Refugio Man Injured in Semi-Truck Accident on US 87 in Victoria County, TX
Victoria County, TX -- April 25, 2022, a Refugio man was injured after an accident where a semi-truck tire blew out, leading to a crash on US 87.
Officials reported that the crash took place just after 9:30 a.m. along US Highway 87 near Lander Road.
According to investigators, a 27-year-old Refugio man was in a commercial truck traveling northbound along US 87. It appears a tire blew out, causing the truck to lose control, go off-road, and hit a tree.
The driver reportedly had incapacitating injuries due to the crash. Right now, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Refugio Man Semi-Truck Accident on US 87 in Victoria County
There are two things that warrant close attention based on what I see in these reports. One is that tire blowouts are usually unavoidable, but not always. It's possible the driver's employer doesn't properly maintain their vehicles, putting their employees and others at risk. Additionally, while rare, defects can cause crashes like this, as well. That's not the sort of thing authorities tend to look into, which is why independent investigations can be crucial.
Furthermore, authorities mentioned they aren't sure if the victim had their seatbelt on because it was latched properly, but the driver was ejected due to the crash. That typically means one of two things. Either the driver was sitting in the seat improperly, clipping the seatbelt under them to prevent the alarm from going off, or something went catastrophically wrong. Again, while uncommon, it's possible for a safety device to fail despite being used properly. Did that happen here? Did authorities even have the tools and experience to find out for sure? Independent investigations could show there's a lot more to this situation than meets the eye.