Pattabi Kannappah Injured in Tractor-Trailer Accident in Swisher County, TX
UPDATE (June 10, 2022): A reader informed us that the intersection listed in the reports is not in Swisher County. At this time, authorities place the crash in Swisher County, however they say the incident happened at FM 2373 and US 287, which is several miles north of Swisher, east of Amarillo near Washburn. This and other details are still being looked into at this time.
Swisher County, TX -- May 22, 2022, Pattabi Kannappah was injured due to an accident involving a tractor-trailer.
Preliminary reports indicated that the crash took place at around 1:00 a.m. along US 287 off the corner of FM 2373.
Officials said that 45-year-old Pattabi Kannappah was in a Toyota Camry traveling northwest along US 287. A southbound 18-wheeler reportedly failed to yield at a stop sign, causing a collision with Kannappah's vehicle.
Kannappah sustained incapacitating injuries, reports said. At this time, specific factors surrounding the crash are unavailable.
Commentary on Pattabi Kannappah Truck Accident in Swisher County
If what these reports say is true, then there aren't very many acceptable reasons for a truck driver to go through a stop sign like this. Sure, this could be that one-in-a-million case of sudden, unpredictable brake failure. More likely, however, is that the truck driver was in a rush and not paying attention to their surroundings. But that would never make a crash like this open-and-shut, which is why it's crucial folks understand the potential challenges that follow most serious truck wrecks.
One particular hurdle victims and families must always consider is blame-shifting. Put simply, trucking companies and insurance companies will try to find something that helps them avoid responsibility. In more extreme examples, this can even mean outright lying.
I'll give you an example that I doubt I'll ever forget. In that case, a truck pulled out in front of a car, causing a deadly collision. The trucking company claimed that the victim didn't have their headlights on, so the driver couldn't see the victim. That sure didn't add up, since the family knew the victim was a safe driver, and all the evidence suggested he was sober at the time. We went to examine the victim's car at the wreck yard, and that's where things go off the rails.
When we got to the car, something surprising caught our eye: there were no headlights. Not that they were broken--they were simply gone. That just did not sit well with us, and we did not rest until we got answers. What eventually came to light was that a representative from the insurance company had been at the wreck yard just days prior, and he literally stole the victim's headlights just to bolster their ridiculous defense. Bringing that repulsive behavior to light was enough to get that case to go in the favor of our clients, but putting the family through such an ordeal was simply despicable.
Just to be clear, I'm not saying that happened here, and that is a particularly extreme example. But whether it's fabricating evidence, lying, bending the truth, or simply refusing to cooperate short of a court order, companies always have ways to put up barriers between victims and families and the help they deserve. That's why having the allies, tools, and evidence necessary to overcome those barriers is crucial for anyone involved in a crash like this, and I doubt this crash will somehow be the exception to that.