Marion Atkins, 1 Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Eastland County, TX
Eastland County, TX -- November 22, 2022, Marion Atkins and another person were injured in , due to an accident involving 18-wheeler.
Investigators said that the crash, happened just after 3:00 p.m. in the area of I-20 and State Highway 6.
It appears that 92-year-old Marion Atkins was in a Honda Fit with a 95-year-old passenger traveling eastbound on the interstate. While slowed due to traffic, an 18-wheeler reportedly failed to control speed and crashed into the back Atkins's vehicle and the others waiting in the traffic.
Due to the crash, Atkins and her passenger had injuries said to be incapacitating. Police did not confirm any other injuries. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Marion Atkins 18-wheeler Accident in Eastland County
People often come across crashes where they feel the facts are pretty obvious, and they assume that the victims involved will have no real issues getting the help they need. With commercial vehicle wrecks like this, that's almost never true. To be clear, I can't say what happened here. But with a rear-end collision, evidence usually shows the truck driver screwed up. Even if that's true, though, the burden falls to victims and families not only to prove fault but also to prove that they need help. Trucking companies and insurance companies understand this all too well and use that to their advantage.
One strategy that comes to mind, for example, is the age of victims. When the victims are elderly, defense teams will often try to point at injuries and say they were all old injuries or due to the victim's age rather than the crash itself. My team and I have have had to overcome this before, and it takes teams of medical professionals with state-of-the-art imaging equipment to clearly show what the injuries are, what caused them, and whether they are recent or due to the natural ailments that come with age.
That's just one example of how companies seek to tilt the scales in their favor. I do what I can to warn people of these obstacles so they can take the necessary steps to overcome them. Not only is this crash not likely to be an exception, it could very well be the perfect example of a crash that's best left up to professionals.