• April 20, 2022

Ricardo Hernandez, 1 Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Hidalgo County, TX

Hidalgo County, TX -- April 1, 2022, Ricardo Hernandez and another driver were injured due to an accident where an 18-wheeler crashed with a pickup.

Initial reports from authorities said that the crash took place at around 8:00 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 186/FM 1017 and Brushline Road.

According to officials, 27-year-old Ricardo Hernandez was in a pickup on the eastbound shoulder of Highway 186. Reports say that the pickup turned left across the eastbound lanes to make a u-turn. Doing so, an 18-wheeler traveling eastbound crashed into the side of the pickup.

Due to the collision, Hernandez reportedly sustained incapacitating injuries while the 18-wheeler driver was said to have non-incapacitating injuries. Additional details about the crash are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Ricardo Hernandez 18-wheeler Accident in Hidalgo County

These reports appear to be pretty straight-forward, and I certainly have no particular reason to doubt them. However, there's always a concern I have given to me by years of experience with commercial truck wrecks and reports like these. Put simply, when someone is apparently seriously injured in a crash, it's worth ensuring that they got to tell their side of the story properly.

Even if they're able to give a statement prior to being transported to a hospital, it's not always a clear conversation the authorities can use to adequately communicate what happened. As a result, reports like these don't always reflect the whole story.

Ricardo Hernandez, 18-wheeler Accident Hidalgo County, TX

That's one of the reasons independent investigations can be so crucial after a serious truck wreck. If there are any inaccuracies or important details that slipped through the cracks, further investigations could help to fill in the gaps so that, at the very least, victims and families know they can tell their side of the story properly. Whatever help that can provide to the victims involve depends on what exact story that evidence tells.

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