Brooke Elyssa Byrd Injured in Truck Accident in Wise County, TX
Wise County, TX -- December 20, 2022, Brooke Elyssa Byrd was injured as the result of an accident involving a tractor-trailer.
Investigators said that the incident happened at around 7:22 p.m. in the area of US Highway 81 and County Road 2395. Their details suggest that 30-year-old Brooke Elyssa Byrd was traveling northbound along the highway. While doing so, police believe that a tractor-trailer fail;ed to yield turning onto the highway, and the two vehicles collided.
Byrd was taken to a hospital with incapacitating injuries as a result of the crash. No one else was said to be hurt. Police said there was at least one witness they spoke to, but authorities did not give additional details about the crash.
One would generally expect a professional truck driver to be able to make a simple turn without someone getting hurt. I've known countless truck drivers that wouldn't get into a wreck like this without something highly unusual happening. Other drivers, however, simply don't live up to the standards that truck drivers exemplify all across the country, and people come to harm as a result.
But one thing to consider is that these crashes aren't always isolated incidents. When families want me to look into situations like the one described here, they're sometimes confused why I start looking into things like the truck driver's past history, their training records, drivers at the company they work for, hours of service, maintenance, etc. The simple reason for that is because those factors can show there is more to the situation than one reckless driver.
Take for example a crash I looked into a while back where a reckless driver caused a serious accident. As we were looking into his company records, something serious stood out to us that police were no where near addressing. Essentially the driver that caused the wreck barely had any experience as a commercial driver. Despite this, his employer hired him, then rushed him through vital training. What should have taken a few days and several hours and miles of driving took them less than a day. They basically pointed out all the buttons and levers, tossed him the keys, and said, "Good luck, now get to work."
It shouldn't take decades of experience with commercial truck accidents to point out why that's so dangerous. As I said, most truck drivers exercise the care and skill it takes to safely operate their vehicles. Someone without the right training might as well be an out of control time bomb waiting to get someone hurt or killed. That particular company was either too stupid to understand that or simply didn't care about the safety of others (or their own employee, for that matter).
Now, I'm not saying anything like that did or didn't happen here. I can't say what happened in this crash beyond what's already available to the public. My point is that it's important that the details that weren't released to the public tell a much more thorough story than what I'm seeing here. If authorities were able to give the victim and their family clear evidence to tell their side of the story, then they did their jobs right.