• October 19, 2022

Billy Faison Killed, James Dalberg Injured in Truck Accident on I-45 in Leon County, TX

Leon County, TX — October 17, 2022, truck driver Billy Faison died and trucker James Dalberg was injured in a truck accident on Interstate 45 in Leon County.

Authorities say the incident happened Monday afternoon along I-45, roughly two miles north of Centerville. Preliminary investigation suggests Dalberg, 49, was driving a Kenworth big rig north when he stopped for road construction ahead. Faison, 72, was northbound in a Freightliner 18-wheeler when he allegedly failed to reduce speed and crashed into the Kenworth's trailer.

Faison suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Dalberg was transported to an area hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Billy Faison, James Dalberg Accident in Leon County

Careful investigation is important after any crash, but especially when it's between commercial trucks. Why? Because the companies behind those trucks have reputations and assets they want to protect, which means two of them pitted against each other will likely play a long and high-stakes game of "hot potato" as they blame one another. While they argue back and forth, the people hurt by the wreck may be stuck in limbo waiting for the help they deserve.

It may not seem like there's much to argue about if one truck rear-ended the other, but that's not an automatic indicator of fault as many people believe. News reports rarely have all the facts and there are many lingering questions: How long was the Kenworth stopped before the Freightliner hit it? Did the Kenworth driver brake abruptly when he got close to the construction, or gradually as he approached? Was the construction zone properly marked with signs, cones, flags, or other identifiers? How fast was the Freightliner traveling? Did anything beyond the driver's control prevent it from slowing down?

Billy Faison Killed, James Dalberg Injured in Leon County, TX Truck Accident on I-45

I don't ask those questions to overcomplicate the matter or point any fingers. My point is more that many accidents are more complicated than reports make them seem, and it's always a good idea to look more closely than police might before finishing their reports and moving on. Clearer details could make a great deal of difference in cutting through endless courtroom back-and-forth between companies, which is why I often suggest independent investigations to make sure those details are found. At the very least the people affected deserve to know they have the whole story.

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