• January 06, 2023

William David Reyes Injured in Car Accident in Mercedes, TX

Mercedes, TX -- June 27, 2022, William David Reyes was injured following an accident where two vehicles collided.

Authorities released public information which said the incident happened at around 9:20 p.m. at the intersection of Texas Avenue and the Expressway 83 service road.

It appears that 29-year-old William David Reyes was the driver of a Cadillac Escalade traveling southbound on Texas Avenue. A Ford F-150 was apparently also southbound but along the right-most lane of northbound traffic. The Ford went to the right and hit the Cadillac, causing it to overturn.

Details suggest that Reyes was thrown from his vehicle during the crash. He had injuries described as incapacitating. No other injuries were reported. Currently, no additional details can be confirmed.

William David Reyes Injured in Car Accident in Mercedes, TX

If the details as described here are accurate, it doesn't take an experienced attorney to say how reckless it is to drive in oncoming traffic. One can't help but wonder what led to that. But there's another detail that stood out to me. When looking into serious wrecks, I often come across incidents where people are thrown from their vehicles. The police usually say it's because the victim wasn't wearing their seatbelt. Why does that matter?

To be blunt, that is usually why someone is thrown from a vehicle. But the problem is once I look further into things, I often find police didn't actually confirm anything and just assumed the victim's seatbelt wasn't on.

Put simply, seatbelts can fail. They can break, come unlatched, fail due to a faulty seating assembly, fail to lock properly, etc. Manufacturing defects may not be all that common, relatively speaking, but the amount of times police assume someone wasn't wearing their seatbelt and the data showing how many people do wear their seatbelt just doesn't add up.

That makes me wonder, then, how thorough authorities were here and whether or not these details are telling the whole story.

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