• December 16, 2022

Brenda Yvonne Bruce Killed, Michael James Bruce, Jose Perez Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Garland, TX

Garland, TX -- November 18, 2022, Brenda Bruce was killed and Michael Bruce and Jose Perez were injured following an 18-wheeler accident.

Preliminary details said that the incident took place at around 11:45 a.m. along I-30 in the westbound lanes near the Broadway Boulevard exit.

Officials stated that 70-year-old Michael James Bruce and 65-year-old Brenda Yvonne Bruce were in a Toyota Tundra traveling westbound on the interstate. They were apparently in stopped traffic when an 18-wheeler approached from behind. Statements say the truck driver "momentarily looked down" before crashing into the Tundra and a Ford F-150.

Brenda Bruce died as a result of the crash while Michael Bruce was said to have incapacitating injuries. The driver of the Ford, identified as Jose Perez, may have been injured, as well. The truck driver was not hurt.

Right now, additional details are pending further investigations.

Commentary on Brenda Bruce, Michael Bruce, Jose Perez 18-wheeler Accident in Garland

It's just devastating to see accidents like this, and no matter how many families I help through similar situations, it never gets easier emotionally. Part of that challenge, however, is also ensuring people understand the barriers that are likely going to be in their way thanks to the trucking and insurance companies often involved.

Brenda Bruce Killed, Michael Bruce, Jose Perez Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Garland, TX

Folks may think that wouldn't be an issue with a rear-end collision since those are almost always the rear driver's responsibility. But not only does it require clear evidence to prove someone is in the wrong, it takes significant and careful planning to ensure there aren't other methods used to cheat victims out of the rights.

At the end of the day, companies are not out here trying to get victims and families the help they need. Their sole priority is to avoid responsibility at all costs. I've had plenty of situations where a truck driver is honest and owns up to their mistakes only for their employers to go to drastic lengths to blame the victims.

It's important as a member of this community that I shed light on these challenges and help people to understand why they can never take anything for granted. Whether or not the details seem clear, there are always steps that can be taken to ensure the victims and families involved in these deadly truck wrecks aren't being taken advantage of.

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