Teens Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on FM 1565 in Caddo Mills, TX
Caddo Mills, TX -- November 11, 2022, two teenagers were hurt after an accident where their vehicle crashed into an 18-wheeler.
Preliminary details indicated that the accident happened at around 6:35 p.m. in the 1500 block of FM 1565, just north of I-30.
Officials said that two 18-year-olds were in a Mazda CX-5 traveling southbound along FM 1565. Ahead, it appears that an 18-wheeler was turning left out of a driveway, blocking both lanes. Doing so, the Mazda crashed into the side of the trailer.
The driver of the Mazda had incapacitating injuries while the passenger was said to have non-incapacitating injuries. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Teens Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on FM 1565 in Caddo Mills
With a crash like the one described here, my main concern is usually getting as much evidence as possible to verify the events and ensure there's no question about what happened or what the exact series of events was. The reason for this is that no matter how straight-forward something may seem, there are trucking and insurance companies dedicated to muddying the waters and ducking responsibility.
Not that long ago, for example, I handled a situation with facts similar to these. The trucking company claimed the victim had been speeding and wasn't wearing their seatbelt. It took independent investigations to set the record straight and get the company to cooperate. One step was reconstructing the crash scene and recording evidence from the victim's vehicle to prove they weren't speeding and couldn't possibly have slowed down in time. Secondly, numerous rescue workers testified they actually had to cut through the victim's seatbelt to get them out of the wreckage. And just to drive the point home, we proved that the trailer's reflective tape was so dirty that it would have been practically invisible at the time of the crash.
I'm not saying this situation is the same as that example or that the same tactics are going to help everyone. But approaching a serious wreck like this without the right tools and experience usually means something important is going to slip through the cracks. Especially with victims this young, that's just not acceptable.