Myriah Fortenberry Injured in Truck Accident on I-27 in Amarillo, TX
Amarillo, TX -- April 1, 2022, 30-year-old Myriah Fortenberry was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on Interstate 27 in Amarillo.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:55 p.m. on I-27 near 34th Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests a Peterbilt semi-truck was towing a cattle trailer north in the left lane of the highway behind Fortenberry's Nissan Murano, which in turn was traveling behind a Jeep Cherokee.
According to reports traffic was slowing ahead on the highway. The truck driver allegedly failed to control his speed and crashed into the back-left of the Nissan, after which he kept going and hit the back-right of the Jeep.
Myriah Fortenberry reportedly sustained minor injuries in the collision. A passenger in the Nissan received possible injuries. The drivers of the Jeep and the Peterbilt were unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Myriah Fortenberry Accident on I-27 in Amarillo
People might read that the commercial truck driver failed to control his speed and rear-ended the victims, then assume that confirms who's to blame for this accident and the resulting injuries. However, trucking companies rarely agree to accept fault for these crashes without a bitter fight. If the victim approached the company for help with her recovery she'd most likely need to have plenty of clear evidence showing the truck driver's actions were the proximate cause of her damages.
Of course that may not really be a concern here as the victim may not reach out to the company for remedy. Reports say her injuries were minor, which I hope is accurate. I still have some concerns, though; over the years I've seen many accidents where first impressions misjudged the damage done.
In a recent case we worked on our client was rear-ended by a big rig, but the serious damage that caused wasn't immediately clear. He supposedly just had a "sore back," but his pain increased dramatically and hospital scans showed he actually had a ruptured spinal disk from the collision. He ended up needing surgery and extensive physical therapy, all while the at-fault trucking company tried to dodge the blame. We made sure they did the right thing, but it never ceases to amaze me how hard many companies fight against that.
There's no particular reason to think the Amarillo crash will be like that. Some people really do walk away from accidents with cuts and bruises. Because injuries can sometimes be more serious than they first appear, though, I always encourage people to take the needed steps after commercial truck wrecks--even if early reports downplay their impact.