• July 20, 2022

Ronald Lee Ervin Killed in Truck Accident in Saltillo, TX

Saltillo, TX -- July 16, 2022, Ronald Ervin was killed due to an accident where a truck crashed along the side of the road.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 11:20 p.m. just outside of town along FM 900.

According to initial reports, 58-year-old Ronald Ervin was in a Mack truck on a trip from Little Rock, Arkansas to Dallas. For reasons currently unclear, the truck drifted off the side of the road, crashed into a creek, and hit an embankment.

Ervin sustained fatal injuries due to the crash. Authorities claim he had not been wearing a seatbelt. Right now, additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on Robert Ervin Truck Accident in Saltillo

I find too often that authorities and the public in general don't give much attention to truck wrecks like this. They just assume the truck driver was on their phone or fell asleep at the wheel. As common as those factors are, anything from a medical emergency to a defective part to road hazards can cause a wreck like this. Investigations have to be thorough to consider or otherwise rule out these possibilities. Even details that are in the reports are worth scrutiny. They're not always as simple as they may seem.

Ronald Lee Ervin Killed in Truck Accident in Saltillo, TX

Take for example the claims made in these reports that the victim wasn't wearing his seatbelt. Is that possible? Absolutely. But the problem is I see tons reports where police say something like that, and investigations show it was actually a part failure of some kind that led to the victim's injuries. It could be that a seatbelt locking mechanism fails, the latch could break, and I've even seen a crash where a truck driver's entire seat assembly came out of the vehicle, and police still talked about it like the driver wasn't wearing their seatbelt.

Maybe nothing so complex happened here, but early reports like these certainly aren't going to clear that up on their own. I wouldn't consider anything less than extensive independent accident reconstructions for someone losing their life in a serious truck wreck. I currently see no reason to consider this incident an exception to that.

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