• January 14, 2022

Vernon Man Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on US 70 in Motley County, TX

Motley County, TX -- December 10, 2021, a Vernon man was injured as the result of an accident where an 18-wheeler overturned along US 70.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 12:00 p.m. along US 70 near East Mound Cemetery. In their reports, authorities said that a 23-year-old Vernon man was driving an 18-wheeler westbound along the highway. Police say there may have been mechanical issues that caused the truck to drift into a guardrail, then overturn.

The truck driver had reportedly incapacitating injuries. Additional details are currently unavailable.

Commentary on 18-wheeler Rollover Accident on US 70 in Motley County

Vernon Man 18-wheeler Accident US 70 Motley County, TX

Police suggest that mechanical issues may have played a role here. That's not exactly common, but it's important to take those suspicions seriously. Most of the time when mechanical issues cause a crash, it's because the truck driver or their employer aren't keeping up with regular maintenance. It would certainly be important to find evidence of that if there's a company out there forcing their drivers to operate dangerous vehicles. While far less likely, it's also important to consider a manufacturing defect. Not only would that manufacturer be responsible for the injuries their mistakes caused, but fixing the issue would be vital since more lives could be at risk. The question right now is if the authorities have the experience and tools to look into something as complex as a mechanical defect.

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