• July 07, 2022

Man Injured in 18-wheeler Rear-end Accident on Highway 349 in Midland County, TX

Midland County, TX -- June 13, 2022, one person was injured due to an accident where a vehicle rear-ended an 18-wheeler on Highway 349.

Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 5:48 a.m. along Highway 349 off the corner of County Road 150.

Officials said that a 25-year-old man was in a work truck going northbound on the highway. At CR-150, an 18-wheeler was reportedly turning from northbound lanes onto CR-150. While doing so, the pickup crashed into the back of the 18-wheeler.

The pickup driver reportedly had incapacitating injuries due to the crash.

Commentary on 18-wheeler Accident on Highway 349 in Midland County

Rear-end collision can often be misleading because folks will immediately assume the rear driver did something wrong. Quite frankly, that's the most likely explanation here. Experience tells me the victim was either going too fast, following too closely, or looking at their phone. But experience also tells me it's worth looking into other possibilities beyond the victim's control because, while unlikely, they cause wrecks like this, as well.

Midland County, TX 18-wheeler Rear-end Accident Injures 1 on TX-349

For example, there was a crash I looked into a while back where reported were a lot like this one. An 18-wheeler was just traveling on the highway when someone slammed into the back of it. Weeks later, though, it came to light that the 18-wheeler had merged from the shoulder before turning its trailer lights on. As such, the 18-wheeler would have been practically invisible and moving slowly when the collision occurred.

I'm not at all saying that happened here, but it's one of many examples where early reports overlook crucial details. From mechanical issues to lighting to road hazards to medical emergencies to tire defects--likely or not, getting the full story is important. That's especially true when someone is in need of serious help.

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