Alberto Huanosto, Guillermo Martinez Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Brownsville, TX
Brownsville, TX -- June 29, 2021, Alberto Huanosto and Guillermo Martinez were injured due to an accident where an 18-wheeler hit their vehicles.
Preliminary reports indicated that the accident took place at around 2:04 p.m. along International Boulevard off Boca Chica Boulevard.
In their investigations, officials said that 26-year-old Alberto Huanosto was in a Camaro and 36-year-old Guillermo Martinez was in a Nissan Rogue at a stop light along International Boulevard. Approaching the light, a tractor-trailer reportedly failed to control speed and crashed into the two vehicles.
Huanosto had non-incapacitating injuries while Martinez was possibly injured. Authorities cited the truck driver failure to control speed, saying that the truck "is found at fault for the cause of the accident". No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Alberto Huanosto, Guillermo Martinez 18-wheeler Accident in Brownsville
Something that frustrates me with other professionals in my line of work is how reluctant they are to really delve into the specific challenges surrounding complex commercial vehicle accidents. Lawyers tend to get a bad reputation as being anti-trucker because a lot of my colleagues will sit around harping on how reckless and dangerous truckers are. A crash like this might be perfect fodder for such accusations, but I don't get lost in those weeds. Instead, I use my real world experiences to show people that truck accidents are far more complex than just some trucker being irresponsible. In fact, even if these reports are entirely accurate, it may not be fair to just outright put all the blame on the truck driver.
How could that be? If police say a truck failed to slow down for a traffic signal, how could that truck driver be in the clear? Well, that's not really my concern. In a lot of cases that had similar facts to these, independent investigations showed there were more serious issues leading up to the crash that needed to be considered.
For example, I handled a crash a while back where a truck driver was on the road for 20 hours straight and fell asleep at the wheel. That alone was pretty damning, but I always make sure there are more thorough investigations. What we found was that the truck driver was trying to meet an outrageous deadline set by his employer. In fact, every driver in that company was under similarly ridiculous deadlines that all but required them to cut corners and drive recklessly. When truckers are forced to choose between driving safely and putting food on their family's table, it's inevitable that someone is going to get hurt.
If we took the shallow approach to just put all the blame on the driver and move on, those details may never have come to light. Addressing them helps to ensure that a negligent company cleans up its act before more people get hurt.
So, could it be that this truck driver simply did something irresponsible and caused the crash? Absolutely. Is it possible that there is a more serious chain of events that needs to be brought to light? Of course. It's even possible this is some one-in-a-million situation the truck driver had no control over which police generally aren't equipped to investigate. Whatever led to this crash, getting victims and families the answers and the help they deserve means taking steps toward looking into all of these possible factors as soon as possible.