Sheron Phillips Casas, 4 Injured in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Texas City, TX
Texas City, TX -- May 25, 2022, Sheron Phillips Casas and four others were injured due to an accident where a semi-truck crashed into traffic.
Preliminary reports indicated that the crash happened at around 10:00 a.m. along I-45 near FM 1764.
According to officials, 70-year-old Sheron Phillips Casas was in a Hyundai Santa Fe traveling northbound on the interstate. Ahead, a vehicle was broken down in the lane of travel. An 18-wheeler and other vehicles ahead of Casas slowed, as did at least one vehicle behind Casas. Another 18-wheeler, however, failed to control speed and crashed into the back of the vehicles, causing a chain reaction.
Due to the collision, Casas reportedly had incapacitating injuries. At least four others were said to have non-incapacitating injuries. Police did not give any additional details about the crash.
Commentary on Sheron Phillips Casas Tractor-Trailer Accident in Texas City
Crashes like this tend to seem pretty open-and-shut considering there aren't many acceptable reasons for a truck to crash into a line of traffic. But things aren't always so simple. While things like following too closely, speeding, and distracted driving are most often the cause of a crash like this, knowing the full story can lead to more complex legal avenues victims and families should be prepared to face.
For example, there was a case that came to us a while back in which a truck driver crashed while texting and driving. Pretty darn open-and-shut, right? Well, our investigations found that he'd been texting his supervisor. That supervisor would harass drivers all day with texts and calls, and if they didn't respond immediately, he'd get angry with them.
Essentially, this idiot coerced his drivers into taking risks simply because he couldn't stand letting them do their jobs without his overbearing presence. It was inevitable someone would get hurt. That company was either too inept to realize the risks or too irresponsible to care. But why did this change things?
Well, when folks come to me for help, there's usually one other thing they want: accountability. They want to ensure those responsible for their hardships are held fully accountable for their actions. Simply jumping to the most obvious conclusion isn't going to get folks the answers they need, which is why ensuring there are proper independent investigations is so necessary. The question is whether or not those steps were ever taken here.