• September 08, 2022

Driver Injured in Solo Crash on Fostoria Rd in Montgomery County, TX

Montgomery County, TX — September 4, 2022, a 22-year-old man was injured when his pickup crashed into a tree on Fostoria Road in Montgomery County.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 4:45 a.m. on North Fostoria near State Highway 105. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim's Nissan pickup was headed north on Fostoria at alleged high speeds when he hit some railroad tracks and briefly went airborne. The pickup landed on the shoulder and then crashed into a large tree nearby.

Firefighters extricated the injured driver and transported him to an area hospital in critical condition.

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

Driver Injured in Solo Crash on Fostoria Rd in Montgomery County, TX

Commentary on Single-Vehicle Crash on Fostoria Rd in Montgomery County

Folks tend to see a single-vehicle crash like this one and start in with some of the "greatest hits" about its possible cause: Were they speeding? Looking at their phone? Asleep? Drunk? To sum up, "How exactly was this the driver's fault?"

As you might imagine, jumping to the conclusion that the driver was to blame is unfair. Considering how commonly operator error causes these crashes it makes sense to look into its various forms, but they're far from the only explanations. A thorough investigation must account for many other possibilities too. For instance, what if the pickup's brakes failed or something else malfunctioned, keeping the driver from stopping? Was the road wet, covered in gravel, or otherwise hazardous? How raised were the train tracks that hitting them sent the truck flying 100 feet? How fast was the truck really traveling? Did its airbags and seat belts deploy when it hit the tree?

That's just a few of the many questions that still need answers. Crashes like this--and the injuries that follow--aren't always a driver's fault, so making snap judgments before all the dots are really connected doesn't give the victim the benefit of the doubt as he deserves. Besides, understanding what else needs attention could be helpful to those who might one day end up in similar circumstances. Click below to read more.

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