Sarah Rainer, Daughter Killed in Semi-Truck Accident on US-67 near Alvarado, TX
Alvarado, TX — November 16, 2022, 26-year-old Sarah Rainer and her young daughter died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 67 near Alvarado.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 2:30 p.m. on US-67 near County Road 810, a few miles west of town. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Rainer was driving a passenger vehicle on the roadway when she was somehow struck by an 18-wheeler. A second big may also have been involved in the collision.
Rainer and her young daughter suffered fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Sarah Rainer Accident on US-67 near Alvarado
I've heard it said that a commercial truck accident really involves three investigations: One by the police, one by the trucking company, and--ideally at least--one on behalf of the victims and their families.
The police investigation, typically (but erroneously) thought to be the best or only source of information, is generally looking only for evidence of criminal activity. Officers are agents of the state, not victim advocates, and they don't necessarily prioritize helping the people hurt by accidents. That's not to say they aren't helpful or their findings aren't useful, but their reports sometimes have fewer answers than one might hope for.
Likewise, trucking companies and their insurers may send out their own investigators if there's a chance their drivers could be accused of wrongdoing. Once again their goals don't align with victims', since they're mostly looking for ways to free their employee and themselves from liability. That means their investigators will search mostly for evidence the company can use to deflect blame.
That's why another investigation by independent experts--one working specifically to help the people affected by a commercial truck accident--is often best. With the right equipment and training, those experts seek out all the available evidence and assemble it into a clear picture of exactly what happened and why. That narrative, built on objective facts, can make all the difference when trying to help victims and families get back on their feet after a devastating crash.