Maggie Ann Hernandez, Anna Rocio Flores Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX -- July 8, 2021, Maggie Ann Hernandez and Anna Rocio Flores were injured due to an accident where their vehicle crashed with an 18-wheeler.
Investigators reported that the accident happened at around 7:53 p.m. along I-35 in the area of Division.
Officials said that Maggie Ann Hernandez and Anna Rocio Flores, both 19, were in a Ford Focus traveling northbound on I-35. An 18-wheeler reportedly changed lanes, causing the trailer to make contact with the Ford. This send the Ford into the sidewall.
Both Flores and Hernandez had injuries said to be non-incapacitating. Police reported no citations or charges surrounding the crash. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Maggie Ann Hernandez, Anna Rocio Flores 18-wheeler Accident in San Antonio
While it may be tempting for folks to jump to conclusions here, these reports really don't say much. They say an 18-wheeler changed lanes, and it then collided with a car. But why did that happen, and how could it have been avoided? For example, folks may just assume the 18-wheeler is at fault since it was the vehicle that reportedly changed lanes. But what if the vehicle it hit was driving recklessly, speeding, and weaving through traffic? That could easily lead a truck driver to think they had a clear path only to end up hitting someone coming out of nowhere.
Alternatively, if the truck driver did do something wrong, why did that happen? Was the driver on their phone? Were they distracted by dispatch or supervisors micromanaging them? I had a case not long ago where supervisors actually required truck driver to respond to texts at all time. Could it be something like that happened? Is the truck driver properly trained and experienced?Do the have a history of accidents? Was fatigue an issue? Was the 18-wheeler driver swerving to avoid something or someone in front of them?
There are just too many questions, and jumping to conclusions isn't going to get the victims the help they need. Even if investigations show they did nothing wrong, finding out who all is responsible for the accident may take far more thorough investigations than the authorities on their own can provide. Once independent investigators look into this, there can be some clear answers about how all of this could have been avoided.