Truck Driver Signs an Affidavit Stating His Employer Told Him to Lie
It was around 5:30 am on Friday, May 22, 2020, when Donna Falkenberg stalled on the side of the road near I-10 and Dominion Drive in San Antonio. As her Ford Fiesta sat idle with the hazard lights on, Justin Antwan Jackson headed towards her in his big rig.
According to Jackson, another vehicle crossed into the lane in front of him, and as he tried to avoid it, his truck crashed into Falkenberg’s car. The impact of the 18-wheeler rear-ending the small car caused its trunk to collapse into the front seats completely. The vehicle spun around several times and moved about 200 feet.
But Jackson didn’t stay around to see if there was anyone in the Ford vehicle who was injured. Instead, he fled, and Falkenberg died at the scene of the accident.
Using truck parts left behind, authorities were able to track Jackson to downtown San Antonio near Bowie St. and E. Crockett. He claimed to have fled in search of the driver who cut him off just before his 18-wheeler hit Falkenberg’s vehicle.
But the story doesn’t end there. Jackson claims that although he knows he should have stayed on the scene and called 9-1-1, his employer told him to lie about the situation. And he signed an affidavit stating that he called his wife and his employer after the crash.
The details of this accident in San Antonio are still under investigation, and no new details have yet surfaced about Jackson’s employer’s role in the events that night.
Many accidents in South Texas are caused by commercial vehicles. Truck drivers and their employers must recognize that their actions can have a significant impact on road safety.
With an increased demand for supplies coming across the border plus new safety regulations and guidelines in place this year, it is vital that truck drivers and the companies who employ them practice caution.
Drivers like Jackson and his employer should be held accountable for their actions – or lack of action. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, you may be entitled to compensation.
DeSouza Law Firm is a leading personal injury firm representing accident victims throughout Texas.
If you’ve been injured by a car, truck, 18 wheeler, company vehicle, or in the oilfield, call DeSouza Injury Lawyers today at 361-799-2222