Lakeesha Williams Injured in Truck Accident in Carrollton, TX
Carrollton, TX -- May 10, 2022, Lakeesha Williams was injured following an accident where a vehicle crashed with a semi-truck.
Preliminary reports indicated that the crash took place at around 1:30 p.m. along Frankford Road near Josey Lane.
Officials said that 35-year-old Lakeesha Williams was in an SUV traveling westbound along Frankford. Ahead, police say that a semi-truck made an improper wide right turn. Williams's vehicle then crashed into the truck.
Williams's injuries were said to be non-incapacitating injuries. No other injuries were reported. Investigators gave no additional details.
Commentary on Lakeesha Williams Truck Accident in Carrollton
There isn't a lot of information about what happened here, but certain details stand out to me which I think are worth addressing. Primarily, while reports seem to only mention the truck driver making a mistake, the fact this may have been a rear-end collision can create issues for the victims and families involved. Put simply, a lot of people just assume a rear-end driver is always at fault, and insurance and trucking companies know this.
This belief tends to persist for two main reasons. One is that rear-end collisions are usually found to be the result of the rear driver looking at their phone, speeding, or following too closely. The other reason, though, is that drivers generally have a responsibility to avoid reasonably avoidable accidents. But taking that to mean a driver always has a chance to slow down to avoid a truck isn't always reasonable.
The evidence surrounding this crash could show that the victim should have been able to see the truck turning ahead and slow down or go around it. If it does, then perhaps this isn't all the truck driver's fault. However, if evidence instead shows that the truck's sudden maneuver made the collision unreasonably avoidable such that the average reasonable motorist couldn't avoid it, then it would be ridiculous for the victim to bear responsibility simply because they didn't slow down in time.
Like I said, the authorities seem to have an idea of what happened here, but that isn't always good enough against a defense team looking to exploit a common bias against the victims and families. Making sure there is clear evidence is crucial for ensuring victims can tell their side of the story and get the resolution they deserve.