Mary Jackson Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Splendora, TX
Splendora, TX -- June 30, 2021, Mary Jackson was injured as the result of an accident where Jackson's vehicle and an 18-wheeler collided.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 2:17 p.m. along I-59 at Kingsport Drive.
According to investigators, 53-year-old Mary Jackson was in a Kia Sportage traveling northbound on the highway. Ahead, an 18-wheeler hauling a mobile home reportedly slowed to make a right turn from the second to right lane. Police say that Jackson attempted to pass in the right hand only lane as the truck turned, and the two vehicles collided, causing Jackson's vehicle to overturn.
Jackson sustained incapacitating injuries due to the crash. Reports say that both drivers may have been distracted at the time, but reports show no charges or citations at this time.
Commentary on Mary Jackson 18-wheeler Accident in Splendora
A crash like this can be incredibly complex because, according to police, there may be more to this than just one driver being in the wrong and one being in the right. While the victim was reportedly going through the right turn lane, police also mention that the truck driver may not have been paying attention. This higlights why Texas law is so nuanced and why there's no magic equation for who is at fault in a crash.
Ultimately, these situations usually come down to one question: Whose actions were more likely than not the proximate cause of the crash? Let's say that an 18-wheeler slows down to make a right turn, has their blinker on, and a car tries to zip past them on the right. Is that negligent? Of course. But what if the truck doesn't signal? What if it has no working taillights? What if it's making a turn from the left lane? What if the truck driver could have seen the car passing them, but the driver was looking at their GPS? Would it still be negligent for the car to pass them on the right? Probably, but would that excuse the truck driver in that scenario for being negligent, as well? Not at all. It would then be up to a jury looking at all of this evidence to say whose actions were more likely than not the proximate cause of the accident--to determine that the accident could have been avoided but for this negligent actions or another.
That's why police reports are rarely enough to solve these situations. They can say what happened in basic terms, but weighing all of those actions with the layout of the road, the legal standards drivers must live up to, what each driver was doing at the time, visibility, fatigue, etc., requires far more thorough investigations. Are steps being taken to give this complex crash the attention it needs?