• August 02, 2022

Brandon Lee Injured in Rollover Crash under I-40 in Amarillo, TX

Amarillo, TX — April 28, 2022, 35-year-old Brandon Lee was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident under Interstate 40 East in Amarillo.

According to reports the incident happened around 7:20 p.m. on the I-40 feeder road near Ross Street. Preliminary investigation suggests Lee was driving a GMC Sierra pickup truck east at alleged high speeds when he approached the turnaround lane underneath I-40 at Ross. He reportedly failed to control his speed while turning through the lane and the truck side-skidded, then overturned beneath the bridge and hit two support pillars.

Lee suffered serious injuries in the crash.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Brandon Lee Accident off I-40 in Amarillo

Folks sometimes consider single-vehicle accidents as pretty straightforward matters, the assumption being that the driver must be the one to blame for them. However, the cause of the crash and the cause of the victim's injuries aren't always the same thing, and either or both could be more complicated than people think.

Unfortunately, authorities don't always look carefully enough at these wrecks either. I've noticed during my long experience in this field that police simply don't pay attention to things like safety feature failures and mechanical defects in a crashed vehicle. That sometimes causes serious problems when they blame a driver for a wreck that was actually out of his hands.

Brandon Lee Injured in Rollover Crash under I-40 in Amarillo, TX

Take the Amarillo wreck for example: Police seem pretty sure that taking the turnaround at too high a speed was the cause of the crash, and I have no specific reason to question that. However, were the victim's injuries entirely of his own making or was anything else a factor? Bad as they are, rollovers don't have to deal critical damage in modern vehicles. If the driver was seriously injured under I-40 then it's important that investigators check whether things like the truck's seat belts, airbags, and crumple zones did their jobs. Any one of those or a hundred other parts failing can take a bad crash and make it far worse, and yet investigators are too often content to overlook that possibility entirely.

Whether this crash happened exactly as police said or not, all the possibilities should always be properly evaluated to ensure the whole story is learned. That means investigators need the experience and tools to get to the bottom of things. Was that kind of care taken here, or should someone look again to find what police missed?

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