Maria Fierbach, Child Injured in Truck Accident on FM 875 in Midlothian, TX
Midlothian, TX -- June 3, 2022, 54-year-old Maria Fierbach and a 7-year-old boy were injured in a crash with a commercial truck at a Midlothian intersection.
According to reports the incident happened around 9:20 a.m. on FM 875 at Singleton Road. Preliminary investigation suggests an Isuzu NPR truck was traveling west on FM 875 as Fierbach was driving a Ford F-150 pickup east in the same area. As the two vehicles approached Singleton the Isuzu driver turned left, entering the path of the eastbound Ford. The vehicles crashed in the roadway.
Fierbach and a 7-year-old in the pickup suffered serious injuries in the crash. The Isuzu driver reportedly received minor injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Maria Fierbach Accident on FM 875 in Midlothian
Looking at reports the facts seem pretty clear. The Ford had the right-of-way and the Isuzu driver turned in front of it, causing the collision. That said, I always caution people that even seemingly-clear fact patterns may present challenges when a trucking company wants to avoid the blame. But what possible rationale could a trucking company have for an accident like this?
There are a few possible arguments they could make. The driver at the scene already tried one by saying he couldn't see the Ford when he looked. A pickup isn't usually too hard to see as it heads straight at you, but investigators should still see if there's any truth to that claim. Aside from that the trucking company might argue the pickup was speeding, making it hard to judge how far away it was. That may sound pretty flimsy, but they aren't shut down even weak defenses can influence a jury.
Ultimately the most important thing to do is investigate carefully and let the facts do the talking. That could mean reconstructing the crash scene, running computer simulations, reading the electronic data from both vehicles, checking for any dashcam footage or other witnesses, and generally rounding up any and all helpful data that tells the whole story.
Unfortunately police don't always go to such lengths, so it often takes an experienced investigator to get their hands on that information. I suspect the trucking company already has their people all over it; will anyone help the victim do the same?