Woman Injured Dual Truck Accident on I-40 in Oldham County, TX
Oldham County, TX -- March 16, 2022, one person sustained injuries after an accident where two commercial trucks crashed on I-40.
Initial reports from authorities said that the crash took place at around 5:30 a.m. along I-40 near mile marker 12.
Officials said that a 22-year-old woman was in a tractor-trailer that was going westbound on I-40. Ahead, authorities said that another 18-wheeler made an unsafe lane change at low speeds out of a rest area. This resulted in the first truck crashing into the back of the second one.
The woman in the first truck was said to have non-incapacitating injuries. Right now, no additional details are available.
Commentary on Dual Truck Accident on I-40 in Oldham County
With commercial truck wrecks, I'm often able to draw on my decades of experience to highlight certain challenges that folks don't often consider. Consider this crash, for example. Police say someone cut off another 18-wheeler coming out of a rest stop. Folks would generally just assume that the driver was on their phone or just not paying attention. That's certainly common, but the blame doesn't always lie solely with drivers. Any truck driver can attest to how dangerous some companies out there are. As a result, sometimes truck drivers who would otherwise be safe and responsible end up in environments that cause them to put themselves and others in danger.
For example, I handled a situation not long ago where a truck driver had been behind the wheel for over 20 hours straight. That was obviously reckless, but why did the driver do something so irresponsible? As it turned out, the driver was trying to meet a deadline set by his unreasonable employers. They routinely set these ludicrous deadlines, expecting drivers to cut corners and meet those expectations. If they failed to do so, they risked losing their jobs. Hard working drivers forced to choose between being safe and putting food on their family's table is just asking for someone to get hurt.
That's why these kinds of accidents can't be treated as just open-and-shut, run of the mill situations. If it turns out nothing unusual happened here, then a thorough investigation at least helps victims and families have all the tools needed to tell their side of the story. If there are unusual factors, those investigations help prevent important information from slipping through the cracks. Were proper steps taken here to ensure nothing important went overlooked?