• July 19, 2022

Sebastian Charcas Injured in Pedestrian Accident on Bob Bullock Loop in Laredo, TX

Laredo, TX — July 16, 2022, 22-year-old Sebastian Charcas was struck and injured by a tractor-trailer on Bob Bullock Loop in Laredo.

According to reports the incident happened around 5:00 a.m. at the intersection of Bob Bullock and Bayside Boulevard. Preliminary investigation suggests Charcas was walking across the intersection when he was hit by a northbound Peterbilt 18-wheeler. Investigators say he wasn't using the intersection's crosswalks, instead crossing close to a nearby gas station.

Charcas was taken to an area hospital and is expected to recover from his serious injuries. The truck driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Sebastian Charcas Accident in Laredo

Despite what some people think, not every auto-pedestrian wreck is automatically the pedestrian's fault. There are many possible factors involved in something like this, and as always it's best not to jump to any conclusions before the totality of the crash is considered.

For example, the law requires all drivers to do everything they can to prevent a crash, even when they have the right-of-way. That standard of care is actually higher for professional truck drivers, so determining whether the Laredo driver conducted themselves properly at the wheel is even more urgent.

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If a reasonably prudent professional driver doing what they're supposed to (hands on the wheel, sober, eyes on the road, traveling the speed limit, headlights on, etc) couldn't have avoided the pedestrian then obviously it wouldn't be fair to hold them responsible for what occurred. However, if it's found they could or should have done something differently to prevent the wreck or lessen its damage then it's important to find out why that didn't happen.

I'm not accusing the Laredo truck driver of misconduct here, as reports are pretty insistent that the pedestrian crossed the road outside a designated crossing. My point is just that other issues beyond that must also be considered. At the very least, the victim deserves the benefit of the doubt as effort is made to find the whole story.

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