• July 29, 2022

Alexandra Garcia Injured in Auto Accident on FM 429 in Terrell, TX

Terrell, TX — June 13, 2022, 32-year-old Alexandria Garcia was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 429 in Terrell.

According to reports the incident happened around 1:25 a.m. on FM 429 at U.S. Highway 80. Preliminary investigation suggests Garcia was driving a Nissan Frontier pickup truck north on the roadway at alleged high speeds when she cross some train tracks and lost control. The pickup went airborne and landed in the crossover lane between east- and westbound US-80. It continued north and left the road, hit the bar ditch, and overturned, then rolled several times.

Garcia suffered serious injuries in the accident.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Alexandra Garcia Accident in Terrell

The way the report is worded it seems police are ready to put all the blame for the accident on the driver. A great many crashes really are due to driver mistakes like speeding or distraction, and I don't have specific reason to doubt police here. However, it's important to remember that the cause of a crash and the cause of victim's injuries aren't always the same.

What do I mean? Well, sometimes there are extenuating circumstances police might not realize during a once-over at the scene. Just recently, for example, a colleague and I discussed a crash where a woman rear-ended an 18-wheeler. Police and the public didn't think there was much else to say, but it stuck out to us that her injuries were abnormally severe for a crash at that speed. We looked closer and found evidence that she probably would have escaped with just a few bruises except that her airbag malfunctioned due to a serious defect.

Alexandra Garcia Injured in Auto Accident on FM 429 in Terrell, TX

Issues like that too often get overlooked as investigators rush to point fingers at driver mistakes, but those same drivers are sometimes hurt far worse than they really should be. Bad airbags, faulty seatbelts, locked-up braking, loose seat assemblies, fuel tanks in dangerous places, tires that were poorly manufactured--these things cause terrible injuries every day all over the world, yet too often they're ignored. That's why it's crucial to ensure investigators looking into these wrecks have the experience and tools to do the job right. Simplistic early reports don't exactly fill me with confidence those steps are being taken here.

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