• January 20, 2023

Driver Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 16 in Smith County, TX

Smith County, TX — August 5, 2022, a 28-year-old man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident on Farm to Market Road 16 in Smith County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 2:50 a.m. on FM 16 near County Road 441. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Ford F-250 pickup west on the roadway when the truck reportedly ran off the road in a curve. It crashed into a wooden fence, then overturned and rolled multiple times before coming to rest upright.

The driver sustained serious injuries in the crash. Investigators alleged he was under the influence of alcohol and collected blood specimens for testing.

No further information is currently available.

People often regard police reports as the final word on an accident, but while they often provide a general understanding of what happened they rarely delve deep enough to really explain how or why things went that way.

That actually comes up a lot with single-vehicle accidents; authorities can be pretty quick to say those were the drivers' fault somehow. Sometimes evidence confirms that, but I've lost count of how many times it turned out there was more to the story. Take crashes where police allege alcohol was a factor, for example: In many cases it turns out the driver—who is also the injured victim much of the time—was illegally over-served by a local business before their accidents. Did anything like that happen in Smith County?

I don't know more than reports say about what happened on FM 16, but that's the point: They don't really say all that much. A man was seriously injured here, and that seems like more than enough reason to find out everything possible about how and why. I hope authorities made sure that happened.

Driver Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident on FM 16 in Smith County, TX
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