Franklyne Cox Injured in Crash with Bus off I-35 in Georgetown, TX
Georgetown, TX — October 7, 2022, 72-year-old Franklyne Ray Cox was seriously injured in a crash with a commercial bus off Interstate 35 in Georgetown.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:55 p.m. on the I-35 frontage road at FM 972. Preliminary investigation suggests an MCI transport bus was headed north along the frontage road when it stopped at the intersection with FM 972. The bus then pulled forward but failed to yield to Cox's westbound Ford Windstar van and the two collided in the crossroads.
Cox suffered serious injuries in the collision. None of the bus's approximately 50 occupants were hurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Franklyne Cox Accident in Georgetown
Police say the bus driver failed to yield to thru-traffic at the intersection, even mentioning two witnesses corroborated that story. If that's the case it probably seems like holding the bus's owners and operators accountable should be a pretty simple matter, but crashes involving commercial vehicles are almost always more complicated than they may seem.
People who've never been hurt by a commercial vehicle, lucky as they are, probably don't realize the battles that await those who are. Companies are very reluctant to admit fault or help victims after a crash if they can avoid it, as doing so could be a hit to their assets and reputations. Passenger buses that size are also required to have significant amounts in liability coverage, so to avoid fulfilling the policy the insurers underwriting it will send investigators on a mission to find a reason they don't have to.
Without extensive evidence proving what really happened, victims of a bus crash like the one in Georgetown can easily find themselves at a big disadvantage--particularly if they assume things are so straightforward they don't need to do much except make a phone call. That's why it's crucial to ensure professionals look into a crash like this and get clear proof of exactly what happened. Otherwise, the obstacles between the victims and the help they need could prove too steep to overcome.