Monica Lambert Injured in Multi-Vehicle Accident on US-287 in Midlothian, TX
Midlothian, TX -- April 12, 2022, 42-year-old Monica Lambert and three other people were injured in a multi-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 287 in Midlothian.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:15 p.m. on US-287 near West Main Street. Preliminary investigation suggests an International semi-truck was towing a trailer west on the ramp entering the highway from Main Street. Reports say a Ford Fusion was northbound in the right lane of the highway when the truck driver failed to yield the right-of-way and merged into the same lane. The truck and the Ford collided, sending the Fusion through the center median into the southbound lanes. The big rig also entered the median where it jackknifed and came to a stop.
After entering oncoming traffic the Ford crashed with a southbound Mercedes-Benz sedan. The sedan then spun 180 degrees and collided head-on with Lambert's southbound Cadillac ATS. The Ford continued south off the road and stopped in the grass.
Lambert suffered serious injuries in the crash. The drivers of the 18-wheeler, the Ford, and the Mercedes all reportedly received minor injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Multi-Vehicle Accident on US-287 in Midlothian
Multi-vehicle crashes like this one tend to be pretty chaotic. It takes a lot of time and careful attention to ensure nothing slips through the cracks. Frankly that may mean it'd be better to have independent investigators look into things rather than just waiting around to see what police find out.
That's not meant to be a dig at law enforcement, just a recognition that their time and resources are quite limited and have to be split between many different priorities. The constraints that puts on their investigations can mean important details get overlooked and the real truth of a wreck isn't actually learned unless someone revisits the matter.
Some may not think jumping into action is necessary here considering reports say a truck merged unsafely and seems to have triggered everything that followed. However, the company behind that truck isn't likely to agree with reports and is in fact free to defend itself or come up with alternate explanations for what happened. Most companies would much rather send out their own investigators and figure out some other story in their defense rather than simply accept blame and help anyone injured by their driver's recklessness.
Here's an example: A while back a family came to us about a serious commercial truck wreck. They waited several months for answers about how their loved one was hurt in the crash, but didn't hear a peep from the authorities. They asked us to look into it and we ultimately found the investigating officer was still waiting for the trucking company to return with data from an Engine Control Module he allowed the company to take from the scene after it promised to interpret the data for police and bring the module back. That one mistake nearly ruined the family's chance to learn what really happened in the crash.
The ECM is a valuable piece of evidence that records electronic data from a vehicle. That data gives invaluable insights like vehicle speeds and even braking leading up to a crash. Letting a trucking company take that from the scene before it can be independently evaluated is like asking a burglary suspect to dust for fingerprints. The suspect would most likely erase any evidence they did anything wrong, or at least would tell police they didn't find anything. That's more or less what a company is likely to do when they're handed a source of potentially-damning information about their driver's behavior. We ultimately salvaged that case, but I shudder to think how things would have gone had that family not sought professional help.
I'm not saying anyone's going to swoop in and tamper with evidence in the Midlothian crash, which still needs a great deal of work to unravel. I'm only emphasizing just how important it is for people to ensure they have the full story. Simply relying on law enforcement isn't always a good way to do that, so having independent professionals look into things can be an important step.