Harold Benham Injured in Truck Accident on US-82 in Honey Grove, TX
Honey Grove, TX -- June 4, 2022, 71-year-old Harold Benham was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on U.S. Highway 82 in Honey Grove.
According to reports the incident happened around 12:15 p.m. on US-82 near North 10th Street. Preliminary investigation suggest Benham was driving a Chrysler PT Cruiser north on 10th Street when he stopped at the highway intersection. He then proceeded forward, allegedly failing to yield to an eastbound Freightliner tractor-trailer. The truck and the Chrysler collided in the crossing.
Benham suffered serious injuries in the crash. The truck driver was unhurt.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Harold Benham Accident on US-82 in Honey Grove
Images of the intersection show that traffic on 10th Street has a stop sign and is meant to yield to vehicles on Highway 82. It's not clear why the victim might have failed to yield to the oncoming truck here, but before anyone blames him for the wreck it's important to consider other potential explanations.
For example: Did the Chrysler have mechanical or brake problems? What about the driver--was he in good health? Could something have blocked his view of the approaching big rig? Was signage present and clear at the intersection? Could bad weather or hazardous road conditions have been a factor? Does that area have a history of similar crashes? Is the intersection designed poorly? Ignoring right-of-way for a moment, could the truck driver have done anything differently to avoid the collision or reduce its damage?
I'm not trying to overcomplicate things or unfairly blame anyone. I just know that unusual elements contribute to crashes all the time but they often get overlooked during preliminary investigations. There was even a recent incident in West Texas where someone allegedly ran a stop sign and fatally crashed with an 18-wheeler, only for us to find out later that TxDOT road crews removed the signs during construction and didn't put them back. The victim didn't even know he had to stop, but until that fact came to light police reports wrongly blamed him.
It's pretty unlikely the same thing happened in Honey Grove as stop signs rarely go missing like that (plus reports say the victim stopped before proceeding into the highway). I'm just saying that many crashes aren't as simple as they might appear and crucial details are often overlooked or misunderstood. The victim deserves the benefit of the doubt while efforts are made to learn the full story. Will police be thorough enough to get it, or would an independent investigation stand a better chance of finding the truth?