One Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on Eastex Fwy in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX — October 3, 2022, a 47-year-old man was seriously injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Eastex Freeway in Harris County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:55 a.m. on the 10900 block of the freeway near Vivian Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Nissan Maxima north in the number 5 lane of the highway when a nearby tractor-trailer allegedly merged into the lane ahead of him. The truck driver reportedly told police lane number 5 appeared clear before he merged, but the truck's trailer made contact with the Nissan.
The Nissan driver was seriously injured in the collision. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Investigators seem to think the wreck was due to an unsafe lane change on the truck driver's part, but like many of their reports there seems to be room for interpretation. The injured victim would likely agree with how reports say things went down, but the trucker and his employer may have other thoughts--ones where the victim was speeding, ignored the truck's turn signal, was driving too close to the semi-trailer, or otherwise was somehow at fault instead.
I'm not saying any of those are true, only that trucking companies are fairly notorious for disputing, denying, and deflecting blame any time they can. Much of that deflected blame often comes back to the victims, and it can be a hard thing to fight at a time when their sole focus should just be on resuming their lives the best they can. If police already filled out their report and moved on, who'll help the victim prove his side of the story is the truth?