One Injured in Truck Accident on I-45 near La Marque, TX
La Marque, TX — October 22, 2022, one person was injured in a crash between two passenger vehicles and a semi-truck on Interstate 45 near La Marque.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:00 a.m. along the Gulf Freeway near mile marker 12. Preliminary investigation suggests only that an 18-wheeler was traveling on the roadway when it went out of control for unknown reasons. It crashed into two passenger vehicles and a concrete divider.
One person reportedly received non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to an area hospital.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on Gulf Fwy near La Marque
Early reports about this incident are pretty vague, but if the few details they offer are correct it seems like a truck went out of control and hurt someone. It's obviously important to find out why that happened, but barring something unusual people may feel fault is pretty clear. However, almost no commercial truck accident ties up that neatly. If the victim approached the trucking company about help with their injuries, they'd likely need clear proof of what happened or risk the company not cooperating.
Warning about careful investigation and trucking company stubbornness may seem unnecessary here if the injuries involved truly weren't dire. I hope that's accurate, but I also know that injuries thought to be minor at the time can develop into something much worse down the line. Not long ago a client's supposed "sore back" after being rear-ended by a big rig turned out to be a ruptured spinal disk that needed major surgery and lengthy rehab; if he had taken preliminary reports at their word he might not have had what he needed to get the trucking company's assistance.
I hope nothing like that happens after the La Marque accident and there's no particular reason to think it will. However, the possibility that things aren't quite what they seem is one of the reasons I always tell folks they need to take every truck wreck seriously--even if injuries seem minimal. At worst the victim is overprepared and no action is necessary, which is always better than the opposite.