• January 26, 2022

Woman, 2 Children Injured in Traffic Accident on TX-242 in Montgomery County

Montgomery County, TX -- January 24, 2022, a woman and two children were injured in a collision with an 18-wheeler on State Highway 242 in Montgomery County.

Authorities say the incident happened just after 7:00 p.m. along TX-242 at Sommerset/Artavia Way. Preliminary investigation suggests the woman was driving a Ford Explorer at alleged high speeds along the highway. She told investigators that a vehicle turned into her path from Sommerset, causing her to brake hard and lose control of the SUV. It entered a spin into the opposite lane where it was hit by an eastbound 18-wheeler. The truck's dashcam reportedly captured the whole event.

The woman and two children in the Explorer were transported to an area hospital where they were said to be in stable condition. The truck driver was unhurt.

Investigators reportedly cited the woman for driving at an unsafe speed.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Traffic Accident on TX-242 in Montgomery County

Police seem fairly certain in this event that speeding was a key factor. I have no reason to doubt that, particularly if video footage from the truck tells more or less the same story. However, before anyone piles all the blame onto the injured driver it's important to consider whether other factors were instrumental in the damage done.

First and foremost I don't see any further mention of the vehicle that allegedly failed to yield to the oncoming SUV and turned into its path. Whether the victim was speeding or not, someone coming from a side road onto the highway is unlikely to have the right-of-way and their actions seem to have prompted the woman to hard-brake and lose control. It's worth keeping in mind that this happened after sundown as well, and a complete understanding of events would also take into account the big rig's speed, weather conditions, visibility, the state of the road surface, and many other variables.

I recognize it can be tempting to just identify a single factor and pin everything to that. "Speeding" is a convenient scapegoat upon while to pile all the blame in a crash like this. However, for a full understanding of events to be reached it's important to be thorough and identify any and all contributing factors. Will the necessary attention be paid here?

Woman, 2 Children Injured in Traffic Accident on TX-242 in Montgomery County


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