Woman Killed San Antonio, TX, Box Truck Accident on Rigsby
San Antonio, TX -- May 16, 2017, a woman was killed as the result of an accident in which her vehicle collided head-on with a box truck on Rigsby Avenue.
San Antonio Police Department investigators were called out to the scene of the accident at around 2:30 p.m. The crash occurred along Rigsby between the intersections of Tillie Drive and Bible Street.
Police officials reported that a 62-year-old woman, name unreleased, was driving a car westbound along the roadway. For reasons which police have not made clear, the vehicle crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic. It then collided head-on into an Emergency Services Restoration, Inc. box truck.
Due to the collision, the woman had critical injuries. Rescue teams were able to extract her and put her into an ambulance, but she died shortly afterward. The truck driver's condition was not given.
Police have not determined what factors may have contributed to the accident. Investigations are ongoing.
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Without further investigation into this accident, there's no way to say for sure what caused this to occur. If indeed reports are accurate the woman's vehicle crossed over into oncoming traffic, there could be any number of reasons this occurred. In some reports, I saw a police official quoted saying, "Maybe she fell asleep, coming home from the night shift at work. We just don't know." Not to put any sort of criticism onto that officer, but many people aren't seeing, "We just don;t know," when they read that. They read, "Maybe she fell asleep," and therefore, "She's probably at fault."
I have no doubt the officer was trying to emphasize that they aren't yet sure what caused the accident. The problem is that many people already assume accidents like this are always the fault of the driver that crossed over. And I don't mean this to say that the truck driver could be at fault. In fact, there are very few scenarios where, if reports are accurate, the truck driver would be at fault for this sort of accident. The key detail here is exactly what caused the woman's vehicle to lose control.
It is certainly common for driver error to cause this sort of incident--texting, intoxication, falling asleep at the wheel, etc. However, it's unfair to assume something like this occurred without any sort of evidence to corroborate the claim. It's entirely possible something like a tire blowout, brake failure, or some other mechanical breakdown caused the vehicle to lose control. Perhaps the road itself was hazardous or in disrepair. Like the officer said, we just don't know. But you can see how there are many examples of what could have occurred, and not all of them involve driver error.
The point here is that there needs to be a thorough investigation. The most effective way to do this is for an industry professional independent of the police to take a closer look at the details surrounding the crash. A professional with plenty of experience will know all of the possible factors which could have resulted in this crash. That way, any and all possibilities--however unlikely they may be--are either confirmed or ruled out. Maybe the investigation reveals that the accident was indeed caused by more common factors, or maybe it unveils a more unlikely previously unconsidered scenario. The most important thing after an accident is knowing all of the facts and removing all doubts. Even that bit of closure can be a welcome relief during a time of hardship.
--Grossman Law Offices