Francisca Junco Injured in Truck Accident on Pearl St in Houston, TX
Houston, TX — July 7, 2022, 85-year-old Francisca Junco was seriously injured in a crash with a commercial truck on Pearl Street in Houston.
According to reports the incident happened around 11:45 a.m. on Pearl at Norvic Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Hino truck was reversing eastward on Norvic for unknown reasons when it backed into the Pearl intersection. The truck's rear end then collided with Junco's southbound Mazda 626.
After the impact Junco drove off the southwest corner of the roadway and suffered serious injuries. The truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Francisca Junco Accident on Pearl St in Houston
If reports have their facts straight this crash probably seems pretty straightforward in terms of fault. Police say the truck driver backed unsafely right into the victim as she passed with the right-of-way, so what else is there to know?
That seems reasonable on its face, but I often caution folks against thinking any truck accident is resolved so easily. People who's never crashed with a commercial vehicle, lucky as they are, may not realize the battles that await those who do.
The default position of almost any company is to deny and deflect liability if possible, which means rather than own up to their driver's mistake in Houston his employer would probably try to point fingers elsewhere. That could mean blaming sightlines, poor intersection design, bad weather, or--if they're feeling punchy enough--the victim herself for "faulty evasive maneuvers." Those are all excuses I've heard many times over the years as a company tried to escape doing the right thing. Unfortunately, if unanswered they can actually be effective.
That's why no matter how clear things may seem on paper, it's important after any crash to investigate carefully and gather evidence proving what really happened. Police investigate for the state, not for victims, which means the burden of proving her side of the story would fall to the victim--a tall order as she's busy recovering from her injuries.
I often recommend the help of independent investigators to round up the facts on the victims' behalf. Armed with what seasoned experts find, many people have held at-fault trucking companies accountable for the damage their drivers caused.