• October 26, 2022

Four Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on Loop 20 in Laredo, TX

Laredo, TX -- October 25, 2022, four people were injured after an accident where an 18-wheeler crashed with a car along Loop 20.

Investigators said that the crash took place in the area of Loop 20 and Havana Drive at around 8:00 p.m.

It appears that the details surrounding the crash are still under investigations. Authorities said only that an 18-wheeler hit a passenger vehicle "head-on". A man said to be in his 30s had serious injuries as a result of the crash. Two others, a woman in her 40s and a teenager, had less serious injuries. The truck driver was also taken to a hospital.

Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on 18-wheeler Accident on Loop 20 in Laredo

It certainly raises red flags to see a crash described as an 18-wheeler hitting someone head on, but that can happen for many reasons. The most common explanation is that someone crossed the center line, and that's a lot more complex than folks may realize. Simply waiting on reports from authorities may not be enough to get clear answers.

Laredo, TX 18-wheeler Accident Injures 4 on Loop 20 at Havana

A while back, for example, a family came to me about a crash in which police said their loved one crossed the center line and hit a semi head-on. One we dug into things, however, it turned out police got the facts wrong. What really happened was the truck drifted over the center line, so the victim swerved left to avoid it. The truck then veered into its original lane, and that's where the vehicles collided. The officer was simply inexperienced and ill-equipped, and he assumed the crash happened because the victim was on the wrong side of the road.

Maybe mistakes like that aren't going to happen here, but countless similar examples of police mistakes taught me to rely only on experienced investigators who can ensure all the facts are clear. Police are certainly capable of doing a good job, but just taking their accounts at face value can only serve to harm a family in serious need of answers. It remains to be seen, then, if steps are being taken here to ensure nothing important slips through the cracks.

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