• July 01, 2022

Nathan Pickens Injured in Truck Accident on US-287 in Cactus, TX

Cactus, TX — June 16, 2022, 49-year-old Nathan Pickens was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on U.S. Highway 287 in Moore County.

According to reports the incident happened around 3:10 p.m. on US-287 at Trails End Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-350 pickup truck was towing a trailer south on the highway as Pickens was driving a Chevy S10 pickup truck north on the other side. Pickens reportedly started to turn left from the highway onto Trails End but failed to yield the right-of-way.

The Chevy entered the path of the southbound Ford and the two trucks collided in the road. Pickens' truck then overturned on its side and the Ford's trailer broke free.

Pickens suffered serious injuries in the crash. The Ford's driver was unhurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Nathan Pickens Accident on US-287 in Cactus

Reports suggest the victim failed to yield to thru-traffic while turning. Maybe that's exactly what happened; I don't want to suggest I know more than what reports say. However, I think it's important to be sure that a thorough investigation was conducted and all the facts were found. Even though reports often make things seem cut-and-dried, there could be extenuating circumstances worth considering.

Nathan Pickens Injured in Truck Accident on US-287 in Cactus, TX

Let me give a bit of an extreme example from a crash I looked into a while back: In that case a woman in a car ran a red light at a service road and got T-boned by an 18-wheeler in the intersection. Most considered that open-and-shut, but more details came to light weeks later and made things more complex. It turned out that the 18-wheeler was actually going about 20 mph over the speed limit at the time. That didn't excuse the victim from running a red light, of course, but a fully-loaded big rig speeding through there made things much worse than they had to be. Both drivers had to answer for their choices after that collision.

I'm not accusing the truck driver of any wrongdoing in the Cactus crash. My point is that people often take early reports as the complete story despite them often being a small glimpse of a bigger picture. That's why it's important to ensure there are thorough investigations into what happened so that nothing important slips through the cracks. Whether or not there are additional steps for the victim's family to take, simply ensuring they get the answers they deserve should always be a priority.

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