• January 26, 2022

Victoria Teenagers Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on US 77 in Victoria County, TX

Victoria County, TX -- January 4, 2022, two teenagers were injured after an accident where their vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 5:45 a.m. along Zac Lentz Parkway at Blue Quail Court.

Initial reports said that a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old were in a Chevy Suburban traveling northbound on the highway, possibly speeding. At Blue Quail, police say an 18-wheeler failed to yield at a stop sign, crossing into the path of the Chevy and causing a collision.

Due to the collision, the 17-year-old driver had incapacitating injuries. The passenger had non-incapacitating injuries. Right now, no additional details are available.

Commentary on 18-wheeler Accident on Zac Lentz in Victoria County

Put simply, there are few scenarios where something like this happens without the truck driver screwing up big time. I wouldn't rule out those other possibilities without clear evidence, but a thorough investigation must also find out why the truck driver made a potentially deadly mistake in the first place. Things aren't always as simple as someone just being on their phone, and victims and families need the full story to make sure people are held fully accountable for their actions.

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Let me go over an example to show why I say this. I had a crash come to me not long ago about a truck driver that fell asleep at the wheel after driving for over 20 hours straight. That's unbelievable dangerous, so there was no question that the truck driver caused the crash through negligence. But where I've seen less experienced truck wreck attorneys take details like that to be all they need, I wanted to know the full story. That's how our investigations found some pretty shocking details.

It turned out the reason that truck driver did something so reckless was to meet an unreasonable deadline set by their employer. That company would routinely set these ludicrous deadlines, expecting drivers to cut all kinds of corners to meet them. If they didn't they risked losing their jobs. While some drivers can take the hit and look for someone safer to work, others feel that they must bend to the will of their unreasonable bosses to put food on their family's table. It was just a matter of time before someone got hurt.

The reason this all is so important is because consequences are not some set-in-stone equation enshrined in our laws. They are based on how serious an accident was and to what degree a jury would put someone on the hook for their negligent actions. In other words, the consequences for a single driver making an isolated mistake are going to look a lot different than consequences for a whole company that is putting the public in danger. Just about every family I talk to, while certainly looking for help, wants to see people held accountable for the hardships they caused. Are the steps being taken here to see that the right people are held accountable for their actions?

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