Brendan Torres, Curtis Brown Killed in Truck Accident in Dallam County, TX
Dallam County, TX -- October 4, 2022, Brendan Torres and Curtis Brown were killed after an accident where their vehicle and a semi-trailer crashed.
Investigators reported that the accident happened at around 8:40 p.m. along US Highway 54.
It appears that 19-year-old Brendan Torres and 51-year-old Curtis Brown, Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department firefighter and chief, were in a vehicle traveling southwest on the highway. From oncoming lanes, authorities say it appears that a semi-truck entered southwest lanes trying to pass another vehicle. Doing so, it hit Torres and Brown's vehicle head-on.
Due to the collision, both Brown and Torres sustained fatal injuries. At this time, additional details about the crash remain under investigation.
Commentary on Brendan Torres, Curtis Brown Truck Accident in Dallam County
If the details given in current reports ends up being verified, then it's challenging to envision a scenario where this happens without the truck driver doing something very wrong. Absent a compelling reason, a commercial truck passing a vehicle on this type of road is always risky.
Trucks aren't easy to accelerate nor maneuver. The longer a massive vehicle is blocking oncoming lanes, the more likely it is someone's going to get hurt. But even considering that, why did the truck driver think the path was clear? Were there issues with visibility? Was the driver distracted? Are there issues with this particular stretch of road? Or, did this driver simply not even consider the potential consequences of their actions?
As straight-forward as this all may seem, something to consider is that answering these questions is vital for victims and families. Not only do they need the whole story, they need every possible tool at their disposal to anticipate and overcome whatever blame-shifting tactics the trucking company has in store for them. However damning the facts are, companies have teams of professionals dedicated to avoiding responsibility. Challenging them means having experienced professionals working to balance the scales so the evidence has the final word. Are those steps being taken here?