Mr. Wyatt Cravens was killed on April 10, 2016, around 6:30 a.m.on US 287 outside Amarillo, Texas. According to police, an 18-wheeler, owned and operated by Alisam Enterprises, LLC, failed to yield at a stop sign while entering the highway and Mr. Cravens’ car collided with the back end of the trailer at high speed. He died at the scene. The truck driver was ticketed for failing to yield and charged with criminally negligent homicide.
According to the lawsuit:
“Defendant, Alisam Enterprises, LLC was also negligent in failing to properly train, instruct and supervise Defendant, Grover Lee Burnham, Jr. Defendant, Alisam Enterprises, LLC failed to provide the proper training and instruction to Defendant, Grover Lee Burnham, Jr., which would have provided him with the proper skills and knowledge to avoid the collision, which forms the basis of this lawsuit.”
Defense attorneys like to say that accidents just happen. But they don’t. Time and time again, in our 18-wheeler cases, we can point to a string of safety failures on a trucking company’s part that, if avoided, would have most likely prevented the accident from happening.
We continue to see companies failing to hire qualified drivers, failing to train their drivers, or failing to supervise their drivers. In determining what safety failures caused Mr. Cravens’ death, we hope to send a message to the company that they cannot allow those failures to continue. Safety must be the company’s top priority.