Gina Mathurin Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on US 62 in Hudspeth County, TX
UPDATE (August 23, 2022): Reports identified the woman injured in the accident as 41-year-old Gina Mathurin. Additional details about the crash remain unclear.
Hudspeth County, TX -- July 8, 2022, one person was injured after an accident where an 18-wheeler overturned on US Highway 62.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 4:00 a.m. along US Highway 62 near mile marker 81.
Authorities said that a 41-year-old woman was in an 18-wheeler being driven westbound along the highway. Somehow, the truck lost control, veered onto the shoulder, then overturned across both directions of the roadway.
The woman in the truck reportedly had incapacitating injuries while the driver reportedly was not hurt. At this time, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Gina Mathurin 18-wheeler Accident in Hudspeth County
These reports suggest that the passenger in the truck may have been in something like a sleeper berth when this crash occurred. If that's true, then it's possible there are unique consequences surrounding the crash. Generally speaking, a passenger in a truck crash either maintains their rights due to not being the driver's co-worker, or they are working, and therefore must go through workers' comp. With sleeper berths, however, things aren't always so simple.
Generally speaking, workers' comp is for people who are in the course and scope of their employment hurt due to their actions, their employer's actions, or the actions of a co-worker. But legal theory is such that a person asleep and off their normal shift isn't technically working at the time. Therefore, their injuries may no be confined to workers' comp alone. Could it be something like that happened here? Ultimately, understanding this is simply a good way to ensure folks know what to look for and how to get the answers and the help they deserve.