Three Injured in 18-Wheeler Accident on Galveston Causeway in Galveston, TX
Galveston, TX -- January 31, 2022, injuries were reported when an 18-wheeler rear-ended a passenger vehicle on Interstate 45 in Galveston.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. on the inbound side of the Galveston Causeway (I-45). Preliminary investigation suggests only that a commercial tractor-trailer slammed into the back of a passenger vehicle under unknown circumstances.
Three people involved in the collision reportedly received minor injuries and were taken to an area hospital.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on 18-Wheeler Accident on Galveston Causeway
While I'm sure this accident was scary to be involved in, it's at least a silver lining that the reported injuries weren't serious. However, in situations like that I can't help but feel some concern when early reports--ones that don't necessarily have all the facts--downplay victims' damages.
I don't mean to say things are certain to get worse or that reports are mistaken. I just know from long experience working on truck crashes that sometimes injuries take a little while to show their true nature. I worked on a wreck not long ago where a man was diagnosed with a sore back after an 18-wheeler rear-ended his vehicle. Doctors told him he was lucky to get off so light, then prescribed a week or so of ibuprofen and bed rest.
Our client tried to relax at home but his pain increased quickly and dramatically until it almost paralyzed him. He returned to the ER and learned the collision actually ruptured a disk in his spine. That "sore back" required painful surgery and months of physical therapy, all while the responsible trucking company and their insurer claimed they weren't responsible for anything beyond the original diagnosis.
Obviously I hope the situation in Galveston doesn't go that way and there's no specific reason to think it will. I only mean that wrecks like this one should always be taken seriously even if their aftermath doesn't immediately seem dire. I have seen too many cases where victims are told they're "fine" only for their injuries to flare up later--sometimes when it's too late to take the necessary action.