Kelly Murray Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident in Harrison County, TX
Harrison County, TX -- December 31, 2022, Kelly Murray was injured following an accident where Murray's vehicle crashed off-road.
Preliminary details released by authorities said that the incident happened at around 8:27 a.m. near the intersection of FM 2208 and Keasler Road.
40-year-old Kelly Murray was said to be the driver of a Pontiac G6 traveling southbound along FM 2208. It appears that a tire blew out, causing the vehicle to lose control. It skidded into a guardrail before then careening off-road into a ditch.
Murray's injuries were said to be incapacitating due to the crash. The details leading up to the crash require further investigations to confirm.
Having seen countless accidents like this throughout my career, I know just how often cars can lose control and crash without a driver doing anything wrong. A tire blowout is one common reason for that. But some details about this crash suggest that the victim's tires may have been "defective". What does that mean exactly?
I'd have to see evidence for myself to comment on this specific crash, but in general police will call tires defective as a way of saying they were worn or needed to be replaced. They don't usually have the equipment or training to look into something as complex as a manufacturing defect.
That said, they also generally don't have the tools or training to rule out a manufacturing defect. As a result, they can sometimes overlook important details and blame a driver for having a tire blowout when more thorough investigations from trained specialists may show the driver had no way of avoiding the crash. Could it be details like that are going overlooked here?