• April 25, 2022

Two Injured in 18-Wheeler Accident on FM 400 in Lubbock, TX

Lubbock, TX -- April 22, 2022, two people were injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Farm to Market Road 400 in Lubbock.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before noon along FM 400 near Buffalo Springs Lake. Preliminary investigation suggests a Peterbilt 18-wheeler was southbound on the roadway when the driver slowed and started to make a left turn into a private driveway. A Chevrolet Camaro traveling behind the truck tried to pass it on the left and crashed into the truck's turning cab.

The Camaro's driver and passenger, ages 22 and 21 respectively, sustained minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Truck Accident on FM 400 in Lubbock

Based on early reports it's a little tough to say who might be at fault in this situation. Some may be ready to point fingers at the driver who tried to pass on the left, while others might say the truck driver didn't take stock of his surroundings before starting to turn. I'm not making any accusations either way, just noting that further investigation would probably be needed to say with more certainty.

In the meantime there's at least some silver lining that the only injuries were reportedly minor. Of course, it's usually necessary to take that with a grain or two of salt at first. It's best to take just about any commercial truck wreck seriously, and preliminary reports don't always properly reflect someone's actual injuries.

Two Injured in 18-Wheeler Accident on FM 400 in Lubbock, TX

Not too long ago, in fact, I helped out a man involved in a commercial vehicle wreck that hurt his back. Initially it was just sore and doctors told him ibuprofen and a heating pad would set it right. Days later, however, he could barely move due to the excruciating pain. Further testing showed that the crash actually ruptured a disk in his spine. That ultimately required painful surgery, a lengthy recovery period, and months of back-and-forth with the insurance company to get them to cover the damages.

I sincerely hope nothing like that happens after the Lubbock crash, and there's no particular reason to think it will. My point is just that people should try to anticipate and prepare for some challenges they could face after a crash like this one. Better safe than sorry, as they say, and truck wrecks are no exception.

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