• May 25, 2022

Abraham Herrera Killed in Truck Accident on US-84 near Shallowater, TX

Shallowater, TX -- May 24, 2022, 48-year-old truck driver Abraham Herrera was killed in a crash along U.S. Highway 84 near Shallowater.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. on eastbound US-84 near a roadside park. Preliminary investigation suggests Herrera was driving a Peterbilt truck on the highway when he lost control "due to inclement weather and water on the roadway." The truck left the road to the right and rolled over.

Herrera, reportedly not wearing a seat belt, suffered fatal injuries in the wreck.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Abraham Herrera Accident on US-84 near Shallowater

People may see the reported details of this crash and think that, while tragic, it seems mostly to be due to bad weather. Blaming Mother Nature essentially means the crash was nobody's fault and having decided that those people move on without much further thought.

Things really aren't that simple. Aside from genuinely surprising weather that only rarely occurs, like a tornado out of a blue sky, it's really more what people do in rain or snow that causes wrecks--not the weather itself. It can be predicted and accounted for, and the law expects drivers--particularly commercial ones--to slow down or even pull over until it's safe to use the roads again. That's why even if it's tempting to just blame weather and move on, it's still important to learn the whole story.

That could sound like I'm blaming the truck driver who sadly lost his life in this accident, but that's not my intent. While professional drivers are held to a high standard of care on the road and are required by federal law to drive carefully in bad weather, nothing says the victim near Shallowater did anything less than his best to avoid the crash.

Abraham Herrera Killed in Truck Accident on US-84 near Shallowater, TX

Many other factors aside from operator error could have been responsible for what happened, including other vehicles forcing the victim to swerve or the truck's tires not having enough tread remaining to maintain traction in wet conditions. Issues of neglected truck maintenance would shift the lens from the driver to whoever keeps the truck rolling; if they didn't do their jobs right and he suffered the consequences, there may be issues of accountability to address.

All I'm really trying to say with all of this is things are rarely as clear-cut as a few sentences in a news report make them sound. Auto accidents are often complex matters, and commercial truck accidents even more so. The best thing to do here is to carefully and thoroughly investigate all the possibilities, not just shrug and point at the sky. Will law enforcement give this matter the careful attention it deserves, or would the victim's family get more answers through an independent investigation?

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