• August 16, 2022

John Tran Injured in El Paso, TX Truck Accident on Desert Blvd

El Paso, TX — July 26, 2022, 41-year-old John Quoc Tran was seriously injured in a crash with a commercial truck on Desert Boulevard in El Paso.

According to reports the incident happened around 9:55 p.m. on North Desert near East Loop 375. Preliminary investigation suggests a Kenworth truck was traveling north on Desert, one lane to the left of Tran in a Maserati Ghibli.

Reports say the truck driver made an unsafe lane change to the right after failing to see the Maserati traveling next to him. The truck made contact with the sports car in the right lane, causing damage to both vehicles.

Tran complained of pain after the collision but reportedly refused medical attention. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on John Tran Accident in El Paso

It sounds from reports like fault is pretty clear here, but I caution against thinking a truck accident is ever really that simple. Trucking companies are notorious for disputing liability any time someone may have been hurt by their drivers' actions.

Take the El Paso accident, for example: Police may say the truck driver made an unsafe lane change, but the company can dispute that all they like unless hard evidence proves otherwise. I've been at this for decades now and in all that time I've run into one company that just took responsibility and tried to make things right without a fight. Generally, victims and families must bring abundant clear evidence showing what really happened before a company grudgingly cooperates.

John Tran Injured in El Paso, TX Truck Accident on Desert Blvd

Of course all that talk of liability and going to war with the trucking firm may be mostly academic here. The victim may not have much interest in pursuing a claim if reports are right and he felt his injuries were minimal enough to waive medical attention. I hope he's right, but I also know that injuries thought to be minor at the time can develop into something much worse down the line.

I hope that's not an issue after this accident and there's no particular reason to think it will be. However, the possibility that things aren't quite what they seem is one of the reasons I always tell folks they need to take every truck wreck seriously--even if injuries seems minimal. At worst the victim is overprepared and no action is necessary, which is always better than the opposite.

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