Arthur Baird Injured in Truck Accident on San Luis Pass Road in Galveston, TX
Galveston, TX — September 17, 2022, 60-year-old Arthur Baird was seriously injured in a crash with a commercial truck on San Luis Pass Road in Galveston.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:55 a.m. on San Luis Pass (FM 3005) near 7 1/2 Mile Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner box truck was headed west in the right lane of the roadway a short distance behind Baird's Chevy Blazer. Baird slowed to make a right turn and the truck, reportedly following too closely, crashed into the back of the SUV.
Baird suffered serious injuries in the crash. The truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Arthur Baird Accident in Galveston
It sounds from reports like the truck driver was following too closely to react to the victim slowing down. Professional drivers are generally expected to know better than that, but just because police say the trucker was at fault that doesn't mean he or his employer will agree.
People who've never crashed with a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle, fortunate as they are, may not realize the struggles that await those who do. Trucking companies are notorious for fighting liability after crashes, trying their hardest to point fingers anywhere but at their employee. In Galveston that might mean blaming bad roads, mysterious brake failures, or even the victim slowing too abruptly or not signaling the turn.
I'm not guaranteeing the company behind that truck will dig in its heels if the victim seeks help, but I can say without exaggeration that in the hundreds of truck accidents I've worked on just one company took responsibility without fighting every step of the way. It's best to know what that fight might look like; click below to learn more.