Wanda Sperry, Teen Injured in Truck Accident on US-87 in Eden, TX
Eden, TX — October 6, 2022, 51-year-old Wanda Lynn Sperry and her teen passenger were injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 87 in Eden.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:45 p.m. on US-87 near mile marker 514. Preliminary investigation suggests an International semi-truck was towing a trailer west on the highway as Sperry was driving a Dodge Dakota east on the other side.
Reports suggest the International driver veered into the eastbound lane to avoid crashing into another vehicle that had slowed ahead. After entering the oncoming lanes the big rig crashed with the Dodge pickup. The impact caused the pickup to skid backward into the westbound lanes.
Sperry and a 14-year-old in the Dodge suffered serious injuries in the crash.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Wanda Sperry Accident in Eden
Frustrating as it is, trucking companies are somewhat infamous for denying liability after their drivers are involved in accidents. No matter how damning police or news reports may sound to a reader, it's a company's default position to dispute or deflect blame.
In the Eden crash, for example, it's noted that the truck driver said the vehicle which stopped ahead of him in the road didn't have working stop lights or its turn signal activated. That could easily be cited in his defense to say the turning driver was really the proximate cause of the damage that followed. Witnesses allegedly told police the truck driver first tried to pass the stopped vehicle on the right before panicking and veering into the oncoming lanes--suggesting he knew the car was stopped and just chose to try and get around it instead of stopping too--but the company will argue with anything but clear and indisputable proof of fault 'til the cows come home.
Mostly what I'm trying to say here is that it's best not to take any trucking firm's cooperation for granted if one seeks help after an accident with a big rig. Even if a crash's details seem straightforward there's little limit to how stubborn (and creative) a company will get to avoid responsibility. Click below to learn a little more about some of the steps a company will take to get ahead after its employee hurts someone.