• June 02, 2022

Nicholas Hernandez Injured in Truck Accident on TX-349 in Martin County

Martin County, TX — May 1, 2022, 43-year-old Nicholas Hernandez was injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on State Highway 349 in Martin County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:00 a.m. on TX-349 near mile marker 312. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner semi-truck was towing a trailer north on the highway in the right travel lane, followed at some distance by Hernandez in a Ford F-150 pickup.

The truck driver later told police he missed his turn while traveling north so he attempted an unsafe U-turn in the travel lanes of the highway. The truck blocked both north- and southbound lanes while turning and a southbound vehicle crashed into its cab, then continued south without stopping. The truck stopped mid-turn in the roadway and the Ford pickup crashed into the left side of its trailer in the northbound lanes.

Hernandez reportedly received minor injuries in the accident. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Nicholas Hernandez Accident on TX-349 in Martin County

It seems the truck driver tried to pull an unsafe U-turn in the middle of the highway, disregarding traffic both behind him and ahead of him on the opposite side. Moreover, reports also say he may not have had a driver's license--a troubling issue for anyone at the wheel of a 40-ton commercial truck. It raises all kinds of questions about why he was there, but also about whether a company allowed him to operate for them without a license.

As much investigators need to look carefully at those matters, at least there's some silver lining in that the crash didn't cause worse harm to the victim. I certainly hope reports are right and his damages were minor, but little as I like to rain on parades I've seen some cases where authorities didn't get that part right.

Nicholas Hernandez Injured in Truck Accident on TX-349 in Martin County

A while back, for example, a man came to me about a commercial truck crash he was in. After the wreck doctors sent him home with instructions to use a heating pad for some back soreness he felt. As he tried to recuperate at home, however, that soreness became crippling pain.

Further tests showed the crash actually ruptured a disk in his spine. That "minor" injury needed surgery and months of recovery, not to mention lengthy battles with the insurance company before they honored the trucking company's policy.

I truly hope nothing like that happens here, but that man got help in part because he took his crash seriously and reached out soon after it happened. Others that wait too long may find they no longer have access to the tools and evidence required to get the help they need. "Hope for the best but prepare for the worst," as they say, and truck accidents are no exception.

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