Theresa and Gregory Pierce Injured in Car Accident on TX-71 in Austin
Austin, TX — January 15, 2022, Theresa and Gregory Pierce and three other people were injured in a crash on State Highway 71 in Austin.
According to reports the incident happened around 7:35 p.m. on TX-71 at Covered Bridge Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests Theresa Pierce, 48, was driving a Tesla Model S east on the highway and began to pass through the Covered Bridge intersection. At the same time, a westbound Honda CR-V began to turn from TX-71 toward southbound Covered Bridge. The Honda driver failed to yield to the approaching Tesla and the vehicles crashed in the intersection.
Theresa Pierce, front passenger Gregory Pierce, 48, and two children in the Tesla ages 10 and 12 were all seriously injured in the wreck. The Honda driver was also seriously hurt. All those involved were transported to area hospitals for treatment.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Pierce Family Crash on TX-71 in Austin
Reports seem to chalk this accident mostly up to one driver's failure to yield to the other. A momentary lapse in concentration or attention might really be all that was behind this accident, but I've also learned over the years to take preliminary reports with a grain of salt until someone's had a closer look. What if there's more to the story?
For instance, people don't always realize that the cause of a crash and the cause of victims' injuries aren't necessarily the same. To make sure the proximate cause of the damage is identified, it's important to consider even less-common potential factors. Vehicle malfunctions or defects, for example, are more often involved in causing people harm than most folks realize--partly because police without the right training or tools often overlook that and focus on other things like driver mistakes.
Making sure the truth is found means looking into all the possibilities, including whether either vehicle could or should have been built differently or better to help it avoid the wreck or lessen its damages. Read more about that by clicking the image below.