• January 25, 2022

Rio Grande City Man, 2 Injured in Truck Accident on US 83 in Starr County, TX

Starr County, TX -- July 14, 2021, a Rio Grande City man and two others were injured after an accident where a pickup crashed with a truck along US 83.

Investigators reported that the crash took place just before 3:00 p.m. along US Highway 83 in the area of Delfino Lopez Street.

According to officials, a 32-year-old Rio Grande City man was in a pickup traveling northbound along the highway. The pickup somehow ran off-road where it crashed into the back of a parked utility truck.

Due to the collision, the pickup driver and the utility truck driver had non-incapacitating injuries. A 20-year-old man in the pickup had incapacitating injuries. No further information about the crash is available at this time.

Commentary on Truck Accident on US 83 in Starr County

Folks tend to assume a crash like this is open-and-shut and doesn't need much attention. After all, how does this happen without the driver leaving the roadway doing anything wrong? Well, it's definitely likely the pickup driver screwed up here. But even if this isn't one of those rare cases where factors beyond the driver's control led to the crash (e.g. mechanical defects), there could be other details important to address.

Rio Grande City Man, Truck Accident US 83 delfino lopez Starr County, TX

For example, a colleague brought up a recent crash in which a woman was texting and driving when she rear-ended a semi. It was clear she caused the crash, but investigators found that her injuries were too severe given the relatively slow speed of the impact. So what went wrong? Well, it turned out that the woman's airbag was defective. Had it worked properly, she likely would have been fine. So while she may have caused the crash, evidence showed her injuries were actually the result of factors beyond her control.

I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but did the authorities ever check just to make sure? It's best to give people the benefit of the doubt until all the facts have been brought to light. Jumping to conclusions isn't going to help anyone, and I don't see any particular reason to say this crash is an exception to that.


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