• February 01, 2022

Lance Joseph Pitts Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Lee County, TX

Lee County, TX -- January 13, 2022, Lance Joseph Pitts was injured due to an accident where Pitts crashed with an 18-wheeler.

Authorities said that the crash took place at around 12:14 p.m. near FM 112 and County Road 347.

In their reports, officials said that 19-year-old Lance Joseph Pitts was in a Dodge Ram headed westbound on FM 112. Pitts reportedly attempted to pass an 18-wheeler on the left. As he did so, the 18-wheeler reportedly failed to maintain its lane, hitting Pitts's vehicle. Police say Pitts then made a faulty evasive maneuver, and Pitts's vehicle then overturned off-road.

Pitts had incapacitating injuries as a result of the crash. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on Lance Joseph Pitts 18-wheeler Accident in Lee County

I want to be clear that I can't really draw conclusions about what happened here without knowing more information. However, certain details make me skeptical that authorities really took this crash as seriously as they should have. They say that after an 18-wheeler sideswiped the victim's vehicle as he passed it, the victim made a faulty evasive maneuver. Maybe there's evidence to suggest that. But it's a lot more likely that the collision caused the victim to lose control. So what exactly makes authorities think otherwise?

This is a common challenge with truck wrecks. There are often multiple factors contributing to a crash, but actually showing how little or how much a particular factor actually contributed to the victim's injuries is where the challenge is. That's a challenge that insurance companies hope victims and families can't rise to.

Lance Joseph Pitts 18-wheeler Accident Lee County, TX

Take for example a case I handled recently where a truck cut someone off and caused a wreck. They tried to push some of the blame onto our client by saying they were speeding and not wearing their seatbelt. It was only after proving through a frozen speedometer and a forensic analysis of the wreckage that we proved the victim hadn't been speeding. Additionally, we recorded testimony from numerous rescue workers who said they had to cut through the victim's seatbelt to get them out of the wreckage. After that, the trucking company saw they had little choice but to cooperate and do right by our clients.

I'm not saying anything like that happened here, and as I said, there may certainly be details not mentioned in these reports that would clarify why police say what they did in these reports. However, experience with reports like these make me wonder if there's more to this story.

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