• May 26, 2022

Killeen Man Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on FM 485 in Robertson County, TX

Robertson County, TX -- February 1, 2022, a Killeen man was injured following an accident where two 18-wheelers collided along FM 485.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 10:30 p.m. near the intersection of FM 485 and John Reistino Road.

Officials said that a 51-year-old man was driving an 18-wheeler westbound along FM 485. An oncoming 18-wheeler reportedly went left of center to make a wide right turn, and the westbound truck clipped the trailer, then ran off-road.

The driver of the first truck reportedly had non-incapacitating injuries due to the crash. No other injuries were reported. At this time, additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on Killeen Man 18-wheeler Accident on FM 485 in Robertson County

Folks often come to this blog ready to hurl all kinds of aspersions at me because they think my thirty years of experience handling hundreds of commercial vehicle wrecks makes me anti-trucker. Do you know who is just as if not more aware of reckless truck drivers on our roads? Responsible truckers. They are just as at risk as the rest of us, and it's well known in the industry that some companies out there simply don't take the steps necessary to keep their vehicles maintained, their workers healthy, and their procedures safe. That's how one gets situations like a truck crossing the center line just to make a right turn. Could it be that one of those negligent companies played a role here, as well?

Killeen Man 18-wheeler Accident FM 485 john reistino road Robertson County, TX

It's important to look into things like that, and a crash I handled a while back is a good example of why. In that situation, a reckless trucker caused a crash, and we began to dig into his history. Surprisingly, he basically had no history. Not because he was otherwise a safe driver but because he was a completely rookie, yet his employer rushed him through hours and miles of vital safety training in less than an hour. All they cared about was getting a warm body behind the wheel. Any halfway responsible trucker can attest to the fact that a company failing to ensure their drivers can safely operate their vehicles is like a time bomb waiting to go off.

Maybe nothing so serious happened here, but that's one of the many reasons thorough independent investigations are so important. I always talk about the importance of knowing the full story so victims can get the help they deserve and so those responsible for the crash can be held fully accountable. A truck driver hurt in the crash certainly isn't the exception to this. Were steps ever taken here to look into this complex possible factors?

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