• December 12, 2022

Linda Woods Injured in Truck Accident on Long Ave in Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth, TX — November 27, 2022, 65-year-old Linda Faye Woods was injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler on Long Avenue in Tarrant County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:35 a.m. at Long and Sylvania avenues. Preliminary investigation suggests a Kenworth semi-truck was towing a trailer west on Long when the driver allegedly tried to beat a yellow light at Sylvania. The truck driver advised officers that he couldn't stop his truck in time to avoid Woods' northbound Nissan Kicks sedan, which had a green light. The truck and car collided in the intersection.

Woods was seriously injured in the collision. The truck driver was unhurt.

No further information is available at this time.

Linda Woods Injured in Truck Accident on Long Ave in Fort Worth, TX

Commentary on Linda Woods Accident in Fort Worth

After reading the preliminary reports about this crash some may think the victim would have the truck driver (and by extension his employer) dead-to-rights if she wanted to seek help recovering from her injuries. Not only did the truck reportedly fail to yield, but police said the trucker even admitted it. What more could anyone need to prove he was at fault?

Reasonable as that may sound, almost no commercial truck accident ties up that neatly. Trucking companies use many tricks and strategies to avoid liability; in Fort Worth, for example, they might suggest the traffic lights were improperly timed or--if they're feeling particularly punchy--that the victim was speeding. Even the driver's alleged admission about the lights would likely be questioned as the company argued the officers "misunderstood" what they were told.

The point is that a company's cooperation should never be taken for granted no matter how damning early reports may seem. Their stubbornness and inventiveness shouldn't be underestimated. That's why I do what I can to inform people about the challenges they might face in situations like this. I hope the needed steps were or will be taken to get the resolution the victim deserves.

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