• August 22, 2022

Karmen Ryals Injured in Allen, TX Truck Accident on Central Expressway

Allen, TX — June 13, 2022, 20-year-old Karmen Ryals was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on Central Expressway in Collin County.

Reports say the incident happened around 6:05 p.m. on Central Expressway (US-75) near Montgomery Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests a Peterbilt truck was traveling south on the highway when the driver stopped behind Ryals' Honda Accord in traffic. The truck driver told investigators the traffic started to move so he released the clutch and moved forward, at which point he rear-ended the Honda.

Ryals reportedly sustained minor injuries in the crash. The truck driver was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Karmen Ryals Accident in Allen

I'm glad to see the victim's injuries were thought to be minor, but it's still important to take this crash seriously and investigate it carefully. Having all the facts is usually the best course after any wreck, even if early reports say the damage done wasn't grave. 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 seemed like it just gave him a sore back, and after giving him a once-over doctors sent him home with the all-clear. Days later, however, the pain swelled to almost-paralyzing levels.

Karmen Ryals Injured in Allen, TX Truck Accident on Central Expressway

When he returned to the ER, scans showed that 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."

That's an ordeal no one should have to go through, but at least he didn't have to face it alone. If he hadn't reached out to us, though, he might not have gotten all the help he needed. That's why I encourage people to take all commercial vehicle wrecks seriously, even if they may not seem dire at first glance. At worst they're overprepared and don't need it, which is always far better than the opposite.

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