Chandler, Arizona Woman Injured in Truck Accident on I-20 in Midland County, TX
Midland County, TX -- November 26, 2022, an Arizona woman was injured as the result of a commercial truck accident along I-20.
Investigations uncovered information showing that the crash happened along I-20 near mile marker 140 at around 11:30 p.m.
The details say that a 29-year-old Chandler, Arizona woman was in a Chevy Volt traveling eastbound along the interstate. Ahead, it appears that a tractor-trailer did not have its lights on, and a pile-up occurred, including the Arizona woman's vehicle.
The Arizona woman was the only one said to be injured due to the crash. Officials did not give more details about the crash at time of writing.
Commentary on Arizona Woman Truck Accident on I-20 in Midland County
If these claims are true, that an 18-wheeler was on a dark highway without its lights on, that's an incredibly serious situation to follow up on. I don't want to jump to conclusions, though, so it's important to consider that the most egregious explanation here may not be the one that's true.
One potential series of events is a truck simply had serious mechanical issues that left it without power. In those situations, they key factor is then whether or not the truck driver made a reasonable attempt to put out warning markers or flares. If they didn't have time, and the breakdown was unavoidable, then maybe there was nothing they could do. If they neglected to put out markers despite having the time, though, or if the mechanical issues were the result of something like poor maintenance, then the situation likely could have been avoided by a more reasonably prudent professional.
On the other hand, if this was just some reckless truck driver going around without their lights on, it's important not to see that as some open-and-shut situation. In my experience, trucking companies don't become more cooperate the more egregious their drivers are. In fact, I've found some companies that hire reckless and irresponsible drivers do so because they themselves are a dangerous company that's willing to do what it takes to avoid losses. That's why having as much evidence as possible in the hands of victims and families is a prudent step toward ensuring the mistakes leading up to the crash are addressed appropriately.
It remains to be seen if the proper steps are being taken here to see that happens.