Theresa Valsin Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Houston, TX
Houston, TX -- March 21, 2022, Theresa Valsin was injured due to an accident where an 18-wheeler crashed with Valsin's vehicle.
In their reports, officials said that the crash took place at around 11:44 a.m. along South Loop 610 in the area of Buffalo Speedway.
Officials reported that 67-year-old Theresa Valsin was in a vehicle traveling westbound along the freeway. While approaching an off-ramp, that car and an 18-wheeler collided. Reports say there were conflicting reports on which vehicle went into the other's lane, and there is also a suggestion that the 18-wheeler driver may have been ill. It's unclear if this contributed to the crash.
Due to the crash, reports say Valsin had non-incapacitating injuries. Additional details are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Theresa Valsin 18-wheeler Accident in Houston
It's always a bit frustrating when the authorities don't have any clear idea about what led to a crash. It's even more unusual to say it's unclear what happened, then say some medical issue contributed to the crash, but then not say what the issue was or how it contributed to the crash. Maybe they're just being prudent until they know more, but maybe they're not really taking the proper steps to get answers.
Now, if there was a medical issue involved, that could explain someone losing control of their vehicle. Though there could be extenuating circumstances to consider. I had one case not long ago, for example, where we found a truck driver had a long history of medical episodes that should have prevented him from being hired to operate a commercial vehicle, since he wouldn't be able to do so safely. As a result, a crash occurred, and his employer was on the hook for either failing to catch those issues or neglecting to do anything about them.
Maybe nothing like that happened here, but it's important to understand why accidents like this can be so complex. It may take thorough independent investigations to clear up not only what caused this accident but why those events occurred.