• September 07, 2022

Steven Little Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on I-40 in Wheeler County, TX

Wheeler County, TX — September 5, 2022, 60-year-old Steven Little died in a collision with a wrong-way 18-wheeler on Interstate 40 in Wheeler County.

According to authorities the incident happened around 6:45 a.m. on I-40, roughly three miles outside Shamrock. Preliminary investigation suggests 35-year-old Mohamed Abdi was driving a tractor-trailer along the roadway when he allegedly crossed through the center median for unknown reasons. The big rig then hit the driver's side of Little's Toyota Tundra.

Little was pronounced dead at the scene. Abdi and a passenger in the truck were taken to a Shamrock hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Steven Little Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on I-40 in Wheeler County, TX

Commentary on Steven Little Accident in Wheeler County

While news reports aren't terribly thorough in describing this tragic accident, some may see that a truck driver is thought to have crossed left of center and decide that's enough to place the blame squarely on his shoulders. If things went the way the news said, how could he (and by extension his employer) argue they aren't at fault...right?

That may seem reasonable, but I often caution people not to assume an accident--especially a commercial truck accident--is as straightforward as the news suggests. I also warn them not to take a trucking company's cooperation as a given no matter how damning the early details seem.

Frustrating as it is, trucking companies rarely accept fault without doing everything they can to avoid it first. Some may not see how that'd be possible given how this wreck allegedly occurred, but it's important not to underestimate how inventive (or heartless) trucking companies can get if they think they might escape liability and protect their assets. Click below to learn more about how they spring into action after their employees may have hurt someone.

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