Teens Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on Moss Avenue in Ector County, TX
Ector County, TX -- April 18, 2022, two teenagers were injured following an accident where a vehicle crashed into an 18-wheeler on Moss Avenue.
Authorities said that the crash took place at around 4:52 a.m. along Moss Avenue at the intersection of Edna Street.
According to investigators, three teenagers were in a Cadillac CTS traveling northbound on Moss. At Edna, an 18-wheeler reportedly failed to yield crossing the roadway, and the Cadillac crashed into the trailer.
The driver of the Cadillac was said to have non-incapacitating injuries while the truck driver reportedly had incapacitating injuries. Additional details about the crash are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on 18-wheeler Accident on Moss Avenue in Ector County
These details seem pretty darn straight-forward, and while I would never jump to conclusions without more thorough investigations, there are few situations where this sort of thing happens without the truck driver making a big mistake. However, knowing what happened and proving what happened are two different things. Since knowing that difference could be the barrier between a couple of kids and some much needed help, it's worth understanding these potential challenges.
One of the key things to consider after any serious truck wreck is that there will be a company doing everything in its power to avoid responsibility. One of the most common ways they do this is simply trying to shift blame to the other driver involved.
Not long ago, for example, I handled a situation in which an 18-wheeler cut someone off on the highway, causing a deadly collision. The trucking company tried to claim the cause of the crash was the victim speeding and not wearing a seatbelt. We weren't going to just rely on the police reports. We didn't want any room for that defense to find footing, however flimsy it was.
To that end, we were able to record that the car's speedometer froze on impact. That, along with clear markings at the scene, helped confirm the victim hadn't been speeding. Additionally, numerous emergency response workers all testified that they actually had to cut through the victim's seatbelt to get them out of the car. And to drive it all home, we showed that the reflective tape along the side of the trailer was so dirty that it would have been practically invisible at the time of the crash. It was clear through our findings that the trailer was simply unavoidable by any reasonable standard.
Now, I'm not saying that all is going to happen here or that those same factors would come into play with this crash. But teenagers already get a bad rap as it is when it comes to causing accidents. People are more likely to believe claims against teen drivers, evidence or not. That only makes it more crucial to ensure there is clear, convincing evidence to say what all happened here. Getting people the help they need and holding someone accountable for their negligence can go hand in hand, but it requires getting all the facts as soon as possible.