• May 25, 2022

Arturo Rey Injured in 18-Wheeler Accident on Crighton Road in Conroe, TX

Conroe, TX -- May 12, 2022, 64-year-old Arturo Rey was seriously injured in a crash with a commercial truck on Crighton Road in Conroe.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. on Crighton near Farm to Market Road 1315. Preliminary investigation suggests Rey was driving a Ram 3500 pickup east on the 10000 block of Crighton when he slowed for traffic ahead. Behind the pickup a Freightliner truck approached and the driver failed to control his speed; the Freightliner crashed into the back of the Ram in the roadway.

Rey suffered serious injuries in the crash. The Freightliner driver was reportedly unhurt and received citations for failing to control speed and not having a commercial license.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Arturo Rey Accident on Crighton Road in Conroe

If reports have their facts straight this crash seems pretty indefensible. An unlicensed truck driver plowed into the victim's vehicle and caused him bodily harm; what else is there to say before the truck driver (and by extension his employer) accept fault and try to make things right?

Things may seem that clear-cut on paper, but I caution against thinking things would really go so smoothly. People who have never crashed with an 18-wheeler probably don't realize the battles that await them afterward--not just the trials of recovery, but also holding the right parties accountable for the damage done. The default position of most trucking companies is to deny responsibility for a wreck unless they're confronted with clear and inescapable evidence showing their driver is to blame. That means disputing police findings as well as blaming any other scapegoats they can find.

Arturo Rey Injured in 18-Wheeler Accident on Crighton Road in Conroe, TX

For instance, in the Conroe crash the victim could be unhappily surprised to hear the company say he cut their truck off or braked too suddenly for their driver to react. That may seem cold-blooded, but they're not shy about pointing fingers where they must to avoid the spotlight. If they don't try to blame him directly they likely still have abundant excuses about sun glare, road conditions, or sudden and mysterious truck failures to throw at the wall in hopes something will stick.

Another recent crash in Texas shows how unusual some trucking defenses can be and why it's so important to find the facts to refute them. I didn't litigate this case, but I can think of few clearer warnings about the need for a careful and thorough investigation. In that situation an 18-wheeler veered onto a highway's shoulder and hit a man changing a flat tire. The victim's family rightly felt the truck driver was negligent, and their attorney thought the facts were clear enough that he didn't have to prepare for the company to fight back in court.

The defense team caught them completely off-guard by claiming the truck lost control due to a faulty part manufactured by a foreign company. Because the attorney hadn't gotten a forensic analysis of the truck done to refute that, somehow the absurd argument convinced the jury. They put 100% of the blame on the wheel's manufacturer, letting the trucking company off essentially scot-free. After that the victim's family was left with little more than an empty chair to pursue as they sought answers and accountability.

That crash and the one in Conroe obviously aren't identical, but one thing that's almost certain after virtually every commercial wreck is that victims must expect pushback from trucking companies and their insurers. With a thorough investigation a case can be built based on clear, convincing evidence. That case then helps victims and families overcome the obstacles put in their way. Will the necessary facts be found so the victim has what he needs to seek help and justice?

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