Brian Scott Austin Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Bell County, TX
Bell County, TX -- August 22, 2022, Brian Scott Austin was injured due to an accident where an 18-wheeler hit a truck.
Officials gave information indicating the crash happened at around 5:35 a.m. on I-35 near mile marker 282.
It appears that 59-year-old Brian Scott Austin was in an 18-wheeler traveling southbound on the interstate. Authorities believe that a truck towing another large truck did not have rear lights on, and Austin's 18-wheeler rear-ended the towed truck.
Austin's injuries were described as incapacitating following the wreck. No other injuries were mentioned. No further information about the crash is available at this time.
Commentary on Brian Scott Austin 18-wheeler Accident in Bell County
I always talk about how someone hitting the back of another vehicle isn't automatically their fault. If the details here are true, this could be a perfect example of that. One can't help but wonder what would possess someone to not have their lights on this early in the morning. It makes me wonder if there are other factors at work here.
I'm reminded of an example which shows why a crash like this shouldn't be waved off as simple or straight-forward. In that crash, a reckless truck driver caused an accident. While that much was obvious, we knew to always be thorough, and that's when more concerning issues came to light.
It turned out the company involved barely trained the driver, rushing through vital safety training and putting him on the road as soon as possible. It was inevitable that guy would get himself or someone else seriously hurt, but that company either didn't care or was too stupid to understand that--it's tough to say which would be worse.
If anyone knows how awful some companies can be, it's hard working truckers. They know about the drivers and employers giving their profession a bad name, which is why so many of my clients over the years have themselves been truck drivers. Whatever led to this crash exactly, steps to dig deeper than the initial reports would likely be prudent.