• May 11, 2022

Driver Injured, Trapped for 2 Days after Car Accident on FM 1431 in Jonestown, TX

Jonestown, TX -- May 5, 2022, a 23-year-old woman was seriously injured and trapped for two days after a car accident on Farm to Market Road 1431 in Jonestown.

Authorities say the incident happened Thursday along eastbound FM 1431. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim's vehicle was headed east at alleged high speeds when she lost control of it. The car veered through the westbound lanes and hit a guardrail, then vaulted over it and fell down an embankment into a ravine where it reportedly went unnoticed for two days.

The woman, seriously injured, managed to crawl up the embankment and seek help. She was transported to an area hospital for treatment of multiple injuries but was reportedly stabilized.

The incident remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Car Accident on FM 1431 in Jonestown

While single-vehicle accidents aren't particularly unusual, this one obviously had catastrophic results. I'm relieved the victim was able to escape her car and seek help, considering the dire circumstances she found herself in.

One thing that stands out to me in reports about this is police saying there was little to no evidence at the scene that a crash had even happened, making it hard to know the victim was nearby. I don't doubt that exactly, but in my experience a car swerving off-course and hitting a guardrail at high speed tends to leave at least some forensic signs--tire tracks, damage to the rail, debris from the car, and other traces. They might not mean much to a passing motorist--we've all passed destroyed tires or detached fenders before--but at the same time to say there were no signs is curious.

Driver Injured, Trapped for 2 Days after Car Accident on FM 1431 in Jonestown, TX

When officials say things like that it makes me think of all the times I've recommended that crash victims work with independent investigators rather than simply leaning on whatever police are able to put together. In the Jonestown case, for example, that appears to be "nothing." Aside from what the victim can tell them about what happened, they seem to have few ideas or evidence to tell the story themselves. Whether that's harmful to the victim in this situation isn't clear, but that failure to find helpful evidence has bitten many other crash victims in the behind over the years I've been in this business.

As far as this accident goes I wish the victim a full and speedy recovery. I also hope authorities are able to construct a timeline of events and lend her whatever aid they're able to. Depending on how much help that turns out to be, an independent investigation to look for vehicular failures, bad road conditions, signs of other drivers running the victim off the road, any many other factors may be best. That's not my call to make, but I would think that having as many answers as possible could only be a good thing. If there's any other action to take then knowing so would depend on those answers.

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