• January 12, 2023

Three Injured in Semi-Truck Accident on US 79 in Williamson County, TX

Williamson County, TX -- November 16, 2022, three people were injured following an accident where a semi-truck crashed with their vehicle.

Preliminary details made public by authorities indicate that the crash happened at around 4:00 p.m. along US Highway 79 just off County Road 136.

Authorities said that a Nissan Altima was traveling westbound along the highway. At CR 136, a tractor-trailer was in the crossover going toward eastbound lanes. Police say its rear portion was still in westbound lanes when the Nissan hit it.

As a result, three people in the Nissan were injured, with the 26-year-old woman driving the vehicle reportedly having incapacitating injuries. Right now, no other details are available.

Three Injured in Semi-Truck Accident on US 79 in Williamson County, TX

I've had many people come to me about wrecks involving 18-wheelers moving to, from, or sitting in a crossover along a highway. These can be dangerous areas, especially when a truck is blocking a lane of travel. But while most of those situations end up being the truck driver's fault for impeding traffic, details I'm seeing about this crash seem to suggest otherwise.

Authorities said that the driver of the car may have been inattentive here. I don't have any particular reason to doubt this. But when it comes to serious truck wreck, there's a central question that comes up: What action was more likely than not responsible for the crash?

Generally speaking, it's wrong for a truck to block a lane of travel as described here. There can certainly be extenuating circumstances to consider, and I would encourage folks to wait for all the facts to come out before trying to throw blame around. But I couldn't help noticing a detail saying the truck pulled forward after the collision "as to not block the lanes" of the highway. Perhaps if they had done that sooner, there never would have been a crash.


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