• May 08, 2017

Cesar Munoz Killed in San Antonio, TX, Trailer Accident on Watson

San Antonio, TX -- May 8, 2017, Cesar Munoz was killed and two others were injured due to an accident where a trailer caused a crash on Watson Road.

The San Antonio Police Department was called out to investigate the fatal collision at around 6:00 a.m. They say it took place close to the intersection of Watson Road and Somerset Road.

According to preliminary details released by police, a man was driving a truck along westbound Watson with a trailer-container. As he rounded a curve in the road, the trailer reportedly tipped over and came detached.

The loose trailer entered oncoming traffic where it was struck head-on by a black pickup. The truck that was hauling the trailer also lost control and hit an eastbound Toyota pickup.

As a result of the collision, the driver of the black pickup, 38-year-old Munoz, died at the scene of the accident. Reports say the other two drivers sustained only minor injuries.

The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation at this time. No additional details are currently available.

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Commentary

I think some people are going to automatically assume this accident was caused by the truck driver going into the curve too quickly. This may in fact be the case--it certainly wouldn't be the first time something like this has happened. That being said, it's important to remember that accidents are almost never as straight-forward as they appear, and even if they are, there's no such thing as guaranteed compensation for the victims.

It's possible the truck driver was traveling at a reasonable speed, and the trailer was simply overloaded or the load shifted in the curve, causing it to lose balance. It's also possible the trailer had tires that weren't the right size for the load it was hauling, or maybe the trailer had some sort of design flaw or manufacturer defect that caused it to tip and come unhitched. Cargo related accidents can be very complex, which the article below delves into more in-depth.

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The point here is that there are so many factors that could have led to this accident. Some of them are just too subtle or unlikely to be considered in a typical police report. Many officers are good at investigating typical traffic accidents, but an accident like this just doesn't happen everyday. The investigating officer may not be experienced enough to catch such subtle factors like defects or load shifts, and frankly many police departments don't have the resources necessary to do so.

This is why I always advocate for victims and their families to acquire the aid of a private investigator. With an industry professional looking at the accident, any and all possible factors are thoroughly considered, either being ruled out or confirmed. Subtle factors which police reports might miss are looked at just as closely as the obvious factors, and each potential cause is either ruled out or confirmed one by one.

The key here is that the whole truth be told. Without a thorough investigation, all victims and their families will have to work from is a basic fact pattern that may address the what but does nothing to clarify the why or the how. In order for those affected to find some sort of closure or get justice for their loss is to have all of the facts clear and in their hands. From there, they can take the next steps toward a resolution.

--Grossman Law Offices

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