• April 25, 2022

One Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident with Tree off I-635 in Balch Springs, TX

Balch Springs, TX -- April 22, 2022, one person was killed when a commercial tractor-trailer left a highway and crashed into a tree in Balch Springs.

Authorities say the incident happened Friday morning off Interstate 635 near Elam Road, southeast of Dallas. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a commercial semi-truck with a flatbed trailer attached ran off the roadway for unknown reasons and smashed through a residential fence. It jackknifed and collided with a tree on the property, then caught fire.

The truck's 51-year-old driver suffered fatal injuries in the accident.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Truck Accident off I-635 in Balch Springs

Reports seem to have a loose grip on what happened here. It's one thing to know that a truck crashed, but it's another entirely to understand why. If it ran off the road, why? Was the driver distracted by something? Did he fall asleep? Could he have suffered some kind of medical issue at the wheel? If so, what kind? What about the truck itself? Were all its parts in good working order, recently maintained, and appropriately checked--its engine, alignment, tires, and other crucial components to keep it rolling straight? What were weather and road conditions like in the area at the time? How about traffic? Visibility and lighting?

One Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident with Tree off I-635 in Balch Springs, TX

Some may think all that work to learn the facts is necessary because "workers' comp will handle it." It's possible that's a remedy available to the victim's loved ones, but it's still important to know whether any other parties should be held accountable. For instance, if the truck overturned and crashed because something in or on it broke due to neglected maintenance, an argument could be made that someone was negligent for sending drivers out in dangerous vehicles. If so, that party should be held accountable independent of workers' comp.

Crash victims that seek justice sometimes learn the hard way that no matter how clear the early facts seem, it usually takes significantly more than police or news reports to secure the help they need. That is why I typically suggest enlisting the help of independent investigators with the time, tools, and training to look much closer than law enforcement typically does.

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