• July 19, 2022

Jose Luis Velazquez Injured in Truck Accident in Sealy, TX

Sealy, TX -- June 30, 2022, Jose Luis Velazquez was injured due to an accident where a commercial truck reportedly cut off Velazquez.

Initial reports from authorities said that the crash took place at approximately 5:39 a.m. along Highway 36 near FM 2187.

Authorities said that 66-year-old Jose Luis Velazquez was in a GMC Sierra pickup traveling northbound along the highway. Ahead, an 18-wheeler reportedly failed to yield from a private driver, and Velazquez's vehicle hit the trailer.

Due to the collision, Velazquez had incapacitating injuries. No other injuries were reported. Police gave no further information in their reports.

Commentary on Jose Luis Velazquez Truck Accident in Sealy

With crashes like this, folks are often tempted to close the book and call it all wrapped up nicely. Police said that a truck driver failed to yield and caused a crash. What more is there to talk about? Well, these early reports rarely tell the whole story, and that leaves a lot of wiggle room for trucking and insurance companies whose priority is to avoid as much responsibility as possible. It's important victims and families ensure they have the tools to close those gaps and tell their side of the story convincingly.

Jose Luis Velazquez Injured in Truck Accident in Sealy, TX

A situation that came to me not long ago is a good example of what I'm saying here. Much like these reports, reports in that case said an 18-wheeler pulled across a highway, and a car hit the side of the trailer. As open-and-shut as things seemed, the trucking company blamed the victim for going too fast, not reacting in time, and not wearing a seatbelt. As much as we knew that was just a load of crap, it was our burden to prove as much.

A few key details brought to light through thorough independent investigations helped counter these ridiculous claims. One was that the victim's speedometer actually froze on impact, and it together with forensic analysis of the crash scene helped prove the victim couldn't have been speeding. Additionally, numerous EMS responders testified they had to actually cut through the victim's seatbelt to get them out of the wreckage. And to drive it all home, examination of the trailer showed that the reflective tape was so dirty that it would have been practically invisible at the time of the crash.

Only after all of that were we able to get the trucking company to cooperate. Consider that was an involved investigation together with a team of professional truck wreck attorneys just to make headway in a situation that the general public likely would have considered a slam dunk. The reality is there are always barriers between victims and the help they deserve. Even if those barriers seem trivial, taking the steps to anticipate those barriers will only better prepare victims and families to overcome them. Were those steps ever taken here?

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