• March 23, 2022

18-Wheeler Rear-Ends Parked Big Rig, One Injured on I-30 near Sulphur Springs, TX

Sulphur Springs, TX -- March 23, 2022, one person was injured when a tractor-trailer crashed into a parked big rig off Interstate 30 near Sulphur Springs.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:40 p.m. along westbound I-30 near mile marker 117. Preliminary investigation suggests a Volvo 18-wheeler was parked on the roadside as the driver checked the air pressure on one or more of the trailer's tires. As the driver worked another Volvo headed west on the highway reportedly veered out of its lane and rear-ended the stopped semi-trailer, also hitting the driver checking the tires. After the inpact the striking big rig jackknifed and slid south across the roadway. Both trucks and trailers caught fire after the collision.

The driver of the parked truck suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to an area hospital. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Truck Accident on I-30 near Sulphur Springs

Thorough investigation is important after any wreck, but even more so when the collision is between commercial trucks. Why? Because fault may turn into a long and high-stakes game of "hot potato" between the trucking companies. Many firms aren't shy about deflecting blame, so when two of them pass it back and forth the victim may be stuck waiting for the help they deserve.

18-Wheeler Rear-Ends Parked Big Rig, One Injured on I-30 near Sulphur Springs, TX

Some may not think there can be much contest about fault here if a moving truck hit a stopped one on the shoulder. That may sound reasonable on its face, but consider the other side of that: Even if one truck rear-ended another, there's still room to suggest the parked driver acted inappropriately somehow. For example, the striking driver apparently told investigators the stopped big rig was parked partway into the road. Investigators didn't seem to agree based on what they found at the scene, but that's still an example of a counter-argument the driver's employer could try if it had to defend him (and itself) from suggestions of wrongdoing.

Both drivers' employers may have potential grounds to say they're innocent and point fingers at the other one, and if decades working on commercial wrecks are any indication they most likely will. Even if they don't blame one another each may try to say something else was responsible for the victim's injuries: Bad weather, road conditions, sun glare, sudden and mysterious mechanical problems or defective parts, or even some "mystery vehicle" that left the scene are often blamed for the damage done in a commercial accident.

All that may come across as overly cynical, but over the years I've represented plenty of truck drivers hurt by one another in crashes like this. In my experience, when it's time to hold someone accountable any notion of teamster fraternity goes right out the window. As with any other commercial crash it typically takes careful investigation and building an indisputable case to get either side to fess up and do the right thing.

A commercial entity with a million-dollar truck insurance policy has a lot to lose and will fight like hell to avoid that. That's just as true when trucks hit each other as it is when they hit cars or pedestrians, which is why it's important to take these incidents seriously. Experienced professionals need to gather the facts so that those affected have the tools to overcome all the buck-passing and finger-pointing and get the help they need.


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