• May 10, 2022

Heavan McDougal Killed in Truck Accident on I-44 in Tulsa County, OK

Tulsa County, OK -- May 7, 2022, 23-year-old Heavan McDougal was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 44 in Tulsa County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:50 a.m. along I-44 West, around half a mile north of West 56th Street. The cause and details of the crash aren't clear yet, but reports indicate McDougal was driving a Ford Escape that somehow collided with a Freightliner semi-truck.

McDougal was pinned inside the Ford for around an hour before firefighters extracted her. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Heavan McDougal Accident on I-44 in Tulsa County

There isn't a lot of information yet about what happened in this crash or how it started. Since there's so much detail and context missing from that, I hope no one tries to fill in the blanks for themselves as the investigation continues.

To learn more about the wreck police still need to look into many of its possible factors: Possible driver mistakes like distraction or speeding, certainly, but also problems with the vehicles themselves, road conditions and design, visibility, lighting and sightlines, inclement weather, other traffic in the area, and many other elements that could have influenced or outright caused the wreck.

Some may think it's a little much to look at every conceivable factor of the accident, but considering all the variables is an important part of any investigation. That's doubly true with respect to commercial truck crashes because not only should everyone involved have the truth derived solely from facts and evidence, but those same facts are often needed to be sure an at-fault trucking company (IF they're at fault) is held properly accountable. Without that eye for detail many companies are able to escape any responsibility by poking holes in police and news reports.

Heavan McDougal Killed in Truck Accident on I-44 in Tulsa County, OK

That's why it's so important to go over this matter with a fine-toothed comb and get answers. As investigators keep working on that, though, I want to repeat that making premature assumptions isn't a good idea. I've seen too many people rush to judgment after reading an early news release with few details only to completely change their tune down the road. The same could happen here, though a "by the book" police investigation may not sufficiently explain things.

After a major accident--particularly one involving a commercial truck--I always suggest an independent investigation to better ensure the whole truth is found. Whatever is learned, those affected deserve to know that every effort was made to bring them all the available answers. Any other steps would depend on what those answers turn out to be.

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