Liliana Sanchez Injured in Truck Accident on US-59 in Cleveland, TX
Cleveland, TX — June 16, 2022, 36-year-old Liliana Zapata Sanchez was injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler on U.S. Highway 59 in Cleveland.
Reports say the incident happened around 2:55 p.m. on US-59 at the Highway 105 Bypass. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner tractor-trailer was traveling behind Sanchez's Dodge Charger on the 100 block of the bypass, approaching Highway 59.
Sanchez came to a complete stop at a sign for the US-59 intersection, then waited for traffic to pass so she could turn onto the highway. Reports say the truck driver failed to control speed when approaching the stopped Charger and crashed into the back of it.
Sanchez reportedly received minor injuries in the collision. The truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Liliana Sanchez Accident in Cleveland
If reports have their facts straight it looks like fault's pretty clear here, though the trucker and his employer may not agree. Most companies will put up a fight to avoid liability for a wreck, which is why it's best to expect pushback and be ready with clear evidence that gets rid of any "wiggle room" they might try to use.
Some may think all that effort's not necessary since the victim's injuries were reportedly minor. I hope police got that right, but after so many years working on truck accidents I can't help but feel some concern when I see damages downplayed right after a wreck. With all due respect to police, they don't always have all the needed information to properly judge that.
Here's an example: Not long ago I worked on a case where a man's supposedly-minor back injury turned to paralyzing pain within a week of his crash with a big rig. Scans showed that his "sore back" was actually a ruptured spinal disk. Not only did that need major surgery and long rehab, but it also took months of legal battles with the at-fault company's insurer before they agreed to cover the victim's bills as they should have from the start. Little about his experience could really be called "minor."
I hope nothing like that happens after the Cleveland 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 action after any truck wreck--even if its impact seems minimal. At worst a victim is overprepared and no action is necessary, which is always better than the opposite.