Thomas Smith Jr. Killed in 18 Wheeler Accident in Texarkana, Texas

Thomas Smith Jr. Killed in 18 Wheeler Accident in Texarkana, Texas


Thomas Smith Jr. was killed on Tuesday afternoon after an 18-wheeler struck his Dodge Caravan from behind. The accident occurred in Texarkana, Texas near the Red River Army Depot exit on I-30 in Bowie County. The full details are unclear and the accident is currently under investigation but the driver of the 18-wheeler, Barnard McDaniel, was not injured. Mr. Smith Jr. was 73 years old at the time of his death.

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), commercial carrier accidents annually cause nearly 5,000 deaths and roughly 100,000 injuries. The accident - to –injury ratio for 18-wheeler accidents is considerably higher than passenger car accidents for many reasons, but some of the most important are the force of the big rig, the length of time it takes to stop, and the truck’s limited ability to evade risk.  Furthermore, most vehicles are specially designed to protect motorists from other similarly-sized cars, not 18-wheelers. 

What are the legal consequences of being involved in a trucking accident? Unfortunately, the driver of the 18-wheeler will most likely be considered at fault and he and the trucking company will be considered negligent, especially as this is a rear-end accident.  It is important for individuals and families impacted by an 18-wheeler accident to seek legal guidance as soon as possible, so that the proper investigations and claims can begin immediately.

If you’ve been hurt in an accident with an 18-wheeler and you would like to know whether or not a truck driver was negligent, calls us at 1.866.705.7584 to find out what your legal rights are. Our dedicated attorneys and assistants are committed to recovering the compensation our clients deserve.

About the Author 

Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, 18 -wheeler accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at - 1.866.705.7584 or by email at Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer's Profile.

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