• April 13, 2022

Truck Driver Injured in Crash with Motel off US-190 in Milano, TX

Milano, TX -- February 23, 2022, a 44-year-old truck driver was seriously injured in an accident off U.S. Highway 190 in Milam County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:55 p.m. on US-190 near US-79. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner semi-truck was towing a flatbed trailer south on the highway when the driver allegedly ran the red light at US-79 and passed through the "T" intersection. It ran off the road to the south and headed toward a nearby motel. The driver veered left as the truck approached by the vehicle crashed into the front-right side of the building, crushing the cab and damaging both the trailer and its cargo.

The truck driver suffered serious injuries in the crash.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Truck Accident off US-190 in Milano

Some people are quick to jump to conclusions after wrecks like this, ready to blame the truck driver for making a mistake or doing something he shouldn't before crashing through the intersection and into the building. Indeed, police reports mentioned speeding and inattention as potential factors here and I have no specific cause to doubt them. Typically after these accidents, though, it's still important to look carefully and be sure the true cause is found. Other potential factors may not have gotten the attention they deserve.

For instance, the driver could have lost control when swerving to avoid debris in the road, or if the load on his truck's trailer got loose and destabilized it. The driver could also have had some kind of sudden medical episode that caused him to lose control, or the truck itself might have malfunctioned somehow. Both of those may mean it's important to take a closer look at the driver's employer in case they let high-risk drivers or poorly-maintained trucks out on the road.

Truck Driver Injured in Crash with Motel off US-190 in Milano, TX

Law enforcement may recognize that other factors exist beyond the most common explanations, but generally if there's low-hanging fruit they can blame--such as the speeding and inattention they mentioned in reports--they aren't likely to look any deeper than they have to. Because of that, critical details can slip through the cracks and the "truth" that goes into reports is at best partial and at worst completely mistaken.

That's why in commercial crashes I generally recommend working with experienced accident reconstructionists if there is any doubt about what happened. These experts have the time, tools, and training to extract every available clue from a wreck and to use them to piece together the truth of what happened. Sometimes it's the same conclusion police arrived at, while other times the story is entirely different. The important thing is to gather all the facts and evidence and base conclusions on those rather than opinions formed from cursory investigations at the scene. At the very least the injured driver deserves the benefit of the doubt unless clear proof is found that suggests otherwise.


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