• May 09, 2022

Xavier McKenzie Killed in Truck Accident on I-40 in Donley County, TX

Donley County, TX -- May 6, 2022, 29-year-old Xavier McKenzie was killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 40 in Donley County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:45 p.m. on I-40 near mile marker 119, around five miles east of Groom. Preliminary investigation suggests McKenzie was driving a Volvo sedan east on the roadway when a Peterbilt semi-truck hit the rear of the car. After the impact both vehicles slid into the median and hit the cable barrier, then caught fire.

McKenzie suffered fatal injuries in the wreck. No other injuries were reported.

No further information is currently available.

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UPDATE (June 3, 2022): Later reports about this incident still tell more or less the same story of how it happened, except they add that the victim's vehicle was supposedly witnessed driving erratically, weaving around on the road and making large speed changes. No explanation is available about why that might have occurred, but that information might be exactly what a trucking company needs to convince a jury their driver isn't to blame for hitting the car.

As I mentioned previously trucking companies feel little remorse about pointing fingers anywhere they can if it means getting off the hot seat. With police saying the victim was acting erratic, proving that wasn't the cause of the crash would fall to the victim's family and they'd need clear evidence to make their point. They might need help from independent investigators to find it.

Xavier McKenzie Killed in Truck Accident on I-40 in Donley County, TX

ORIGINAL: Reports suggest the victim of this accident was rear-ended by a commercial truck. If that's all there is to it then fault seems clear and the driver's employer should simply make what amends they can to the victim's family...right?

These accidents rarely tie up that neatly. I've done this for a long time and in my experience most companies will do what they can to deflect blame elsewhere. In the above situation, for instance, they might try to say their driver was blinded by the sun or the truck had some kind of mysterious brake failure. If it means getting the trucker off the hook they might even argue that the victim braked suddenly ahead of him or otherwise drove recklessly. It can be cold-blooded to blame the victim, but most companies will do what they must to protect their assets and reputations. That means refusing any help to the people and families devastated by crashes like this one.

To counter that refusal and ensure the company does what's right, it's important to gather clear and indisputable evidence of what really happened. Sometimes police dig deep enough to find it, but they also might call it quits after developing a plausible story for their reports. Their investigation isn't really geared toward helping the victim's family get help, so it's often best to have independent investigators look more closely. Armed with the evidence those professionals find, many crash victims and their loved ones have successfully held the right parties accountable for the damage done.


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