• May 26, 2022

Two Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler at East Fwy and Redmond St in Harris County, TX

Harris County, TX -- April 5, 2022, two men ages 21 and 37 were injured in a crash with a commercial truck off the East Freeway in Harris County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:25 a.m. on the East Freeway (I-10) service road near Redmond Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Toyota Avalon was traveling east in far right lane of the service road when a Kenworth tractor-trailer combo exited the freeway and entered the middle lane. The truck soon tried to make a wide right turn from the service road's middle lane onto Redmond Street, blocking the path of the Toyota. The car then crashed into the right side of the truck's trailer.

The Toyota's driver and passenger reportedly received minor injuries in the collision. The truck driver was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Accident near Redmond Street in Harris County

If reports have their facts straight it seems like the truck driver made an unsafe turn that led to the crash and the victims' injuries. However, he told police he checked for incoming traffic but the Toyota "came out of nowhere and tried to beat" the turning truck. The story doesn't necessarily add up based on what the investigating officer reported, but at the same time the driver and his employer aren't likely to agree he was careless without a fight. Few companies are willing to accept liability without a fight, which means arguments about what happened are usually best resolved by rounding up clear and indisputable evidence of what really occurred. If police aren't keen to revisit the wreck in pursuit of that evidence, the victims may be better served by getting independent help.

Then again, maybe none of that will even come up here. Since the victims' injuries were supposedly minor they may not see any great need to seek help from the trucking company. I hope reports got that part right and their damages weren't too bad, but I've also been in this business long enough to see quite a few reports get that part wrong. Sometimes investigators at the scene don't have all the information they need to properly gauge the damage done.

Two Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler at East Fwy and Redmond St in Harris County, TX

I handled an accident not too long ago, for example, where a driver reportedly had a sore back after a crash with an 18-wheeler. The hospital sent him home with instructions for bed rest and ibuprofen, but days later the pain was almost paralyzing. Further tests revealed that "minor" injury was actually a ruptured disk in his spine; it required surgery and extensive rehabilitation, all while the trucking company and its insurer tried their hardest not to admit fault or help with his recovery. We got him the help he needed and deserved, but altogether his experience proved anything but minor.

I'm not saying anything like that happened or will happen with respect to the Harris County crash. I certainly hope no one has to go through what our previous client did. That said, getting him the help he needed happened in part due to being thorough and taking the crash seriously even when things didn't seem so bad at first. As they say, "better safe than sorry." A commercial vehicle wreck is certainly no exception.


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