Alberto Garcia Balderas, Cesar Egovail Injured in Austin County, TX Truck Accident
Austin County, TX — September 9, 2022, Alberto Garcia Balderas and Cesar Egovail were injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler on FM 2187 in Austin County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:20 a.m. on FM 2187 near Old Columbus Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevy 3500 pickup was towing a trailer west on the roadway as Garcia Balderas, 36, was driving a Ford F-350 pickup and its attached trailer east nearby.
Reports say another truck and trailer slowed ahead of the westbound Chevy in preparation to turn. The Chevy driver braked hard and veered into the oncoming lane to avoid the stopped truck's trailer; after entering the oncoming lane the Chevy crashed at an offset with the eastbound Ford. The Ford then ran off the south side of the road.
Garcia Balderas and his passenger Egovail, 38, were seriously injured in the collision. Two other Ford passengers and the Chevy driver received possible injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Alberto Garcia Balderas, Cesar Egovail Accident in Austin County
If reports have their facts straight it sounds a lot like the westbound truck driver was either traveling too fast or following too closely behind the other pickup that slowed down. Some may think that's pretty much all anyone would need to say that truck driver was at fault and hold both him and his employer accountable for the damage done.
That may seem reasonable on paper, but crashes involving commercial vehicles (which one or more of these trucks reportedly were) are rarely that simple. It's always important to investigate them carefully and round up all the clear facts--not only to ensure everyone knows the whole story, but also because those facts and the evidence supporting them are usually needed to get injured crash victims the help they deserve.
Here's the hitch in that, though: Police investigations rarely dig deep enough to find that evidence. That's why after crashes with serious injuries like this one--particularly ones involving commercial trucks--I suggest enlisting the help of independent experts who have the time, tools, and training to find answers. Will appropriate steps be taken in Austin County to get those injured men the help they need?