• December 13, 2022

Hannah Hudson Injured in Auto Accident on US-59 in Panola County, TX

Panola County, TX — November 8, 2022, 22-year-old Hannah Hudson was injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 59 in Panola County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:12 a.m. on US-59 near mile marker 302. Preliminary investigation suggests a Mack semi-truck with an attached trailer was exiting a private drive onto eastbound US-59 and had reportedly established control in the outside lane when Hudson approached in a Toyota Corolla.

Hudson allegedly steered into the inside lane to avoid the truck but may have drifted too far left; she steered back to the right and hit the #3 axe on the left side of the southbound Mack truck. The car bounced off the truck, swerved hard into the median, and overturned.

Hudson suffered serious injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Hannah Hudson Accident in Panola County

Officers seemingly got much of their information about how things went from a witness to the wreck. However, that person apparently wasn't able to tell them if the truck forced the victim to swerve by entering her lane or if she used faulty evasive maneuvers. A lot may ride on clarifying that, so if witness accounts can't then investigators may need to dig deeper for other sources of data. Unfortunately police don't always have the equipment or training to do that, and occasionally their inexperience can lead to problems.

In another case I litigated, for example, a family waited far too long for police reports and eventually asked us to find out what the holdup was. We were troubled to find out that investigators for the trucking company showed up to the scene and "generously" offered to interpret the truck's electronic data recordings for police--which of course required them to take the truck from the crash site. Bafflingly, the officer in charge allowed that.

Hannah Hudson Injured in Auto Accident on US-59 in Panola County, TX

It shouldn't take an experienced truck wreck attorney to point out why that's irresponsible. Handing over vital evidence to a company with a clear stake in the investigation's outcome is like asking a burglary suspect to dust for fingerprints--there's virtually no way to trust the evidence that comes back. Fortunately that family brought us on early enough that we salvaged the case, but any longer and vital details might have been lost forever.

That's the point I'm trying to make here. Is it possible police have this situation totally under control? Of course, but what if they don't? Who will step in to pick up where they leave off? Victims and families are best served by having independent professionals look into things as soon as possible. That will help ensure the full story--whatever that may be--sees the light of day.

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