Carly Bass Injured in Truck Accident on Interstate 35 in Austin, TX
Austin, TX — June 17, 2022, 23-year-old Carly Bass was injured in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 35 in Austin.
Reports say the incident happened around 10:40 a.m. on I-35 near Farm to Market Road 1327. Preliminary investigation suggests Bass was driving a Nissan Rogue north on the highway when she slowed as she approached a Lexus RX 300 that was stopped for traffic.
Behind the Nissan, an International semi-truck with an attached trailer approached and crashed into the SUV. The impact pushed the Nissan into the back of the Lexus and spun away, after which the semi-truck also hit the Lexus.
Bass reportedly received minor injuries in the crash. The truck driver told investigators he was unable to slow down before hitting the Nissan and indicated his truck's brakes may not have been functioning properly.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Carly Bass Accident on I-35 in Austin
Given how badly a crash caused by a fast-moving big rig with (allegedly) bad brakes could have gone, it's a relief to see only minor injuries mentioned in reports. Despite that, it's important to take the crash seriously and investigate it carefully. Not only do any allegations of unresponsive 18-wheeler brakes need a response, but early reports don't always properly account for the damage done in a wreck.
For example, I handled a situation not long ago where a man was rear-ended by a commercial vehicle and suffered what seemed at first like simple back pain. Doctors told him to use a heating pad and take ibuprofen, then sent him on his way.
A few days later the pain was almost paralyzing; he could barely stand up, let alone resume his life. Further tests showed the crash actually ruptured a disk in his spine--a serious injury that required surgery, months of recovery, and a lengthy back-and-forth with the insurance company that did everything in their power to avoid responsibility. We got him the help he needed, but part of the reason we could was because he took his situation seriously and called us soon after the crash.
I'm not saying the Austin wreck is going to turn out that way, and I sincerely hope nothing of the sort develops. It's just important for folks to understand they could face challenges like that and make sure they have what they need to overcome them. At worst they'll end up overprepared for nothing, which is still far better than the opposite.