• July 12, 2022

Injuries Reported after 18-Wheeler Crashes into Traffic on I-20 in Weatherford, TX

Weatherford, TX — July 11, 2022, injuries were reported after a semi-truck crashed into slowed traffic on I-20 in Weatherford.

According to reports the incident happened around 7:00 a.m. on I-20 near Bankhead Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests traffic became congested in the area due to a previous minor accident on the westbound highway.

As vehicles slowed down, a tractor-trailer hauling dry cement reportedly failed to control speed and crashed into two cars and another big rig. The cement truck then overturned on its side and slid through the cable barrier into the eastbound roadway where it hit another vehicle.

It's unclear how many people were hurt in the accident, but all injuries were said to be non-life-threatening. One woman was transported to a local hospital.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Truck Accident on I-20 in Weatherford

Crashes like this no doubt seem pretty straightforward when reading about them. It's possible they're exactly how they seem on the surface, as there aren't many good reasons a professional truck driver would plow into traffic. However, even if a trucker clearly did something wrong, it's important to find out why that happened. There's a big difference between simple carelessness and being compelled to act incorrectly.

In another case I handled, a trucker crashed into traffic while texting his supervisor. We looked into the matter for the victims and learned the supervisor demanded that drivers respond immediately to texts and calls, no matter what they were doing. It was only a matter of time before someone got hurt as the drivers--even the ones on the road--tried to comply or risked losing their jobs.

Injuries Reported after 18-Wheeler Crashes into Traffic on I-20 in Weatherford, TX

Did that excuse the truck driver for his actions at the wheel? Not really. However, it showed that his behavior wasn't the only thing that deserved some accountability. Thanks to careful investigation we also managed to end that company's dangerous policies, but if we'd just stopped at the texting trucker and gone no further we might never have known.

I'm not saying anything of the sort was necessarily behind the Weatherford wreck, but I've seen far too many people rush to judgment based on just a few sentences in the news--only to find their minds completely changed after more information comes to light. Even less-experienced attorneys fall victim to that tendency, which is why folks should take the necessary steps to ensure their accident is looked into by experienced professionals.

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