Louisville, Kentucky – At least one person was seriously injured in a collision involving five semi-trucks on the Kennedy Bridge on Interstate 65. The accident occurred around 1:15 in the afternoon on August 16, 2022.
The trucks initially collided with one another near a construction zone on the Kennedy Bridge. As a result of the pile-up, traffic was completely halted on the bridge for most of the remainder of the day. Travelers were backed up for miles into Indiana. The injured party was taken to a local hospital.
No information has been released as to what caused the five semi-trucks to collide with one another.
Thoughts on the five-truck pile-up that left one man seriously injured
A collision of five semi-trucks on a bridge speaks to the inherent danger of driving a semi-truck. The order of events must be determined to find who was at fault in this accident and prevent such accidents from occurring in the future. Further, those injured here will need a legal strategy to recover for the harm they sustained in the crash.
Semi-trucks are uniquely large vehicles that should be operated with extreme caution. In the case of this accident, where many trucks drove upon a construction area at the same time, all drivers should have been driving slowly and giving one another enough space to navigate a potentially dangerous obstacle. If any of the truck drivers were not traveling at a prudent speed or were distracted while entering this area of the bridge, those drivers should be held liable for their actions. Additionally, the training of the drivers should be investigated. If one of the drivers was an amateur driver, the driver’s company may be liable for allowing a less-than-capable driver to operate a heavy truck on busy roadways.
The road conditions and, in particular, the signage leading up to the bridge should be investigated. If the drivers were not given enough warning as they approached a construction area, the municipality or the construction company could be held liable for improper signage. Because semi-trucks are heavier and thereby take longer to slow down, proper notice must be given in advance of a slow travel area to allow drivers to stop.
A thorough investigation into what caused five semi-trucks to collide must be completed. It must be determined who or what caused the accident and what could have been done to prevent the accident. Once that determination has been made, the appropriate parties should be held liable. Our firm provides free case reviews and investigations to ensure all people have access to our courtrooms despite their current circumstances. If those affected by this accident or others similarly situated need legal counsel, do not hesitate to reach out to the Ammons Law Firm.