• October 12, 2022

Donna Williams Person, 2 Injured in Semi-truck Accident in Rowlett, TX

Rowlett, TX -- September 21, 2022, Donna Williams Person and two others were injured in an accident where their vehicle and a truck crashed.

In initial details, it appears the crash happened along I-30 near Shoreline Trail at around 6:00 p.m.

According to officials, 56-year-old Donna Williams Person was the driver of a Nissan Altima traveling eastbound along the interstate. While doing so, authorities believe a semi-truck to the left of Person made an unsafe lane change, hitting the Nissan.

Due to the crash, Williams Person and the other two passengers in Williams Person's vehicle sustained incapacitating injuries, statements suggest. The truck driver apparently said they did not see the vehicle nor did the truck's warning sensors go off as it changed lanes. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Donna Williams Person Truck Accident in Rowlett

As straight-forward as something like this may seem, there can be complex issues to address if the right people are going to be held accountable for the injuries the victims suffered. One thing that stands out, for example, is the driver saying their sensors didn't go off. Why might this change things?

Donna Williams Person, 2 Injured in Semi-truck Accident in Rowlett, TX

Generally speaking, those warning sensors are more of an extra layer of protection. It's not like drivers in older vehicles are causing havoc because nothing is beeping at them. That's why we have side mirrors and know to check our blind spots. No one should know that better than a trained professional.

However, if the truck did have sensors that failed to go off when they should have, it could also be a sign they weren't kept in good condition or that some other behavior kept the warnings from being heard. That's why it's always so crucial to look into a driver's history, their company's history of reckless drivers, the maintenance record of the truck, and any other surrounding elements which may have contributed to the crash.

At the end of the day, it's always a priority to get folks the help they need. But from the hundreds of families I've helped after truck wrecks, it's clear people want something more than just help; they want to see accountability. Did authorities get enough evidence here to truly say those responsible for this crash are going to be held accountable? Or, will this be like most of the wrecks I handle which require more thorough independent investigations to ensure there are appropriate consequences?

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