Car Hits Turning 18-Wheeler, 4 Injured on Aldine Bender Rd in Houston, TX
Houston, TX — November 10, 2022, four people were injured when a car crashed into the undercarriage of a tractor-trailer on Houston's Northside.
Authorities say the incident happened around 10:00 p.m. near Aldine Bender and Henry roads. Preliminary investigation suggests an 18-wheeler was blocking the road as it pulled out of a business parking lot when a passenger vehicle approached. The car, allegedly traveling at high speeds, crashed into the side of the semi-trailer and became wedged underneath. The truck dragged the car around 50 years before coming to rest.
Four men in the car were injured, two seriously, in the crash. The truck driver was unhurt.
The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Houston Truck Accident on Aldine Bender Rd
Police said the car was speeding and they're checking into whether alcohol was a factor in the collision. Both of those and other possibilities must be considered, and if alcohol was involved here that may have some further implications, but in the middle of all that I hope investigators won't overlook the part where a big rig apparently failed to yield the right-of-way when leaving the lot.
I don't want to point undue fingers at the truck driver here, but blocking the whole road with a wide (by necessity) turn is typically not something a reasonably prudent professional driver would do. If the car was speeding that's a problem, but an abrupt roadblock in its path turns a risky choice into a seriously harmful one.
However, experience has shown me that the trucking company is unlikely to see it that way. In fact, police have given them something of a gift by suggesting the car's driver wasn't acting ideally at the wheel. By pointing to speed or even alcohol as the proximate cause of the crash, the company can misdirect attention away from their employee's potentially-careless act. That's one of many tools a company uses when it needs to convince people it's not to blame for the damage done in a crash like this. Click below to learn more about some of the tricks and tactics it uses to avoid liability.