• April 15, 2022

Man Injured in Truck Accident on Highway 130 in Guadalupe County, TX

Guadalupe County, TX -- March 8, 2022, one person sustained injuries due to an accident where two commercial vehicles collided on Highway 130.

Authorities responded to the area of the crash at around 3:47 a.m. near mile marker 487 of northbound Highway 130. According to reports, a semi-trailer somehow went onto the shoulder, possibly due to fatigue, and crashed into another tractor-trailer stopped along the shoulder.

Due to the collision, the northbound tractor-trailer driver reportedly had incapacitating injuries. No further information about the accident is available at this time.

Commentary on Truck Accident on Highway 130 in Guadalupe County

There are two main details that stand out to me in these reports. One is that the truck that left its lane reportedly did so due to fatigue. That can be a bit complex due to the fact the driver may be working for a company. I had a case not long ago where a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel after driving for over 20 hours straight. Essentially, his company pressured their employees to meet unreasonable deadlines, and the driver had to choose between being safe and putting food on their family's table. Would it really be just to put all of the blame on one driver when their company was likely continuing to put the public at risk?

Truck Accident Highway 130 Guadalupe County, TX

Furthermore, reports mentioned that the parked truck stopped so the driver could apparently get something from their sleeper berth. Put simply, that doesn't sound like a legitimate reason to stop. Even if someone pulled onto the shoulder, that still creates a deadly hazard. That's why trucks should generally only stop for emergencies and other situations that make finding somewhere off the highway to stop unachievable. Could it be that this crash isn't as black-and-white as reports make it seem? Either way, it's likely there needs to be more thorough independent investigations into what all happened here.

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