18-Wheeler Runs off I-20, Crashes on Tin Top Road; Five Injured in Weatherford, TX
Weatherford, TX -- August 6, 2022, five people were injured when a tractor-trailer ran off Interstate 20 and crashed in Weatherford.
According to reports the incident happened around 8:00 p.m. off westbound I-20 near Tin Top Road. Preliminary reports suggest that a Kenworth 18-wheeler was traveling west on the interstate when it went out of control for unknown reasons. The truck left the roadway and traveled over a bridge, then overturned across Tin Top Road and hit a Chevrolet pickup with four occupants.
The Chevy driver was critically injured and was airlifted from the scene. Its other three occupants reportedly received non-incapacitating injuries. The Kenworth driver was also injured in the crash.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Truck Accident off I-20 in Weatherford
Hopefully investigators are hard at work figuring out how the truck driver lost control and the collision on Tin Top Road occurred. There are many areas to check for clues: The place where the truck ran off the road in case the road is wet or hazardous there, the condition of the truck and the state of its components (tires, engine, alignment, brakes, etc), whether any cabin or dashcam footage from the truck can shed light on what happened, the driver's phone usage history in case they were distracted, any signs they lost consciousness...the list goes on, and each source of data must be carefully analyzed to make sure the whole story is learned.
But why be so thorough? Because without looking into all the possible explanations and ruling things out until only the right one remains, there's a great deal of opportunity for misunderstandings that trucking companies sometimes use to their advantage. Little as I like saying this, they're infamous for pointing fingers wherever they can to avoid responsibility for the damage their drivers do. If there's a potential scapegoat around the scene, it's best to prepare for the company to blame it instead of accepting liability.
I don't say that due to some chip on my shoulder about the trucking industry. I've been in this field for decades now, and I've learned that people chronically underestimate how stubborn a company and its insurer will get to protect their interests. Click the link below to learn more.