Jenny Kay Green Injured in Truck Accident in Lavaca County, TX
Lavaca County, TX — November 6, 2023, Jenny Kay Green was injured following a truck accident at around 2:42 p.m. along Highway 111.
Authorities said in preliminary statements that the accident happened in the area of Highway 111 and County Road 1, just across the Jackson County line.
Officials said that 46-year-old Jenny Kay Green was in a Lincoln Navigator going eastbound on the highway. Authorities say that Green went to the left and was in the process of passing a tractor-trailer which was also going eastbound. Ahead, apparently there was a crate in the roadway, and officials say the 18-wheeler veered to the left, allegedly making a faulty evasive maneuver. This resulted in the 18-wheeler and Green's vehicle colliding.
As a result of the collision, Green reportedly had incapacitating injuries. The truck driver may have had injuries, as well. It's unclear at this time where the crate came from, and there is no mention of charges or citations at this time.
It certainly seems damning when authorities say that a truck driver trying to avoid something in the road made a faulty maneuver in doing so. Is that because the truck driver should have had plenty of time to stop? Was there room to the right to move over, since the victim was passing on the left? Did authorities find evidence that the truck driver was going too fast?
Ultimately, the law holds commercial truck drivers to a significantly higher legal standard than the rest of us average motorists. They have training and experience beyond what's expected of regular drivers. As such, they're expected to react differently than car drivers. They must behave as a reasonably prudent professional driver.
So if police are saying this was a faulty evasive maneuver, what evidence do they have to support this? Because holding a truck driver accountable for a mistake like this means showing that other reasonably prudent professionals in their same position would have acted differently. There could be more information behind the scenes to explain this, but the information I'm seeing here isn't convincing on its own.