Chung Nguyen, 4 Injured in Car Accident in Austin, TX
Austin, TX -- February 5, 2022, Chung Nguyen and four others were injured due to an accident where two vehicles collided.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 12:55 p.m. along Dessau Road off the corner of Tudor House Road.
Investigators reported that 60-year-old Chung Nguyen was in a Toyota Camry traveling northbound on Dessau. While turning onto Tudor House, a collision occurred with a southbound Nissan Sentra.
As a result, Nguyen sustained incapacitating injuries. Four people in the Nissan had less serious injuries, reports say. Additional details are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Chung Nguyen Car Accident in Austin
It's not my place to speculate based on preliminary reports, but there is something that stood out to me which I'm skeptical authorities actually looked into. When I see a crash where the person most seriously hurt was in a position relatively distant from the point of impact, it's important to consider how well protected they were.
Put simply, the safest place to be in a t-bone collision is the opposite side of the car. A lot of modern vehicles now have tools and designs to withstand such impacts, at least up to a certain speed. Sometimes, though, a vehicle's airbags don't work, seatbelts fail, seat assemblies break loose, or structural integrity doesn't hold up when someone in a similar vehicle from another manufacturer would have been fine. As relatively uncommon as manufacturing defects are, they still happen plenty even if authorities aren't giving them the attention they deserve. Were steps ever taken here to make sure those possibilities got some attention?