• September 22, 2022

Kimberly Snider Injured in Crash with Log Truck on US-69 in Angelina County, TX

Angelina County, TX — September 21, 2022, 32-year-old Kimberly Snider was injured in a crash between two Jeeps and a log truck on U.S. Highway 69 in Angelina County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:00 a.m. along US-69 at Farm to Market Road 326. Preliminary investigation suggests a Kenworth semi-truck hauling a log trailer was traveling north when it pulled into the turn lane and started to make a right turn onto FM 326.

As the truck turned the logs on its trailer swung outward into the northbound travel lane, putting them in the path of a Snider's Jeep. One log entered the Jeep through its passenger-side windshield, sending the vehicle into a spin. Moments later Snider's Jeep was hit by a second Jeep.

Snider suffered unspecified injuries in the crash and was taken to a local hospital. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Kimberly Snider Accident in Angelina County

Based on reports' description of what happened on US-69 there may be some ambiguity to who should be held responsible--at least, that's how I would expect the company behind that log truck to frame things.

Some may read that a truck with logs evidently dangling off the back of its trailer turned when potentially unsafe and think there's no real way to defend against liability here, but I have cautioned countless people not to underestimate how stubborn and inventive trucking companies and their insurers can get if they think there's a snowball's chance of evading responsibility for someone's injuries.

It is the default position of a trucking firm to dispute any and all liability on the part of their driver (and by extension themselves), and they'll do so by blaming anything and everything else they can. In Angelina County that might even involve saying the victim was following the truck too closely or took "improper evasive maneuvers"--or that the second Jeep smashing into her was actually the proximate, or direct, cause of her injuries.

Kimberly Snider Injured in Crash with Log Truck on US-69 in Angelina County, TX

The best way to keep the company from ducking its obligations is to gather every available shred of evidence (debris analysis at the scene, witness statements, dashcam footage from the truck, 3D crash simulation results, electronic data from all the vehicles, etc) and build a case so indisputable that the company has no choice but to do what it should have in the first place.

It seems like the least an at-fault firm should do is set things right when their driver gets careless and someone gets hurt, but even when the facts seem damning getting victims the help they deserve takes some serious effort. Will the necessary steps be taken in Angelina County?

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