Truck Driver Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on US 87 at Walnut Road in Coke County, TX
Coke County, TX -- December 3, 2021, one person sustained injuries due to an accident where an 18-wheeler ran off US 87 and overturned.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 4:20 p.m. along US Highway 87 in the area of Walnut Road.
According to officials, a 31-year-old man was in a Freightliner tractor-trailer traveling southbound on US 87. The 18-wheeler lost control after a tire blew out, causing the truck to run through the guardrail. Following this, the 18-wheeler careened off the elevated roadway and overturned.
Reports say that the driver of the 18-wheeler sustained incapacitating injuries. Police say they're looking into defective or worn tires as a possible factor in the crash.
Commentary on 18-wheeler Rollover Accident on US 87 in Coke County
When it comes to tire failure, quite frankly, there's not much one can do for a victim in most situations. That's because the most common explanations are that something punctured the tire or the driver didn't maintain their vehicle properly. In the former situation, there's not really anyone to take accountability for a big rock or a nail being in the middle of a highway. In the latter, someone who gets hurt because they fail to replace worn tires isn't usually going to get anywhere trying to hold themselves accountable.
However, in rare circumstances, this sort of crash can be the result of a manufacturing issue. That's why officers include it as a possibility, though in my experience, manufacturing issues are not the sort of thing police typically have the tools or training to look into on their own. As unlikely as this factor is, if an issue seriously hurts a driver and could potentially cause more harm to other drivers with the same defective tire, that's something that needs to be addressed. Are the authorities handling this crash experienced and well-equipped enough to make sure such a complex possible factor gets the attention it deserves?