• May 20, 2022

Veronica Fuentes Gomez Injured in Truck Accident in Brownsville, TX

Brownsville, TX -- April 27, 2022, Veronica Fuentes Gomez was injured after an accident where a semi-truck crashed into the back of traffic.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 10:30 a.m. along Padre Island Highway near Central Avenue.

According to officials, 46-year-old Veronica Fuentes Gomez was in a Chevy Camaro traveling westbound along the highway. For reasons unclear, a semi-truck failed to control speed and crashed into the Camaro, pushing it into another vehicle. That other vehicle then left the scene.

Gomez reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries due to the crash. No other injuries were reported. Police did not give additional details.

Commentary on Veronica Fuentes Gomez Truck Accident in Brownsville

While folks tend to look at rear-end collisions as entirely straight-forward, there are some things which stand out to me that a less experienced attorney might not consider. Specifically, the reports mention another driver leaving the scene of the crash. While it's unlikely that really has bearing on the truck hitting the victim's vehicle, that detail alone can present a big target for a trucking or insurance company looking to shift the blame. That may not sound reasonable, but it's a tactic one must always anticipate to get clients the help they need.

Veronica Fuentes Gomez Truck Accident Brownsville, TX

I'll give you a perfect example. This was a case out of San Antonio I read about out a while back. A man was changing his tire along the highway, safely pulled off on the shoulder. In a sheer moment of terrible luck, a truck driver lost control approaching the man, ran onto the shoulder, and hit and killed him. Things seemed pretty darn open-and-shut, and the family's representation thought so, as well. Perhaps that confidence is what ultimately led to their downfall.

The trucking company decided to defend themselves by saying the truck driver lost control due to a defective wheel. That wheel happened to be manufactured in China by a company which had absolutely zero presence in the US. As flimsy as that seemed, beyond all expectation, the jury bought it. They put 100% of the blame on the Chinese company--a company that wouldn't possibly show up to court to defend themselves or to be ruled against. As a result, the trucking company rode off into the sunset, and the victim's loved ones got absolutely nothing--not even closure.

That may sound like quite the outlier, but stories like that teach experienced attorneys to expect the unexpected. As they say, it's not about what you know; it's about what you can prove. Juries can make weird decisions, but the more clear evidence they see, the more likely they are to make reasonable conclusions. It's up to victims and families to get the evidence, tools, and allies that can make sure they get the conclusions they deserve.

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