Two Injured in Truck Accident on University Drive in Denton, TX
Denton, TX -- December 1, 2022, two people were injured following an accident where a truck and a car crashed on University Drive.
Authorities gave statements saying the crash took place at University Drive and Thomas J. Egan road at around 6:47 p.m. According to their details, a 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were in a Toyota Corolla traveling eastbound on University. At Thomas J. Egan, their vehicle crashed into the trailer of an 18-wheeler making a u-turn onto eastbound lanes.
The man in the Toyota had incapacitating injuries while the woman had non-incapacitating injuries. No further information is available at this time.
It should be noted that police described the truck's u-turn as "unsafe". I can't confirm or deny that, but I can confirm that most every case a family has come to me with regarding a truck making a u-turn ended up involving reckless behavior on the trucker's part.
Put simply, a truck blocking lanes of travel unnecessarily is incredibly dangerous. It's why a lot of the more scrupulous trucking companies I've had the pleasure of speaking with over the years actually fire drivers that even attempt (successfully or not) a u-turn like the one described here.
So what was different here? Is there some reason the truck driver thought what they were doing was safe? Does their training allow for this kind of maneuver? Why did they need to make a u-turn in the first place? Has this sort of thing happened with this driver or their company before? The answers to these questions could show that the authorities' safety concerns extend beyond this isolated incident.