Two Injured in Crash with 18-Wheeler on SH 302 in Ector County, TX
Ector County, TX — November 8, 2022, two people were injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on State Highway 302 in Ector County.
Authorities say the incident happened Tuesday along TX-302 at Farm to Market Road 1936. Preliminary investigation suggests a commercial semi-truck was headed north on FM 1936 when the driver allegedly failed to yield at the Highway 302 intersection. The truck pulled into the path of an eastbound Honda Pilot and the two collided in the travel lanes.
Both people in the Honda were taken to an area hospital and are reportedly in stable condition. The truck driver was also taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Truck Accident on TX-302 in Ector County
The news indicates the truck driver in this crash failed to yield to the victims' vehicle. Some may think that's enough to hold him and his employer accountable for their injuries, but few accidents--particularly those involving commercial trucks--are really that simple.
People may not realize that trucking companies almost never accept fault without first doing everything they can to avoid it. Most commonly that means pointing fingers anywhere and everywhere but at their drivers. In Ector County, for instance, they might say the victims were speeding or took "faulty evasive maneuvers" and those were more responsible for their injuries. Whether there's any truth to that argument or not, it would still have to be overcome or else there's a risk the company could use it to escape responsibility.
Some may think I'm just being cynical, but this comes from decades of working on all manner of commercial wrecks. In all that time, I can say without exaggeration that exactly one company admitted fault without arguing or dragging its feet. Hundreds of others fought every step of the way against doing the right thing, so victims and families are best served by knowing what that fight might look like and how to deal with it. Click below to read more.