Semi-Truck Involved in Multiple Vehicle Wreck Loses Steel Load, Causes Additional Crashes

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I-71 Southbound was closed for multiple hours on Thursday morning after a semi-truck crashed into four vehicles, losing its steel load as a result of the wreck. A large steel beam was amongst the items that spilled from the truck after the collision. Shortly after that crash, a domino effect caused two other wrecks on I-71 Southbound, each involving three vehicles. These pileups resulted in a very complicated mess on the interstate. At least four people were taken to hospital for injuries following these crashes.

Although the cause of the crash has not been released, it is possible that the truck driver, or the driver of another vehicle, may be at fault. Often motor vehicle collisions are caused by negligence or recklessness.

Kentucky law stipulates that drivers on the roadways owe a duty of care to other drivers and their passengers to operate their vehicles in a safe and reasonable manner. In order to prevail on a claim of negligence, the passengers and drivers of other vehicles would need to assert and prove that the at-fault driver breached this duty by failing to operate his or her vehicle as a reasonably prudent driver would in similar circumstances. Recoverable damages could potentially include property damage, medical bills, lost wages, permanent disability, and pain and suffering.