• October 13, 2021

Nicholas Redmond Injured in Rear-End Crash with 18-Wheeler on TX-242 in Montgomery County, TX

UPDATE (November 2, 2021): Reports have identified the victim of this accident as 25-year-old Nicholas Allen Redmond. The semi-truck driver involved in the crash was also identified as 33-year-old Rick Ramirez.

Montgomery County, TX -- October 12, 2021, one person was critically injured in a rear-end collision with an 18-wheeler on State Highway 242 in Montgomery County.

Authorities say the incident happened just after 3:00 p.m. on eastbound Highway 242 near Grey Oaks Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests traffic was heavy as street sweepers cleaned the highway ahead. A commercial semi-truck with a Landoll flatbed trailer reportedly slowed for traffic and the victim's Hyundai Accent crashed into the back of it. The edge of the trailer's bed passed through the Hyundai's windshield and hit the victim in the head.

The Hyundai's 25-year-old driver received critical injuries in the collision and was transported to a hospital in The Woodlands for treatment. The truck driver was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Nicholas Redmond Accident on TX-242 in Montgomery County

I often have to deal with people's mistaken belief that the rear driver is automatically to blame for rear-end collisions. That's found to be true often enough that people might take it for granted, but it's important to know that fault is never truly automatic. Until clear evidence is obtained and the whole truth is known it's important to consider all the possible explanations. Subtle or unusual elements contribute to crashes all the time but are often overlooked by authorities. For instance, what if a mechanical failure in the Hyundai caused it to hit the back of that truck?

Nicholas Redmond Injured in Rear-End Crash with 18-Wheeler on TX-242 in Montgomery County, TX

That may seem a little out of the blue, but vehicular failures are more common than you may think. Consider General Motors' massive recall a few years ago: Defective ignition switches in millions of their vehicles led to over a hundred fatal wrecks--and many more with injuries--due to events completely beyond drivers' control.

Despite the serious danger that defective part posed, it took years for independent investigators to connect the dots and actually determine what was responsible for all those accidents. Why? Because the folks in charge of the individual crash investigations didn't have the time or forensic knowledge to look for something as specific and technical as a defective part. They didn't consider every possibility and many drivers were blamed for drinking or texting even though their crashes were entirely out of their hands.

I don't mean to say the Highway 242 accident was caused by a faulty part, but the possibility of such overlooked details is why it's so important to be thorough. The goal should always be to conduct a proper investigation into all possible factors--common or not--and get real answers for those affected, and this crash is no exception. In the meantime it's best to focus efforts on what can be done to help the victim until the facts can do the talking.

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