• July 25, 2022

One Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident on US 175 in Kaufman County, TX

Kaufman County, TX -- July 22, 2022, one person was killed due to an accident where a vehicle crashed along US Highway 175.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 6:30 a.m. along US Highway 175 north of Kemp.

According to reports, a Chrysler 200 was on westbound lanes of the highway when it somehow went off-road. This caused it to then overturn into a creek.

The driver of the vehicle, currently unidentified, died as a result of the crash. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Fatal Rollover Accident on US 175 in Kaufman County

With a crash like this, folks can be quick to jump to conclusions. They tend to assume the driver was just being reckless. First of all, that ignores important possibilities like mechanical issues, tire blowouts, hazardous roadways, etc. Likely or not, they still warrant considerations. Secondly, even if a driver does make a mistake, it's worth considering whether or not that mistake actually should have been fatal.

Kaufman County, TX Single-Vehicle Accident Kills 1 on US 175 near Kemp

Something I rarely see police bring up on their own is things like seatbelts, airbags, vehicle design, and other safety-related features. For example, one thing that can go wrong is called a "seatback failure". Essentially, your seat is supposed to stay during a crash to keep you as still as possible in the vehicle. There have been issues in the past, however, where the seat falls over, causing an occupant to become unsecured and sometimes leading to fatal injuries.

I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but if you asked me to count how many times I saw police even bother looking into that possibility, I may not even need two hands. The point here is to ensure experienced investigators with the right experience have an opportunity to look into things. Otherwise, there's no telling what may slip through the cracks.


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