• May 26, 2022

Officer Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on I-20 West in Van Zandt County, TX

Van Zandt County, TX -- February 24, 2022, an officer was injured due to an accident where an 18-wheeler crashed into a police vehicle on I-20.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 5:11 a.m. along I-20 near FM 47.

Officials said that a 26-year-old officer was in a police vehicle stopped across the inside lane of westbound I-20. The car reportedly had its emergency lights on. Police say an 18-wheeler approaching the scene was going at an unsafe speed and crashed into the patrol vehicle.

The officer reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries due to the crash. Right now, additional details about the crash are unavailable.

Commentary on Officer, 18-wheeler Accident on I-20 in Van Zandt County

One would think that a police vehicle with flashing lights would be all too easy to avoid. Why this truck driver somehow failed to do so isn't clear right now, but the most likely explanation is that the truck driver wasn't paying attention to the road for some reason. Could this be some one-in-a-million situation the truck driver had no control over? Sure, but thorough investigations will make sure to consider those complex possible factors, either to rule them out or otherwise show the unusual circumstances that led to what seems to be a completely avoidable wreck.

Officer 18-wheeler Accident I-20 West Van Zandt County, TX

In fact, those investigations could show that even if the truck driver made a mistake, there were other factors contributing to that mistake. In a recent case I handled, for example, a truck driver crashed after being behind the wheel for over 20 hours straight. Through our investigations, we found out that he was trying to meet an outrageous deadline set by his employer. That company routinely set these deadlines, and if drivers didn't cut corners to meet those ludicrous expectations, they risked losing their jobs. It was just a matter of time before someone got hurt.

Situations like that aren't just about slapping a driver on the wrist and taking the easy way out. The evidence would need to be utilized such that victims got the help they needed and the responsible business cleaned up its act before more people got hurt. That's why thorough investigations are so crucial in these situations. Getting the full story is almost always the most effective way to reach a conclusion that's as helpful and as just as possible. Were those steps ever taken here?

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