Injuries Reported in Truck Accident on SE Loop 410 in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX -- March 22, 2022, injuries were reported after a pickup and an 18-wheeler collided on Southeast Loop 410 in San Antonio.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly after midnight along SE Loop 410 near Roosevelt Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests a commercial tractor-trailer was traveling on the roadway when the driver lost control, possibly due to the road's wet surface. The truck jackknifed across the travel lanes, and moments later a pickup tracked into the big rig's trailer and became wedged underneath.
Both vehicles' drivers were able to exit their vehicles and reported no serious injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on Loop 410 in San Antonio
Right now there aren't many details available about what happened here, and until investigators can fill in some more blanks I discourage jumping to any conclusions. It may be tempting to blame the wreck on one thing or another based on the few reported details (particularly the mention of wet roads), but without knowing more about the situation that may be premature.
For one thing, it should be taken into account that commercial truck drivers receive specific training in how to move safely through hazardous conditions like wet roads. If the driver lost control due to road conditions, why did that occur? Did they get the training they were supposed to? Were they practiced and experienced at the wheel, or were they new to the job? Was the truck in good shape--tires, brakes, steering? Was there some reason they didn't want to slow down and be more cautious?
These questions are important to ask to learn more about the circumstances of the crash. Some may not see a need to go so in-depth since the only reported injuries weren't serious, but even that detail may be taken for granted or established before all the facts are in. With respect to law enforcement, traffic investigators aren't always equipped to properly assess the damage they see.
Not long ago I worked on a case where a man's supposed "sore back" turned into agonizing pain within a week of being rear-ended by an 18-wheeler. Doctors found he actually ruptured a disk in his spine during the collision and its effects just took a few days to rear their ugly heads. Not only did he need major surgery and lengthy rehabilitation, but it also took months of legal battles with the at-fault company's insurer to make them cover his treatment even though the truck driver was clearly to blame.
Ultimately very little about our client's experience was "minor," but we got him the help he needed. We were able to do that was because we took the incident seriously from the start and didn't accept reports' dismissal of the damages. Obviously I hope nothing like that will be necessary after the San Antonio crash, and there's no real reason to think it will. However, the possibility that things aren't quite what they appear is one of the reasons I always tell folks they need to take appropriate steps after any truck wreck--even one with supposedly "minor" injuries.