Marcus Craven Killed, One Injured in Crossover Truck Accident in Kingman County, KS
Kingman County, KS — August 22, 2022, 72-year-old Marcus Craven died in a head-on crash between semi-trucks on U.S. Highway 54 in Kingman County.
Reports say the incident happened around 12:45 a.m. on US-54, roughly two miles outside Kingman. Preliminary investigation suggests Craven was driving a Peterbilt semi-truck east on the highway when he lost control for unknown reasons and crossed left of center. After entering the oncoming lane the Peterbilt crashed head-on with a westbound Freightliner semi-truck.
Craven was fatally injured in the crash. The Freightliner's 62-year-old driver was seriously injured and was transported to an area hospital.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Marcus Craven Accident in Kingman County
Over the years I've learned that crashes between commercial trucks often turn into a long and high-stakes round of "hot potato" between the trucking companies. Most won't accept fault without a fight, so while they bicker back and forth the accident victims and their families may be stuck in limbo waiting for help.
Some may wonder if that'll be an issue here since one driver reportedly crossed left of center, but it's important to realize there's more investigating to do and other factors to consider. Low visibility, hazardous roads, possible malfunctions or defects in the truck, and whether the other driver could or should have taken evasive action must also be accounted for, so it's important not to jump to any conclusions.
I'm not pointing fingers or saying I know what really happened out there. I'm just saying that almost no crash--but especially one involving commercial trucks--is actually simple. That may just sound cynical, but it comes from plenty of experience helping truck drivers and families whose lives were changed forever by crashes like this. When it's time to hold someone accountable any notion of teamster brotherhood goes out the window, at least as far as the companies and their lawyers are concerned.
Furthermore, many commercial drivers believe their only recourse is through workers' compensation after these accidents so they don't make much effort to gather evidence. They may get some help from workers' comp, but on principle the parties responsible for their damages should help them get back on their feet. Holding the right people accountable requires abundant clear proof, though, so taking the necessary steps after an accident is vital.