Ryan Scott Collins Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Orange County, TX
Orange County, TX -- May 19, 2021, Ryan Scott Collins was injured due to an accident where a pickup and an 18-wheeler collided.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 6:00 a.m. along Highway 62. According to officials, 26-year-old Ryan Scott Collins was in a GMC Sierra traveling southbound along the highway. From oncoming lanes, it appears that an 18-wheeler made a left turn, cutting into the path of Collins's vehicle. This resulted in the vehicles colliding.
Collins reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries due to the crash. Right now, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Ryan Scott Collins 18-wheeler Accident in Orange County
Folks tend to read reports like this and assume what follows is an open-and-shut process of holding a truck driver accountable for the crash. That can happen, but I always encourage folks to take precautions as soon as possible after any commercial vehicle wreck. There can be significant hurdles to overcome, and not having the evidence or experience to overcome them can be a serious issue for victims and families.
In one situation I handled, for example, a crash much like the one described here occurred. The trucking company, however, claimed the victim had no headlights at the time of the crash. We doubted that, but we needed to get evidence. Going to the wreck yard to look at the vehicle, it stood out that the car literally had no headlights. So what happened? Well, through our continued investigations, we determined that an insurance company representative actually came to the yard with some tools and stole the victim's headlights. Had we not caught that, who knows if they ever would have been caught.
Just to be clear, that's a particularly egregious example, and I have no reason to believe something similar happened here. My point is simply that companies have one goal: minimize their responsibility. Some will play within the rules, and others will bend or break the rules however they can. The key is ensuring the victims and families have the tools to balance the scales and ensure they can tell their side of the story. Were those steps taken here?