Pedestrian Hit by 2 Semi-Trucks, Killed on I-20 in Van Zandt County, TX
Van Zandt County, TX — November 10, 2022, a pedestrian was struck by two semi-truck tractors and died on Interstate 20 in Van Zandt County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:30 a.m. along I-20 near mile marker 518 outside Canton. Preliminary investigation suggests only that the victim was on foot in or near the roadway when they were hit by one or possibly two semi-truck tractors.
The pedestrian suffered fatal injuries in the accident.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Pedestrian Accident on I-20 in Van Zandt County
I've heard it said that a commercial truck accident really involves three investigations: One by the police, one by the trucking company, and--ideally at least--one on the victim's behalf.
The police investigation, often relied on for answers by victims and their loved ones, is generally looking only for evidence of criminal activity. They are agents of the state, not victim advocates, and they don't necessarily prioritize helping the people and families hurt by accidents. That's not to say their findings aren't useful, but their reports are sometimes less helpful than one might hope for.
Likewise, trucking companies and their insurers may send out their own investigators if there's any chance their drivers could be accused of wrongdoing. Once again, their goals don't typically align with victims' since they're mostly looking for ways to free their employee and themselves from blame. That means their investigators will search for ways to blame something besides driver negligence and reduce or even eliminate the company's responsibility.
That's why another investigation by independent experts is often best if anyone feels the "official" story is wrong or incomplete. With state-of-the-art equipment and relevant training, those experts seek out all the available evidence and assemble it into a clear picture of exactly what occurred and why. That narrative, built on objective facts, can make all the difference when trying to help victims and families get back on their feet after a devastating crash.