• July 07, 2022

Child Dies; Solyta Watson, 3 Children Injured in Leon County, TX Truck Accident

Leon County, TX — July 6, 2022, a 10-year-old boy died and four other people were injured when a pickup collided with a tractor-trailer in Leon County.

According to reports the incident happened around 12:20 p.m. on U.S. Highway 79 near Nucor Steel, south of Jewitt. Preliminary investigation suggests 33-year-old Solyta Watson was driving a Dodge Ram pickup south on the roadway when it crashed with a Peterbilt 18-wheeler. After the impact the pickup spun away and came to rest against a pipe fence.

A young boy in the Dodge was pronounced dead at the scene. Watson and three other juveniles in the pickup were airlifted to area hospitals for treatment of serious injuries. The truck driver was unhurt.

Investigators believe the truck driver failed to yield the right-of-way to the pickup while turning into the drive of Nucor Steel.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Solyta Watson Accident in Leon County

According to reports police seem to think the truck driver is responsible for this terrible incident by failing to yield to thru-traffic. Some might think that based on police findings the driver and his employer would have little choice but to accept the blame for what occurred, but these matters are rarely that simple.

People who've never crashed with a commercial truck, fortunate as they are, may not realize the battles ahead for those who do. The default position of almost any commercial firm is to deny liability for as long as they can, which means even in a situation like the one near Jewitt their attorneys and insurers will look for ways to deflect blame elsewhere.

Child Dies; Solyta Watson, 3 Children Injured in Leon County, TX Truck Accident

Some of the most common excuses offered by trucking attorneys include bad weather, sudden and mysterious brake or part failures in the truck ,or even blaming the victims for inattention or "faulty evasive maneuvers." Whether they honestly believe any of those were factors or not is largely irrelevant, as the point is just to throw whatever they can at the wall in the hopes something will stick.

It would fall to the victims to prove those deflections and excuses false, which is a tall order when they're still reeling from the damage done. That's why I often recommend working with allies--independent experts who know what evidence to look for and how to get it. Armed with the proof those experts find many people hurt in or by these accidents have successfully held the right parties accountable and gotten much-needed help.

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