• July 07, 2022

Henderson Woman Injured in Car Accident on FM 850 in Smith County, TX

Smith County, TX -- June 17, 2022, a Henderson woman was injured due to an accident where her vehicle crashed off-road.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 3:09 p.m. along FM 850 in the area County Road 246.

Officials said that a 28-year-old Henderson woman was in a Chevy Spark traveling southeast along FM 850. While rounding a curve, the vehicle ran off the side of the road where it hit a line of trees.

The woman was taken to a hospital with injuries said to be incapacitating. At this time, the cause of the crash cannot be confirmed.

Commentary on Car Accident on FM 850 in Smith County

In reports, authorities mentioned considering speed and potentially alcohol as factors here. That isn't too surprising to see. Both of those are incredibly common in single-vehicle wrecks, though that's usually much later or earlier in the day. I can't help but wonder if authorities are jumping to conclusions too quickly. There could be other unusual factors involved here they're overlooking.

Henderson Woman Injured in Car Accident on FM 850 in Smith County, TX

I always think of the infamous GM ignition switch defect from years ago. The issue would unexpectedly cut power to people's vehicles, leaving them helpless going highway speeds. It reportedly led to over a hundred deaths, yet the public didn't know about the issue for years. So how many people just assumed those drivers got themselves killed when they actually had no control over the situation whatsoever?

Maybe nothing so unusual happened here, but it's why I advocate for thorough independent investigations after a serious crash like this. Maybe nothing out of the ordinary led to the crash, but it's best to give folks some benefit of the doubt and let the evidence speak for itself.

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