Mackenzie Dee Pena Injured in Truck Accident in Carrollton, TX
Carrollton, TX -- September 3, 2022, Mackenzie Dee Pena was injured following an accident where a vehicle and a semi-truck collided.
Investigators were called to the area of Trinity Mills Road and Josey Lane at around 9:14 p.m. It appears that 31-year-old Mackenzie Dee Pena was in a vehicle traveling westbound along Trinity Mills.
Ahead, an 18-wheeler was apparently stopped across multiple lanes after merging from the President George Bush turnpike and stopping at the WinCo entrance driveway. While there, Pena's vehicle crashed into the side of the trailer.
As a result of the collision, Pena sustained injuries said to be incapacitating. No other injuries were mentioned. At this time, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Mackenzie Dee Pena Truck Accident in Carrollton
With details like this, it's challenging to envision a scenario in which this truck driver didn't screw up. It's dangerous enough to block lanes of travel, let alone almost all of them after sunset. But folks shouldn't take this to mean that anyone is automatically at fault.
For one, there could be extenuating circumstances officials failed to consider. Furthermore, even seemingly straight-forward situations involving a commercial trucking company bring forth unique challenges. Failing to anticipate those challenges can be the downfall of the victims and families in need of help.
For example, I handled a situation with similar details where a truck was blocking highway lanes, and a car hit the trailer. Their company tried to claim that our client had been speeding, wasn't wearing a seatbelt, and failed to see their supposedly avoidable truck in the road. We knew these were ridiculous claims, but it was our burden to prove as much.
To do so, some key evidence came into play. For one, the victim's speedometer froze on impact. We were able to align that with debris analysis of the scene to prove the victim couldn't have been speeding. We also were able to contact several emergency workers who testified they had to cut through the victim's seatbelt to get them out of the wreckage. What's more, examinations proved that the reflective tape on the trailer was so dirty that it was practically useless. The most attentive driver in the world likely wouldn't have been able to see the trailer in time.
It was only after all of that effort the company finally cooperated. That's far more often the norm than the exception, which is why it's crucial that victims and families know what to expect and steps to take to overcome those obstacles. It's something I talk about all the time, and the article below offers more information for further reading.