• January 25, 2022

John Paul Terrazas Injured in Semi-Truck Accident in Bexar County, TX

Bexar County, TX -- December 26, 2021, John Paul Terrazas was injured due to an accident where his vehicle crashed with a semi-truck.

In their initial reports, officials said that the crash took place at around 6:56 a.m. along Highway 16 in the area of Kings Trail.

According to investigators, 20-year-old John Paul Terrazas was in a Ford Focus traveling northbound along the highway. Ahead, police say that a semi-truck was pulling onto the roadway. The reports say that Terrazas couldn't see the truck in time due to weather, resulting in a collision.

Terrazas sustained reportedly non-incapacitating injuries. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on John Paul Terrazas Semi-Truck Accident in Bexar County

Depending on exactly what the weather was like when this occurred, I have no doubt it played some role in the crash. But that being one of the only factors mentioned in the reports concerns me. Quite frankly, the weather can be a target for insurance companies to shift blame onto so they can minimize their responsibilities. Making sure that the facts are clear is crucial in avoiding that kind of obstacle.

For example, I handled a situation not long ago where a trucking company said that rain was the cause of their driver crossing over the center line and hitting a car head-on. The reason companies do this is the Act of God Defense, which essentially says drivers can't be responsible for natural events beyond their control. But as we dug into the details, we were able to prove why that defense is rarely ever employed legitimately.

John Paul Terrazas Semi-Truck Accident Bexar County, TX

For one, data from the vehicle showed that the truck driver hadn't reduced speed for the slick conditions. Not only that, but the tires were worn and past the point of needing to be replaced. Accident reconstructions determined that the truck would likely have skidded over the center line even if it hadn't been raining. By proving that the crash was the result of the truck driver's negligence and not the weather, we were able to make sure blame landed exactly where it needed to--on those whose negligent actions caused a deadly crash.

So when I read these reports, I can't help wondering if the weather is taking the brunt of responsibility that should be placed elsewhere. Police say a semi-truck was pulling onto the roadway ahead of the victim. If the evidence shows they did so without keeping a reasonable lookout for approaching traffic, if their vehicle wasn't clearly visible, or if the truck was obstructing the roadway by stopping or going dangerously under the speed limit, it's very unlikely that the weather caused this crash. Hopefully professionals who understand what to look for in these situations have a chance to look over things and make sure the evidence is telling the real story.

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