Austin Man, Woman Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on I-35 in Schertz, TX
Schertz, TX -- November 22, 2021, an Austin man and another person were injured due to an accident where two vehicles and an 18-wheeler crashed on I-35.
Preliminary reports indicated that the crash took place at around 1:30 a.m. along I-35 near FM 2252.
In their reports, officials said that a 27-year-old Austin man was in a Honda Insight traveling southbound on the interstate. The Honda somehow rear-ended a tractor-trailer, following which a Honda Fit then crashed into the Insight.
The man in the Insight had reportedly incapacitating injuries while a woman riding in the Honda Fit was possibly injured. Police believe that inattention contributed to the crash. Additional details are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on 18-wheeler Accident on I-35 in Schertz
Sometimes people read my blogs about being reasonably skeptical of crash reports and considering even unlikely possibilities, they seem to take offense to cautioning. They see it as just some lawyer looking around for someone to blame. If they'd seen the hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks I've handled throughout my career, they'd understand why I take reports like these lightly. Until I can be sure I'm looking at all the facts, it would be irresponsible to try to jump to conclusions.
For example, these reports really only say that a couple of drivers were inattentive, leading to a chain reaction crash. The reports don't say, however, why the officer believes that to be the case. Did they check cell phone records? Did witnesses confirm this? Did the victims admit to being distracted? Or, as happens more than people would think, was this just included in the reports because it seemed like the most likely cause of the crash?
Sometimes, police have all the time, tools, and experience to give a serious truck wreck like this the attention it deserves. Independent investigations into those situations generally confirm that police already have all the answers they need. Other times, these initial reports barely scratch the surface and do little to help the victims and families involved. For those situations, independent investigations can be absolutely vital in getting people the answers and the help they deserve. Which situation occurred here remains to be seen.