Khrystopher Wells Injured in Truck Accident off I-20 in Sweetwater, TX
Sweetwater, TX — June 3, 2022, 36-year-old Khrystopher Wells was injured in a crash with an 18-wheeler off Interstate 20 in Sweetwater.
According to reports the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. in a truck stop parking lot located at 9418 Interstate 20. Preliminary investigation suggests Wells' Chevy Malibu was parked in the lot and he was standing by its open driver's-side door. A Freightliner 18-wheeler passed by and began to make a turn, at which point its trailer hit the open door on the Chevy.
Wells was hit by the door after the truck impacted it, reportedly causing him minor injuries. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The truck driver was unhurt and police put him solely at fault for the accident.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Khrystopher Wells Accident in Sweetwater
It sounds from reports like police are pretty sure who's to blame for the collision, but as always I caution anyone against thinking a truck accident is ever really that simple. Trucking companies are notorious for disputing liability any time someone is apparently hurt by their drivers' actions.
Take the Sweetwater accident, for example: Police may say the truck driver was at fault, but the company is free to dispute that all they like unless hard evidence shows otherwise. And they probably will; I've been at this for decades now and in all that time I've run into--no exaggeration--one company that simply accepted responsibility and tried to make things right without a fight. Victims and families often find they must bring abundant clear evidence showing what really happened before a company grudgingly cooperates.
Of course all that talk of liability and going to war with the trucking firm may be mostly academic in this case. The victim may not have much interest in pursuing a claim if reports are right and his injuries were minor. However, I also know that preliminary reports don't always have the facts to authoritatively call the damage "minor."
I hope that's not an issue after the Sweetwater accident and there's no particular reason to think it will be. However, the possibility that things aren't quite what they seem is one of the reasons I always tell folks they need to take every truck wreck seriously--even if its impact seems minimal. At worst the victim is overprepared and no action is necessary, which is always better than the opposite.