Wendell Ray Phillips Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Athens, TX
Athens, TX -- September 14, 2022, Wendell Ray Phillips was injured due to an accident where Phillips's vehicle hit an 18-wheeler.
Investigators were called out to the intersection of Business 175/Corsicana Street and Jed Robinson Loop at around 2:53 p.m.
Officials said that 53-year-old Wendell Ray Phillips was in a pickup traveling westbound on Corsicana. At the loop, police believe that an oncoming 18-wheeler failed to yield making a left turn. As a result, the 18-wheeler entered the path of Phillips's vehicle, and the vehicles collided.
Phillips had injuries described as incapacitating. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Wendell Ray Phillips 18-wheeler Accident in Athens
When it comes to details like these, a common mistake I see less experienced attorneys make is thinking they have a nice open-and-shut case. Sometimes that's true, but nine times out of ten, any commercial truck will present unique challenges which require diligence and experience to handle. Without those efforts, folks may find getting the help they need is much tougher than they would have thought.
I can't begin to count how many of the hundreds of folks I've assisted with commercial vehicle wrecks came to me with facts similar to these. Police say a truck driver made a mistake, and they figured the trucking company would have no choice but to take responsibility. Then, they suddenly found themselves being blamed for their own injuries, stonewalled for information they need, misdirected to anything and everything else that could have caused the crash, and otherwise on the wrong end of a scale tipped heavily in favor of the trucking company.
This is because companies have teams of professionals dedicated to minimizing or even avoiding responsibility for an accident. Their job is not to do right by victims no matter how damning the facts may seem. It's why I take the time to inform as many people about these challenges as possible. Folks involved in a crash like this are best served understand and anticipating potential roadblocks that will stand in their way and the tools they need to overcome them.