Blanca Castillo Velasquez Injured in Dallas, TX Truck Accident on Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX — June 15, 2022, 41-year-old Blanca Castillo Velasquez was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on Stemmons Freeway in Dallas.
Reports say the incident happened around 6:40 p.m. on Stemmons (I-35E) near Continental Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ram 5500 truck was traveling south on the freeway behind Castillo Velasquez's Nissan Pathfinder SUV. The truck driver was allegedly following the SUV too closely and crashed into it when Castillo slowed for traffic.
Castillo reportedly sustained minor injuries in the collision. The truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Blanca Castillo Velasquez Accident in Dallas
While any commercial vehicle accident is concerning, at least there's some silver lining in that the only reported injuries were minor. Obviously I hope that's accurate, but I can't help but have doubts. I've seen many commercial truck accidents over the years where the damage was basically written off by police or news sources, only for the victims' supposedly "minor" injuries to be something else entirely.
Not long ago I worked on a case where a big rig rear-ended our client and he thought he only got a sore back out of it, only to find out within a couple of weeks that he had spinal trauma--a ruptured disk that caused him enormous pain. He ended up needing major surgery and lengthy rehab, all while the at-fault trucking company and insurers argued against taking responsibility and helping him. When all was said and done very little about his experience was "minor."
I'm not saying the Stemmons Freeway wreck is the same. I only mean that in case things aren't quite what they seem at first it's important to take a truck accident seriously from the start. That means investigating it carefully and finding clear evidence of what really occurred, all to be sure that the right parties are held accountable if needed. "Better safe than sorry," as they say, and these crashes are no exception.