Ethan Strother Killed in Truck Accident on Highway 7 in Shelby County, TX
Shelby County, TX — August 18, 2022, 19-year-old Ethan Strother was struck and killed by an 18-wheeler on State Highway 7 in Shelby County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:35 a.m. along TX-7 near Farm ot Market Road 2608. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner semi-truck was towing a trailer east on the highway when it approached a second Freightliner 18-wheeler on the shoulder, which was unloading power poles for nearby construction. Strother was standing close to the second Freightliner wearing a high-visibility reflective vest.
For reasons unknown the eastbound truck driver failed to maintain a single lane or move left to give clearance to the parked truck. The Freightliner veered right and crashed into the back-left quarter of the parked semi-trailer. It then continued forward and hit Strother.
Ethan Strother suffered fatal injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Ethan Strother Accident in Shelby County
Some may see the reported details of this accident and think the trucker who hit the stopped truck and the victim would have to accept responsibility for the damage done--which would mean his employer would also be liable. Some may feel the company would then have little choice but to make what amends it could to the victim's family.
That may seem reasonable on paper, but people who've never crashed with an 18-wheeler may not really grasp how much of a fight awaits those who do. I caution against thinking any accident--especially one with a commercial truck--will be as straightforward as reports might imply. It's always best not to take a trucking company's cooperation for granted no matter how damning the preliminary details may seem.
Frustrating as it is, trucking companies rarely accept fault without doing everything they can to avoid it first. That could mean pointing fingers anywhere and everywhere but at their driver in order to shift blame. Other times the company promises to make things right "once their investigation is complete," then kicks the can as far down the road as possible to either exceed the statute of limitations or find sufficient evidence to get it off the hook.
Some may not see how the company could evade liability here if their driver really plowed into a truck and the victim on the shoulder, but it's important not to underestimate how hard companies and their attorneys will fight--or how inventive they can be--to protect their assets.