• July 05, 2022

Two Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident on Highway 20 in Walton County, FL

Walton County, FL -- July 1, 2022, two people were killed due to an accident where a tractor-trailer and a pickup crashed on Highway 20.

Investigators responded to the area of Highway 20 and Cowford Road at around 1:30 p.m. According to officials, a pickup in the westbound lanes somehow went into the eastbound lanes, resulting in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer.

Reports say that the Ponce de Leon man in the pickup died at the scene. The tractor-trailer driver, said to be a DeFuniak Springs man, died following transport to a hospital. No further information about the crash is available at this time.

Commentary on Dual Truck Accident on Highway 20 in Walton County

A devastating truck wreck like this, quite simply, is best handled by independent investigators who have extensive experience looking into commercial truck wrecks. The details can be incredibly complex, and authorities alone may not have the means to ensure important details don't slip through the cracks.

Not long ago, for example, a family came to me about a loved one who, according to police, veered over the center line and hit an 18-wheeler head-on. As we dug into things, though, the evidence showed that police got the facts wrong.

Walton County, FL Tractor-Trailer Accident Kills 2 on Highway 20

What actually happened in that situation was a tractor-trailer drifted over the center line, and an oncoming car swerved left to avoid it. The truck driver then realized what was happening, jerked back to the right, and the vehicles collided in the 18-wheeler's original lane. The investigating officer was a rookie left on his own without proper training or equipment, so he based his reports solely on the final position of the two vehicles. Had there not been more thorough investigations, that family may never have learned the truth.

Just to be clear, I'm not trying to suggest that happened here. My point is that authorities can miss big details like that, meaning they can miss much more subtle details. This could be something as simple as someone fatigued or on their phone. Or, it could all be as complex as a mechanical defect or hazardous roadways. The only way to be sure is to let the evidence speak for itself, but the right people need to be handling that evidence to ensure nothing crucial goes overlooked.

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