Latoya Ross Killed in Truck Accident on State Highway 49 in Marion County, TX
Marion County, TX — November 3, 2022, 50-year-old Latoya Ross died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on State Highway 49 in Marion County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 5:50 a.m. on SH 49 at Shady Grove Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Mack semi-truck was towing a trailer south on Shady Grove when the driver started to make a wide right turn onto the highway. Reports say he failed to yield to Ross's westbound Ford Focus, which crashed into the front-left quarter of the big rig's trailer.
Ross suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Latoya Ross Accident in Marion County
Some might think the reported details of this accident mean the truck driver who allegedly failed to yield is unmistakably at fault. It would then stand to reason that he and the company behind him should admit as much and try to make things right...right?
That may sound reasonable, but unfortunately commercial truck accidents are rarely if ever that simple. In fact, it's just about every company's default position to deny, dispute, and deflect liability as hard as it possibly can. They have many tricks and strategies to help them avoid the hot seat, including pinning fault to anyone or anything else they can convincingly argue was to blame or dragging their feet as long as possible in hopes of time running out or finding something they can use to assert their innocence.
I've had to warn many truck accident victims and their families not to take their "straightforward" cases for granted or underestimate a company's will to protect itself. I also try to inform them about the challenges they might face and some steps needed to overcome them. Some of that advice is reflected in another article I wrote, available through the link below.