• April 26, 2022

Natalie Stayton, Passenger Injured in Truck Accident on Benbrook Blvd in Benbrook, TX

Benbrook, TX -- March 30, 2022, 33-year-old Natalie Stayton and her passenger were injured in a crash with a commercial truck on Benbrook Boulevard in Tarrant County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:40 a.m. on Benbrook Blvd (U.S. Highway 377) near Hawkins Home Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests a Kenworth semi-truck was towing a trailer southward on the roadway when the driver reportedly attempted to change from the left to the middle lane. The driver didn't see Stayton's Nissan Altima in the lane before starting to merge and struck the car's driver side. The impact caused the Nissan to spin out and hit a guardrail on the road's east side.

Stayton and a 45-year-old passenger in the Nissan reportedly suffered minor injuries in the crash. The truck driver was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Natalie Stayton Accident on US-377 in Benbrook

While I imagine it was alarming for the victims to spin out when the big rig hit their car, I'm relieved to see reports say their injuries were minimal. I hope that's accurate, but my experience with commercial trucks makes me think it might be best to take early assessments with a grain of salt. Over the years I've seen many instances where supposedly-minor injuries turned out to be anything but.

Natalie Stayton, Passenger Injured in Truck Accident on Benbrook Blvd in Benbrook, TX

For example, I worked on a case not long ago where a hospital gave a crash victim the all-clear after his vehicle was hit by a commercial truck. Doctors said he just had a sore back and told him to stay off his feet for a week or so. He went home and tried to rest, but over the next few days his pain increased until he was almost paralyzed by it. When he returned to the ER, scans showed the wreck actually ruptured a disk in his spine. That supposedly "minor" injury needed extensive surgery and rehabilitation, to say nothing of the lengthy legal battles with the company whose driver caused it.

I'm not suggesting the Benbrook crash will have similar issues. There's no specific reason to think the victims were hurt worse than reports suggest. I only bring the other incident up to emphasize how important it is to take commercial truck wrecks seriously no matter what initial reports say. That includes not only keeping an eye on injuries but also carefully investigating the wreck itself. If that's not done, the company behind that trucker can make up a whole buffet of excuses why he's not to blame and the victims wouldn't have what they needed to disprove that. That's why they should "hope for the best and prepare for the worst," as the saying goes.

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