• July 05, 2022

Odessa Man, 1 Injured in Truck Accident on I-20 in Pecos, TX

Pecos, TX -- June 15, 2022, Odessa man and another driver were injured due to an accident where a semi-truck and another vehicle crashed.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 3:37 p.m. along I-20 at the exit for Texas Street.

According to reports, a 75-year-old Odessa man was in a GMC Canyon traveling along westbound lanes of I-20. While doing so, he swerved to avoid a tractor-trailer which lost control. That driver, a 41-year-old Las Vegas man, said another tractor-trailer cut him off, causing him to swerve. Both the GMC and first semi crashed as a result.

The GMC driver was said to have incapacitating injuries while the Las Vegas man had non-incapacitating injuries. The other semi driver, reportedly uninjured, told officers she didn't recall if she caused the crash or not. Additional details are unclear a this time.

Commentary on Tractor-Trailer Accident on I-20 at Texas in Pecos

Events like this can be rather complex because there appear to be several things happening which someone could at least argue in each case was the cause of someone's injuries. It's not always as simple as just blaming the first thing that happens in a chain of events, which in this case appears to be following one of the semis changing lanes. The question is whether or not that event was the proximate cause of the injuries and whether or not there may be separate proximate causes.

Here's what that means in a nutshell. Whoever is responsible for the factor that is said to be more likely than not the cause of someone's injuries is the person responsible for those injuries. There may be a lot more to these events, but let's look at them as described on face value.

Odessa Man, 1 Injured in Truck Accident on I-20 in Pecos, TX

Reports say an 18-wheeler changed lanes, then another 18-wheeler lost control trying to avoid that semi, and a passenger vehicle crashed because the second truck lost control. It's possible evidence shows that the 18-wheeler changing lanes set all of this into motion, and that driver is responsible. However, evidence could also show the truck changed lanes safely, but the second truck lost control because they looked up at the last second, forcing them to swerve and causing both other vehicles to crash. It's also possible that regardless of what caused the 18-wheeler to lose control, the passenger vehicle driver may also have been able to reasonably avoid a crash, but they were actually doing something wrong.

Any combination of these events may have happened here, and sorting through all of that is exactly why independent accident reconstructionists are often necessary for getting people the help they need. Too often, folks come to me for help because they didn't realize just how complex a chain of events like this could be. Making sure people have the right tools to navigate these challenges should always be a priority, and I see no reason why this crash would be an exception.

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