• January 21, 2022

Man, Girl Injured in Tractor-Trailer Accident on Highway 19 in Van Zandt County, TX

Van Zandt County, TX -- December 1, 2021, a man and a girl were injured following an accident where a tractor-trailer collided with their vehicle.

Reports indicated that the crash took place at around 7:25 a.m. at the Highway 19 and County Road 3106 intersection.

According to officials, a 36-year-old man was driving a Ford F-150 eastbound on CR-3106. The man reportedly stopped at the Highway 19 stop sign, then failed to yield to a northbound semi-trailer. This resulted in a collision.

The man sustained incapacitating injuries while a girl in the vehicle had non-incapacitating injuries. Right now, additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on Tractor-Trailer Accident on Highway 19 in Van Zandt County

These reports seem pretty straight-forward, but I always talk about the importance of not jumping to conclusions based solely on early crash reports. I don't see any reason why these reports would be an exception to that. Even if it seems unlikely that this crash happened for any reason other than the driver pulling through the stop sign making a mistake, situations like this can sometimes be complex and worth further investigations.

Van Zandt County, TX Tractor-Trailer Accident Highway 19 cr 3106

Take for example a crash I was looking into a while back where police said that a woman ran a red light, and an 18-wheeler t-boned her vehicle. It was a devastating crash that got some attention, but that attention was mostly people saying that the victim was probably on their phone or drunk. Weeks later, however, further investigations that didn't get so much attention showed that the 18-wheeler was going about 20 MPH over the speed limit. Did that suddenly excuse someone for running a red light? Not at all, but the law can recognize when multiple people make mistakes that contribute to someone's injuries or death. With a fully loaded 18-wheeler, the difference between 40 MPH and 60 MPH, for example, can quite literally be life and death.

I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but it's an example of why just focusing on one obvious detail can be so irresponsible. Maybe there's nothing unusual surrounding this crash, but it's best to leave that up to the evidence. Getting the full story, one way or another, is crucial for the victims and families involved in serious truck wrecks like this. Jumping to conclusions isn't going to do anyone any good, so it's best to take these details with a grain of salt for the time being.

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