Zavery Bleeker Injured in Auto Accident off I-20 in Abilene, TX
Abilene, TX — September 20, 2022, 20-year-old Zavery Bleeker was seriously injured in a crash with a commercial truck off Interstate 20 in Abilene.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:45 a.m. on the I-20 frontage road near Elmdale Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck was traveling west on the frontage road, approaching the yield sign for an eastbound on-ramp. Nearby, Bleeker was driving a Chevy Spark east on the other side of the road.
Reports say Bleeker started to move left to get on the ramp as the Dodge driver failed to yield and continued west. The Chevy and the Ram crashed at the entrance to the ramp.
Bleeker suffered serious injuries in the collision. Two people in the Ram received minor injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Zavery Bleeker Accident in Abilene
People may read the early details of this wreck and think that one driver's failure to yield at a posted sign makes this a pretty open-and-shut situation. What makes things a lot more complicated is that the truck in question was apparently commercial, meaning that more than likely there's a company somewhere behind it getting ready to deny liability and make things as difficult as possible if the victim wanted accountability or help for the damage he suffered.
People who've never crashed with a commercial truck may not know what battles wait for those who do. Frustrating as it is, trucking companies rarely accept fault without doing everything they can to avoid it first. That could mean pointing fingers anywhere and everywhere but at their driver in order to shift blame, or promising to make things right "once their investigation is complete" then kicking the can as far down the road as possible to either exceed the statute of limitations or find a way off the hook.
Some may not see how a company could dispute fault here if their driver really failed to yield as reported, but it's important not to underestimate how hard companies will fight--or how inventive they can be--to protect their assets. That's why it's best to be prepared for what could lie ahead, and to enlist the right allies to help overcome it.