• February 01, 2022

Dai Doty Injured in 18-Wheeler Hit-and-Run Accident on I-35 in Falls County, TX

Falls County, TX -- January 5, 2022, 22-year-old Dai Treona Doty was injured in a collision with a commercial truck on Interstate 35 in Falls County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:15 a.m. on I-35 near County Road 493. Preliminary investigation suggests Doty was driving a Chevrolet Sonic south in the inside lane of the highway as a tractor-trailer of unknown make and model was nearby in the middle lane. Doty later told investigators the truck merged into her lane unsafely and hit her car, forcing it onto the shoulder where it hit the guardrail twice. The 18-wheeler continued south without stopping.

Doty received minor injuries in the collision.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Dai Doty Accident on I-35 in Falls County

It's always hugely frustrating to see a hit-and-run, but one involving a commercial truck only raises more concerns that its supposedly-professional driver is still out there potentially putting lives at risk. Obviously steps must be taken to find that person; some may think it's best to be patient and let police handle the matter, and while I don't want to dismiss their efforts I'd say impatiently waiting around may not truly be enough.

Some may not really see much urgency here because the only injuries sustained were reportedly minor. That's no reason not to take all possible steps to find the hit-and-run truck, and here's two reasons why: First, it's important to locate anyone whose driving skills don't stop them from hitting other vehicles in a 40-ton vehicle going highway speeds. If they endanger public safety they should be taken off active duty, but they have to be found before any punitive actions can be worked out. Second, while I hope reports are right that the victim's injuries were minor I've seen many cases where preliminary assessments didn't properly understand the gravity of the damage done.

Dai Doty Injured in 18-Wheeler Hit-and-Run Accident on I-35 in Falls County, TX

Not long ago I worked on a case where a man's supposedly-minor injury turned to paralyzing pain within a week of his crash with a big rig. Scans showed that his "sore back" was actually a ruptured spinal disk and its effects just took a short while to really show. Not only did that injury require extensive testing and surgery, but it also took months of legal battles with the at-fault company's insurer before they agreed to cover the victim's bills as they should have from the start. Minus the first couple of days after the wreck, perhaps, very little about that man's experience was "minor."

I hope nothing like that happens after the Falls County accident and there's no particular reason to think it would. However, the possibility that things aren't quite what they seem is one of the reasons I always tell folks they need to take certain actions after any truck wreck--even if reports downplay its impact. In this case that means tracking down the hit-and-run truck and ensuring its driver faces proper accountability for leaving the scene of the crash. If the victim's injuries should take a bad turn, knowing who hit her would be invaluable to ensuring she gets help with her recovery.

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