• September 20, 2022

Five Injured in Six-Vehicle Crash on I-20 in Ector County, TX

Ector County, TX — September 19, 2022, five people were injured in a six-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 in Ector County.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 4:50 p.m. on eastbound I-20 near mile marker 104. Preliminary investigation suggests a semi-truck was headed east on the highway when for unknown reasons it hit another eastbound vehicle from behind. After that impact the semi-truck swerved into the median and through the barriers, then entered the westbound lanes. It then hit a westbound vehicle and triggered a four-vehicle pileup.

Five people were injured, two critically, in the accident. All were transported to an area hospital.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Five Injured in Six-Vehicle Crash on I-20 in Ector County, TX

Commentary on Six-Vehicle Accident on I-20 in Ector County

If reports have their facts straight some may feel the truck driver and their employer will have little choice but to step up and take responsibility for the damage done here.

That may seem reasonable on paper, but I caution against thinking any accident--especially one with a commercial truck--will be as straightforward as reports might suggest. There's still more investigation to complete, and no matter what might be found it's best not to take a trucking company's cooperation for granted.

Frustrating as it is, trucking companies rarely accept fault without doing everything they can to avoid it first. Some may not see how the company could evade liability in this case if their driver really plowed into traffic as described, but it's important not to underestimate the lengths companies and their attorneys will go to--or how inventive they can be--to protect their assets. Click below to read more.

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