Longview Man Injured in Truck Accident on Highway 31 in Gregg County, TX
Gregg County, TX -- March 28, 2022, a Longview man was injured due to an accident where his vehicle crashed into a tractor-trailer on Highway 31.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 11:05 a.m. along Highway 31 at the intersection of FM 3053.
Officials said that a 21-year-old Longview man was in a Toyota Camry traveling westbound along the highway. At FM 3053, a southbound 18-wheeler reportedly failed to yield, entering the path of the car and resulting in a collision.
Due to the crash, the Longview man reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries. Authorities said that the truck driver claimed the victim had their signal on to turn right, but they say evidence contradicted these claims. Right now, no further information is available.
Commentary on Longview Man Truck Accident on Highway 31 in Gregg County
If true, it's not exactly surprising that the truck driver tried to shift blame onto the victim. Just to be clear, that's not because they're a truck driver. Despite how people view experienced truck wreck attorneys, I'm not some anti-trucker zealot. A lot of my clients have themselves been truck drivers hurt because of drivers who can't seem to pay attention to the road and who would rather blame anything and anyone around them to save their own butts. Making sure victims and families have the tools they need to tell their side of the story is crucial for overcoming those obstacles.
Here, for example, the driver reportedly claimed that the victim was actually signaling to turn but failed to do so. I had a case not long ago where a truck driver pulling onto the highway tried to blame the driver they cut off. In that case, the said the victim was recklessly speeding and didn't have their seatbelt on. First of all, we found that the victim's speedometer actually froze on impact, and evidence on the road corroborated that the victim hadn't been speeding. Additionally, we spoke to numerous EMS responders who all testified that they had to cut through the driver's seatbelt to get them out of the vehicle.
Only after picking apart that flimsy defense could we get the trucking company to own up to their driver's actions. I wish I could say that was unusual, but folks hurt in a truck wreck should always be prepared for companies to put up those road blocks. As they say, it isn't what you know; it's what you can prove. That's why having as much evidence as possible ahead of time is so important for those in need of assistance. Were those steps taken here?