• May 19, 2022

Dumas Man Injured in 18-wheeler Rollover Accident on FM 281 in Hartley County, TX

Hartley County, TX -- May 5, 2022, a Dumas man was injured due to an accident where an 18-wheeler overturned along FM 281.

Officials say they were called out to the scene near mile marker 266 at around 9:53 a.m. According to reports, a 36-year-old Dumas man was in a Freightliner tractor-trailer traveling westbound along FM 281. For reasons unclear, the truck lost control and overturned.

The Dumas man had incapacitating injuries due to the crash. Further details about the crash are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Dumas Man 18-wheeler Rollover Accident on FM 281 in Hartley County

When people see rollovers like this, they tend to just assume that the driver was going too fast, on their phone, fell asleep at the wheel, etc. Those are all possibilities worth consideration. But commercial truck wrecks can be incredibly challenging, and unusual factors can go unnoticed without proper investigations.

Dumas Man 18-wheeler Accident FM 281 Hartley County, TX

There may have been a mechanical defect. A tire may have blown out. The cargo may have shifted due to being loaded improperly. The driver's employer may force them to work in unsafe conditions or for long hours. Even if something seems unlikely, the goal should be to ensure there are as many clear facts as possible to show what all happened and what next possible steps are available to those involved.

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