Driver Injured in 18-Wheeler Rollover Crash on FM 902 in Grayson County, TX
Grayson County, TX — October 18, 2022, a 63-year-old truck driver was seriously injured in a big rig accident on FM 902 in Grayson County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:45 a.m. on Farm to Market Road 902 near Fabor Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving a Mack semi-truck with an attached trailer west on FM 902 when she entered a curve at allegedly too-high speeds. The truck ran off the road into the north ditch and the driver over-corrected; the semi-trailer then overturned and made the tractor roll over as well. Both units came to rest on their roofs in the ditch.
The truck driver was seriously injured in the crash.
No further information is currently available.
When it comes to rollovers like this, it's important to make sure investigators are actually being thorough. They like many people tend to focus on driver mistakes as they try to figure out what happened, which is how so many reports ultimately point fingers at speed or inattention. I'm not saying those couldn't possibly have been involved, just that there are countless other possible factors to consider—both in terms of the crash's cause and of the victim's injuries.
For example, one issue I rarely see authorities address is the state of many trucks which fail to protect their drivers. During rollovers a truck sometimes collapses far too easily under its own weight, leading to a trucker being seriously hurt or killed when they could realistically have escaped with less harm if the truck was designed or built better. It's an issue many manufacturers know about, but they don't make the necessary changes because they aren't actually required to. However, that doesn't mean they're off the hook if their shortcomings are directly responsible for someone's injuries.
To be clear, I don't know more than reports say about what happened in Grayson County. Is it possible police hit the nail on the head? Sure. Do I really believe they considered all the possible contributing factors of the wreck once they decided "speed" was enough? Not really. I'm not trying to call them out, but I am saying it's always best to be sure of the whole story. Does the victim feel they have it here?