Teenagers Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on Highway 95 in Williamson County, TX
Williamson County, TX -- January 17, 2022, four teenagers were injured due to an accident where their vehicle crashed with an 18-wheeler.
Investigators said that the crash happened at the intersection of Highway 95 and Lund Road at around 3:48 p.m.
In their reports, officials said that a 17-year-old was driving a Chevy Silverado eastbound on Lund. Authorities said that the Chevy turned when unsafe and crashed with a southbound 18-wheeler.
As a result of the collision, the driver and two passengers, ages 15 and 14, had incapacitating injuries. A 16-year-old passenger had non-incapacitating injuries. No other injuries were reported.
Authorities said they believed that the driver had been drinking, but this remains under investigation.
Commentary on Teens Injured 18-wheeler Accident on Highway 95 in Williamson County
Any crash allegedly involving alcohol will raise some red flags, but a minor having alcohol in their system raises loud blaring alarms. The factor no doubt on people's minds, if those suspicions turn out to be true, is where the kid got the alcohol. Most folks understand that adults and businesses can face criminal consequences for providing alcohol to minors, but they can also be liable for accidents like this one. Texas law says that if someone gives alcohol to a minor, and that alcohol contributes to getting them or someone else hurt, the party that provided the alcohol can be on the hook for the resulting harm. That's why a crash like this can be so complex. Obviously, getting these kids some help should be a priority, but finding out what led to them getting hurt in the first place and who may be responsible for that is also a crucial goal to work toward.