• April 13, 2022

Paul Barker Injured in Truck Accident on Ronald Reagan Blvd in Williamson County, TX

Williamson County, TX -- March 31, 2022, 48-year-old Paul Barker was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Williamson County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:15 a.m. on Ronald Reagan at County Road 234. Preliminary investigation suggests an International ProStar truck was northbound on CR 234 and stopped at the sign at the Ronald Reagan intersection. Nearby, Barker's Honda Accord was traveling west on Reagan approaching the same intersection.

Reports suggest the truck driver proceeded northward into the lanes of Ronald Reagan, failing to yield to the approaching Honda. Barker then crashed into the passenger side of the truck, sending it off the road to the northwest and into a pipe fence where it came to rest.

Barker suffered serious injuries in the crash. The truck driver was unhurt.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Paul Barker Accident on Ronald Reagan Blvd in Williamson County

If reports are accurate this crash seems fairly straightforward--a truck driver failed to yield to traffic and a collision followed. Why exactly that happened needs clarification, but no matter what the reason I doubt the truck driver or his employer would readily admit fault no matter what early reports say.

Victims and families call the firm all the time about wrecks like this one. They thought reports from news or police were enough to get the help they needed, only to find the company's lawyers made up a different version of events and wouldn't cooperate. When victims don't bring evidence more convincing than a police officer's opinions from the crash scene, they may find themselves outmatched. Taking steps to prepare for that pushback can make all the difference when trying to hold the right parties accountable for the damage done.

Paul Barker Injured in Truck Accident on Ronald Reagan Blvd in Williamson County, TX

For example, a crash came across my desk not long ago where an 18-wheeler turned in front of a car on the highway. Police put the truck driver at fault in their reports, but the company disputed their findings and outright denied responsibility. They said the victim was speeding, didn't have his seatbelt on, and "took faulty evasive maneuvers," all of which put together were more directly responsible for his injuries than the trucker's carelessness was. Blaming the victim is pretty heartless, but defense attorneys aren't shy about pointing at anything they can to get their driver off the hot seat. Those defenses--however ridiculous--can sway a jury if left unchallenged, so we got to work dismantling them.

First, we thoroughly examined the victim's car and the crash scene to reconstruct the speeds of the crash. The car's speedometer froze on impact, telling us the victim wasn't speeding and didn't have time to brake. We also learned the truck's reflective tape was so dirty that it was practically useless, meaning the trailer would have been harder to see late at night when the crash occurred. To top things off, several EMS responders testified that they had to cut through the victim's seatbelt to get him out of the car, meaning it would have been fastened properly during the collision.

Only after overcoming the company's defenses and showing they didn't have a leg to stand on did it finally relent and agree to help the victim. I'm not saying anything like that's bound to happen in Williamson County, but almost every commercial wreck has challenges to overcome. Trucking companies and insurance companies have one goal after these crashes: Avoid as much responsibility as possible. For folks to get the help they deserve and to see the right parties held accountable, they need to arm themselves with the evidence, allies, and legal tools necessary for facing the challenges ahead.


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