James Marion Van Norman Killed in 18-wheeler Accident in Dayton, TX
Dayton, TX -- October 6, 2022, James Marion Van Norman was killed after an accident where his vehicle hit an 18-wheeler.
Investigators said that the incident happened at around 3:30 p.m. along FM 1960 at the intersection of FM 686.
It appears that 79-year-old James Marion Van Norman was in a Chevy Silverado traveling westbound along FM 1960. At FM 686, officials say a southbound 18-wheeler failed to yield making a left turn from the stop sign. As a result, Van Norman's vehicle hit the side of the trailer.
Due to the crash, Van Norman sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. Additional details about the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on James Marion Van Norman 18-wheeler Accident in Dayton
To be blunt, I can recall few cases where this sort of thing happens without the truck driver doing anything wrong. This sort of thing is usually the result of inattentive driving, plain and simple. Is it possible there were extenuating circumstances the 18-wheeler driver couldn't avoid? Of course, and I would never suggest anything less than an all-encompassing investigations by professionals who will leave stone unturned.
But even if the driver did screw up, getting those investigations as soon as possible is crucial for victims and families. Otherwise, whatever company stands on the other side will have too much freedom to bend the facts as they see fit.
Trucking companies have one priority: avoid responsibility. They aren't there to give families answers. They aren't there to help every step of the way. They're certainly not there to help. They just want to ensure they take as little of the blame as possible. Some companies will simply stonewall victims and families and work within the system to gain an advantage. Others will go so far as to lie and cheat victims and families out of their rights.
I go to great lengths to try and ensure the public knows about these risks so they can prepare themselves accordingly in the tragic event they find themselves in a situation like this. Whatever happened here, the challenges I lay out in the article below are ones which should always be anticipated, common or not. That way, families can at least know they're getting all the facts and all the tools they need if it turns out someone got their loved one killed.