Bryce Pilkington Killed in Truck Accident on FM 762 in Fort Bend County, TX
Fort Bend County, TX — October 11, 2022, 21-year-old Bryce Pilkington died in a crash with an 18-wheeler on FM 762 in Fort Bend County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:00 p.m. on FM 762 near Ricefield Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Peterbilt semi-truck was towing a trailer northwest on the roadway as Pilkington was driving a Dodge Ram pickup southeast on the other side.
The truck driver reportedly told investigators he had a coughing fit, and when he regained control and looked up he had crossed over into the oncoming lane. The Peterbilt crashed into the Dodge, causing fatal injuries to Pilkington.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Bryce Pilkington Accident in Fort Bend County
Coughing fit or not, it seems like the truck driver crossing left of center triggered this terrible accident. In no way does that mean the driver meant to do it, but accidents still have causes. If in this case that was the truck driver veering over the line, whatever his reason, some may feel that's more than enough to hold him and his employer accountable for the tragic damage done.
That may seem reasonable when looking at early reports, but I caution against thinking any commercial vehicle accident resolves so easily. It's the default position of just about every company to deny liability and wrongdoing right up until incontestable evidence shows otherwise, so anyone hoping that common sense or decency will compel a trucking firm to do the right thing may be in for an unpleasant surprise. Companies point fingers everywhere but at their drivers, argue with police findings, and send out their own investigators in search of whatever might help them avoid or minimize blame.
None of that is said out of cynicism, but rather long experience. In all my years of litigating truck accidents I've encountered just one company that admitted fault and did the right thing without a prolonged battle. The rest dragged their feet and bitterly disputed blame. 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.