• October 05, 2022

Andrio Morales Perez Killed in Truck Accident on SH 71 near Spicewood, TX

UPDATE (October 25, 2022): Sources have identified the person killed in this accident as 29-year-old Andrio Morales Perez.

Spicewood, TX — October 4, 2022, one person died and another was injured when two commercial trucks crashed on State Highway 71 near Spicewood.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:15 p.m. in the area of 25500 West Highway 71. Preliminary investigation suggests an empty dump truck was westbound on the highway near a marked construction zone as another dump truck loaded with gravel was headed east.

According to reports the westbound driver was texting and drifted left of center, at which point the dump trucks collided. The impact tore the empty truck's front end off; it came to a stop a short distance away with the driver trapped under gravel and debris.

One driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The other suffered serious, potentially life-threatening injuries.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Andrio Morales Perez Accident near Spicewood

I often address crashes like this one simply because folks are too quick to assume they're open-and-shut. Police say a truck crossed over as its driver was texting; what more is there to know? Well, hundreds of commercial vehicle wreck cases taught me that these incidents are rarely if ever straightforward. The complications are only compounded when the wreck involves multiple trucks, as the companies behind both are strongly motivated to find ways to blame anyone or anything else for what happened.

Some may not feel there's much to argue about if things happened as reports say, but I discourage anyone from underestimating how stubborn--and how creative--defense attorneys and insurers can get. For instance, they might argue their driver actually veered left of center to avoid a "mystery vehicle" that cut him off or a member of the construction crew in his path. Is that true? The defense doesn't know or care; the goal is simply to throw as many obstructions in the way as possible, which obviously can be hugely frustrating for victims and families stuck in limbo as the firms battle it out.

Andrio Morales Perez Killed in Truck Accident on SH 71 near Spicewood, TX

I'm not trying to predict some hopeless doomsday scenario, just pointing out that many accidents are actually more complicated than reports make them seem--and even the ones that aren't complicated will become that way as trucking companies play a long and high-stakes game of "hot potato" with liability.

The best way to cut through that blame-shifting and finger-pointing is to get the clear facts of the matter and allow only them to tell the story. Police investigations don't always take the time or care to find those facts, though, so after major crashes I often suggest enlisting the help of independent experts who have the time, tools, and training to find answers for the people affected. Will those experts step in to help here?

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