Greg Keith Schmidt Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Rockwall County, TX
Rockwall County, TX -- March 24, 2022, Greg Keith Schmidt was injured following an accident where Schmidt's vehicle crashed with a semi-trailer.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 6:14 a.m. along Highway 276 at Honey Creek Road.
In their reports, officials said that 60-year-old Greg Keith Schmidt was in a Honda Civic traveling eastbound along Highway 276. At Honey Creek, a southbound tractor-trailer reportedly failed to yield at a stop sign, resulting in the two vehicles colliding.
Schmidt reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries due to the crash. No further information about the crash is available at this time.
Commentary on Greg Keith Schmidt 18-wheeler Accident in Rockwall County
Our law generally holds professional drivers to a uniquely high standard given the fact they're supposed to be well-trained and more experienced than the average motorist. For that reason, one would expect a truck driver to do just about the most basic thing any driver can do: adhere to a stop sign. So what went wrong here? Were there extenuating circumstances reports failed to mention? Perhaps, but it's more likely the driver was simply fatigued, distracted, or somehow misjudged the amount of time they had to safely cross. As obvious as folks may think that is to say, it's nothing but speculation without clear evidence.
Put simply, any lack of evidence is room for a trucking company or insurance company to muddy the waters. Anticipating those challenges is crucial for anyone seeking help after a serious truck wreck. For example, I had a situation in which a trucking company claimed that a victim had been speeding and not wearing their seatbelt when their truck driver cut them off on the highway. It was obvious blame-shifting, but we don't screw around when it comes to getting folks the help they deserve.
A few key factors brought to light through our investigations helped resolve that case. One was analyzing the victim's vehicle and finding that the speedometer actually froze on impact, and it clearly showed the victim hadn't been speeding. Secondly, numerous emergency responders testified that they actually had to cut through the victim's seat belt to get them out of the wreckage. And finally, our examination of the truck revealed that the trailer's reflective tape was so dirty that the trailer would have been practically invisible at the time of the crash.
Only after digging up all those details was the company prepared to cooperate and do right by the victim and their family. Maybe nothing so complex will happen here, but waiting around until after those obstacles are in place only makes it more challenging to get people the help they need.