One Killed in Overturn Accident on Carthage Loop in Carthage, TX
Carthage, TX — August 14, 2022, one person died in an early-morning ejection accident on the Carthage Loop in Carthage.
According to reports the incident happened shortly before 2:00 a.m. on the southwest Carthage Loop near Dixie Lake Road. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a half-ton pickup truck was traveling on the roadway when the driver lost control for unknown reasons. The truck overturned and one person was ejected.
The victim was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Overturn Accident on Carthage Loop
People may read the few facts available in preliminary reports and decide for themselves the driver made a mistake that ended in the rollover. It would likely be easy to conclude the pickup went into a curve at too high a speed or the driver lost control while texting (or for the more cynical, while impaired).
Driver mistakes should be carefully investigated, of course, but it's important not to take anything for granted. Other potential factors should also be considered--not just what caused the crash, but also the proximate cause of the victim's injuries. The two aren't always the same, which sometimes surprises people to learn.
For instance, what if a product malfunction or defect played a part here? Did the pickup's brakes fail or lock up? Did it tip over in the curve because its design didn't compensate for its high center of gravity? Reports say the victim was ejected, which police typically decide means they weren't buckled up, but could the seat belt have failed or broken instead?
Frankly police investigators don't always have the time, tools, or training to look for factors like that or others beyond the most obvious. It's always best to have the facts straight, and sometimes that means getting independent investigators to have another look. Click the image below to learn more.