• July 05, 2022

Katy Woman Injured in Truck Accident on FM 949 in Colorado County, TX

Colorado County, TX -- June 3, 2022, a Katy woman was injured due to an accident where a truck and an 18-wheeler collided along FM 949.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 7:12 p.m. along FM 949 off the corner of Bernardo Road.

According to reports, a 36-year-old Katy woman was in a truck traveling southbound along FM 949. An 18-wheeler reportedly attempted to pass the truck as it slowed to make a left turn. Doing so, the 18-wheeler and the truck collided as the truck turned.

The woman in the truck was said to have non-incapacitating injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, the exact cause of the crash remains unclear. The 18-wheeler driver told the investigating officer that the other truck "had its hazard lights activated and traveling slow as he [sic] looked lost."

No further information is available.

Commentary on Truck Accident on FM 949 in Colorado County

It no doubt stands out in the reports that the truck may have been behaving somewhat unpredictably leading up to the collision. But the question that this all likely comes down to is whether or not it was reasonably prudent for the professional 18-wheeler driver to try to pass the other truck. To that end, it's important to take into account other factors possibly surrounding these events.

Katy Woman Injured in Truck Accident on FM 949 in Colorado County, TX

For one, reports specified this happened in a no passing zone. Generally speaking, except in rather unusual circumstances, that should prevent anyone from passing someone by going into oncoming lanes. Did the 18-wheeler driver an acceptable reason for doing so here? Something other than just having a deadline to meet? Furthermore, the truck having its hazards on and "looking lost" prior to turning. Is that behavior that a reasonably prudent professional would understand to mean it's safe to pass them at an intersection? Was the 18-wheeler going slowly for sometime before attempting to pass? Or did they maintain their speed when trying to pass, making it more difficult for the truck driver ahead to see the 18-wheeler making that maneuver?

These are just a few questions a prudent investigator may ask, and quite frankly, my experience with similar wrecks throughout the years makes me skeptical an investigation would show anything other than that the 18-wheeler driver screwed up here. Still, it's best not to jump to conclusions and to let the evidence speak for itself. Were steps taken here to make sure experienced professionals are handling things?


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