Lubbock Man Injured in Truck Accident on FM 1788 in Andrews County, TX
Andrews County, TX -- March 16, 2022, a Lubbock man was injured due to an accident where debris crashed through his windshield on FM 1788.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 12:30 p.m. along FM 1788 near the intersection of Highway 115.
According to officials, a 44-year-old Lubbock man was in a truck traveling northbound on FM 1788. It appears that caliche from another commercial truck fell and went through the man's windshield.
As a result of the crash, the Lubbock man had incapacitating injuries. No further information about the crash is available at this time.
Commentary on Lubbock Man Truck Accident on FM 1788 in Andrews County
I've pushed back a lot over the years against that old myth that a truck's "Stay 200 feet back" sign isn't some magic "Get Out of Jail Free" card. Generally, truck drivers have a responsibility to make sure their cargo is secure. Failure to do so means their company can be on the hook for resulting injuries. But that doesn't necessarily make a crash like this open-and-shut.
It could just be one person's oversight, but it could also be a whole company failing to uphold safety standard, forcing employees to use faulty equipment, or failing to provide safety equipment altogether. If anyone knows how insanely negligent some of these companies can be, it's other truckers and commercial vehicle drivers that have to deal with the reputation those reckless companies create for them. That's why I have to wonder if proper steps are being taken to find out why this happened and if someone needs to be held accountable.