• November 03, 2022

Injuries Reported in Multi-Truck Accident on I-20 in Midland County, TX

Midland County, TX — November 1, 2022, injuries were reported after a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 in Midland County.

Authorities say the incident happened Tuesday evening along I-20 near mile marker 127. Preliminary investigation suggests a tractor-trailer was headed east on the highway when it rear-ended a Ford F-150 for unknown reasons. The impact pushed the pickup into the median but the big rig continued onward and hit a second F-150, pushing it into the back of another 18-wheeler.

Two people were injured in the series of crashes. Both were treated at a Midland hospital and released soon after.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Multi-Vehicle Accident on I-20 in Midland County

There's still some work to do here figuring out exactly what happened on the interstate and why. Hopefully investigators are connecting more dots as I write this, because even if it seems clear that a big rig plowed into some other vehicles more than that would be needed to ensure that driver (and by extension their employer) are held accountable.

Some may think that talk of careful investigation and accountability is mostly academic here if the two victims were treated and promptly released--a "treat and street," as the saying goes. Typically that means the injuries involved weren't particularly serious, and while I obviously hope that's true I've seen some cases where police and even doctors too quickly trivialized something serious.

Injuries Reported in Multi-Truck Accident on I-20 in Midland County, TX

For instance, 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'd taken police and ER doctors at their word that day, he might not have had the evidence he ultimately needed to get help from the at-fault trucking company. Instead he reached out to us, and we took the incident seriously from the start.

I hope nothing like that happens after the Midland County 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 appropriate steps after a wreck--even if injuries seem minimal. At worst they'll be overprepared for nothing, which is far better than the opposite.

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