Martin Simpson Injured in Truck Accident on South Freeway in Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX — June 14, 2022, 68-year-old Martin Simpson was injured in a crash with two commercial trucks on the South Freeway in Fort Worth.
Reports say the incident happened around 4:45 p.m. on the South Freeway at Interstate 20. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner truck and Simpson's Dodge Ram 1500 pickup were traveling south in the left lane as a Peterbilt tractor-trailer was southbound ahead one lane over.
Reports say the Freightliner rear-ended the Dodge, causing Simpson to lose control and veer into the Peterbilt's trailer. When asked why he hit the pickup, the Freightliner driver allegedly told police he "dozed off."
Simpson reportedly received minor injuries in the collision. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Martin Simpson Accident in Fort Worth
Reports seem pretty clear in terms of fault here. If one truck driver really did fall asleep and trigger this wreck, most probably feel there's not a lot more to say. However, almost no commercial truck accident ties up that neatly; if the victim approached the trucking company about help with his injuries, he'd likely need clear and indisputable proof of what happened or else risk being told to scram.
That talk of careful investigation and trucking company stubbornness may seem mostly academic here if reports have their facts straight and the only injuries involved were minor. I hope that's accurate, but I also know that injuries thought to be minor at the time can develop into something much worse down the line. Not long ago a client's supposed "sore back" after being rear-ended by a big rig turned out to be a ruptured spinal disk that needed major surgery and lengthy rehab; if he had taken preliminary reports at their word he might not have had what he needed to get the trucking company's assistance.
I hope nothing like that happens after this accident and there's no particular reason to think it will. 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.