• August 30, 2022

Alma Rodriguez Killed, Ronney Rodriguez Injured in Truck Accident on US-183 near Gonzales, TX

Gonzales, TX — August 26, 2022, Alma Rodriguez died and her husband Ronney Rodriguez was injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer on US-183 near Gonzales.

Reports say the incident happened around 10:40 a.m. at the intersection of US-183 and Farm to Market Road 2067. Preliminary investigation suggests a Mack semi-truck was towing a trailer north along the highway when the driver started to turn onto westbound FM 2067.

While turning, the truck driver allegedly failed to yield to a southbound GMC Denali driven by Alma Rodriguez. The semi-truck's front-left quarter hit the SUV's driver side, causing the GMC to overturn and slide off the roadway into the south bar ditch.

Alma Rodriguez, 55, was fatally injured in the collision. Ronney Rodriguez, 54, was transported from the scene to an area hospital where he was said to be in stable condition. The truck driver was unhurt.

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

Alma Rodriguez Killed, Ronney Rodriguez Injured in Truck Accident on US-183 near Gonzales, TX

Commentary on Alma and Ronney Rodriguez Accident near Gonzales

If reports have their facts straight it seems like the commercial truck driver made a big and easily-preventable mistake here and tragedy followed. Some may feel that means the trucker and his employer would have little choice but to accept responsibility and help the victims and their loved ones in the aftermath of this terrible incident.

That may seem reasonable on its face, but I often caution people not to assume things are as cut-and-dried as reports make them sound. I also tell them not to take a trucking company's compliance as a given, no matter how clear the details seem.

Frustrating as it is, trucking companies rarely accept fault without doing everything they can to avoid it first. Some may not see how that'd be possible given how this wreck allegedly occurred, but I've warned a lot of people over the years not to underestimate how inventive (or cold-hearted) trucking companies can get if they think it might save them from liability. Click the image below to learn about some of the steps they take to get an early advantage over the people hurt by their employees.

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