• May 10, 2017

Six Hurt in Accident on Interstate 20 in Sweetwater, TX

Sweetwater, TX -- A crash between an SUV and a semi-truck left six people with injuries Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in the area of Sweetwater, TX.

The report claims the the SUV and the big rig collided in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 around 10 a.m. According to police, the semi-truck was attempting to switch lanes from the right to left when it struck the SUV in the right lane. The collision forced the SUV into the center median, back into the roadway, subsequently skidding back into the median, where it rolled over.

Six people in the SUV were injured. An infant, a toddler, and a female were thrown from the vehicle. The driver of the semi-truck remained uninjured in the incident.

The report provided no further information.

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Commentary

It's difficult to imagine how the driver of the truck was unable to see the SUV one lane over from their vantage point. Considering the details provided by the report, it appears the truck was at fault in this accident. That would make this an open-and-shut case, right? Wrong. From our experience in truck accidents, there's no such thing as an open-and-shut case.

Why do I say this? Well, trucking companies are notorious for using any and all excuses to free them from liability when one of their fleet is involved in a crash. They may claim anything from mechanical failure to "third vehicles" causing accidents--which always seem to conveniently disappear--and most egregiously, they may even blame the victims for the collision. As we've found, the excuses are near-limitless when it comes to protecting their financial interests.

I won't parse words, trucking companies also have near-limitless resources at their disposal to come to their defense. Whenever a truck is involved in an accident, trucking companies will send a battery of defense lawyers to make their mark in influencing the outcome of the investigation. It sounds like an exaggeration, but often this defense team will arrive second only to the arrival of emergency responders.

While this may seem an impossible defense to overcome, victims have an important weapon in their arsenal. In truck accidents, the deciding factor in determining liability will be a jury. In order for victims to convince juries they're owed compensation in truck accidents, they must present the appropriate evidence.

To collect the appropriate evidence is no simple task for victims and their loved ones. Neither should they be left to shoulder such a responsibility following a crash. Fortunately for victims and their families, there are plenty of experienced, knowledgeable accident reconstructionists whose occupation is to collect evidence and dismantle the excuses of trucking companies long before they took root.

As is often the case, media reports are often full of misinformation. One of the media reports on this accident ends with the caveat that this preliminary information may change pending investigatory findings. This illustrates how easy it might be for a trucking company with the capital and desire to appear guiltless by painting themselves in a positive light before a jury. With third-party investigations, victims and their families need not feel compelled to take it lying down.

--Grossman Law Offices

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