Pollok, TX — October 11, 2017, Robert Taylor was fatally injured after an accident where his pickup and an 18-wheeler collided head-on.
Texas DPS officials reported that the fatal accident happened at around 5:00 p.m. near the intersection of State Highway 7 and Lehman Road.
Authorities state that 24-year-old Taylor was eastbound on the highway in a Ford pickup. As he did so, officials claim his vehicle crossed over the center line and hit an oncoming semi-trailer. This collision caused both vehicles to overturn.
EMS responders rushed to the scene, but Taylor succumbed to fatal injuries. The truck driver’s condition was not specified.
At this time, factors surrounding the accident are unclear. No further information has been released.
Map of the Area
From the reports I’m seeing, police seem to believe Mr. Taylor’s pickup was the vehicle that crossed the center line here. As grim as it is to say, that may in fact be the case. However, I’ve often said on this blog that these early reports shouldn’t be treated as infallible accounts of an accident, and the only way to truly know what happened is to see a report from an experienced, private investigator. Some people might read that and think, “Typical lawyer, trying to find a way to blame a truck driver.” In reality, I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t something I’ve encountered many times over the years, and it applies to all kinds of accidents.
For example, there was an accident I came across not long ago where it said that a man ran through a stop sign at an intersection, hit another vehicle, and killed himself, seriously injuring the other driver. Based on those reports, that man would certainly be at fault for the crash. However, independent sources revealed that the there was construction on that intersection, during which a stop sign was removed. The work crew then failed to put the sign back, meaning there was no warning for drivers to stop. Obviously, it would be ridiculous to blame a motorist for traveling through an intersection when there were no signals telling them they didn’t have the right of way.
To be clear, I’m not necessarily saying something like that happened here, and I’m not necessarily saying these reports are wrong. My point is that after litigating hundreds of truck accidents, I have frequently encountered police and news reports which were incomplete and/or inaccurate in some way. This is why conducting a private investigation after a serious accident is so crucial. Could a secondary investigation simply confirm what police have already said? Of course. But someone being seriously hurt or dying in an accident warrants every measure being taken in ensuring that all the facts come to light.
–Grossman Law Offices