El Paso, TX — On February 7, 2019, a tractor-trailer that was hauling other semi-trucks crashed on Interstate 10 in West El Paso, causing major delays for traffic.
Authorities say the big rig crashed around 8:00 p.m. near Executive Center Boulevard. When the semi truck crashed, two of the trucks it was hauling became dislodged and fell into the lanes of I-10, blocking all westbound traffic. Another tractor-trailer then crashed into the ones resting in the lanes.
No major injuries were reported, and no further information is available at this time.
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I’m glad most of the damage in this accident seems to have been done to the schedules of the inconvenienced motorists. However, I am sometimes skeptical when I hear that injuries were “minor” after several 40-ton trucks collide. Based on my experience with commercial truck accidents, no injury should be written off too quickly, as sometimes symptoms of something worse take time to manifest.
For example, we once had a case where our client’s “sore back” turned out to be far worse than it seemed. His big rig was rear-ended by another semi truck; his damage was assessed at an emergency room and he was sent home with a diagnosis of minor back pain.
A few days went by and that “minor” pain had become so severe he could hardly move, let alone go back to work. When he returned to the hospital, doctors discovered the collision had actually ruptured a disc in his spine. The rupture tore worse when he moved around after going home the first time, causing it to leak fluid. Ultimately, he had to have invasive surgery and needed almost a year of recovery. As you can see, that’s far from a “minor” injury.
Many truck drivers don’t consider such possibilities because they try to shrug off anything short of death. When their pain worsens, it’s often too late to revisit the accident that caused it–the evidence is gone, and the trucking company can’t be held accountable for the high costs of treatment.
It’s not all doom and gloom, though. For many people, the injury really is nothing to be worried about, and I always hope it’s true when I see it described that way. That said, anyone involved in an accident like this should hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
–Grossman Law Offices