• May 19, 2022

Bruce Hartford Jackson Killed in 18-wheeler Accident in Williamson County, TX

Williamson County, TX -- April 27, 2022, Bruce Hartford Jackson was killed after an accident where a vehicle crashed with an 18-wheeler.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 11:30 a.m. along FM 1331 near mile marker 556.

According to officials, 69-year-old Bruce Hartford Jackson was eastbound on FM 1331. For reasons currently unclear, Jackson's vehicle somehow collided head-on with an oncoming 18-wheeler.

Jackson sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Additional information is unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Bruce Hartford Jackson 18-wheeler Accident in Williamson County

With a crossover wreck like this, it's absolutely crucial to make sure the investigators in charge have the proper experience and equipment. Quite frankly, police aren't always able to devote enough time and effort to a serious truck wreck, and that's when mistakes happen.

Take for example a case I handled not long ago with similar details. Police in that crash said a man veered over the center line and hit an 18-wheeler. When we actually had independent investigators look into things, though, they found that the investigating officer, who was inexperienced and left to handle the entire investigation on their own, got the facts wrong.

Bruce Hartford Jackson 18-wheeler Accident Williamson County, TX

What actually happened was the truck drifted left of center, so the victim swerved left to avoid it. The truck driver then went back into his original lane, hitting the victim head-on. Because he didn't know any better, the officer simply took the truck driver's word and the end position of the vehicles as the whole story, filing his reports based on an incomplete picture. Had steps not been taken to clear things up, there's no telling if that family ever would have learned the truth.

Maybe nothing like that happened here, but is it really worth the risk of finding out when it's too late? Doesn't a victim's family deserve to know they're getting the full story? I think the answer should be pretty clear, and that's why folks should always consider the steps they can take to make sure the right people are looking into a complex crash like this.

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