• June 27, 2022

Terry Smith Killed in Tire Blowout Accident on TX-158 in Glasscock County

Glasscock County, TX — June 23, 2022, 66-year-old Terry Smith died in a single-vehicle accident after blowing a tire on State Highway 158 in Glasscock County.

According to reports the incident happened around 1:35 p.m. on TX-158 near mile marker 306, roughly 16 miles outside Midland. Preliminary investigation suggest Smith was headed west in a Mack truck when the vehicle's front left tire blew out for unknown reasons. It veered across the highway and rolled through a ditch into a nearby field where it overturned.

Smith, reportedly not wearing a seat belt, suffered fatal injuries in the crash.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Terry Smith Accident in Glasscock County

Accidents like this one, allegedly caused by tire blowouts, don't get much attention or careful analysis. After all, if something on the road punctures a tire what's a driver to do?

Here's the problem with trying to write the whole thing off that way: Road debris is a common cause of blowouts, but it's not the only one. That's why it's important to thoroughly investigate every time.

Another thing that causes many tire blowouts is neglected vehicle maintenance. If the truck's records show the tires needed to be replaced and one failed because of excessive wear and tear, then whoever owns and/or maintains the vehicle could be responsible for not taking appropriate care of it.

Another possibility is a manufacturing defect in the tire itself. Anything from poor design to a bad batch off the line can lead to blowouts without the driver doing anything wrong. Not only would the tire manufacturer need to be held accountable for such a crash, they'd also need to issue a recall and fix the problem before more people suffered the same fate.

Terry Smith Killed in Tire Blowout Accident on TX-158 in Glasscock County

I don't mean to overcomplicate things, but there are more considerations than might be apparent at first. So how do we determine what was to blame? Well, that generally takes independent investigations from professionals with the right tools and training. Differentiating between poor maintenance, unavoidable debris, defects, and other possible causes requires a lot more effort than just a glance from police. Hopefully steps are taken to make sure the victim's family gets answers.

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