• March 21, 2022

James Cody Killed in Car Accident on Central Expressway in Richardson, TX

Richardson, TX -- March 19, 2022, 29-year-old James Cody was killed in a late-night collision with a TxDOT truck on U.S. Highway 75 in Richardson.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 12:30 a.m. on the 800 block of US-75 (Central Expressway). Preliminary investigation suggests Cody was driving a Honda Accord south on the roadway when for unknown reasons he crashed into the back of a Kenworth TxDOT work-convoy truck that was stopped in the left lane. Reports say the truck had a crash attenuator and a large lighted arrow sign indicating traffic should merge right.

Cody was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the TXDOT work truck was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on James Cody Accident in Richardson

Folks reading about accidents like this one may decide to jump to some conclusions about its cause. Because many similar accidents tend to be caused by just a handful of factors, people tend to assume all the wrecks of that nature are. To that end, they start guessing about driver distraction, fatigue, and even intoxication as possible explanations.

Could they be right? Maybe. Those are all pretty common factors in similar wrecks and most likely each will receive some attention from authorities here. However, they shouldn't be guessing in the first place while investigators are still trying to connect the dots, including considering less-likely possible factors. Wet or hazardous roads or a vehicle manufacturing defect are both fairly uncommon, for instance, and yet they both cause drivers to lose control every single day. They and many other issues deserve due consideration as investigators try to make sense of what happened.

Getting answers for the victim's loved ones after this tragic accident means letting the evidence speak for itself rather than jumping to any conclusions. Whether or not the authorities here will invest the time and effort to consider all the possibilities remains to be seen.

James Cody Killed in Car Accident on Central Expressway in Richardson, TX

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