On Monday evening, an 18-wheeler “slammed into the rear of” three cars “at a high rate of speed,” according to the Montgomery County Police Reporter. The impact of the 18-wheeler drove the Toyota underneath an 18-wheeler in front of it, and trapped the Toyota driver in her car. The 18-wheeler also rear-ended a Chevrolet pickup and a Ford Escape, sending the Chevrolet’s driver to the hospital. The Toyota’s driver is reportedly in critical condition. The Texas Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers’ Handbook teachers 18-wheeler drivers to always look 12–15 seconds ahead, and maintain a following distance that accounts for their long stopping distances. Commercial drivers who fail to follow those rules risk causing serious injury and death to others on the highway. Tragic consequences of those failures are unfortunately common in Texas, where nearly 600 people were killed in wrecks with commercial vehicles last year alone. The attorneys at Wham and Rogers, PLLC, are experienced at helping victims of truck wrecks obtain justice after crashes like these. For a free consultation, call us at (832) 592-1108, text us at (832) 413-1428, or fill out our contact form.
Monthly Archives: November 2021
18-Wheeler Rear-Ends Multiple Vehicles on I-45
PTSD from Astroworld
Horrific physical injuries and deaths at Astroworld have been well documented. The likely psychological injuries, however, have received less attention. Post-traumatic stress disorder often causes debilitating symptoms, and its impact spreads far beyond the battlefield. According to the National Institutes of Health, 6.8% of US adults suffer from PTSD, and more than 1/3rd of those are “seriously impaired” as a result of the disorder. PTSD is caused by exposure to a traumatic event, including things like natural or human-caused disasters and violent car wrecks. The DSM-5’s definition of a traumatic event includes being exposed to, or witnessing, actual or threatened death or serious injury. As it relates to Astroworld, the trauma of being seriously injured, facing a threat of serious injury or death, or witnessing another person being seriously injured or killed, could all meet the threshold for a PTSD-inducing trauma. The symptoms required for a diagnosis are: Persistently re-experiencing the trauma through at least one of: unwanted, upsetting memories nightmares flashbacks emotional distress or “physical reactivity” after being exposed to something that reminds you of the trauma Avoidance of either or both (1) trauma-related thoughts or feelings or (2) trauma-related external reminders At least two of these symptoms appeared, or became worse, after the trauma Inability to recall key features of the trauma Overly negative thoughts about yourself or the world Exaggerated blame of yourself or others Negative mood Decreased interest in activities Feeling isolated Difficulty experiencing positive feelings Alterations in arousal and reactivity, through: Irritability or aggression […]