Enrique Lara, One Other Injured in Auto Accident on Franklin Ave in Waco, TX
Waco, TX — May 18, 2022, 42-year-old Enrique Lara and another person were injured in a four-vehicle crash on Franklin Avenue in Waco.
According to reports the incident happened around 1:55 p.m. on Franklin Avenue at South 18th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests an International semi-truck was headed south on 18th, approaching the Franklin intersection. Nearby a Lexus SUV, a Nissan Sentra, and a Volkswagen Jetta were all eastbound on Franklin approaching the same intersection.
Reports say the signal changed and the cars on Franklin started to go, but the southbound truck driver ran his red light. The Lexus driver veered sharply right to avoid colliding with the truck, causing it to hit the Nissan and the Jetta. No one made contact with the truck.
Lara and another driver reportedly received minor injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Enrique Lara Accident on Franklin Ave in Waco
It seems from reports like the crash and the victims' injuries resulted from the truck driver running a red light. He and his employers may have a different point of view, though, since technically the truck was a "non-contact" vehicle in the wreck. If the victims asked the company to make things right, they might hear some nonsense about how its driver didn't hit anybody so he's not to blame. Laughable or not, if (when) a company resists responsibility it's up to the victim to find the proof necessary to hold them accountable.
All that may be academic here since the only reported injuries were minor. Obviously I hope police got that part right, considering the cases I've seen where so-called "minor" injuries turned out to be anything but.
Not long ago, for example, a man had allegedly-minor injuries after a commercial vehicle accident and doctors sent him home with the all-clear. Days later, however, he could barely move due to the excruciating pain. Further tests showed that the truck wreck actually ruptured a disk in his spine, which ultimately required painful surgery and lengthy rehab.
The true nature of that man's injuries at least showed itself quickly enough that he was able to contact us for help. Not everyone knows the true nature of their injuries so soon. That's why it's always important to take truck wrecks like this seriously and to equip the victims and families involved with the tools and evidence they need. We can always hope for the best, but it's always prudent to prepared for the worst.