Teresa Jahnke Injured in Truck Accident on Loop 410 in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX -- June 17, 2021, 51-year-old Teresa Mata Jahnke was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on Loop 410 in San Antonio.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:25 p.m. on Loop 410 near Military Road. Preliminary investigation and a statement from Jahnke suggest she was driving a Honda Civic on the roadway when she saw a Freightliner commercial truck enter her lane and impact her vehicle on its rear left. She lost control of her vehicle and spun out, hitting the median barrier and coming to stop perpendicular to traffic on the highway.
Investigators then spoke to the truck driver who told them he didn't see the Honda before it spun out in front of his truck. Paint transfer and damage to the truck was consistent with the described rear-end collision, and two witnesses to the crash told police that the truck attempted to merge into Jahnke's lane but hit the car's bumper.
Jahnke reportedly received minor injuries in the collision. The truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Teresa Jahnke Accident on Loop 410 in San Antonio
Reports about the crash seem to place the truck driver pretty squarely at fault thanks to two eyewitness accounts that he attempted to change lanes and hit the victim's car in a way that, unintentionally or not, strongly resembles the PIT maneuver sometimes used by police during car chases to stop fleeing vehicles. However, neither police reports nor witness statements are as infallible as people sometimes think. It would still be best to conduct a thorough investigation and ensure only substantial, objective evidence does the talking if the matter were taken to court.
Of course, such action may not be deemed necessary. Reports suggest that the only injuries sustained in the crash were minor, which may mean the victim has no interest in seeking damages from the truck driver or his employer. With that said, injuries characterized as "minor" by a traffic investigator are sometimes more serious than they appear at first glance. In a recent case I worked on my client was first told he had a "sore back" after his crash with an 18-wheeler, only to find out a week later when he was almost paralyzed with pain that the wreck actually ruptured a disk in his spine. That "minor" injury needed painful surgery and extensive physical therapy to correct.
I don't mean to preach doom and gloom about the San Antonio incident. Many people really do escape traffic collisions with little more than a few bruises and a story to tell, and I hope that's true of this incident as well. Because it's possible that the truth of the matter just isn't revealed yet, though, I encourage anyone in a similar situation to take it seriously even if its impact is downplayed at first. Preparation is always best for victims and their loved ones, even if ultimately it's found they didn't need it.