• April 29, 2022

Robert Delzell, Teen Injured in Truck Accident on Riverwalk Dr in Porter, TX

Porter, TX -- April 5, 2022, 71-year-old Robert Delzell and a teenager were injured in a crash with a commercial truck on Riverwalk Drive in Porter.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:15 p.m. on Riverwalk Drive at Farm to Market Road 1314. Preliminary investigation suggests a Kenworth truck was northbound on Riverwalk when the driver allegedly didn't see Delzell's Toyota sedan ahead at the FM 1314 intersection. The truck driver didn't reduce speed after seeing a green light ahead and ran into the car from behind.

Delzell and a 15-year-old in the Toyota both suffered minor injuries in the collision.

Investigators alleged the crash was due to the driver failing to slow, following too closely, and not paying attention. They also noted the truck driver did not have a driver's license.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Robert Delzell Accident on Riverwalk Drive in Porter

Police seem to strongly feel the truck driver is wholly responsible for this wreck. If they're right that he wasn't paying attention (to say nothing of operating a commercial vehicle with no license), it probably seems like there's little else to say. With damning details like those surely the trucker and his employer will have to face the music and admit responsibility...right?

Not necessarily. The trucking firm is free to dispute police findings all they like, including offering other "creative" explanations for the damage done. They could say sightlines were blocked or the sun was in their driver's eyes. They could even say the victims' car cut the truck off, or that since the light was green the Toyota remaining still or moving slowly was actually responsible for the crash. I don't mention these things because I agree with any of them, just to point out that the company may still have a few tricks up its sleeve. The best way to make sure they can't use them is to put together a clear case, full of indisputable evidence, that shows exactly what happened.

Of course all this talk about defense attorney shenanigans and building a case may be mostly academic since the victims' injuries were reportedly minor. They may not have much interest in pursuing a claim if they escaped mostly unharmed. I certainly hope that's true, of course, but I also know from long experience in my field that preliminary reports don't always have things straight when they call injuries "minor."

Robert Delzell, Teen Injured in Truck Accident on Riverwalk Dr in Porter, TX

Here's an example: Not long ago I worked on a case where a man's supposedly-minor back injury turned to paralyzing pain within a week of his crash with a big rig. Scans showed that his "sore back" was actually a ruptured spinal disk and its effects just took a short while to really show. Not only did that injury require extensive testing and surgery, but it also took months of legal battles with the at-fault company's insurer before they agreed to help the victim as they should have from the start. Little about his experience could really be called "minor."

I hope nothing like that happens after the Porter accident and there's no particular reason to think it will. However, the possibility that things aren't quite what they seem is one of the reasons I always tell folks they need to take action after any truck wreck--even if its impact seems minimal. At worst a victim is overprepared and no action is necessary, which is always better than the opposite.

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