Jaydan Cockerham Injured in Car Accident in Panola County, TX
Panola County, TX -- May 26, 2022, Jaydan Cockerham was injured following an accident where a vehicle crashed off-road.
Investigators were called to the area of US Highway 59 mile marker 318 at around 2:17 a.m.
Officials said that 18-year-old Jaydan Cockerham was in a Ford F-150 traveling along southbound US 59. The pickup ran off the left side of the road where it then crashed.
Cockerham reportedly had incapacitating injuries due to the crash. Reports did not list any other injuries. Police mentioned looking into alcohol, but the cause of the crash cannot be confirmed at this time.
Commentary on Jaydan Cockerham Car Accident in Panola County
Anytime auythorities bring up alcohol, folks are quick to jump to conclusions. It's even more likely they do so with a teenage driver, considering the reality that they're more likely to cause accidents. I certainly wouldn't suggest ignoring these red flags, especially considering the possibility some local business could be responsible for serving a teenager to the point an accident occurred. But a proper investigation also needs to consider less likely factors, which is something I'm concerned authorities aren't doing here.
I can't begin to tell you how many times families came to me a bout a serious crash where police suspected the driver did something wrong only for independent investigations to show otherwise. Just because teens are more likely to cause wrecks doesn't mean it's okay to overlook things like mechanical issues, defective tires, road hazards, medical conditions, or even other drivers that left the scene.
Put simply, the priority should be getting folks the help they need, and that usually means ensuring they have all the facts. Only focusing on what seems obvious or likely isn't enough. Ensuring that every stone is turned can make a world of difference when it comes to getting people the help they deserve. I don't believe a driver being young makes it an exception--in fact, it only makes thorough investigations that much more crucial.