Jacob Kyle Weldon Injured in Truck Accident in Fayette, TX
Fayette, TX -- October 28, 2022, Jacob Kyle Weldon was injured due to an accident where his vehicle crashed with a semi-truck.
Officials said that the accident happened at around 12:15 p.m. along I-10 mile marker 679.
Sources indicate that 18-year-old Jacob Kyle Weldon was in a Toyota Tundra traveling eastbound along I-10. Weldon's vehicle lost control on wet roads, causing it to hit the barrier and overturn. The vehicle then crashed with a semi-truck, sending Weldon's vehicle onto the median.
Weldon had injuries said to be incapacitating. No other injuries were reported. At this time, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Jacob Kyle Weldon Truck Accident in Fayette
I find people are often quick to jump to conclusions after crashes like this one, which is why I want to emphasize two important lessons my years handling commercial truck wrecks taught me. One is that a driver deserves some benefit of the doubt until all the facts are clear no matter what their age. Folks see a teen driver and just assume they must have been speeding, on their phone, or otherwise reckless. That's obviously common, but it's important to consider other possibilities so nothing slips through the cracks.
Furthermore, the secondary collision is not automatically tied to the first one. What do I mean by that? Let's say, for example, that someone crashes and becomes stationary in the roadway. If other drivers have no issues seeing and avoiding that wrecked vehicle, a truck driver failing to avoid it may have been going too fast or not paying attention. Otherwise, if the events played out such that a reasonably prudent professional couldn't avoid hitting the victim, it would be ridiculous to hold them accountable for factors beyond their control.
As I said, determining what happened here means getting clear evidence. It's unclear if authorities ever made that effort, so perhaps there should be more thorough independent investigations into what all went wrong here.