A judge in Dallas is grateful to be alive after being involved in an accident that involved an 18-wheeler.

DALLAS, TX – After an 18-wheeler crashed into her vehicle earlier this week and then drove away, a local judge is taking some time to think about the terrible collision that could have resulted in much more serious injuries.

The police are still looking into the accident that occurred on Tuesday morning.

On her way to work, State District Judge Lela Mays was struck by a tractor-trailer on the highway. The accident left her with serious injuries.

The other motorist took off, but she was able to get out of the burning vehicle with the assistance of a bystander before it completely caught fire.

Mays claims that she has evidence pertaining to the time and location of Tuesday morning at 6:15 a.m. when she was driving on Interstate 20 in southern Dallas.

She was able to escape the situation, but it was an encounter that she won’t soon forget.

On Friday, Mays was sitting on the bench; but, on Tuesday, she was in an entirely different location.

“I actually saw a flashback of my entire life in front of me,” she recalled.

Chip Waggoner, a traffic reporter for Good Day, described the collision that occurred when a tractor-trailer drove into the judge’s lane of traffic when she tried to change lanes.

Waggoner described the situation as follows: “What you have here is a crash that is actually in the eastbound direction, and it involves several vehicles. It is violent in nature.”

“My very first inclination was to look to my right, but there was already another 18-wheeler in that spot, so that wasn’t an option.” I stepped on the gas pedal. Mays recounted, “I thought maybe I could get ahead of him because he doesn’t hear my horn, and so all of a sudden, he hit me, and when he hit me because I had hit my accelerator, I went all the way around the front of his truck, where he is now pushing me.” “I thought maybe I could get ahead of him because he doesn’t hear my horn,” Mays said. When we were traveling at highway speeds on Interstate 20, he pushed me, and I ended up on the driver’s side of his vehicle. It just dawned on me: I’m going full speed ahead, you need to slow down. I slammed on my brakes, lost control of the vehicle, and crashed into the barrier.”

She had no idea that the automobile had been severely damaged and had started burning because the airbag had gone off and the hood had been raised when the accident occurred.

“A gentleman approached my window and said, ‘Ma’am you have to get out of here, your car is on fire.'” When I attempted to exit the vehicle, however, the door would not open and the window would not roll down. He then proceeded to my back seat and yelled, “Hey, get out this way.” She recalls saying, “I can’t get out, and he said to push your seat back,” which was his response. “I pushed my seat back, and now I can get out of the car. I have no choice but to crawl between the two seats to get to the rear seat, where he is waiting to help me get out of the car before it completely catches fire.

It wasn’t until Wednesday, when Mays went to check on her car, that she realized the seriousness of the situation.

“When you see the remains of your car in the way that I did, I said, ‘Whoa, hold on.’ I was in that situation. That day, God was watching out for me and safeguarding me.

Mays, by some miracle, escaped unharmed from the incident.

“The only injury I have was from the airbag,” she claimed after the accident. “I am here today and I am really happy that this is the case, but it just makes you think about what could have been.”

According to Judge Mays, the 18-wheeler stopped briefly on the right shoulder before continuing on its way.

Despite being the victim of a hit-and-run involving a tractor-trailer, Mays is grateful to be here to tell her story.