Monahans Man, Louisiana Man Injured in Truck Accident on Highway 329 in Upton County, TX
Upton County, TX -- May 20, 2022, two trucker drivers were injured due to an accident where two trucks collided on Highway 329.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at approximately 11:39 a.m. along Highway 329 near mile marker 274.
According to officials, a 50-year-old Monahans man was in a Dodge Ram 5500 traveling eastbound on the highway. Police say the Dodge pulled to the shoulder before attempting a u-turn, during which an eastbound tractor-trailer crashed into the Dodge.
The Monahans man sustained incapacitating injuries due to the crash. The tractor-trailer driver, identified as a 36-year-old Chatham, Louisiana man, had non-incapacitating injuries.
Additional details about the crash are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Dual Truck Accident on Highway 329 in Upton County
With a situation like this, it's important folks don't take things as open-and-shut, however they may seem. A large truck making a u-turn on the highway is almost always dangerous, even in the event it's legal (which it may or may not be in this area). But that does not automatically put anyone at fault. there could be other factors that contributed to the crash, or there could simply be roadblocks between those involved and proving what actually caused the crash. In either scenario, folks in need of help need clear evidence on their side.
Let's consider an example from a crash I looked into a while back. In that crash, a woman reportedly went through a red light, and an 18-wheeler hit her. Most would agree that truck driver wouldn't at all be responsible, right? Well, further investigations actually showed he'd been going about 60 MPH in a 40 MPH zone. Did this excuse the woman for failing to yield? Of course not, but a 20 MPH difference in a fully loaded 18-wheeler can mean the difference between life and death.
However, let's say those reports actually confirmed the truck driver wasn't speeding. If there were no witnesses for police to speak to, how could it be clearly shown that the other vehicle ran a red light? Well, pulling dash cam footage, video from nearby businesses, reconstructing the position and speeds of the vehicles, or even tracking down witnesses that may see reports in the public and come forward can all be crucial in making sure the facts are clear so only those responsible for the crash are held accountable.
So when I read these details, I don't see any reason to jump to conclusions. As clear as the facts may seem, they may only tell part of the larger story. That's why folks should always ensure experienced investigators look into things so they can tell their side of the story.