Leobardo Barrientos-Mendez Killed, 1 Injured in Truck Accident in Burleson County, TX
Burleson County, TX -- September 17, 2022, Leobardo Barrientos-Mendez was killed due to an accident where a semi and a pickup collided.
Investigators were called to the scene at around 11:00 p.m. along FM 60 near Somerville.
It appears that 68-year-old Leobardo Barrientos-Mendez was in a pickup traveling in the area of the Davidson Creek Bridge. Ahead, police say that a semi-truck came out of a private drive, and Barrientos-Mendez's vehicle crashed into the truck.
Due to the crash, Barrientos-Mendez sustained fatal injuries. A passenger in the pickup had reportedly serious injuries. At this time, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Leobardo Barrientos-Mendez Truck Accident in Burleson County
While the exact circumstances surrounding this crash aren't entirely clear, any crash involving a truck pulling out of a driveway raises huge red flags. That almost always means that the truck driver did something wrong--emphasis on, "almost."
There could certainly be extenuating circumstances to consider, and I'm not going to jump to blame someone without knowing the facts. But this early after a serious truck wreck, understanding just how complex the situation can be is crucial for victims and families. Whatever ultimately caused the wreck, there's likely to be a company already working hard to ensure they avoid as much blame as possible.
Put simply, trucking companies are not in the business of cooperating after a serious accident--especially when things aren't looking good for them. Sometimes it's as simple as stonewalling victims and families, and other times they can stoop to unbelievably low depths to cheat people out of the answers and help they deserve. Understanding these risks can be crucial for those involved in a truck wreck. Experience tells me this crash isn't likely to be the exception. Are steps being taken here to ensure the family affected by this tragedy can tell their side of the story?