Margarita Balderas Injured in Auto Accident on Briarcrest Dr in Bryan, TX
Bryan, TX — April 13, 2022, 49-year-old Margarita Balderas was injured in an auto accident on Briarcrest Drive in Brazos County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:40 p.m. on Briarcrest at Earl Rudder Freeway. Preliminary investigation suggests Balderas was driving a Chevy Traverse SUV west on Briarcrest when she entered the left-turn lane at the freeway. On the other side, a Chevy Silverado pickup was eastbound in the straight-only lane.
According to reports Balderas turned left as the Silverado continued forward through the intersection and the two vehicles collided. Conflicting witness statements were unable to resolve which driver had the right-of-way.
Balderas suffered serious injuries in the crash. The pickup driver was reportedly unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Margarita Balderas Accident in Bryan
It seems like the majority of the investigation here would lean toward figuring which driver failed to yield to the other. It's important to work that out, of course, but it's also not the only thing that a thorough investigation would consider.
People don't always realize that the cause of a crash and the cause of someone's injuries aren't necessarily the same thing. Someone's failure to yield may be the cause of the crash, but unless that person directly hit the victim--which doesn't seem to be the case--then there may be other factors in play that made a bad situation worse. For instance, what if the Traverse's safety features didn't activate properly and the victim took more damage than she realistically should have? Vehicle defects and failures happen far more often than most would believe, and yet they slide under the radar because police at the scene don't have the tools or training to recognize their signs.
I'm not saying police are wrong about what happened here; my concern is just that they may not have dug deep enough to tell the whole story. If they spend any remaining effort just trying to figure out which driver was the "bad guy," then other crucial details might slip through the cracks. I'd hate to see that happen.