Weldon Olen Wilson, 1 Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Cass County, TX
Cass County, TX -- March 19, 2022, Weldon Olen Wilson and another person were injured due to an accident where an 18-wheeler crashed into Wilson's vehicle.
Authorities said in reports that the crash took place at around 10:30 p.m. along Highway 43 near the intersection of County Road 4117.
According to officials, 89-year-old Weldon Olen Wilson was driving Dodge Ram northbound along Highway 43. While slowing to make a left turn, a tractor-trailer reportedly did not slow down in time, crashed into Wilson's truck.
Due to the collision, Wilson reportedly sustained incapacitating injuries due to the crash. An unidentified passenger in the truck had non-incapacitating injuries. The semi driver reportedly told authorities he did not see a turn signal prior to the collision. This and other factors are still under investigation.
Commentary on Weldon Olen Wilson 18-wheeler Accident in Cass County
The claim made by the truck driver here certainly raises an eyebrow, considering the authorities still seem to chalk up the crash to the semi not slowing down in time. For one, that doesn't necessarily mean that the truck driver was lying. It may have just been a mistake that they need to take responsibility for, or perhaps authorities overlooked evidence that would have corroborated this story. At the same time though, it wouldn't surprise me if that claim was nothing more than an attempt to duck responsibility. I've certainly dealt with my fair share of companies using that very strategy.
Not long ago, for example, I handled a situation in which a commercial truck rear-ended a car that was waiting to make a left turn into a nearby business. The trucking company denied responsibility, saying the victim slammed on their brakes and didn't have their blinker on. While the authorities didn't get much clear evidence to counter this, our investigations were able to dig up surveillance footage from the nearby business. It clearly showed the victim stop for about six full seconds with their blinker on, and the semi simply did not slow down in time.
It was only after getting clear evidence that the company decided to cooperate. That's the challenge that makes independent investigations so crucial after serious accidents. It doesn't have to be video evidence. It can be ECM and GPS data, cell phone records, maintenance history, witness statements, tire marking and debris analysis, and other unique factors that authorities don't always have the tools or experience to handle on their own. Whatever ultimately led to this crash, treating it as some open-and-shut walk in the park leaves too much room for the victims to miss out on the help they deserve.