Having enough time to react to the changing conditions on the road will greatly increase your chances of avoiding an accident.
Indiana Big Truck Accident Lawyer
The Ken Nunn Law Office has helped injured victims across Indiana since 1967. If you’ve been hurt in a semi truck accident and need a lawyer, contact us today.
Call 1-800-CALL-KEN or email us your question.