• July 13, 2022

Carnell McCurdy Injured in Truck Accident on FM 552 in Rockwall, TX

Rockwall, TX — June 27, 2022, 52-year-old Carnell McCurdy was seriously injured in a truck accident on FM 552 in Rockwall.

According to reports the incident happened around 2:05 p.m. on FM 552 near FM 1141. Preliminary investigation suggests a vehicle was stopped in the westbound roadway waiting to turn left into a construction area as McCurdy approached, headed east in a Kenworth 18-wheeler.

Reports say the other vehicle began its turn without yielding to the eastbound big rig. McCurdy swerved to avoid it, passing through the westbound roadway and crashing into the north ditch.

McCurdy suffered serious injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Carnell McCurdy Accident in Rockwall

Some may see the preliminary details of this accident and think there's little else to say. If one truck failed to yield to another that had the right-of-way and caused someone to get hurt, what more does anyone need to know before deciding who's at fault?

Reasonable as that may seem on its surface, few if any commercial truck accidents are truly that simple. People who've never crashed with a big rig don't realize what battles await the ones that do--even if both parties involved are commercial operators. The default position of essentially every company is to deny responsibility for any damage its employees do because they have assets and reputations to protect. Most will bitterly dispute liability and drag things out as long as they can rather than simply help the victims of their employees' poor choices.

Carnell McCurdy Injured in Truck Accident on FM 552 in Rockwall, TX

A trucking defense attorney will get inventive when trying to find other scapegoats for the damage done in an accident like this. In fact, many of the defense's arguments might revolve around blaming the victim himself for what happened. For instance, suggestions that he was speeding or took "faulty evasive maneuvers" would probably be tried. If it seems cold-blooded to blame him, well, defense isn't shy about pointing fingers where it must to get its client out of the spotlight.

Folks may think there's not much merit to all this talk of liability because the victim was a truck driver and "workers' comp will handle it." It's quite possible he'll be offered some assistance from that, but it's far from perfect. People don't always realize that it basically forces workers to subsidize their own injuries, and what's more its benefits never approach what the employees earned before they were hurt. Finally, as a matter of simple principle the parties responsible for the damage done should be held accountable and bear its costs.

To be sure the at-fault company can't come up with excuses reasons why their driver's behavior wasn't the cause of this accident, it would fall to the victim to gather the necessary proof that it actually was. Police will create a rough sketch of events but often lack the time or resources to dig deeper into the less-obvious details that can make so much difference. A more comprehensive investigation is often needed; will that be done here?

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