Two Injured in Multi-Vehicle Wreck on I-10 in Orange County, TX
Orange County, TX — July 25, 2022, two people were injured in a chain-reaction wreck of at least eight vehicles on Interstate 10 in Orange County.
According to reports the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. on eastbound I-10 near Exit 879. Preliminary investigation suggests a Mazda passenger vehicle got a flat tire and stopped in the travel lanes. Several vehicles slowed behind it in the roadway, but an approaching Peterbilt tractor-trailer that may have been speeding crashed into the line. It hit a Toyota car, triggering a chain of collisions.
The Toyota's driver and passenger were transported to a Louisiana hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Orange County Chain-Reaction Crash on I-10
A big rig most often hits slowed or stopped traffic for one or more of just a few reasons like speeding, following too closely, or driver distraction. None of those have to be involved in the Orange County crash, of course, but it's pretty telling that even preliminary reports mentioned the truck was speeding. That could mean this is yet another accident that should have been avoidable but happened due to a trucker's mistake.
Of course, even if that's the case the driver and his employer aren't likely to agree. Many crash victims assume a trucking company will have no room to argue after a big rig plows into stopped vehicles like this, but even when a trucker's fault seems clear on paper their employers typically say something else was to blame: Sudden and surprising mechanical or brake failures, wet roads, sun glare, the victims stopped too suddenly for the driver to react...the excuses go on and on, and no matter how ridiculous some of them are they still have to be properly overcome.
Doing that falls to the victims and their families, which can be difficult as they try to recover from the damage they suffered in the crash. That's why I often suggest working with independent investigators and other allies to get they proof they need. Backing up a claim with indisputable facts is key for getting folks the answers and help they deserve.