• August 31, 2022

One Killed, One Injured in Rollover Accident on US-377 in Granbury, TX

Granbury, TX — August 28, 2022, a 20-year-old woman died in a single-vehicle rollover accident on U.S. Highway 377 in Granbury.

According to reports the incident happened Sunday on the 5800 block of US-377E. Preliminary investigation suggests a 25-year-old woman was driving a Jeep Wrangler west on the highway when she lost control for unknown reasons. The Jeep ran off the road and rolled over.

A passenger in the Jeep was ejected during the rollover and suffered fatal injuries. The driver received non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a Fort Worth hospital.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Rollover Crash on US-377 in Granbury

People have an unfortunate tendency to blame single-vehicle accidents on the drivers with very few exceptions. However, it's always important to investigate any crash carefully and find out whether there's more to the story. Instead of assuming the Jeep driver made a mistake, consider other possibilities: Was the road wet or hazardous? Did the Jeep blow a tire, or maybe have some kind of defective part that failed? Furthermore, while rollovers can obviously be quite deadly most modern vehicles can withstand them to at least some degree. Should the crash have been survivable for both women?

One Killed, One Injured in Rollover Accident on US-377 in Granbury, TX

Some may see in reports that the passenger was ejected and conclude she wasn't buckled up, which would have dramatically increased her chance of injury in a crash like this. However, what if her belt just broke or didn't tighten during the rollover? That's far more common than reports would lead one to believe, as are many other vehicular failures and faults that often go unrecognized.

I'm not saying things have to be more complicated than they appear, but I think most would agree that having as many answers as possible can only be to everyone's benefit after an accident. However, that includes looking into things that police too often neglect. Getting the whole story may require more thorough independent investigations.

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