One Injured in Crash with Parked 18-Wheeler on I-30 in Bowie County, TX
Bowie County, TX — July 28, 2022, one person was injured in a collision with a parked 18-wheeler on Interstate 30 in Bowie County.
According to reports the incident happened Thursday morning along I-30 near the 212 entrance ramp. The circumstances of the accident aren't clear, but reports indicate a pickup truck went out of control on the highway and crashed into the left side of a parked 18-wheeler on the shoulder of the roadway.
The impact destroyed the pickup and partially sheared off its roof, but the driver received only minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Truck Accident on I-30 in Bowie County
Considering how the crash was described and pictures of the scene showing the pickup's destroyed cab it seems pretty miraculous that no worse harm came to the victim. Obviously I'm relieved their injuries were said to be minor, but it's still important to take the crash seriously and investigate it carefully. Having all the facts is generally prudent after any wreck, even if preliminary reports suggest the damage wasn't dire. Police at the scene don't always have all the facts needed to be sure of that, and so-called "minor" injuries aren't always as minor as they may first seem.
Not long ago, for example, I represented a client who was rear-ended by a big rig. At first it seems like he'd only ended up with a sore back, but within a few days the pain swelled to almost-paralyzing levels.
Hospital scans showed the crash actually ruptured a disk in his spine. He ultimately needed surgery, lengthy physical therapy, and months of back-and-forth with the insurance company and the at-fault trucking company before they agreed to help him get back on his feet. Very little about his experience turned out to be "minor."
Obviously the Bowie County situation happened differently, but the need for investigation is still the same. It's important to know how and why the victim lost control, why the semi-truck was parked there, whether the truck driver took federally-mandated steps after stopping, and many other details. Not only is it always best to know the whole story, but those facts may be needed if things take a turn for the worse. There's no particular reason to believe they will, but at worst the victim will be overprepared for nothing. That's always better than the opposite.