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Ethan Strother was struck and killed by a semi-truck on Highway 7 in Shelby County

SHELBY COUNTY, Texas—Ethan Strother, 19, was killed on August 18, 2022, after being struck by a Freightliner semi-truck. The accident occurred on State Highway 7 in Shelby County around 8:35 a.m. near Farm to Market Road 2608.

Reportedly, one Freightliner semi-truck was unloading power poles on the side of the road for a nearby construction project. Strother was standing near this semi-truck while wearing a reflective, highly visible vest.

Then, another Freightliner semi-truck traveling eastbound failed to move over or give clearance to the parked semi-truck. The eastbound semi-truck veered right and crashed into the trailer of the parked truck. Momentum carried the truck forward, and it struck Strother.

Strother was killed in the accident. No one else involved was injured.

Investigators are still determining the cause of this crash. No further details were made immediately available.

The Strother family will likely have a wrongful death claim against the trucker for such a senseless crash

Clearly, the second semi-truck driver acted negligently when the driver failed to give any clearance for an active construction site and another semi-truck unloading large power poles. The fact that there was at least one worker on the ground and Strother lost his life in this horrific accident is even more saddening. Strother’s grieving family should be entitled to some answers regarding the negligence of the Freightliner semi-truck driver.

Simply due to the weight and size of their vehicles, semi-truck drivers must be well-aware of their surroundings. Especially when approaching emergency crews or utility servicemembers working on the shoulder of the road, semi-truck drivers should pay careful attention to the clearance they are giving others on the roadway. As we can see here, a few feet can be the difference between life and death.

In this instance, it is difficult to imagine how the second semi-truck driver failed to see the first truck parked on the side of the roadway. The semi-truck driver may have been distracted by something in the cab of the truck or just not paying attention to the road. If that is the case, then the semi-truck driver was negligent and not only failed to see the commotion on the side of the road in time but also failed in his duty to drive safely.

To improve safety measures, many semi-trucks are now equipped with crash-avoidance technology that alerts the driver when the truck is veering off-course. In fact, most commercial trucking companies require the technology in all of their trucks because trucking companies have been consistently held responsible for the actions of their distracted drivers. Ultimately, an independent investigation into this accident may be required to determine whether crash-avoidance technology was present in the semi-truck that killed Strother. If so, an investigator should also look into why the driver did not or could not heed the warnings of the technology when approaching the utility work zone.

Because determining fault in this accident will likely require an independent investigation, Strother’s family would benefit from an attorney familiar with performing such investigations and handling lawsuits against truck drivers and corporate trucking companies. Our firm has taken on similar cases many times before and uncovered details about crashes that have helped families get the answers they deserve after losing a loved one so suddenly.

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