Sharell Johnson, 1 Injured in Truck Accident in Waco, TX
Waco, TX -- June 11, 2022, Sharell Johnson and one other were injured due to an accident where an 18-wheeler crashed into their vehicle.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 3:25 p.m. along I-35 near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Officials reported that 46-year-old Sharell Johnson was in a GMC Sierra traveling southbound along the interstate. After changing lanes, police say an 18-wheeler crashed into the back of the GMC.
Johnson was said to be possibly injured while a passenger reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries. No other injuries were reported, and additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Sharell Johnson Truck Accident in Waco
While folks tend to see all rear-end collisions as open-and-shut, certain factors can show why this situation may be more complex than folks realize. Reports say that the victims' vehicle changed lanes just before impact. Why might this complicate things?
Essentially, that detail gives a defense team a potential target to shift blame, either rightfully or not. In a hypothetical situation, let's say someone changes lanes directly in front of a large tractor-trailer that is passing them. At a certain point, even a reasonably safe and prudent professional wouldn't be able to slow down if someone outright cut them off. As such, they may not be responsible for anything despite the misconception that rear drivers are always at fault. With that said, someone simply changing lanes isn't unusual, and drivers paying attention and going at appropriate speeds can usually slow down without any incident. If the vehicle here changed lanes safely, and the truck still managed to rear-end it, that suggests the driver may not have been paying attention or was going too fast.
I certainly can't say which scenario occurred here or even if some other unusual circumstances led to the crash. All I can do is emphasize to people that a serious truck wreck is almost never "open-and-shut". It's important there is clear evidence telling the facts of what happened so folks have every opportunity to pursue the help they deserve. Experience tells me getting that evidence may require a lot more than just a basic crash report.