• May 26, 2022

One Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-281 in Lamar County, TX

Lamar County, TX -- April 13, 2022, a 72-year-old man was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on U.S. Highway 271 in Lamar County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:20 p.m. on US-271 near Farm to Market Road 2648. Preliminary investigation suggests a Peterbilt semi-truck was towing a trailer southeast on a private driveway approaching the southbound lanes of US-271. After stopping at a sign the truck driver attempted to drive through the southbound lanes to reach the middle crossover. The truck driver failed to yield to the victim's southbound Nissan Altima; the victim tried to steer left to avoid the big rig and crashed into the cab's driver side.

The Nissan driver reportedly received minor injuries in the collision. The truck driver was unhurt.

When interviewed, the truck driver told police he didn't see the Nissan before he entered the highway.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Accident on US-271 in Lamar County

Considering how the crash was described it seems almost miraculous that no worse harm came to the victim. Obviously I'm relieved to see his injuries were said to be minor, but at the same time it's still important to take the crash seriously and investigate it carefully. Having all the facts is generally prudent after any wreck, even if preliminary reports suggest the damage wasn't grave. Reports don't always have all the facts needed to say that for sure, and so-called "minor" injuries aren't always as minor as they may first seem.

One Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-281 in Lamar County, TX

Not long ago, for example, I represented a client who was injured in a commercial vehicle accident. At first it seems like he'd only ended up with a sore back, and after giving him a once-over doctors sent him home with the all-clear. Days later as he tried to relax and recuperate, however, the pain swelled to almost-paralyzing levels. When he returned to the ER, scans showed that the crash actually ruptured a disk in his spine. He ultimately needed surgery, significant physical therapy, and months of back-and-forth with the insurance company and the at-fault trucking company before they agreed to help him get back on his feet. Very little about his experience turned out to be "minor."

Again, I sincerely hope nothing like that happens here. That's an ordeal no one should have to go through, but if our client hadn't had experienced professionals on his side he might not have gotten all the help he needed. That's why I encourage people to take all commercial vehicle wrecks seriously, even if they may not seem dire at first glance. At worst they're overprepared and don't need it, which is always better than the opposite.

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