• June 17, 2022

Chantel de la Garza, Candice Mitchell Injured in Bedford, TX Truck Accident

Bedford, TX — May 15, 2022, 27-year-old Chantel de la Garza and 25-year-old Candice Mitchell were injured in a crash on State Highway 183 in Bedford.

According to reports the incident happened around 9:50 p.m. on TX-183 near Brown Trail. Preliminary investigation suggests a Peterbilt semi-truck was towing a trailer in lane 2 of the highway. The truck driver reportedly made an unsafe lane change and hit the rear-left quarter of a Ford Fusion in which Chantel de la Garza was a passenger.

The impact sent the Ford off-course; it veered left and crashed into the passenger side of a Mazda 2 in lane 1.

De la Garza and Mitchell, the Mazda driver, reportedly sustained minor injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Chantel de la Garza, Candice Mitchell Accident in Bedford

Altogether this sounds pretty straightforward: The truck made a bad lane change and accidentally PIT maneuvered a victim's car, causing the wreck. Considering how the crash is described it's something of a miracle that the only described injuries were minor.

Before either of the victims celebrate their good fortune too much, however, I think it's important to take a beat and make sure they're fully evaluated--and that their injuries are watched carefully until they heal. Overkill? Hardly. I've done this for a long time and over the years I've seen plenty of cases where police underestimated victims' injuries at the scene.

Chantel de la Garza, Candice Mitchell Injured in Bedford, TX Truck Accident

Not long ago, for example, a man came to me about a crash where his truck was rear-ended by a big rig. Doctors told him to use a heating pad and take ibuprofen for his sore back, then sent him home. A few days later, though, that soreness was pure agony.

Further tests showed the crash actually ruptured a disk in his spine. That "minor" injury needed major surgery and months of recovery, not to mention a long battle with the insurance company to make them help him get back on his feet.

I certainly hope nothing like that happens after the Bedford crash, but that man got what he needed in part because he took his situation seriously and reached out to us soon after his wreck. Those who wait too long or write their injuries off may not be so fortunate. As they say, "hope for the best but prepare for the worst." A truck accident is no exception.

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