Willa Smith Injured in Truck Accident on Clark Rd in Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX -- March 28, 2022, 80-year-old Willa Smith was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on Clark Road in Dallas.
Authorities say the incident happened around 1:10 p.m. on Clark Road near Camp Wisdom Road. Preliminary investigation suggests an International semi-truck was towing a trailer south in the middle lane of Clark Road, one lane to the left of a Toyota Avalon in which Smith was a passenger.
Reports say the truck driver made an unsafe lane change and the truck's right-front quarter hit the driver's side of the Toyota. The impact sent the car off-course and it struck a nearby utility pole.
Willa Smith, a passenger in the Toyota, reportedly received minor injuries. The car's two other occupants and the truck driver were unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Willa Smith Accident on Clark Road in Dallas
There aren't that many specifics in reports, but it seems the commercial driver may be at fault here after making an unsafe lane change. Of course he and his employer aren't likely to agree with that without a fight, so even if things seem pretty straightforward on paper it's important to carefully investigate and remove any openings the company might use to dodge or deflect liability.
For instance, I wouldn't be shocked to see the trucking defense attorney accuse the victim of using "faulty evasive maneuvers" to keep from getting hit. It may seem ridiculous to blame someone for not anticipating a big rig would crash into them but I've seen that argument attempted many times.
The best way to overcome all those objections and deflections is to investigate carefully and gather all the facts showing what really happened. That could include eyewitness accounts, dashcam footage from the semi-truck, forensic analysis of the scene, and any of a dozen other sources of information. Police will look into some but not all of them during a routine investigation, but to make sure all the important details are accounted for victims and families often have independent investigators obtain and examine the rest.
Basically what I'm getting at is it's best not to take any crash for granted, but especially in cases where a commercial truck is involved. No matter what preliminary reports from police or the news may say about what happened or how "minor" they claim a victim's injuries were, a trucking company is highly unlikely to roll over and show its belly without a hard fight first. Victims have to be ready to deal with the hurdles the company will try to put in their way, but with the right evidence and allies many folks have successfully held reckless truckers and their employers accountable for the damage done.