• March 16, 2022

Lawrence and Pamela Rush Injured in Truck Accident on Crosby Fwy in Harris County, TX

Harris County, TX -- February 22, 2022, Lawrence and Pamela Rush were injured in a traffic accident on Crosby Freeway in Harris County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:30 a.m. on the 16800 block of Crosby Freeway near Sheldon road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford Transit van was stranded on the right shoulder of the freeway facing west. ITs left front tire was reportedly sitting in the left westbound lane and was first struck by a passing Jeep Grand Cherokee. It bounced away from that impact and was hit by a Ford F-250 pickup.

Behind those two vehicles Lawrence Rush slowed his Infiniti FX35 SUV down in response to seeing them hit the tire. A Peterbilt tractor-trailer approached the Infiniti from the back and the truck driver allegedly failed to reduce his speed. The truck rear-ended the SUV and caused it to overturn.

Lawrence Rush, 66, and Pamela Rush, 69, reportedly received minor injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Lawrence and Pamela Rush Accident on Crosby Freeway in Harris County

While I imagine it was alarming for the victims to get upturned by a big rig, I'm relieved to see reports say their injuries were minimal. I hope that's accurate, but my experience with commercial trucks makes me think it might be best to take early assessments with a grain of salt. Over the years I've seen many instances where supposedly minor injuries turned out to be anything but.

Lawrence and Pamela Rush Injured in Truck Accident on Crosby Fwy in Harris County, TX

For example, I worked on a case not long ago where a hospital gave a crash victim the all-clear after his vehicle was hit by a commercial truck. Doctors said he just had a sore back and told him to stay off his feet for a week or so. He went home and tried to rest, but over the next few days his pain increased until he was almost paralyzed by it. When he returned to the ER, scans showed the wreck actually ruptured a disk in his spine. That supposedly "minor" injury needed extensive surgery and rehabilitation, to say nothing of the lengthy legal battles with the company whose driver caused it.

I don't mean to be a downer here; there's no specific reason to think the victims were hurt worse than reports suggest. I only bring the other case up to emphasize how important it is to take commercial truck wrecks seriously no matter what initial reports say. That includes not only keeping an eye on injuries but also carefully investigating the wreck. If that's not done, the company behind that trucker can make up a whole smorgasbord of excuses why he couldn't stop and the victims wouldn't have what they needed to disprove them. It's usually best to hope for the best and prepare for the worst, as they say, and truck crashes are hardly the exception.

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