Midland Man Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on FM 1776 in Ward County, TX
Ward County, TX -- November 4, 2021, a Midland man was injured following an accident where a pickup crashed into an 18-wheeler on FM 1776.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 9:25 a.m. along FM 1776. In their reports, officials said that a 26-year-old Midland man was in a Ford F-150 traveling southwest along the road. The pickup then crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler that was reportedly slowing to pull over for a deflated tire.
The pickup driver had reportedly incapacitating injuries. No other injuries were reported. Officials did not give additional details about the crash.
Commentary on Midland Man 18-wheeler Accident on FM 1776 in Ward County
With a crash like this, it's easy for folks to just write it off as someone not paying attention or going too fast and rear-ending an 18-wheeler. That's very possible--in fact it's pretty darn likely--and I'm certainly not here to say I know more about the crash than authorities do. However, rear-end collisions are not always the rear driver's fault. There can be extenuating circumstances to consider.
Here, authorities believe the 18-wheeler was slowing down due to a deflated tire. Is there anything about that series of events that contributed to this crash? If not, then obviously it wouldn't be reasonable to punish a truck driver for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Otherwise, there may need to be more thorough investigations to find out what all contributed to the crash that authorities may have overlooked.