One Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on TX-87 in Newton County
Newton County, TX -- April 6, 2022, a 54-year-old man was injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on State Highway 87 in Newton County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:25 p.m. on TX-87 at TX-12. Preliminary investigation suggests a Peterbilt semi-truck was towing a trailer south on TX-87 near the interchange with Highway 12. Nearby, a Nissan Juke was eastbound on TX-12 near the interchange. The Nissan driver told investigators he had a green light and was headed through the intersection when the truck crossed into his path; the truck driver said he remembered seeing a yellow light before entering the crossroads. The Nissan crashed into the right front quarter of the Peterbilt, then rebounded and stopped on the shoulder.
The Nissan driver reportedly received minor injuries in the collision. The truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on TX-87 in Newton County
It seems there are conflicting accounts of what happened here, which can cause some headaches if there's no clear evidence to say whose version of events was true. With any luck the lights have cameras at that crossing, or maybe the big rig had a dashcam recording at the time. As with most accidents, clear and objective evidence would probably be necessary to help resolve whose version of events is the right one.
Some may think all that talk of gathering evidence and figuring out the truth isn't really that important after a crash where the only reported injuries are minor. While it's probably still important to work out in terms of whose insurance will cover the damage, it's true that the victim may not see any need to approach the trucking company if his injuries weren't too bad. However, I can't help but feel a little concern any time I see a preliminary report downplay the damage from a truck accident. After all, hitting or being hit by a big rig is no little thing. Sometimes the damage that comes from those encounters isn't clear at first.
Not long ago I worked on a case where a big rig rear-ended our client and he thought he only got a sore back out of it, only to find out within a couple of weeks that he had spinal trauma--a ruptured disk that caused him enormous pain. The injury's true nature took a short while to rear its ugly head, but at first he and everyone else thought it wasn't a big deal. He ended up needing major surgery and lengthy rehab for it, though, all while the at-fault trucking company and insurers argued against giving him the help he needed. When all was said and done very little about his experience was "minor."
I'm not saying the Newton County wreck will end up the same way, and there's no particular reason to think it would. I only mean to say that in case things aren't quite what they seem it's important to take a truck accident seriously from the start. That means investigating it carefully and finding clear evidence of what really occurred, all to be sure that the right parties are held accountable if needed. "Better safe than sorry," as they say, and these crashes are no exception.