Savitaben Bhakta Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Victoria, TX
Victoria, TX -- September 5, 2022, Savitaben Bhakta was injured following an accident where the vehicle they were in crashed with a semi.
Authorities said that the incident happened at around 11:00 a.m. along US Highway 59 at Stubbs School Road.
Officials indicate that 71-year-old Savitaben Bhakta was in a BMW traveling southbound on the highway. At Stubbs School Road, a tractor-trailer reportedly failed to yield at a stop sign, pulling across southbound lanes. The BMW hit the side of the truck, then ran across the median.
As a result of the crash, Bhakta was said to have incapacitating injuries. Authorities did not mention any other injuries. At this time, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Savitaben Bhakta 18-wheeler Accident in Victoria
When it comes to a crash like this, one of the biggest mistakes I see from people is thinking things will be straight-forward. If police blame a truck driver for a crash, what more is there to discuss? Well, trucking companies make damn sure there are other explanations to contend with. Without the right evidence and tools, those explanations can prove to be significant barriers between victims and families and the help they deserve.
Take for example a situation I handled not long ago with similar facts to these. The trucking company blamed our client, saying they were speeding and not wearing their seatbelt. Even though that was just an outright lie, we had to gather data from the victim's car, accident reconstruction mapping, and also testimony from dozens of emergency responders who actually cut through the victim's seatbelt to ultimately overcome that blame-shifting.
Quite frankly, that's how of these situations go. I can't count how many times an honest truck driver who just made a dumb mistake did the right thing and admitted wrong doing only for their company to do everything in their power to cheat the victims out of the help they needed. Anticipating this and taking steps to prepare for those tactics is always crucial, and I doubt this crash will somehow be the exception.