• January 06, 2023

One Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on FM 9 in Harrison County, TX

Harrison County, TX — October 7, 2022, a 70-year-old woman was seriously injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Farm to Market Road 9 in Harrison County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:40 a.m. at a private drive in the area of 1230 FM 9. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Chrysler PT Cruiser south on the roadway, some distance ahead of a southbound Freightliner 18-wheeler. According to reports the truck driver merged left to pass the Chrysler in a marked passing zone, but the victim began to turn left toward a nearby private drive and entered the big rig's path. The truck then hit the PT Cruiser on its left-front quarter and sent it spinning off the roadway into the east bar ditch.

The Chrysler driver suffered serious injuries in the collision. The truck driver was reportedly unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

To most truckers and the company behind the one in Harrison County, I'd imagine fault is pretty clear here: The victim's injuries, while unfortunate, are due to her turning across the oncoming truck's path. However, the injured woman might well disagree and maintain that she not only signaled her turn but had a healthy lead on the truck. If each person sticks to their view of things there may be some friction about whether the crash could or should have been avoided.

It's not uncommon at all for people to disagree on what happened as each tells the story from their own perspective. Finding the truth between them is generally a matter of careful and thorough investigation so objective facts and evidence can fill in the blanks. I'm a little concerned about exactly how much follow-up police gave this, though, as I've seen them get what they need for reports and then tell those involved to figure out fault for themselves. The trucking company likely has attorneys, insurers, and investigators in their camp for that; who will help the victim tell her side of things?

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