• May 26, 2022

Deputy Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on Northwest Freeway in Harris County, TX

Harris County, TX -- February 22, 2022, a sheriff's deputy sustained injuries due to an accident where an 18-wheeler crashed with a patrol car on US 290.

Investigators reported that the crash took place just after 7:30 p.m. along the Northwest Freeway in the area of Berwick Drive.

Officials said that a 32-year-old Harris County Sheriff's Deputy was in a patrol vehicle traveling eastbound along the freeway. The officer reportedly put on their emergency lights and stopped due to debris in the road. While doing so, an 18-wheeler failed to control speed and crashed into the police vehicle.

Reports said that the deputy had non-incapacitating injuries due to the crash. Right now, an exact cause for the crash is unclear.

Commentary on Deputy, 18-wheeler Accident on Northwest Freeway in Harris County

This all may seem open-and-shut, but it's as important to have the tools to find out why something happened as it is to simply know what happened. After all, insurance companies and trucking companies aren't likely to see a emergency responder in need of help. They're more likely to see blame they need to minimize as much as possible. Without the right experience and tools, their blame-shifting and stonewalling techniques can prove challenging to overcome.

Deputy 18-wheeler Accident Northwest Freeway berwick Harris County, TX

Not long ago, for example, we confronted a company over their driver causing a crash, obviously while on his phone. The company, however, claimed he didn't even own a phone. That sounded like a big load of crap, but it took us conducting a lengthy deposition to get the truck driver to stumble over his own stories and admit he indeed had a phone. With that, we got a court for the records, and they clearly showed the driver had been watching pornography at the time of the crash (yes, seriously).

So as straight-forward as these reports may seem, it's important folks always have as much evidence telling their side of the story as possible. Blame-shifting can only go so far when there are no holes in the story to find footing. Doing so can be an invaluable step toward getting people the help they deserve.

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