• May 06, 2022

Man Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on Highway 6 at Loop 340 in Waco, TX

Waco, TX -- April 22, 2022, one person was injured as the result of an accident where an 18-wheeler crashed into a car along Highway 6.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 11:55 p.m. along Highway 6 at the intersection of State Loop 340.

According to officials, a 32-year-old man was in a Chevy Tahoe traveling northbound along the loop. While crossing Highway 6, authorities aid that a westbound semi-trailer went through a red light and crashed into the Tahoe.

The Tahoe driver reportedly had incapacitating injuries due to the crash. No further information about the crash is available at this time.

Commentary on 18-wheeler Accident on Highway 6 in Waco

If what reports say here is true, there are few acceptable excuses for a truck to somehow just blow through a red light. Still, things may not be as simple as folks think. It's not impossible that some unusual, unavoidable factor caused the crash. More likely, however, it's possible that whatever mistake may have led to the crash was the result of more serious issues preceding the accident.

Here's what I mean by that. I had this crash come to me not long ago in which a truck driver caused a crash after driving for over 20 hours straight. That was unquestionably dangerous, and things seemed to be pretty open and shut. We wanted to be thorough, though, so we kept digging.

18-wheeler Accident Highway 6 Loop 340 Waco, TX

As it turned out, that driver was trying to meet a deadline set by his employer that all but required breaking the rules. This led to the discovery of repeated incidents where that company's drivers, fearful of losing their livelihoods, would try to meet these ludicrous expectations, cutting every possible corner to appease their unreasonable bosses. It was just a matter of time before someone got hurt.

The point there is not necessarily to say that truck driver did nothing wrong. They did. But things aren't always so black-and-white. If a jury hears about a whole company putting the public at risk, are they going to come up with the same consequences they would for some driver who just didn't get enough sleep the night before? Most reasonable juries would take the steps necessary to make the consequences match the mistakes that led to the crash, especially if that could lead to someone cleaning up their act. So while I can't say what did or didn't happen here, I see every reason to make sure investigations are thorough and that the victims involved are getting the full story.

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