Laurel Hardy Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on Crosby Fwy in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX -- December 29, 2021, 25-year-old Laurel Hardy was seriously injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Crosby Freeway in Harris County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:20 p.m. on Crosby Freeway (U.S. Highway 90) at Bohemian Hall Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner semi-truck with an attached trailer was traveling north on Bohemian Hall Road when it stopped at the US-90 intersection. Nearby, Hardy was driving a Ford F-250 pickup truck east on the highway.
Reports say the semi-truck driver failed to yield to the approaching pickup and proceeded northward from the stop sign. The semi-trailer was still in the eastbound lane when the pickup passed through and the two collided.
Hardy suffered serious injuries in the crash. The truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Laurel Hardy Accident on Crosby Fwy in Harris County
If reports have their facts straight it seems that the truck driver failed to yield and serious injuries followed. Despite that, holding someone accountable for the wreck may be more challenging than it seems. But why?
I've litigated plenty of truck accidents over the years and in truth they're almost never as simple as preliminary reports make them sound. Even when the facts seem clearly against a trucking company as they do in the above crash, its defense attorneys (and its insurers, and the insurers' attorneys) usually fight like hell against taking responsibility. They do that by stonewalling the victims, denying all fault for their injuries, and hoping they don't have the resources or know-how to push back.
In the Harris County wreck, for instance, the company may still have a few tricks up its sleeve to try and redirect the fault for the crash to something or someone else. I've seen just about everything under the sun--and even the sun itself--blamed for a truck driver's mistakes, so it's best to prepare for excuses about limited night-time visibility or sudden and mysterious brake failures among others. If defense feels punchy it may even say the victim was actually to blame for his own injuries. "Our guy may have failed to yield," they argue, "but the victim was speeding and/or used improper evasive maneuvers and that's what really got him hurt." It would then fall to the victim to prove the trucker's negligence was the real cause of his injuries. Finding the necessary evidence of that can be a tall order while he's already struggling to cope with his injuries and get his life back on track.
Even when the company agrees to "look into the matter," that should be viewed skeptically. They tell the victims "We'll take care of everything once we finish our investigation." That sounds agreeable, but the company then drags its feet as long as possible in the hopes that either a) the statute of limitations will run out or b) their investigators will find something they can use to dispute fault. When someone gets sick of waiting and speaks up, the company typically denies blame and the time-sensitive evidence needed to challenge that has often disappeared.
For these reasons, thorough investigations should happen as soon as possible following a wreck. Trucking companies waste no time building a case to protect themselves, so victims and families should make similar haste gathering the proof they need to keep the trucking company honest. It may be a challenge to hold combative defendants responsible for a crash, but with the right preparation there's no obstacle that can't be overcome.