Houston Man, 2 Injured in Truck Accident on I-10 in Colorado County, TX
Colorado County, TX -- September 14, 2022, a Houston man and two others were injured after an accident involving a commercial truck.
Authorities said that the incident happened just before 9:30 p.m. along I-10 near mile marker 708.
Investigators said that a 49-year-old Houston man was in a Ford pickup with a 24-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man. The pickup was going eastbound in the left lane of the interstate at the time. While doing so, information suggests the Houston man hit the brakes due to an animal in the road. An 18-wheeler behind the pickup reported did not avoid the pickup in time, crashing into the Houston man's vehicle.
The Houston man and his two passengers sustained incapacitating injuries. No other injuries were mentioned. Right now, further information about the crash is unavailable.
Commentary on Houston Man Truck Accident on I-10 in Colorado County
When it comes to a crash like the one described here, the most likely explanations are usually that the truck driver was going too fast, following too closely, or wasn't paying enough attention to the road. Did that happen here?
While it's certainly true one can't exactly predict an animal in the road, reasonably prudent professionals know that drivers slam on their brakes all the time for all kinds of reasons. It's a totally foreseeable event, which is why truck driver follow at greater distances, maintain their brakes and tires more seriously, and drive the speed limit so as not to exponentially exacerbate their stopping distance.
Perhaps there were extenuating circumstances here the truck driver couldn't avoid. I certainly wouldn't blame anyone without clear evidence. But part of the importance of getting that evidence lies also with victims and families being able to prove their side of the story. Otherwise, there could be too much room for trucking companies to shift the blame, even when the facts seem as damning as they seem here.