Robert Gandy Injured in Truck Accident on FM 1644 in Robertson County, TX
Robertson County, TX — May 7, 2022, 62-year-old Robert Gandy was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on FM 1644 in Robertson County.
According to reports the incident happened around 5:25 p.m. on FM 1644 near U.S. Highway 79. Preliminary investigation suggests a Kenworth semi-truck was towing a trailer south on the roadway when a portion of the trailer's cargo reportedly fell out or off and created a road obstruction. Unaware, the truck continued south.
Gandy's GMC Sierra pickup, traveling behind the big rig, hit the loose cargo. Afterward reports say Gandy drove in front of the semi-truck and stopped to keep the truck at the scene.
Gandy received minor injuries in the accident.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Robert Gandy Accident on FM 1644 in Robertson County
If reports have their facts straight it sounds like loose cargo from the truck's trailer was the main problem that caused the victim's injuries. That could make some complications when it comes time to actually hold someone responsible.
Some may not see how liability is in question here; the truck lost cargo and the victim hit it, so isn't that pretty self-explanatory? Not exactly. There's still ample room for the driver's employer to say the victim should reasonably have avoided the cargo, or that another company loaded it improperly and they're actually the ones to blame. Most truck accidents result in a lengthy game of "hot potato" as the company tries its best to deflect liability somewhere else, so it's important to gather clear evidence of what really happened and get rid of any wiggle room they have to tell another story.
Even if the injuries involved are thought to be minor, it's best to take a crash seriously and round up the facts. Sometimes injuries are misjudged and are worse than they seemed. I worked on a case not long ago where a client's supposed "sore back" turned out to be a ruptured disk in his spine. It took major surgery and lengthy rehab to get him back on his feet, all while the owners of the truck that hit him insisted that wasn't their fault. We got him what he deserved, but part of that was because he contacted us soon after his crash and we got there before evidence could disappear.
All I'm saying is it's best to be prepared no matter how things may seem right after an accident like this one. "Better safe than sorry," as they say, and truck crashes are no exception.