Paul Hovorka Killed in Truck Accident at Tower Oaks and Jones in Houston, TX
Houston, TX — September 27, 2022, Paul Hovorka died in a collision with a commercial truck on Tower Oaks Boulevard in Harris County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:25 a.m. on Tower Oaks at Jones Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Hovorka was driving a Nissan Frontier east on Tower Oaks when he stopped for a red light at Jones. His light turned green and he proceeded forward; at the same time, a Ford F-650 flatbed truck headed south on Jones allegedly ran its red light and crashed into the Frontier's left-front quarter.
Hovorka suffered fatal injuries in the collision. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Paul Hovorka Accident in Houston
Sources seem pretty clear that the truck driver in this accident ran a red light and tragedy followed. If police have their facts in order that seems pretty indefensible, and many might be forgiven for thinking the driver and whoever put him on the road in that big truck may have a responsibility to make what amends they can to the victim's loved ones.
That may seem reasonable on paper, but I caution against thinking any accident--especially one with a commercial truck--will be as straightforward as reports might imply. Frustrating as it is, trucking companies rarely accept fault without doing everything they can to avoid it first. They employ a great many strategies to try and wriggle away from liability, no matter how damning preliminary reports might seem. Sometimes their arguments seem ridiculous, other times cold-hearted, but they're not shy about pointing fingers wherever they must to protect themselves.
Some may think I'm just being cynical, but my concern comes from decades of working on commercial wrecks. In all that time, I can say without exaggeration that exactly one company simply admitted fault and tried to make things right. All the others dug in their heels and fought every step of the way, so victims and families are best served by knowing what to expect and know how to deal with it. Click below to read more.