Cyclist Injured in Crash with Truck on Wintergreen Road in Hutchins, TX
Hutchins, TX — June 29, 2022, a 39-year-old cyclist was hit and seriously injured by an 18-wheeler at a Dallas County intersection.
Reports say the incident happened around 8:45 a.m. on East Wintergreen Road at Interstate 45. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner semi-truck was towing a trailer east on Wintergreen near the victim's bicycle, which was riding east on the shoulder.
Both vehicles approached the I-45 intersection, where eastbound traffic does not stop. The truck began to turn right and cut across the approaching bicycle's path. The rider told police he tried to stop but his brakes did not respond, so he laid the bike down to avoid a collision. The bike's momentum made it slide underneath the truck, which ran it over.
The rider suffered serious injuries in the accident. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck/Bicycle Accident on Wintergreen in Hutchins
Reports suggest this accident may be due to a combination of factors: On the one hand it sounds like the bicycle's brakes were unresponsive when the rider approached the truck. Whether they were worn out, damaged, or defective would take closer investigation to know. On the other, it seems like the truck driver began turning without regard for the cyclist who wanted to pass straight through.
Since bicycles are treated as vehicles under the Texas Transportation Code, that may mean the truck driver technically failed to yield to thru-traffic before making his turn. If so, there may be questions of negligent operation to take up with him and his employer in the interest of getting the injured cyclist some help with his recovery.
I'm not saying I know all the ins and outs of what happened here. I read the same reports as anyone else, and rarely are they thorough enough on their own to authoritatively say who should be held responsible for a crash. Moreover, trucking companies are infamous for disputing every single detail that suggests their driver did anything wrong.
If a victim wants to hold a company accountable for the damage their driver did, he'll likely need evidence gathered through independent investigation rather than counting on police reports to get the job done. Were appropriate steps taken here to get the victim the help he needed and deserved?