Judy Lynn Hassell Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Sugar Land, TX
Sugar Land, TX -- January 10, 2022, Judy Lynn Hassell was injured due to an accident where a semi-truck crashed into Hassell.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 11:47 a.m. along Crabb River Road at the Southwest Freeway service road.
Officials said that 71-year-old Judy Lynn Hassell was in a Ford Explorer traveling westbound on Crabb River. While waiting to make a right turn, a truck behind Hassell reportedly made an improper start from a stopped position, hitting Hassell.
Hassell sustained non-incapacitating injuries due to the crash. Additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Judy Lynn Hassell 18-wheeler Accident in Sugar Land
It's one thing for someone to fail to slow down for stopped traffic, but it almost seems more unusual to be a part of that stopped traffic, somehow thing the vehicle ahead of you is no longer there, and start driving forward. I can't help but wonder why the truck driver would have made a mistake like that. Maybe there's a perfectly reasonable explanation, but experience also tells me that mistakes like this can sometimes be the result of more serious issues.
For example, I had this case a while back involving a truck driver that made a pretty dumb mistake and caused a crash. It seemed like the kind of mistake that any half-way trained truck driver could have avoided. Well, our continued investigations revealed that driver wasn't half-way trained. They were barely trained at all. They had almost no experience with commercial trucks, but their employer still thought it was a good idea to rush them through the safety training and get them on the road. It should have been obvious that decision put the public in serious danger. Maybe it was obvious, but the company simply cared more about their business than the safety of those around them.
In a situation like that, it wouldn't be enough to just pin all the blame on an individual driver when there are more serious issues that need to be addressed. I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but it wouldn't be the first time reports left out something important like that. That's why getting people the help they need must be just as important as making sure all the right people are held accountable for their role in the accident. To do that, the crash needs to be handled by professionals who know what they're looking for.