Colby Wade, Abby Key and Chance Clifton, Birdville Alums, involved in 18 Wheeler Accident near Hydro, Oklahoma
Colby Wade, Abigail "Abby" Key and Chance Clifton - 18 Wheeler Crash -- Birdville High School Students
Colby Wade, 18 years' old, Abby Key, 15 years' old, and Chance Clifton, 17 years' old, all who previously attended Birdville High School in North Richland Hills, Texas, were involved in a major crash with an 18 wheeler. The 18 wheeler lost an axle near Hydro, Oklahoma on Interstate 40 just prior to 7 p.m. last night. The wheel and axle component apparently separated and the parts traversed across the median impacting the windshield of the 1997 Jeep Wrangler driven by Colby Wade. Initial evidence supports that the company owning the 18 wheeler was completely at fault. Condolences to the loved ones affected by this crash--which could have been prevented. As a Birdville/Richland High School Alumni, this is a particularly difficult tragedy, as this is my hometown. As a member of the Dallas/Fort Worth legal community, I work tirelessly as a wrongful death lawyer to ensure the companies responsible for these tragedies are held accountable for their negligence and, to the extent possible, ensure that a tragedy like this does not happen again.
Multiple entities may bear fault in this crash--the owner of the 18 wheeler company, the big rig driver, any company that may have performed faulty maintenance on the 18 wheeler and potentially the companies responsible for manufacturing the parts that broke loose from the big rig. An investigation is underway and more news will come. A initial crash report will be released soon and may be supplemented after further accident reconstruction is performed.
Accident reconstruction is performed on three levels--one by Oklahoma Highway Patrol, which is usually independent and unbiased, one by accident reconstruction experts retained on behalf of the families and one by accident reconstruction experts hired by the company at fault's insurance carrier with the intent of trying to mitigate, diminish, or greatly reduce any claims made on or behalf of the families.
Preservation of the crash scene, the 2013 Freightliner, and the Jeep Wrangler are of paramount importance in determining the cause or causes of the dual axle failure. Typically, this is the last thing grieving families worry about--however, from a legal perspective, these steps must be taken very quickly and expeditiously in order to safeguard any evidence establishing fault against the 18 wheeler company. After most catastrophic crashes, the insurance company covering the claims goes to work immediately to try and eliminate, minimize or greatly reduce the claims filed by the families. The insurance company also typically contacts the grieving families. Prior to providing any statements to the insurance company, it is important that family members retain counsel to represent them.
Inquiries, legal information, statements and questions relating to this crash can be sent to my law firm by email submission here or by calling 1.866.705.7584.
DOT Findings - 18 Wheeler Crashes
The Department of Transportation reports that fatal accidents involving semis are often attributable to poor maintenance by the company owning the rig, defective design of the component parts of the 18 wheeler, and contributory negligence by rig drivers who are overworked and frequently fatigued in connection with long distance trailer hauls.
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in 18 wheeler crashes and products liability lawsuits. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer's Profile - www.superlawyers.com/texas/lawyer/Majed-Nachawati/78072729-2862-44a2-bde9-aafdeed8dba0.html