• August 04, 2022

Michael Howard Injured in Truck Accident on Davis Road in Waller County, TX

Waller County, TX — June 30, 2022, 63-year-old Michael Howard was seriously injured in a truck accident on Davis Road in Waller County.

According to reports the incident happened around 1:20 p.m. on Davis Road near Cochran Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Howard was driving a Ford F-650 truck west on Davis when he allegedly lost control for unknown reasons. The truck ran off the road to the right and he over-corrected left, followed by swerving right. The truck then overturned and rolled; investigators believe tree-removal equipment on the back of the truck contributed to the overturn.

Howard suffered serious injuries in the crash.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Michael Howard Accident in Waller County

Investigators listed "failed to maintain a single lane" as a potential cause of the accident, but to me that has always seems more like an effect than a cause. Only a small percentage of drivers ever deliberately swerve off-course, whatever their reasons, and the vast majority just involuntarily lose control. So why did the truck leave its lane in Waller County?

Reports don't say, but I hope the driver was able to shed a little light on that after he recovered some from his injuries. Maybe he swerved to avoid an animal, or perhaps the truck hit a wet or unstable patch of road and lost traction. Heck, another driver could even have cut him off and driven away. Moreover, a part in the truck could have broken or quit unexpectedly; vehicle failures and defects cause far more crashes than they're credited for.

Michael Howard Injured in Truck Accident on Davis Road in Waller County, TX

For example, consider the infamous GM ignition switch defect all over the news a few years ago. That faulty party reportedly made vehicles--chief among them the Chevy Cobalt--suddenly lose power in motion. People suddenly found themselves coasting at highway speeds without brakes or power steering, or even powered safety features like airbags.

For years the public didn't know the defect existed, and in that time many people were blamed for carelessly causing accidents that were totally beyond their control. It took independent investigators connecting the dots to finally bring the issue to light. Is something like that likely here? Not particularly, but it's still entirely possible. That alone makes it worth investigating to be sure the whole truth is found. Whether police can handle that or the crash would be better off in the hands of independent professionals remains to be seen.

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