Gerardo Chavez Injured in Rollover Crash on FM 1413 in Liberty County, TX
Liberty County, TX — January 1, 2022, 61-year-old Gerardo Alvarez Chavez was injured in a single-vehicle accident on FM 1413 in Liberty County.
According to reports the incident happened around 2:55 p.m. on Farm to Market Road 1413 near County Road 4881. Preliminary investigation suggests Chavez was driving a Toyota Tundra pickup south on the roadway when he reportedly fell ill, causing him to lose control. The pickup ran off the road and he over-corrected, making it overturn and roll several times. It hit a phone box and then came to rest upright.
Chavez suffered serious injuries in the crash. It is unclear whether an unidentified passenger in the truck was also hurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Gerardo Chavez Accident in Liberty County
After a single-vehicle crash like this I'm often concerned that people will be much too quick to blame the victim. Even police investigators do that prematurely sometimes; for instance, reports about the FM 1314 accident specifically point out the driver "fell ill" and also say that his use of some kind of medication may have been factors.
Am I saying that's impossible? Certainly not. Medical problems at the wheel, foreseeable or not, account for a great many accidents. I'm only trying to point out that preliminary reports are really just investigators' "best guesses" about what happened and shouldn't be taken as gospel truth. It's always best to evaluate every possible contributing factor, even the less-likely ones.
That's why investigating a single-vehicle wreck is a lot more complex than most people realize. Doing it right requires time and experience, and in many cases specialized equipment that police don't always have. Ensuring the truth is known means properly evaluating all the possible factors. To learn more about those, click the image below.