Angela Picou Killed in Hardin, TX, 18-wheeler Accident on TX-146
Hardin, TX -- May 18, 2017, Angela Picou was fatally injured as the result of an accident in which her vehicle and an 18-wheeler collided on Highway 146.
The Texas Department of Public Safety was called out to the accident scene in the early morning hours of Thursday. They say it happened along Highway 146 near the railroad overpass.
Preliminary investigations from state troopers indicated that 40-year-old Picoue was driving a Toyota Corolla along the highway. As she did so, the vehicle somehow crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into an 18-wheeler.
As a result of the collision, Picou was killed at the scene. The driver of the truck was injured, but it's unclear if that person was transported to the hospital.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
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Investigators are saying that the woman's vehicle crossed over into oncoming traffic, but I'd like to remind people just how complex these early morning accidents can be. Often, when a vehicle involves only two vehicles, it's difficult to determine a fact pattern other than what the survivors tell police. The problem is, what happens when there is only one survivor? Who gets to tell the victim's side of the story?
I'll give an example. Our firm had a case not long ago out of Louisiana. According to police, a woman was driving her vehicle through a curve in the highway, took the curve too tight, and entered oncoming lanes. As a result, her vehicle crashed into the rear tires of an oncoming 18-wheeler, crushing her vehicle and killing her. The family contacted us, and we sent out a private investigator to examine the scene and the vehicles more thoroughly. Through state-of-the-art accident reconstruction techniques, our investigator was able to determine that the 18-wheeler actually took the curve a little too fast, and the trailer whipped out into the victim's lane. If there hadn't been a more thorough investigation, the family and loved ones of the victim might have believed the initial police reports forever.
Now I'm not implying that something like that happened in this particular accident, and I'm not trying to say that all truck drivers are liars. The fact of the matter is that an accident this serious can't be left up to a basic accident summary from police and testimony from only half of the people involved. The most important thing to do after an accident like this is to have a thorough, independent investigation conducted. With the aid of experienced professional, victims and their families will have access to knowledge and resources necessary to determining exactly what happened in the accident. Perhaps those investigations reveal new information, or maybe they'll simply confirm what police have already said. The point is that taking steps toward a resolution begins with knowing the full story.
--Grossman Law Offices