• December 06, 2022

Melissa Marsden Injured in Auto Accident on FM 1283 in Bandera County, TX

Bandera County, TX — November 5, 2022, 44-year-old Melissa Marsden was seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash on FM 1283 in Bandera County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:35 p.m. on FM 1283 at Lake Forest Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-250 was northbound on the roadway as Marsden's Nissan Rogue was southbound nearby. Ahead of the Ford a commercial Chevy Silverado with an attached trailer was stopped in the northbound lane, waiting to turn left onto Lake Forest.

According to reports the Ford driver was unable to control his speed so he swerved into the southbound lane to avoid a collision. The Ford glanced off the rear-left of the Chevy's trailer, crossed the divider line, and crashed head-on with the Nissan.

Marsden was seriously injured in the collision. The Ford driver reportedly received minor injuries and the Chevy's four occupants were unhurt.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Melissa Marsden Accident in Bandera County

Preliminary reports seem to say the crossover driver's actions were the main trigger of the crash and the victim's injuries. I have no specific reason to question that, but the years have taught me the importance of keeping an open mind and viewing the initial reported details with some healthy skepticism. Nothing in particular stands out as odd here, but I've handled hundreds of seemingly-straightforward commercial wrecks and many of them turned out to be far less one-sided than they first seemed.

Melissa Marsden Injured in Auto Accident on FM 1283 in Bandera County, TX

Is is possible all this was just a matter of a driver's faulty evasive attempt? Maybe, but what if "unable to control speed" is literal and something was wrong with his truck? Is a crash where he didn't slow down the same as one where he couldn't? Were there any other factors that should be considered when connecting the dots? For instance, did the trailer attached to that Chevy pickup have functional brake lights and turn signals? Could the Ford driver tell when approaching that the Chevy was stopped?

I'm not saying I know more than reports indicate. I just know that a lot of crashes with seemingly-simple narratives are actually anything but, and it takes asking a lot of questions and carefully investigating the answers to find that out. Will that kind of care be taken in Bandera County?

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