Joshua Ryan Tyler Injured in Semi-Truck Accident in Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX -- June 5, 2022, Joshua Ryan Tyler was injured following an accident where a truck crashed into Tyler's vehicle.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 10:26 p.m. along Northwest Loop 820 off Azle Avenue.
Officials said that 21-year-old Joshua Ryan Tyler was in a Ford F-150 traveling eastbound along the freeway where lanes began to close due to construction. As traffic slowed down, reports say that a commercial truck did not slow down in time, crashing into the back of Tyler's pickup and another vehicle ahead.
Due to the collision, Tyler reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, a specific cause for the accident remains unclear.
Commentary on Joshua Ryan Tyler Truck Accident in Fort Worth
Something I talk about a lot on this blog is the importance of having evidence and not just taking reports at face value. While it's virtually guaranteed this happened due to something like inattention, following too closely, or speeding, there are other possibilities to consider. While those unlikely possibilities could turn out to be true, looking into them is more often a strategy to ensure those who would otherwise be responsible for the crash aren't able to muddy the waters and avoid responsibility.
For example, I handled this situation a while back where a truck hit a slower vehicle, and investigators found that the truck driver was on drugs at the time. His employer, however, instead blamed the crash on a nearby ambulance, saying the lights were too bright and blinded their driver. As ridiculous as this was, I've seen ridiculous defenses undermine cases from less experienced and less prepared attorneys. I knew how important it was to make absolutely clear what did and what didn't cause the crash.
To that end, we were able to go through all of the local EMS companies until we found the one that had units in the area of the crash when the accident occurred. Their fortunately meticulous records clearly showed the ambulance was nearly a mile down the road from the crash. It was already farfetched emergency lights would be more of a problem than an intoxicated driver, but at that distance, it was all but impossible. Only after that did the trucking company start to cooperate.
Again, I'm not saying that happened here. That's a bit of an extreme example. However, the basic notion of point fingers at anything and everything else that could possibly help a company avoid blame is almost always a barrier victims and families need to prepare for. Doing so can mean the difference between a company dodging a bullet and a family getting the help they deserve.