Lemon Grove, California Man, 2 Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on I-20 in Odessa, TX
Odessa, TX -- May 17, 2022, a California man and two others were injured due to an accident where two 18-wheelers crashed on I-20.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 7:19 p.m. along I-20 in the area of Crane Avenue.
Officials said that a 40-year-old Lemon Grove, California man was in a Kenworth tractor-trailer traveling eastbound along I-20. Somehow, another 18-wheeler failed to control speed and crashed into the Kenworth.
The California man and two other men in the truck reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, the cause of the crash remains unclear.
Commentary on 18-wheeler Accident on I-20 in Odessa
With a crash like this, things may seem pretty open-and-shut considering rear-end collisions are usually as straight-forward as can be. While I always caution folks that even unlikely circumstances need to be consider, I also encourage thorough investigations even when the facts seem clear. Knowing what happened isn't the only challenge to overcome when there's likely a company already working to avoid as much responsibility as possible.
Not long ago, in fact, I handled a situation with reports similar to these. Two commercial vehicles crash, and one of the driver had relatively minor injuries--at first. Days later, he could barely move due to excruciating pain in his back. Further tests showed the crash actually ruptured a disk in his spine, and he would need surgery. So what did the other company? Naturally, they accused of him of faking his injuries.
It was obviously ridiculous, but it was our burden to provide evidence. We did so by having a team of medical experts with state-of-the-art imaging equipment not only show what the injury was and how serious it was but also why it was the direct result of the crash and not, for example, a preexisting injury. Seeing how effective the facts would be to a potential jury, that company finally decided it'd be better to cooperate and get the injured driver the help he deserved.
While we resolved that situation, it took teams of professionals just to get a man some much needed help. I wish I could say that was unusual, but I've helped hundreds of people through similar situations. That's why crashes like this almost always warrant thorough investigations from experienced professionals. Were those steps ever taken here?