• June 17, 2022

Mary Andreas Injured in Truck Accident on US-290 in Polk County, TX

Polk County, TX — May 17, 2022, 84-year-old Mary Andreas was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on U.S. Highway 290 in Polk County.

According to reports the incident happened around 4:30 p.m. on US-190 at Crystal Lake West Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a Kenworth truck, a Chrysler Town & Country, and a Subaru Outback were all traveling west on the highway in a construction zone.

According to reports the drivers of the Chrysler and the Subaru slowed for another vehicle ahead that was turning onto Crystal Lake West. As they slowed the Kenworth approached; the driver failed to reduce his speed sufficiently and crashed into the back of the Chrysler, pushing it into the rear of the Subaru.

Mary Andreas, driving the Chrysler, reportedly received minor injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Mary Andreas Accident on US-290 in Polk County

Reports suggest the commercial truck slammed into the back of the victim's car here, but thankfully they also say the resulting injuries weren't too serious. I certainly hope that's true, as these kinds of accidents don't always have such a fortunate outcome. That said, I also see no reason this crash should be treated as anything less than serious. Things aren't always as simple as they first appear, including the extent of the damage done.

For example, I handled a situation a while back where, like in this crash, the victim's injuries were believed to be minor. He was evaluated for a back injury and told he'd be fine. Days later, however, he could barely move. What went wrong? Well, it turned out the crash ruptured a disk in his spine and doctors missed it initially. His injury ultimately required surgery as well as a lengthy back-and-forth with the trucking company before they agreed to help him. All in all little about his experience was "minor."

Mary Andreas Injured in Truck Accident on US-290 in Polk County, TX

Had he not sought professional help soon after his crash, he might not have had the tools or evidence to get the help he needed. That's why I often write about the need for prompt action and proper response after a truck wreck--if people write the crash off because the damage appears minimal, they may not have the resources they need to get help down the line if things go wrong. As they say, it's better to be safe than sorry, and a serious truck wreck is far from the exception to that.

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