• November 15, 2022

Ashley Burnett Injured in Truck Accident on FM 1488 in Conroe, TX

Conroe, TX — August 30, 2022, 27-year-old Ashley Burnett was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on FM 1488 in Montgomery County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:05 p.m. on FM 1488 near Peoples Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Burnett's Hyundai Sonata was stalled in the outside eastbound lane of the road. A Hino box truck approached in the same lane; police say the truck driver failed to control their speed and hit the stalled Hyundai.

Burnett suffered serious injuries in the crash. The Hino driver was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Ashley Burnett Injured in Truck Accident on FM 1488 in Conroe, TX

Commentary on Ashley Burnett Accident on FM 1488 in Conroe

If a truck passed through and crashed into the victim's stopped vehicle, some may think those details mean the truck driver--and by extension their employer--would have little choice but to admit fault and try to make things right. Reasonable as that may sound based on the preliminary details, few if any commercial accidents are truly that simple.

The default position of virtually any company is to deny, dispute, and deflect responsibility if its employee causes harm to someone else. Far from every accident involving a truck is the professional driver's fault, but even the ones that are typically involving overcoming a tidal wave of defenses from the company behind that driver. For instance, in Conroe they already have convenient excuses about the nighttime darkness and the victim's vehicle stopped in the road to throw in, and they're unlikely to stop there.

The takeaway here is that companies have a lot to lose and they'll fight like hell not to. That's why it's best that anyone hurt in a collision with a commercial vehicle knows what they could be up against if they went looking for help getting back on their feet. I wrote some more about those obstacles and some ways to overcome them; click below to learn more.

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