• September 14, 2022

Larry Dean Fann Killed in 18-wheeler Accident in Mesquite, TX

Mesquite, TX -- August 30, 2022, Larry Dean Fann was killed after an accident where a car and an 18-wheeler collided.

Investigators were called to the area of LBJ Freeway and Bruton Road at around 9:10 p.m.

It appears that 61-year-old Larry Dean Fann was in a Chevy Cruze traveling southbound on the interstate. Ahead, it appears that an 18-wheeler was stationary due to mechanical issues. While there, Fann's vehicle crashed into the back of the trailer.

Fann had fatal injuries due to the crash. No other injuries were mentioned by authorities. At this time, additional details are unavailable.

Commentary on Larry Dean Fann 18-wheeler Accident in Mesquite

I often discuss exceptions to the old misconception that someone is automatically to blame for rear-ending someone. Depending on the circumstances, this could be an example of one of those exceptions.

The reason I say this is because some of the details parallel a case I handled where a car hit the back of a disabled truck, and evidence showed that it was the trucking company's responsibility. Why was that?

Larry Dean Fann Killed in 18-wheeler Accident in Mesquite, TX

In this example, a semi-truck stopped in the middle of a highway due to mechanical issues. Despite several minutes passing, the driver made no effort to put out cones or flares to warn approaching motorists. What's more, the mechanical issue was the direct result of neglected maintenance work the company should have kept up with. And to top things off, the truck actually could have continued driving until it pulled safely to the shoulder at least, but the driver instead panicked and stopped immediately.

What some folks wrote off as someone just not paying attention was actually a series of reckless decisions from a truck driver and his employer. Now, did that happen here? I can't say without knowing more. For all I know, this truck driver have absolutely no way of avoiding all of this. With that said, it would be irresponsible not to ensure the victim's loved ones knew they were getting the full story.

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