• June 22, 2022

8 Injured in 11-Vehicle Crash at Loop 20 and I-35 in Laredo, TX

Laredo, TX — June 20, 2022, eight people were injured in an 11-vehicle pileup crash at a busy highway intersection in Laredo.

According to reports the incident happened around 6:00 p.m. at Interstate 35 and Loop 20. Preliminary investigation suggests the chain-reaction wreck began when an 18-wheeler, whose driver said his brakes failed, crashed into another vehicle waiting in a line to turn from Loop 20 onto I-35.

Altogether a total of 16 people were involved in the 11-vehicle crash. Eight of those people were transported by ambulances to area hospitals. All were said to be in stable condition.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on 11-Vehicle Crash at Loop 20 and I-35 in Laredo

A big rig tends to hit slowed or stopped traffic for one or more of just a handful of reasons like speeding, following too closely, or driver distraction. None of those have to be involved in the Laredo crash, and it's quite possible the driver's claims of brake failure are true, but investigators usually find the accident was avoidable and the truck driver just made a serious mistake.

Of course, even if police eventually said the truck driver was at fault that's still not set in stone. Trucking companies are pretty notorious for heavily disputing that their drivers did anything wrong.

8 Injured in 11-Vehicle Crash at Loop 20 and I-35 in Laredo, TX

We've worked on similar cases where truck drivers plowed into stopped vehicles while messing with their radios, reaching for something on the floor or between seats, digging in coolers, or even watching movies on their phones instead of looking at the road--to say nothing of the ones that were too intoxicated to operate their trucks.

Victims often thought they had those drivers dead-to-rights when it was time to seek help, but even when their sins seemed clear on paper their employers insisted something else was to blame: Sudden and surprising mechanical or brake failures, sun glare, the victims stopped too suddenly for the driver to react...the excuses go on and on in an effort to lessen or avoid liability, and without clear evidence and the right tools to deal with them they can be frustratingly effective.

The burden of disproving those defenses falls to the victims and their families, and much of the evidence needed to do that is found with either the truck driver or the truck itself. Even confirming or disproving the Laredo driver's claim of brake failure would probably require forensic analysis of the big rig.

Here's the catch, though: The driver and his employer aren't likely to willingly hand anything over if it might come back to bite them, and they don't have to. Victims must often work with independent investigators and other allies to get crucial evidence the company won't share of its own free will. Backing up a claim with indisputable proof is key for getting folks the answers and help they need and deserve.

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