• October 06, 2022

Frank Stewart Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-181 in Beeville, TX

Beeville, TX — September 7, 2022, 65-year-old Frank Stewart was seriously injured in a crash with a big rig on U.S. Highway 181 in Bee County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:30 a.m. along US-181 near mile marker 582. Preliminary investigation suggests Stewart was driving a Chevy Silverado north on the highway as a Freightliner tractor-trailer was southbound on the other side of the road.

According to reports the truck driver slowed in the southbound lane and started to make a U-turn in heavy fog conditions. The big rig crossed through the approaching Chevy's path and the pickup hit the front right of the semi-trailer. The force of the impact wedged the Chevy underneath the trailer and the Freightliner dragged it a short distance before coming to rest.

Stewart was severely injured in the collision. Neither of the Freightliner's occupants were hurt.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Frank Stewart Accident on US-181 in Beeville

Most responsible truckers know the damage an 18-wheeler can do when U-turning through a highway, so they avoid it whenever possible. Many reputable trucking firms even penalize or terminate their drivers for that, so whether from knowledge of the risks or a desire to avoid those penalties most drivers find somewhere else to turn around and trade convenience for safety.

Frankly I wonder why the trucker in Beeville took the risk. Some may say the heavy fog prevented him from seeing the approaching pickup, and while that's plausible the other side of it is that a properly-trained professional driver would know better than to obstruct a highway if he couldn't be 100% certain he was alone. It gives rise to many questions about the driver's experience at the wheel, his training, and his employer's attitude about road safety.

Frank Stewart Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on US-181 in Beeville, TX

If a jury learns the truck driver simply "called an audible" despite knowing better, they may understandably decide all the blame rests solely with them. However, if they learn the driver didn't know any better because they weren't properly trained or they were trying to comply with company policies that valued timeliness over safety, they may decide the company deserves consequences as well. In the end the victim deserves to know that everyone responsible for his injuries will be properly taken to task.

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