Evert Perez Injured in 18-Wheeler Tire Blowout Crash on TX-137 in Glasscock County
Glasscock County, TX — October 6, 2022, 34-year-old Evert Perez was injured when a tractor-trailer crash on State Highway 137 in Glasscock County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 6:15 p.m. on TX-137 near mile marker 356. Preliminary investigation suggests Perez was driving a Freightliner semi-truck with an attached trailer north on the highway when the truck's left-front tire blew out. The truck ran off the road to the west, then crashed through a barbed wire fence. Both truck and trailer overturned and rolled multiple times before coming to rest.
Perez suffered serious injuries in the crash.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Evert Perez Accident in Glasscock County
Clearly it's serious when a tire failure causes a major wreck like this, and yet I've found over the years that blowout crashes don't get as much attention as they deserve. People tend to assume something in the road just punctured the tire, and what's anyone to do about that?
It's true that road debris commonly causes blowouts, but it's not the only reason a tire might fail. For instance, what if the truck wasn't properly maintained and the tire gave way after too much wear and tear? Alternately, what if the tire was defective and it just failed unexpectedly during normal use? Neither of those has anything to do with road debris, but either of them could mean someone should answer for their part in the damage done.
So how do we determine what was really to blame? Well, that often requires attention from experts with the specialized tools and training to tell the difference between the possible causes. Differentiating between poor maintenance, unavoidable debris, defects, and other possible causes requires a lot more effort than just a glance from police. Hopefully steps are taken to make sure those affected by this crash know all the facts. They deserve no less.