• April 22, 2022

Fadi Kathawa Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on I-30 in Hopkins County, TX

Hopkins County, TX -- March 9, 2022, 29-year-old Fadi Kathawa was killed in a collision between two 18-wheelers on Interstate 30 in Hopkins County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:00 p.m. on I-30 roughly 7 miles east of Sulphur Springs. Preliminary investigation suggests Kathawa was driving a Freightliner big rig east on the highway when he lost control for unknown reasons. The truck veered out of the travel lane and hit a guardrail, then rolled over across the eastbound lanes. Shortly afterward it was hit by an International tractor-trailer driven by 33-year-old Lester Brown.

Kathawa was ejected from his truck during the crash and suffered fatal injuries. Brown was treated and released at the scene.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Fadi Kathawa Accident on I-30 in Hopkins County

Thorough investigation is important after any wreck, but never is that more true than when big rigs collide. Why? Because fault for the victim's injuries may turn into a long and high-stakes game of "hot potato" between the trucking companies. Many are well-versed in avoiding blame, so when two or more companies pass it back and forth the injured victims and their families may be stuck in limbo waiting for help.

Some may not think there can be much contest about fault here if the reports have their facts straight. If a driver lost control, hit a guardrail, and overturned in the traffic lanes, how could anyone else be responsible? That may seem reasonable on its surface, though I mean no disrespect to the man who lost his life on the highway by saying it. However, things are rarely that simple. His employer could argue that yes, he lost control, but the other truck crashing into the site of the first accident caused his tragically-fatal injuries. Is that true? Only careful investigation could say for sure, but that scrutiny is needed to find all the facts regardless.

Even if the striking driver's employer didn't feel punchy enough to blame the victim, they could still blame the crash on other things. Their attorneys might say their driver lost control due to poor visibility, a slick patch of road, or a sudden and mysterious part failure in the big rig. Blaming environmental factors beyond their employee's control is a favored tactic, since almost any juror can sympathize with being an occasional victim of circumstance. To be sure those deflections and excuses can't gain a foothold, it's important to consider all the possible explanations and variables from the outset.

Fadi Kathawa Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on I-30 in Hopkins County, TX

Many folks may think I'm just being cynical, but these concerns come from plenty of experience helping truck drivers and families whose lives were affected by crashes like this. From what I've seen, when it's time to hold someone accountable any notion of industry solidarity goes right out the window.

It would likely take thorough investigation and carefully building an indisputable case to be sure the victim's family gets the help they deserve. That's just as much the case when trucks hit each other as it is when they hit cars or pedestrians, which is why it's important to take these incidents seriously and investigate them carefully. Experienced professionals need to gather the facts so that those affected have the tools to overcome all the back-and-forth involved in multi-truck crashes.

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