• September 30, 2022

Belleville, IL Man Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Martin County, TX

Martin County, TX -- August 7, 2022, a Belleville, IL, man sustained injuries after an accident where his truck overturned off Highway 176.

Authorities said that the incident took place at around 5:00 a.m. along Highway 176 near Caliche Road.

Illinois Man Injured in 18-wheeler Accident in Martin County, TX

Details suggest that a 34-year-old Belleville, Illinois man was in a Freightliner traveling eastbound on the highway. When a truck ahead slowed down, authorities say the Illinois truck driver went to evade the collision. The truck then ran off-road where it overturned into a ditch.

The Illinois man sustained incapacitating injuries, officials said. No other injuries were described. Additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on Illinois Man 18-wheeler Accident in Martin County

Something that often goes overlooked when authorities are digging into what caused a crash is whether or not the injuries were actually reasonable. The driver here was said to have incapacitating injuries. Was it because the crash was really that serious, or did something cause the injuries to be worse than they should have been?

Here's one reason I bring that up. I rarely see authorities look into a common issue in the trucking industry of trucks that can't withstand what should be relatively minor rollovers. As a result, truck drivers that should be okay end up seriously hurt or killed because the manufacturer of their truck couldn't be bothered to take one more step to protect their customers. Could it be something like that happened here? The article below may help shed light on what to look for in these situations.

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