• April 19, 2022

Christopher Faulkner Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Harris County, TX

Harris County, TX -- March 21, 2022, Christopher Faulkner was injured due to an accident where an 18-wheeler crashed into Faulkner's vehicle.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 8:45 p.m. along Main Street near Fig Orchard Road.

According to officials, 36-year-old Christopher Faulkner was in a passenger vehicle traveling southbound on main. The reports said that Faulkner's vehicle came to an "abrupt" stop, following which an 18-wheeler crashed into the back of the vehicle. Faulkner reportedly sustained non-incapacitating injuries. Authorities said that failure to control speed on wet roads was a factor in the crash. They did not say if any other factors contributed.

Commentary on Christopher Faulkner 18-wheeler Accident in Harris County

While authorities seem to offer a straight-forward explanation of events, one detail that stands out is the victim's vehicle supposedly coming to an "abrupt" stop. It's unclear why this happened, if that even is what happened, but does that really matter? After all, a semi-trailer slammed into the back of the vehicle, so what more is there to know?

Christopher Faulkner 18-wheeler Accident Harris County, TX

Generally speaking, it's important that one's side of the story takes into account how reasonably avoidable an accident was. Whether or not someone slams on their brakes for legitimate reasons, a reasonably prudent driver would usually be able to slow down if they were going appropriate speeds and following at a safe distance. Even in poor weather, a responsible driver knows the adjustments necessary to make situations like this avoidable. However, if evidence shows that something prevented a driver from slowing down in time due to reasons beyond their control, they likely wouldn't be responsible for a resulting crash. It would then be important to find out if the driver that came to a stop did so for acceptable reasons.

Like I said, I can't say what did or didn't happen here. My point is simply to emphasize to folks that this situation may not be as open-and-shut as the reports make them seem. That's why it's always important to ensure victims and families have all of the facts they can get. Doing so can present clear avenues to get them the help they deserve.

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