• February 02, 2022

Man Killed in 18-wheeler Accident on Southwest Freeway in Houston, TX

Houston, TX -- January 28, 2022, one person was killed due to an accident where a vehicle crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler on I-69.

Officials responded to the area of Southwest Freeway and Bellfort Avenue at around 4:25 a.m. In their reports, investigators said that a man was in a Nissan 350Z traveling southbound on the freeway. The vehicle somehow crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer, killing the Nissan driver. At this time, there are no additional details about the crash.

Commentary on 18-wheeler Accident on Southwest Freeway in Houston

Something I try to do a lot on this blog is remind people that rear-end collisions are not always as one-sided as they may think. They certainly are not automatically the rear driver's faulty--that would be ridiculous. Say, for example, that an 18-wheeler is on the shoulder with its lights off, and it pulls into the path of someone on the road before it turns its lights on. Would it really be reasonable for that truck driver to be off the hook just because they were the ones rear-ended? Of course not.

Houston, TX 18-wheeler Accident Southwest Freeway Bellfort

And I know some folks will think I'm just making up wild scenarios, but I looked into a crash with that exact scenario just a few weeks ago. Now, is it more likely that the victim did something wrong? Certainly. This sort of thing is usually the result of something like speeding, distracted driving, or fatigue. The point isn't what is or isn't likely. The point is to make sure investigators are considering all possible factors so the victim's loved ones know they're getting the full story. Are those steps being taken here?

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