• April 12, 2022

James Humbert Injured in Truck Accident on Spur 399 in McKinney, TX

McKinney, TX -- January 31, 2022, 57-year-old James Humbert was seriously injured in a crash with a commercial truck on Spur 399 in McKinney.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:45 p.m. on Spur 399 at South McDonald Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Humbert's Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was traveling south on McDonald and passing through the Spur intersection on a green light when an eastbound Peterbilt semi-truck allegedly ran a red light and crashed into the right front quarter of the Dodge.

Humbert suffered serious but non-incapacitating injuries in the collision. The truck driver was unhurt.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on James Humbert Accident on Spur 399 in McKinney

Reports suggest the commercial truck driver ran a red light and caused this crash. Some attorneys would probably say that makes this open-and-shut, the truck driver and/or their employer are on the hook, and that's that. However, long experience has shown me that police and news reports are rarely enough to tell the whole story. In many cases there are issues above and beyond the simple on-scene details that must be accounted for too.

Victims and their loved ones call the firm after accidents mostly because they need help, but before all is said and done many of them also want to see some accountability for the hardships they had to endure after a crash. Sometimes that accountability extends no further than the person who immediately caused the damage at the scene, but in some cases--particularly truck accidents--it's important to zoom out and look at any other factors involved.

James Humbert Injured in Truck Accident on Spur 399 in McKinney, TX

Take for example another accident I handled where a truck driver caused a serious crash while texting and driving. The victim's family thought that was enough reason to call us for help building a case. They were actually surprised when we started looking more closely at other aspects of the wreck.

People don't always realize that when a trucker does something obviously wrong it's important to learn exactly why that happened. Sometimes they're just careless, but other times there's more to it. In the case I mentioned we looked into the trucking company's hiring records, accident history, maintenance logs, hours of service logs, truck electronic data, surveillance and dash cam footage, and everything else we could request or subpoena. We learned from all that digging that the truck driver was actually texting his supervisor when he crashed--a practice, we learned, that was all but mandated by his employer.

The supervisor kept a tight leash on the drivers, calling and texting them throughout the day. Drivers were expected to respond immediately; if they didn't they faced serious trouble. The supervisor accepted no excuses, so drivers concerned about providing for their families reluctantly complied with the dangerous policy. With them constantly checking their phones instead of watching the road it was just a matter of time before someone got hurt. Once we found that out we made sure the company was also held accountable for the damage done to our clients.

More than anything else my career has taught me the importance of thorough investigations. Simply looking at a situation from all angles, even when things seem cut-and-dried, helps to ensure that victims have what they need to get the resolution they deserve--both in terms of help and of accountability. Are the people handling this situation taking those steps?

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