• December 21, 2022

Richard William Elmer Injured in Car Accident in Baytown, TX

Baytown, TX -- June 16, 2022, Richard William Elmer was injured after an accident where two vehicles collided at an intersection.

Preliminary details said that the crash took place at around 6:41 a.m. at the intersection of the I-10 feeder road and Highway 146.

It appears that 59-year-old Richard William Elmer was in a Buick Enclave traveling southbound along Highway 146. At I-10, police say that an eastbound pickup disregarded the red light and crashed with Elmer's vehicle.

Elmer was said to have incapacitating injuries due to the crash. The other driver did not appear to be injured. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Richard William Elmer Car Accident in Baytown

Something I talk about a lot on this blog is the importance of ensuring investigators are looking to the right things after a serious crash. How does one do that? Well, one potential approach is see if they're looking into details that aren't all that common. Let me give an example.

This appears to be a side impact. The reason that stands out is that the impact was on the opposite side of the vehicle as the driver. While not always the case, a lot of modern vehicles are equipped to handle that kind of collision, whether it be through the design of the chassis or with side-curtain airbags, for instance. If that driver is seriously injured while the other person involved in the crash is apparently unscathed, that could be a sign something unusual happened.

It's possible a collision is significant enough that safety measures aren't enough to prevent serious injury. But if investigations show that the driver's injuries are too severe given their vehicle and the severity of the collision, it can be a sign that there's a defect within the vehicle that needs further attention.

Again, that's just one possibility, but it's one I often find authorities simply overlook. If people find that investigators handling their crash aren't really doing the work to get them the answers they deserve, it could be a sign that the crash would be better off in the hands of more experienced professionals.

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