• November 03, 2022

Jason Puffer Hit, Killed by 18-Wheeler on TX-19 in Trinity County

Trinity County, TX — October 4, 2022, 36-year-old pedestrian Jason Puffer was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on State Highway 19 in Trinity County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 12:35 a.m. on Texas 19 near Highway 94. Preliminary investigation suggests a Kenworth semi-truck was towing a trailer south on the roadway when police allege Puffer failed to yield the right-of-way and stepped into the road.

The truck struck Puffer in the southbound lane, causing him fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Jason Puffer Accident in Trinity County

Pedestrian accidents can be complicated though many people think otherwise. I've seen folks assume pedestrians are to blame for these accidents simply by virtue of stepping onto a highway, but the law is far more nuanced and looks at all the specifics to determine how avoidable the crash was--or should have been.

For example: Why did the victim enter the road? How long was he in or near it before the truck came along? How visible was he? Where did he come from before the collision? Is that area illuminated at night? Were the truck's headlights on? Was the driver's attention fully on the road? Did other vehicles successfully avoid the pedestrian? Could or should anything else have been done to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?

I'm not making any accusations or suggesting I know more than police investigators. I'm only saying what I always do: Even if preliminary reports seem fairly straightforward and paint a picture of someone in the wrong place at the wrong time, it's always best to carefully investigate all the possible factors in search of the whole truth. If there are other issues to consider, that will only be learned by knowing all the details.

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