• August 23, 2022

Man Killed in Semi-truck Accident on I-45 in Leon County, TX

Leon County, TX -- August 1, 2022, a man sustained fatal injuries following an accident where multiple trucks crashed along I-45.

Investigators said the crash happened near northbound mile marker 174, just outside Buffalo, at around 2:41 p.m. Their reports said that a 26-year-old man was in a Kenworth tractor-trailer traveling along I-45. The truck somehow did not slow down for traffic, crashing into two other semi-trucks.

The Kenworth driver reportedly sustained fatal injuries due to the crash. The other drivers reportedly were not injured. Authorities have not released any additional details.

Commentary on Fatal Semi-truck Accident on I-45 in Leon County

With a rear-end collision like this, folks will no doubt just assume the driver was being reckless, was fatigued, or was on their phone. Those are certainly common factors worth looking into, but if anyone can appreciate unique challenges a truck driver may face, it's other truck drivers. Could there be extenuating circumstances here?

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For example, I had a case not long ago where a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel, and a serious crash occurred. While that was clearly his mistake, our investigations found he was coerced by his employer to meet unreasonable deadlines. Drivers essentially had to cut all kinds of corners or else risk losing their jobs. With workers forced to choose between being safe and putting food on their family's table, it no wonder something went wrong.

Again, I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but it's one of those things authorities don't often look into on their own. That's why I say even seemingly open-and-shut crashes warrant more thorough independent investigations to ensure the victims and families are getting the full story. Were those steps ever taken here?

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