Rachal Christeen Scott Injured in Truck Accident in Midlothian, TX
Midlothian, TX -- September 14, 2021, Rachal Christeen Scott was injured after an accident where a semi-truck crashed with Scott's vehicle.
Officials reported that the crash took place at around 5:00 p.m. along Walnut Grove Road near US Highway 287.
In their reports, officials said that 36-year-old Rachal Christeen Scott was in a Ford Mustang traveling northbound along Walnut Grove. From oncoming lanes, authorities said a semi-truck drifted off the right side of the road, then over-corrected across the center line. The truck then hit Scott's vehicle.
Scott sustained incapacitating injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, no further information is available.
Commentary on Rachal Christeen Scott Truck Accident in Midlothian
Typically when you see a truck drift off-road like this during daylight hours, the immediate assumption is that the truck driver was on their phone. To be clear, I would never suggest jumping to conclusions without more thorough investigations. Is something like a sudden, unavoidable mechanical failure likely? Not really, but it can happen. I always says it's important folks get the benefit of the doubt until all the facts are clear, and I don't draw the line at truck drivers.
With that said, even if the likely explanation here is the correct one, that doesn't suddenly make things simple. There's still the challenge of proving the facts and holding the responsible parties accountable. Here's why that can be so challenging.
I had this case a while back where it was pretty clear that a truck driver was on his phone leading up to a collision. However, his company defense team claimed he didn't own a phone. That sure didn't sound right, so we put together a lengthy, strategic deposition that ultimately tripped up the driver in his own words, and he admitted to having the phone. With that, we were able to get a court order for the records. They clearly showed that the man was watching pornography (of all things) at the time of the crash.
Again, I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but it took a lot more than a simple police report and common sense to get those folks the help they needed. That's true of most every serious truck wreck, and experience tells me the same will likely prove true here, as well.