• May 26, 2022

Injuries Reported in Truck Accident on Lawnwood Street in Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth, TX -- April 5, 2022, a 41-year-old man was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on Lawnwood Street in Fort Worth.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:50 a.m. on Lawnwood at Alvord Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests a Hyundai Santa Fe was traveling south on Alvord when the driver allegedly failed to stop for a sign at the Lawnwood intersection. The Hyundai continued south and crashed into a trailer attached to a westbound Kenworth semi-truck.

The Hyundai's driver reportedly sustained minor injuries in the crash. A passenger in the SUV was possibly injured. The truck driver was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Accident on Lawnwood Street in Fort Worth

According to reports it seems like the victims failed to yield at an intersection where thru-traffic doesn't stop. It's not clear why the driver might have done that; maybe he was distracted, maybe the SUV had mechanical troubles, or maybe something else entirely happened that kept the vehicle from stopping. We even saw a West Texas crash where the victim was blamed for running a sign, only for us to learn work crews removed it long before he ever came near that crossing. That's pretty unusual, certainly, but it's a lesson in finding evidence that tells the real story instead of making any assumptions.

Some may think it's not really necessary to carefully investigate since the injuries involved were reportedly minor. I hope reports got that part right, but at the same time I've seen more than one wreck where police at the scene misjudged or underestimated how much damage was done.

Injuries Reported in Truck Accident on Lawnwood Street in Fort Worth, TX

For instance, I handled an accident not too long ago where a driver reportedly had a sore back after a crash with an 18-wheeler. The hospital sent him home with instructions to take it easy for a few days, but his pain became almost paralyzing during that time. Further tests found that "minor" injury was actually a ruptured disk in his spine. It needed major 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 what he needed and deserved, but realistically nobody could call what he went through "minor" in any way.

Clearly the situation in Fort Worth isn't identical to that, but it's still quite possible things aren't what they seem at first. Maybe further investigation would confirm a simple explanation, but it's best to be thorough and take the crash seriously even if its aftermath doesn't seem so bad. "Better safe than sorry," as the saying goes, and truck accidents are no exception.

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