Robert Wayne Anders Killed in 18-wheeler Accident in Sulphur Springs, TX
Sulphur Springs, TX -- June 9, 2022, Robert Wayne Anders was fatally injured due to an accident where his vehicle crashed with a semi.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 1:00 p.m. along Highway 11/Hillcrest Drive.
Authorities said that 69-year-old Robert Wayne Anders was in a pickup traveling southbound along Hillcrest. Ahead, a tractor-trailer reportedly failed to yield coming out of a private drive. As a result, Anders's vehicle hit the trailer.
Anders reportedly succumbed to his injuries days following the crash. No other injuries were reported. At this time, additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Robert Wayne Anders Truck Accident in Sulpher Springs
If these reports are accurate--and I have no particular reason to doubt them--it's just unbelievable to see a commercial truck driver fail to see cross traffic and pull out in front of someone. Well, it would be unbelievable if it weren't so common. Unfortunately, a lot of truck drivers out there are poorly trained, impatient, overworked, coerced into driving recklessly to meet deadlines, and engaging in otherwise dangerous behavior.
Obviously there are plenty of experienced truckers out there; I talk to them all the time, and they're just as upset about incidents like this as anyone. They know the responsibility they have to those around them operating a large, dangerous vehicle. A company that allows something like this to happen needs to take responsibility for their actions. But as open-and-shut as these reports may seem, it would be a mistake to believe a trucking company is going to fall over themselves to take responsibility. In my experience, it takes thorough investigations and extensive legal maneuvering to get them to cooperate even in the most tragic of situations.
Not long ago, for example, I handled a similar situation in which a truck pulled across a highway, leading to a car crashing into the side of the trailer. The company in that case was adamant that the victim would have been fine had they not been speeding and had they been wearing a seatbelt. It was clear to us this was just a slimy attempt to avoid responsibility, but it was our burden to prove as much.
One thing that proved helpful was a reconstruction of the scene and a forensic analysis of the victim's car. Among other things, the car's speedometer, which froze on impact, showed that the victim couldn't have been speeding at the time. Additionally, numerous EMS workers all testified that they actually had to cut through the victim's seatbelt to get them out of the vehicle. And just to drive the point home, we proved that the reflective tape on the trailer was so dirty it would have been practically invisible at the time of the crash.
Just to be clear, my point isn't to suggest any of those things happened here. My point is simply that families come to me all too often with insurance and trucking companies putting up every barrier possible and police reports that barely scratch the surface of the answers they need. Making sure independent professionals look into complex wrecks like this one is crucial in getting the full story and therefore the help that families deserve. Considering a man lost his life here, I see absolutely no reason why those steps wouldn't be prudent here, as well.