Debra Dietzel Britten, 2 Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on FM 937 in Robertson County, TX
Robertson County, TX -- July 21, 2022, Debra Britten and two others were injured in an accident where their vehicles and a semi crashed.
In their initial reports, authorities said that the crash happened just after 2:30 p.m. along FM 937 in the area of Sterling Robertson Dam Road.
Police said that a 39-year-old Centerville man was driving a Toyota Tacoma northwest along FM 937. 65-year-old Debra Dietzel Britten was in a Toyota Highlander also going northwest. Reports say that the trailer of an oncoming 18-wheeler somehow whipped into the northwest lanes, causing both other vehicles to crash.
The driver of the Tacoma and his passenger were said to have incapacitating injuries due to the crash. Britten reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries.
Right now, police suggest a mechanical issue may have caused the crash. This has not yet been confirmed.
Commentary on Debra Dietzel Britten 18-wheeler Accident on FM 937 in Robertson County
To be rather blunt, it is highly unlikely that a defect led to this crash--at least in the sense folks may be thinking. Sudden, unforeseeable mechanical issues are usually the result of manufacturing defects. Is that a possibility? Sure, and even though it is relatively unlikely, I absolutely wouldn't suggest ignoring it. The more likely possibilities, though, involve the truck driver, his employer, or someone else with access to the truck messing up big time.
This sort of thing can involve cargo shifting due to workers loading it improperly. Tires can blow out due to poor maintenance. A driver can lose control after falling asleep or over-correcting after they drifted out of their lane while looking at their phone. Driving too fast on wet roads, slamming on the brakes unnecessarily, not being properly trained--all of these are a lot more common than sudden, unforeseeable defects.
Again, I don't say this to imply I know what happened here. I couldn't know without more thorough accident reconstructions. I simply wish for people to consider what can lead to a crash like this and why it's crucial they ensure experienced professionals are looking into the evidence and getting to the truth.