• October 18, 2022

Makenzi Zachry Injured in 3-Vehicle Accident on US-281 in Erath County, TX

Erath County, TX — September 28, 2022, 24-year-old Makenzi Zachry and two other people were injured in a three-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 281 in Erath County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:20 p.m. on US-281 near County Road 176. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevy Silverado C3500 truck was towing a trailer south on the highway, followed at some distance by Zachry in a Ford Mustang. Nearby a Chevy Equinox with two occupants was northbound on the other side of the road.

Reports say the pickup hit a dip in the roadway and its trailer lost a wheel on its left side. The wheel traveled into the northbound lane where it hit the Equinox, causing the car's driver to lose control. The Equinox crossed left of center and crashed with the Mustang.

Zachry and the Equinox's two occupants were seriously injured in the accident. The pickup driver was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Makenzi Zachry Injured in 3-Vehicle Accident on US-281 in Erath County, TX

Commentary on Makenzi Zachry Accident in Erath County

If reports have their facts straight it sounds like the southbound truck driver breezed by a flashing sign warning him about the dip and hit it at speeds his trailer couldn't handle. If that's really how things went down then it may seem like the driver (and by extension his employer, as this was allegedly a work vehicle) would have no choice but to accept responsibility and make amends the best they can to the people hurt in that crash.

Simple as that sounds on paper, the truth is that getting companies to accept liability is rarely if ever so straightforward. It's the default position of almost every company to deny or deflect responsibility after their employees carelessly hurt someone. That means pointing fingers at anything and everything aside from their driver, delaying any action by promising to make things right "once our investigation is complete," and sending out their own investigators to build multiple arguments in their defense.

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