• February 02, 2022

Driver Injured in Dump Truck Accident on US 190 in Copperas Cove, TX

Copperas Cove, TX -- February 1, 2022, one person was injured as the result of an accident where a pickup and a dump truck crashed on US 190.

Authorities reported that the crash took place early Tuesday at the intersection of US Highway 190 and Big Divide Road.

In their reports, officials said that a pickup turned off of Big Divide Road onto the highway. While doing so, a dump truck on US 190 hit the pickup, causing the truck to hit a pole and catch fire.

Due to the crash, the pickup driver had reportedly non-life-threatening injuries. At this time, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on Dump Truck Accident on US 190 in Copperas Cove

In the most up to date images of this intersection I can find, it appears to be controlled by a traffic signal. That means it's unclear who would have had the right-of-way when this crash occurred, which is obviously important to look into. Folks typically assume police have all of that under control. Maybe they do, but it wouldn't exactly be surprising if getting answers here required more thorough independent investigations.

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Let me give an example from a recent case that came to me. In that situation, an 18-wheeler and a car crashed at a traffic signal, and both drivers said the other one ran the light. The officer couldn't really find clear evidence, and his supervisors pressured him to move on to other responsibilities. Basically, the officer threw up his hands and said, "Y'all figure it out." Well, once we came onto the case, it didn't take long to track down surveillance footage from a nearby business. The video clearly showed the truck run the light, and that was that.

Unfortunately, seemingly obvious details slipping through the cracks is incredibly common. Folks would be shocked to see how many times we looked into serious accidents only to find that police missed something or outright got the facts wrong. This is despite the fact that most officers are entirely skilled and capable of doing a good job, but the lack of support from their departments, who typically put traffic wrecks low on their list of priorities, limits their efforts.

That's why taking steps to make sure there are independent investigations after a serious truck wreck. Either they'll be able to confirm police reports through a body of clear evidence or they'll be able catch what important details the authorities overlooked. One way or the other, making sure folks have all the answers is a vital step toward getting them the help they need. Are those steps being taken here?

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