Odessa Man Injured in Truck Accident on Highway 128 in Andrews County, TX
Andrews County, TX -- April 29, 2022, an Odessa man was injured due to an accident where two commercial trucks crashed on Highway 128.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 2:00 a.m. along Highway 128 at County Road 9999.
Officials said that a 40-year-old Odessa man was in a Peterbilt traveling eastbound on Highway 128. At northbound CR 9999, police say that another semi failed to yield, crashing with the Peterbilt.
The crash caused a fire, which reportedly caused the Odessa man to suffer non-incapacitating injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Odessa Man Truck Accident on Highway 128 in Andrews County
As much as people think I'm just some lawyer out to get truckers, they don't realize a good portion of my clients over the years have themselves been truckers hurt by irresponsible truck drivers that don't have the experience or care to do such an important and dangerous job. That's how crashes like this tend to happen. At the same time, though, truck drivers no doubt understand this sort of thing isn't always just about one reckless driver. Sometimes, those drivers are at the mercy of negligent employers that encourage or coerce them into dangerous behavior.
Not long ago, for example, I handled a situation involving a truck driver texting and driving. Further investigations showed that he was responding to his supervisor. This idiot would text and call drivers all day expecting them to respond immediately. If they didn't, they risked losing their jobs. It was inevitable this unreasonable expectation would lead some drivers to take risks so they could continue providing for their families, and people predictably got hurt.
That sort of thing isn't at all straight-forward like folks may think. It takes a lot more evidence and legal maneuvering to get an entire company to clean up its act. Now, that's not to say that happened here. My point is that investigators in these situations need to have the experience and tools to anticipate these possibilities. Otherwise, important details can slip through the cracks. For hard working men and women keeping our country running, making sure they get as much help as possible should always be the priority.