• September 14, 2022

Mark Johnson, 1 Injured in Car Accident in Fort Bend County, TX

Fort Bend County, TX -- February 27, 2022, Mark Johnson and another driver were injured following an accident where their vehicles collided.

Preliminary details given by authorities indicated that the incident happened along FM 723 near Kingdom Heights Boulevard at around 6:45 a.m.

According to officials, 50-year-old Mark Johnson was in a BMW traveling southbound on FM 723. An unidentified 39-year-old Rio Grande City woman was in a Dodge Caravan going northbound. One of the vehicles apparently failed to maintain their lane, causing the vehicles to collide head-on.

Both Johnson and the other driver were said to have incapacitating injuries due to the crash. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on Mark Johnson Car Accident in Fort Bend County

Even after all this time, there is no real explanation here besides "Someone did something, and the cars crashed." I wish statements from authorities were rarely this sparse, but the opposite tends to be true. They overlook things all the time. That goes for simple details as much as it does unusual details.

Mark Johnson, 1 Injured in Car Accident in Fort Bend County, TX

For example, one thing I almost never see police examine in these situations is how well the vehicles performed in the crash. This appears to have been what's called an offset collision, meaning the front corners of the vehicles crashed. Why does this matter?

Well, some manufacturers learned how to build their vehicles such that they deflect as much of the impact as possible in these crashes. But despite this technology being reasonably accessible, many manufacturers prefer to penny pinch rather than protect their customers as well as their competitors.

Is it possible such steps could have prevented the serious injuries sustained here? Sure, but it's one of many factors that would probably require more thorough independent investigations to consider. Were those steps ever taken here.

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