• September 28, 2022

Steven Craig Mayes Injured in Truck Accident in Temple, TX

Temple, TX -- August 14, 2022, Steven Craig Mayes was injured following an accident where a car and an 18-wheeler collided.

Officials said that the incident happened 1:45 a.m. along the 3500 block of I-35 Southbound.

50-year-old Steven Craig Mayes was in a Kia Optima traveling along the interstate, authorities say. It appears he slammed on the brakes due to a wrecked vehicle ahead. When doing so, a truck driver in an 18-wheeler said they "couldn't slow down in time," slamming into the back of Mayes's vehicle. Information suggests that the truck was carrying around 25,000 pounds of cargo, and skidmarks extended "hundreds of feet" beyond the initial point of impact.

Mayes was said to have incapacitating injuries due to the crash. No other injuries were listed. Police said they believe that Mayes stopping suddenly caused the crash. This has yet to be confirmed.

Commentary on Steven Craig Mayes Truck Accident in Temple

I'm going to be perfectly blunt here. The apparent belief from the investigators that the victim caused this crash because they "stopped suddenly" sounds ridiculous. To be clear, I'll be the first to say a truck driver isn't automatically at fault just because they rear-ended someone. But when authorities are also saying things like the truck was barely over half capacity for a typical 18-wheeler and that it skidded for hundreds of feet after the collision, I can't help wondering whether or not this was avoidable.

Steven Craig Mayes Injured in Truck Accident in Temple, TX

Generally speaking, there are folks out there who know how challenging it is to stop an 18-wheeler: experienced truckers. That's why they go at appropriate speeds for conditions--including whether or not it's dark out and the weight they're hauling--and keep a safe following distance. Someone slamming on their brakes isn't always foreseeable, but truck drivers know more than anyone that vehicles can come to a stop suddenly, and they at least need to be able to react in time to at least lessen the severity of the crash.

Could it be that the victim's vehicle just wasn't clearly visible for some reason, and this truck driver did everything they possible could have to avoid the collision? Of course. But nine times out of ten, this sort of thing is the result of a negligent truck driver, not someone hitting the brakes to avoid a different collision. Hopefully there are thorough investigations to clarify what happened here so nothing important slips through the cracks.

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