Rochelle McNeil, Joseph McNeil, Paige Lehmann, 1 Injured in Truck Accident in Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX -- May 23, 2022, Rochelle McNeil, Joseph McNeil, Paige Lehmann, and another person were injured due to an 18-wheeler accident.
In their initial reports, officials said that the crash happened along I-30 near Jim Miller Road at around 3:20 p.m.
According to investigators, traffic was moving along the westbound lanes of the freeway. Allegedly due to unsafe speeds, a tractor-trailer crashed into a Toyota Prius driven by 29-year-old Paige Dawson Lehmann. A chain reaction then occurred involving multiple other vehicles.
In one of the vehicles, Rochelle McNeil was said to have non-incapacitating injuries. Here driver, Joseph McNeil, along with Lehmann and one other driver were listed as possibly having injuries.
The truck driver claimed that Lehmann stopped suddenly, but reports did not confirm this series of events. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Rochelle McNeil, Joseph McNeil, Paige Lehmann, Truck Accident in Dallas
With police seemingly not confirming the possibility of a driver slamming on the brakes causing all of this, it seems very likely that a mistake on the part of the truck driver caused the crash. While I wouldn't suggest ignoring other possibilities, thorough investigations should also ensure that seemingly obvious factors get further attention, as well. Even something as straight-forward as texting and driving, for example, can lead to complex scenarios victims and families need to be able to handle.
For example, I handled a situation a while back where a truck driver texting and driving caused a serious wreck. As clear as things seemed, we kept digging, and more serious issues came to light. It turned out that the truck driver was responding to his supervisor, who would constantly call and text throughout the day. If drivers didn't respond right away, they'd get in trouble. This idiot boss nearly got people killed because he couldn't wait a couple of minutes for their drivers to park and text safely. It should have been clear that behavior was only going to get someone hurt eventually.
What some less-experienced attorneys would have taken at face value as a slam dunk case, an experienced attorney knew to dig deeper and ensure those truly responsible for the victims' injuries and suffered were held accountable. Doing so can also be vital in getting folks the help they need, which is why I would always encourage thorough investigations into crashes like this.