One Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on FM 1314 in Montgomery County, TX
Montgomery County, TX — October 30, 2022, a pickup truck driver was critically injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler on FM 1314 in Montgomery County.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly after 7:00 p.m. on FM 1314 near Village Way. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving south on the roadway when an 18-wheeler loaded with several tons of frac sand pulled into his path from a nearby sand pit as it was turning onto the northbound road. The pickup crashed into the big riig and caught fire.
Firefighters extinguished a fire that briefly broke out in the pickup, then transported the victim to a local hospital in critical but stable condition.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Montgomery County Truck Accident on FM 1314
It seems from preliminary reports like the commercial truck driver may have failed to yield to thru-traffic on the roadway. It's important to investigate further and learn precisely why that might have happened, but if police are right folks may think that's enough to make the trucker and his employer take responsibility for the damage done.
As reasonable as that may sound on its face, I caution against thinking any commercial truck accident is really simple to resolve. As a matter of fact, trucking companies are notorious for fighting tooth and nail against taking responsibility for accidents--no matter what police or the news say happened. They argue with investigators, make excuses and point fingers at potential scapegoats, and send out their own investigators to find alternate explanations, among other tricks and strategies. Their stubbornness and inventiveness should never be underestimated.
That's not said out of cynicism, just long experience. In all my years of working on truck accident cases I've encountered just one company that admitted fault and did the right thing without a prolonged battle. That's why I wrote about the obstacles truck accident victims and their loved ones should anticipate, as well as how to overcome them. Click below to read more.