• December 16, 2022

Dmitry Rudkevich Injured in Truck Accident on Cooper St in Arlington, TX

Arlington, TX — December 6, 2022, 25-year-old Dmitry Rudkevich was injured in a crash with a semi-truck on South Cooper Street in Arlington.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:00 a.m. on Cooper (FM 157) at Dan Gould Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Rudkevich was driving a Honda Civic north in the outside lane of Cooper when a southbound Peterbilt semi-truck turned left toward Dan Gould. The truck driver allegedly failed to yield before turning and crashed with the Honda in the northbound lanes.

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

No further information is available at this time.

Dmitry Rudkevich Injured in Arlington, TX Truck Accident on Cooper Street

Commentary on Dmitry Rudkevich Accident in Arlington

Preliminary reports seem pretty clear that a professional truck driver failed to yield. Some may think that's enough to hold him (and by extension his employer) responsible for the damage done in the wreck; what more could anyone need to prove who was at fault?

The reality is that almost no commercial truck accident ties up that neatly. Trucking companies have developed many tricks and strategies to avoid liability no matter how preliminary reports look. After the Arlington crash, for example, I wouldn't be surprised if they suggested the victim was speeding or wasn't wearing a seat belt--either or both of which were more directly responsible for his injuries. Is either true? They don't have to know or care since disproving it would be the victim's problem.

The point is that a company's stubbornness and inventiveness shouldn't be underestimated after a wreck. That's why I try to inform people about the challenges they might face in situations like this, and ways to overcome them. Click below to learn more.

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