Peoria, IL Man Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on TX-130 in Travis County
Travis County, TX -- March 30, 2022, a 27-year-old man from Peoria, IL was injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer off State Highway 130 in Travis County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. on the Highway 130 service road at Tesla Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Sterling semi-truck was towing a trailer on the northbound service road in the left-hand lane, approaching Tesla Road. Nearby, a Nissan Altima was stopped at the Tesla intersection in the right lane. The truck and the Nissan both proceeded forward into Tesla at the same time, but the truck reportedly turned right from the left-hand lane and crossed the path of the Nissan, causing the two to crash.
The Nissan driver reportedly received minor injuries in the crash. The truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on US-59 in Duval County
Fault seems pretty clear-cut here as long as reports have their facts straight, but as always I caution against thinking that any commercial truck accident is ever simple. As with most commercial wrecks it's probably best to seek out clear evidence of what exactly happened so the company can't get "creative" about the chain of events if they want to avoid liability.
Of course some may think it won't come to that since the victim's injuries were reportedly minor. I certainly hope reports got that part right, but at the same time I've learned to be a little skeptical of most details in preliminary findings. I've seen many cases over the years where investigators at the scene didn't properly assess the damage and victims realized--sometimes too late--that they were hurt worse than anyone thought.
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, further testing 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 to get back on his feet again. Very little about his experience turned out to be "minor."
Again, I sincerely hope nothing like that happens here, since it's an ordeal no one should have to go through. But if our client hadn't had help from experienced professionals, he might not have been prepared to get all the help he ended up needing. That's why I encourage people to take all commercial vehicle wrecks seriously, even if they may not seem dire at first glance.