Jacqueline Encinia Injured in Truck Accident on I-40 in Amarillo, TX
Amarillo, TX -- March 17, 2022, 27-year-old Jacqueline Encinia was injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 40 in Amarillo.
Authorities say the incident happened around 11:26 p.m. on I-40 near Georgia Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner truck was towing a trailer west in the 2400 block of the highway when the driver attempted to make a lane change. The driver reportedly didn't see Encinia driving in a Nissan Sentra in the next lane and merged unsafely, causing the truck's front right to hit the car's left side.
Encinia reportedly sustained minor injuries in the crash. The truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Jacqueline Encinia Accident on I-40 in Amarillo
Police seem to feel the truck driver caused this accident by making an unsafe lane change. Considering the serious damage a big rig can cause when crashing into a small vehicle, it's certainly a relief to read that the only injuries sustained were reportedly minor. I certainly hope police are right about that, but I've also seen enough commercial truck accidents that I get a little concerned when preliminary reports--ones that don't necessarily have all the facts--downplay their damages.
I don't mean to say things are certain to get worse or that police are mistaken. I just know from long experience working on crashes like this that sometimes injuries take a little while to rear their ugly heads. For instance, I worked on a wreck not long ago where a man's "sore back" after a truck accident turned out to be a ruptured spinal disk that required major surgery and lengthy rehab, all while the company behind the truck that hit him denied liability. While his injuries right after the wreck were said to be "minor," very little about his overall experience turned out to be that way.
We got that man the help he needed, but part of that was because we acted fast on his behalf and didn't write off his injuries despite what early reports said. There's no major reason to think the Amarillo wreck will involve something so dire, but the possibility that things aren't quite what they seem is why it's important to take any crash seriously. "Hope for the best and prepare for the worst," as they say, and commercial wrecks are no exception.