• August 19, 2022

Two Killed in Crossover Accident on Hwy 130 in Travis County, TX

Travis County, TX — August 14, 2022, two people died in a three-vehicle collision on North State Highway 130 in east Travis County.

Reports say the incident happened around 12:55 p.m. on the 5000-7500 block of northbound TX-130N near Farm to Market Road 969. Preliminary investigation suggests an SUV was headed south on the roadway when it crossed left of center for unknown reasons. After entering the oncoming lane it collided with a northbound truck. A third vehicle then hit the crash scene in what was described as a "minor collision."

The drivers of both the SUV and the truck died in the collision. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Travis County Crossover Accident on Hwy 130

Reports suggest the SUV driver crossed left of center and triggered this accident, but it's important to remember that preliminary findings are generally just "best guesses" after a little time at the scene. Many times officers' first impressions are correct, but I've also seen cases where they missed the mark entirely.

For instance, after a recent Texas truck accident police said the victim crossed the center line and caused the fatal wreck with a big rig, much like the supposed case in Arizona. We looked again on the victim's behalf and found evidence that the truck actually crossed over first. The driver fell asleep and drifted over, then swerved back when he hit the rumble strips. The victim couldn't avoid the truck a second time, but police saw his car in the truck's lane and blamed him. Unsurprisingly, the trucker didn't correct their mistake.

Two Killed in Crossover Accident on Hwy 130 in Travis County, TX

I'm not saying that's the deal in Travis County, but even if police are sure who crossed over first there's still the question of why. Folks may say the driver was speeding or texting, but there are plenty of other explanations. Did they have a medical emergency? Did the SUV blow a tire or malfunction somehow? Was the road wet or in poor condition in that area? Even less-common possibilities like those can't be overlooked.

The point here is that things are rarely as clear as a few sentences in the news make them seem. That's why I often suggest that independent accident reconstruction experts take a second look and make sure nothing crucial was missed. At the very least, the victim's family deserves to know every effort was made to learn the whole story. Any other steps beyond that would depend on what the story turns out to be.

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