James Overton Injured in Multi-Vehicle Wreck on TX-6 near Navasota
UPDATE (October 25, 2022): Sources have identified the person seriously injured in this crash as 64-year-old James Overton.
Navasota, TX — October 1, 2022, injuries were reported after a five-vehicle crash on State Highway 6 near Navasota in Grimes County.
Authorities say the incident happened Saturday along southbound Highway 6 near Business 6. Preliminary investigation suggests three passenger vehicles were stopped in traffic due to an unrelated crash blocking the travel lanes ahead.
A tractor-trailer approached from the north and the driver reportedly failed to control its speed. He steered away from the rear of the stopped line of vehicles but the semi-truck still hit the back of a Chevy Traverse, then crashed into a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep was pushed into a Dodge Ram and its driver, who was standing near it on the road.
At least eight people were treated at the scene but only the Dodge driver was said to have serious injuries. No fatalities were reported.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on James Overton Accident near Navasota
Reports say the big rig plowed into the back of stopped traffic because the driver didn't reduce its speed. While it's still important to find out precisely why the driver didn't slow down, most would probably interpret the stated details to mean the crash was the trucker's fault. Logically it would follow that he and his employer should accept responsibility for the damage done and try to set things right.
That may sound reasonable enough, but crashes involving commercial vehicles are rarely if ever that simple to resolve. It's always important to investigate them carefully and gather indisputable evidence of what happened--not only to ensure everyone has the whole story, but also because that evidence is usually crucial for getting victims the help and justice they deserve. Without it most trucking companies will fight tooth and nail against accepting liability, arguing with police findings and blaming who- or whatever else they can think of for the damage done.
Even in a situation that seems so open-and-shut a careful investigation can only be of benefit. Here's the hitch, though: Police rarely get down into the nitty-gritty of a crash that way. They'll look for broken laws and cite people accordingly, but their investigation isn't actually geared toward finding the needed details to help victims build a case. That's why after major accidents like this one I suggest enlisting the help of independent experts who have the time, tools, and training to get what's needed. Will that be done after the Navasota wreck?