Jesse Rios Injured in Three-Truck Accident on FM 533 in Gonzales County, TX
Gonzales County, TX — August 26, 2022, 44-year-old Jesse Rios was seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash on FM 533 Gonzales County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:20 p.m. on FM 533 near County Road 368. Preliminary investigation suggests Rios was driving a GMC Sierra Denali pickup north on the roadway as two Ford F-350 pickups, one of them hauling a trailer with oil field equipment, were southbound nearby.
Reports say the trailer's load may have been improperly secured and a flange broke loose of the trailer, then rolled southward into the northbound lane and hit Rios' truck. Rios lost control and crossed left of center, then crashed into the other F-350 at an angle.
Rios suffered serious injuries in the collision. No other injuries were reported.
When interviewed, the driver of the truck with the trailer admitted that the flange broke free. He also siad he found it in the north ditch and replaced it on the trailer.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Jesse Rios Accident in Gonzales County
If reports have their facts straight it seems like loose truck cargo is the primary cause of this whole crash. Some may think that means the driver of the truck hauling the trailer that lost that flange would be responsible for the damage done, but as usual things may not be as simple as they first appear.
Determining fault for a crash like this often involves learning a lot of specifics about more than just what happened at the scene. For instance, a full investigation would learn who owns that trailer, who attached it to the pickup, who's in charge of maintaining it, when they last did so, whether the driver completed the necessary pre-trip inspection before heading out, and many other facts.
The point isn't to get lost in the minute details, but rather to find out whose responsibility it really was to make sure that flange didn't come loose. They (and most likely their employer) may have some answering to do for the damage done on FM 533, as well as a legal duty to help the victim with his injuries. They're unlikely to see things that way unless clear evidence shows no one and nothing else can be blamed, however, which is why I always call for experts with the time and training to do the job right to step in and fill any blanks police leave behind. The victim deserves the whole story and any help he has coming, so the right steps must be taken to ensure he gets both.