Manuel Mendoza Injured in Truck Accident on I-10 in El Paso, TX
El Paso, TX — June 14, 2022, 50-year-old Manuel Mendoza was injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler on Interstate 10 in El Paso.
Reports say the incident happened around 11:55 a.m. on I-10 near East Piedras Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Kenworth tractor-trailer was traveling east in the #3 lane behind Mendoza's Mitsubishi Endeavor. The truck driver told investigators traffic ahead stopped suddenly and he couldn't stop before hitting the back of the SUV.
Mendoza complained of neck pain at the scene but refused medical attention. The truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Manuel Mendoza Accident in El Paso
I'm relieved to see the crash victim apparently didn't feel the need for immediate medical attention; not everyone hit by an 18-wheeler can say the same. However, whenever I see that injuries are considered "minor" after a commercial truck accident I can't help but feel a bit skeptical.
I don't mean to be pessimistic; many people walk away from serious crashes with little more than aches and pains. I hope this is one of those times. I just know from long experience that sometimes injuries take a little time to show their real nature, and descriptions of "neck pain" mentioned in reports give me pause.
I worked on a commercial truck wreck not long ago where reports described the victim's injuries as a simple "sore back" after a big rig rear-ended him. Doctors told him to take aspirin and stay off his feet for a few days.
During that time, his pain increased until it almost paralyzed him. It turned out the wreck actually ruptured a disk in his spine, and that "sore back" required painful surgery and months of physical therapy--all while the at-fault trucking company and their insurer fought bitterly against helping him recover.
Again, I hope the situation in El Paso doesn't end up any worse and I have no specific reason to think it will. However, commercial truck wrecks should always be taken seriously. Seeing the victim's reported "neck pain" tells me he should be seen by a specialist as soon as possible. In the meantime watching the injury closely and gathering evidence about the crash will help ensure he gets the assistance he needs if things take a turn.