Luis Board Injured in Three-Truck Accident off US-59 in Montgomery County, TX
Montgomery County, TX — June 20, 2022, 53-year-old Luis Board was injured in a three-truck accident off U.S. Highway 59 in Montgomery County.
According to reports the incident happened around 7:45 a.m. on the US-59 feeder road at Grand Parkway East. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner bucket truck and Board's Ford F-150 pickup stopped in adjacent lanes on the northbound feeder road at Grand Parkway. The light at the intersection was reportedly disabled since the previous day, so both drivers stopped and waited before proceeding forward into the intersection.
As both trucks proceeded north, a westbound Kenworth tractor-trailer on Grand Parkway entered the crossing without stopping. Both the Ford and the Freightliner crashed into the left side of the Kenworth, and both then spun away.
Board suffered minor injuries in the collision. The bucket truck driver reportedly received minor injuries. The Kenworth driver was unhurt and was cited for failing to stop and treating the intersection with the disabled light as a 4-way crossing.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Luis Board Accident in Montgomery County
According to reports police seem to think the truck driver is responsible for this incident by failing to yield at the intersection. Some might think that means the driver and his employer would more or less have to accept the blame for what occurred afterward, but it's rarely that simple.
People who've never crashed with a commercial truck don't always 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 US-59 their attorneys and insurers will look for ways to deflect blame elsewhere. That could include bad weather, poor road conditions, or even pointing fingers at the victims themselves--whatever it takes to get their clients off the hot seat.
The details of the Montgomery County crash even have a potential excuse baked right in, as the intersection's lights were reportedly inactive at the time. Most drivers, especially trained professional ones, should know that means they must stop anyway when that happens, but there's still a chance the company will say the broken lights are responsible for their driver barreling through.
Whether attorneys honestly believe any of their deflections is largely irrelevant, since 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 arguments false and to demonstrate that the truck driver's negligence is the proximate cause of their injuries, which is a tall order when they're still reeling from the damage done.
That's why I often recommend working with allies outside of law enforcement--independent experts who know what evidence to look for and how to get it. Armed with the proof those professionals find many people hurt in or by these accidents have successfully held the right parties accountable and gotten much-needed help.