Man Injured in Tractor-Trailer Accident on 16th Street in La Porte, TX
La Porte, TX -- June 8, 2022, one person sustained injuries due to an accident where a vehicle crashed with a semi-trailer on 16th Street.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 11:22 p.m. along 16th Street near Wharton Weems Road.
According to officials, a 36-year-old man was in a Chevy Suburban traveling northbound on 16th. Ahead, reports say that a tractor-trailer was stationary in the lane of travel without any lights on. The Chevy crashed into the back of the trailer.
Due to the collision, reports say the Chevy driver had non-incapacitating injuries. No further information about the crash is available at this time.
Commentary on Tractor-Trailer Accident on 16th Street in La Porte
If these reports are accurate, it's challenging to see a scenario where this truck driver didn't mess up big time. Stopping in a lane of travel is dangerous enough, but doing so at night without any lights is just egregious. What exactly was the truck doing there, and how could this all have been avoided? Answering those questions is important because those answers aren't always as simple as folks may think.
A while back, for example, I had a similar situation come to me where someone hit a parked 18-wheeler on the highway. The trucking company blamed it all on an unforeseeable mechanical issue. That truck driver have mechanical issues, but further investigations showed that the incident was still entirely avoidable.
First of all, that truck driver made no efforts to put out reflective cones or flares despite being at a stop for several minutes. Second, the mechanical issues were the direct result of the driver's employer neglecting to do necessary repairs for months on end. And lastly, the mechanical issue was such that the driver could have continued driving until they found somewhere safe off-road. Instead, the driver panicked and stopped right in the middle of the highway.
For a situation like that, the issues leading to the crash aren't as simple as just some reckless driver. There was a whole company fostering a dangerous environment for the public and even their own drivers. They needed a wake up call, and that requires extensive evidence. A crash report alone isn't likely to bring all of that to light, which is why it's often best that victims and families have experienced professionals look into something serious like this. Are those steps being taken here?