• March 14, 2019

Injuries Reported in SUV/18-Wheeler Accident on East Hawkins Pkwy in Longview, TX

Longview, TX -- On March 8, 2019, an SUV and a tractor-trailer collided at a Longview intersection, causing injuries to some of those involved.

Authorities say the crash happened at the intersection of East Hawkins Parkway and North Eastman Road. There aren't many details available, but the wreck reportedly involved a semi truck and an SUV.

Injuries were reported in the crash.

Map of the Area

Commentary

There isn't a lot to go on yet about this crash, but one of the key questions that will need answering is "Which driver failed to yield?"

If it turns out the truck driver didn't yield when he was supposed to, many people will think that means the trucking company is automatically responsible for the accident. That's not how the law usually works. Even if police cite the truck driver for failing to yield, trucking companies have no obligation to take responsibility for an accident short of a civil jury decision. Having litigated hundreds of truck accidents over the years, I've only ever encountered one company that took responsibility for their driver's actions without being confronted by an extensively built case.

At the end of the day, the burden of proof is on the victims and families affected by the accident. News reports and police reports may help, but they're only pieces of the much larger picture. Those affected by a serious truck wreck must ensure that a private investigator looks into the crash and gets clear, convincing evidence to support their side of the story. A trucking company can come up with whatever defense it wants, but ultimately the facts should have the final say.

--Grossman Law Offices

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