• June 09, 2022

David Chandler Delay, 1 Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Anna, TX

Anna, TX -- May 24, 2022, David Chandler Delay and another person were injured due to an accident where an 18-wheeler hit their vehicle.

Investigators reported that the crash took place just before 2:00 a.m. along Highway 121 at the intersection of FM 2862.

According to officials, 34-year-old David Chandler Delay was in a vehicle traveling southbound on FM 2862. At the highway, authorities claim that Delay failed to yield to a southwest-bound tractor-trailer, resulting in a collision.

Delay was said to have incapacitating injuries while a passenger had non-incapacitating injuries. It's unclear if the truck driver was hurt. Right now, authorities have yet to give additional details about the crash.

Commentary on David Chandler Delay 18-wheeler Accident in Anna

Folks reading reports like this may simply move on, confident in the conclusion that the victim simply messed up and caused a crash. Maybe that's true--it's certainly not my place to say one way or the other without more thorough investigations. But this is where 30 years of experience across hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks comes in handy. Certain details stand out which others may not think twice about, and those details could show that the situation is a lot more complex than even the authorities may realize.

David Chandler Delay, 1 Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Anna, TX

For example, these reports indicate this happened in a construction zone. That reminded me of a crash not long ago in which reports said that a man ran a stop sign, and a truck hit him, killing him. That was about all the public knew for a while. Weeks later, I happened to broach the subject with a friend of the firm that worked accident reconstruction out in that area. As it turned out, the victim didn't really do anything wrong.

What actually happened was that the stop signs at that crossing had been removed earlier in the day by TxDOT workers doing construction. When they left, however, they forgot to replace the signs. So how exactly did the victim run a stop sign that wasn't even there?

Now, is that a likely scenario? Not really, but it happened. And the only reason anyone knew about it was because professional accident reconstructionists were able to connect the dots that initial reports completely overlooked. Maybe nothing unusual happened here, but it's up to the evidence to say that one way or the other. Getting folks the help they need is always a priority, which is why making sure there are proper independent investigations into crashes like this is crucial. Were those steps ever taken here?

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