Jose Salazar Injured in Bastrop County, TX Car Accident on Old McDade Rd
Bastrop County, TX — March 28, 2022, 34-year-old Jose Salazar was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Old McDade Road in Bastrop County.
Reports say the incident happened around 3:15 p.m. on Old McDade near Ewing Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests Salazar was driving a Volkswagen Jetta southeast on the roadway, which reports say is narrow and unmarked in the area. He allegedly lost control of the VW in a curve while traveling at too high a speed; the car exited the lanes to the south and overturned, then rolled several times and came to rest on its side.
Salazar suffered incapacitating injuries in the crash.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jose Salazar Accident in Bastrop County
When it comes to single-vehicle wrecks it's far too easy for people to immediately conclude the driver did something wrong. Folks--police investigators sometimes among them--fall prey to the temptation to just blame the whole thing on carelessness or speeding, never considering that there could be more to the story.
Is it possible the victim was just reckless as reports indicate? Of course; that accounts for more solo wrecks than almost anything else. However, investigators must consider other possible explanations as well in case the wreck was actually out of the driver's hands. Bad road conditions, poor visibility, vehicle malfunctions, medical emergencies...plenty of reasons for a crash exist outside driver mistakes.
Little as I like saying it, I'm sometimes skeptical that authorities will be thorough enough to account for those and other possibilities. Budget and time constraints, other "more urgent" priorities, a lack of training or equipment, and other issues can keep a "by the book" police investigation from hitting all the important points before wrapping up. That's why it's important to understand what might get overlooked after a crash like this and seek out allies who'll make sure everything gets proper attention. Click below to learn more.