Bossier City, LA Man Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on US 59 in Panola County, TX
Panola County, TX -- May 31, 2022, a Bossier City man was injured due to an accident where their 18-wheeler overturned.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 2:25 p.m. along US Highway 59 near County Road 4342.
Officials said that a 35-year-old Bossier City, Louisiana man was in an 18-wheeler traveling northbound along US 59. One of the tires blew out, causing the truck to go onto the median where it crashed and overturned.
As a result of the crash, the driver had incapacitating injuries. Investigations are ongoing at this time.
Commentary on 18-wheeler Rollover Accident on US 59 in Panola County
Folks may wonder what there is to look into when a tire blowout leads to a crash. That's just unavoidable, right? Well, not always. As common as it is for something to puncture the tire, it's also common for a lack of maintenance to lead to a blowout. This is especially concerning with commercial vehicles, since it can be a sign there's a company out there forcing drivers to operate poorly maintained vehicles. Could that be what happened here?
Further, while relatively uncommon, defects are also possible. If a tire is relatively new and being used properly, a blowout can be the result of a manufacturing defect. Whether that's improper design or shoddy construction, that could lead to others getting hurt, as well, unless steps are taken to address the issue and recall the affected product.
Both of these possibilities are complex and challenging to investigate without the proper experience and equipment. Since authorities don't always have access to those resources, are steps being taken here to get answers?