Driver Injured when Pickup Hits Building off I-69 in New Caney, TX
New Caney, TX — June 30, 2022, a 19-year-old was injured when his pickup crashed into a building off Interstate 69 in Montgomery County.
According to reports the incident happened just after 7:00 a.m. on the southbound I-69 frontage road near FM 1485. Preliminary investigation suggests the young driver was headed south when he said his brakes failed. His pickup truck passed through the parking lot of the nearby First Baptist Church, then crashed into a building.
The driver was taken to an area hospital in stable condition. He was cited for failure to control speed.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Auto Accident on I-69 Feeder in New Caney
When reports suggest that brake failure contributed to a crash, it's important to take that seriously and for experienced investigators who specialize in defective parts to look into what happened. Generally speaking, there are only a few reasons for it.
One is that there was no brake failure and the driver just made a mistake, then tried to blame something else. I'm not saying that's what happened in New Caney, but it's not unheard of for authorities to encounter that.
Secondly, it's possible the brakes failed because they were worn and needed to be replaced. That's generally the vehicle owner's responsibility, and since it's avoidable with proper maintenance that would probably mean they're still responsible for the crash.
The third possibility is far less likely, but it's important to investigate thoroughly. If the brakes were used properly and should have been in good condition, but they failed anyway, they might have been defective. That's not something a driver usually has control over. Instead, it could be a mistake on the manufacturer's part that caused the accident. It's important to address these incidents not only to get the manufacturer to take responsibility for the crash, but also to prevent similar crashes from happening to other drivers with the same brakes installed.
Right now there's no solid information one way or another about what really happened here, but it's important for investigators to find out as soon as possible. Any serious defects need to be pinpointed and fixed as soon as possible to make sure no one else gets hurt.