Felix and Rosa Landry Injured in Crash with Commercial Truck on US-59 in Timpson, TX
Timpson, TX -- December 28, 2021, Felix Landry III and Rosa Landry were injured in a collision with a commercial truck on U.S. Highway 59 in Shelby County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:25 p.m. on US-59 near Jacob Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-550 pickup truck was stopped in a private drive off the highway before beginning a left turn onto southbound US-59. As the pickup turned the driver failed to yield the right-of-way to the Landrys' approaching Ford Transit van and the two collided in the northbound lane.
Felix Landry II, 74, and Rosa Landry, 59, received minor injuries in the collision. The F-550 driver was reportedly unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Felix and Rosa Landry Accident on US-59 in Shelby County
Reports suggest the truck driver's unsafe turn was the crash's main cause, but even if things seem open and shut on paper he and his employer aren't required to agree with police assessments. To the contrary, many crash victims are unpleasantly surprised when a company points fingers back at them and says they're to blame for their own injuries. Other scapegoats like sun glare, wet roads, and mysterious brake failures are often mentioned too; the ultimately goal is simply to deflect blame elsewhere so the company doesn't have to admit liability.
The best way to get rid of that "wiggle room" is to find clear and plentiful evidence of what really happened--a story told only by the objective facts of the matter. Armed with that many victims have conclusively shown that no, in fact, they did not set themselves up to get hurt through speeding or "improper evasive maneuvers."
Of course all that may be mostly academic here. The victims may choose not to take any action since reports say their injuries were minor. I certainly hope that's accurate, but I still feel some concern; I've seen too many situations where first impressions about damages were mistaken.
In a recent case a man was rear-ended by a big rig. The pain of his supposed "sore back" increased dramatically and hospital scans showed he actually had a ruptured spinal disk from the collision. He ended up needing surgery and extensive physical therapy, all while the at-fault trucking company tried to dodge the blame. We made sure they did the right thing, but it's always amazing to me how hard most companies fight against that.
There's no particular reason to think the Timpson wreck is headed that way. Some people really do walk away from accidents with no more than bruises and an unpleasant call to make to their insurance company. Because injuries can sometimes be more serious than they appear, though, I always encourage people to take appropriate action after commercial truck wrecks--even if early reports downplay their impact.