• September 20, 2022

Roger Watts Injured in Truck Overturn Crash on Silver Creek Road in Ogle County, IL

Ogle County, IL — September 16, 2022, 78-year-old Roger Watts was injured when his tractor-trailer overturned on Silver Creek Road in Ogle County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 8:00 a.m. on the 4600 block of North Silver Creek. Preliminary investigation suggests Watts was driving a Mack semi-truck with an attached dump trailer loaded with ag lime. Watts allegedly failed to reduce speed when the truck entered a curve in the road and the truck overturned.

Watts suffered possible serious injuries and was airlifted to an area hospital. He was later cited for failure to reduce speed.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Roger Watts Injured in Truck Overturn Crash on Silver Creek Road in Ogle County, IL

Commentary on Roger Watts Accident in Ogle County

After a crash like this I'm often concerned that police investigators won't really be as thorough as they should. Reports say the truck flipped over while going too fast in a turn, which is probably enough for most people to write the whole thing off as the driver's fault. However, the cause of a crash isn't always the same as the cause of a victim's injuries, so there may still be more to the story.

For instance, an unfortunate problem in the modern trucking industry is truck manufacturers failing to build vehicles that truly keep their drivers safe. Corners get cut and designs never change even if simple safety improvements could be made to help prevent serious injury in the unfortunate event of a crash. When those improvements aren't implemented, a crash may end up much worse than it realistically had to be. Could something like that have been a factor here?

To learn more about some hazards inherent in modern truck design, click the image below.

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