Humble Man Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on US 90 in Harris County, TX
Harris County, TX -- April 6, 2021, a Humble man sustained injuries after an accident where his vehicle crashed with an 18-wheeler on US 90.
Initial reports said that the crash took place at around 2:00 p.m. at the intersection of US 90/Crosby Freeway and Adlong Johnson Road.
According to officials, a 33-year-old Humble man was in a Dodge Ram 1500 traveling eastbound along the highway. At Adlong Johnson, police said that a southbound tractor-trailer crossed through the intersection. The Dodge, which witnesses claimed was going an estimated 100 MPH, crashed into the trailer.
The Dodge driver reportedly had incapacitating injuries while the 18-wheeler driver may have been injured, as well. Right now, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on 18-wheeler Accident at US 90 & Adlong Johnson in Harris County
Reports like this one always get under my skin because they don't seem to really tell the whole story. They mention that the victim may have been going at high speeds. If that's true--especially if the estimated speed was accurate--that's obviously irresponsible. However, the authorities don't put much light on the fact that it appears the 18-wheeler involved came through a stop sign. Why exactly does that matter?
Generally speaking, drivers with a stop sign have to yield to cross traffic. Now, if someone is going fast enough, even a reasonably prudent driver may not be able to see and avoid the oncoming vehicle due to how quickly that vehicle can close the distance. Other times, however, a reasonably prudent driver should be able to see the approaching vehicle, wait long enough to determine that its approaching at dangerously high speeds, then determine it would be safer to wait for that vehicle to pass.
I'm not at all saying I have reason to doubt these reports or to counter the claim that the victim had been speeding. Maybe those claims were mistaken, but it's best to let the evidence say whether or not that's true. My point here is that a lot of reports come out rather one-sided. When it comes to folks being seriously injured, shouldn't every step be taken to address all contributing factors in the crash? Quite frankly, having handled hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks with similar reports, I can't say with confidence that police are actually telling the whole story here.