Noe Gonzalez, 1 Injured in 18-wheeler Accident on FM 1776 in Coyanosa, TX
Coyanosa, TX -- July 2, 2022, Noe Gonzalez and another driver were injured due to an accident involving an 18-wheeler blocking the road.
Authorities were called out to the scene at around 6:00 a.m. The events occurred along FM 1776 near mile marker 372.
It appears the events began after a tractor-trailer somehow got the back of the trailer stuck off the side of southbound lanes. This resulted in the 18-wheeler stretching across both lanes of traffic, blocking them as the truck pointed northbound.
Details say that an 18-wheeler approaching southbound did not see the truck in time and swerved, causing their 18-wheeler to overturn. Sometime later, a southbound vehicle driven by 57-year-old Noe Gonzalez also crashed into the trailer.
Both Gonzalez and the driver of the second 18-wheeler were said to have incapacitating injuries. Police say the first driver would likely face charges for unsafe movement on roadway. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Noe Gonzalez 18-wheeler Accident on FM 1776 in Coyanosa
If the description of the events here are accurate, then a crucial question is going to be what actions, if any, the first truck driver took to prevent this. Obviously, if someone gets stuck across a roadway in the first place, they made a mistake. But that doesn't mean there aren't steps one can take to warn approaching motorists. Truck drivers have reflective cones and flares they can place to make the obstruction as visible as reasonably possible. Were those steps taken here? Did the driver have time to put those warnings out?
Another concern is how this even happened in the first place. I think about all the responsible, professional truckers I've worked with over the years. I can't imagine a single one getting into a situation like this absent some highly unusual circumstances. That's one of the reasons I always look into the histories of truckers involved in serious accidents.
For example, in a recent case that step uncovered that a company was hiring inexperienced drivers because they were just desperate for warm bodies to get behind the wheel. They'd barely train them, then they'd throw them on the road with multi-ton trucks. It was just a matter of time before they got someone else hurt, but getting evidence of that behavior allows the consequences to be significant enough they clean up their act. Perhaps similar shortcomings compiled to contribute to this crash, as well.
Whatever happened here, my hope is to illustrate to folks that these situations are almost never simple. Things are never quite as straight-forward as they seem, which is why it's crucial to get as much evidence as possible. Even with facts like these, there's no doubt a company already working to tip the scales in their favor. Victims and families should ensure they have the evidence and the allies needed to keep that scale balanced.