An 18-year-old teenager from Emory, Texas was killed last Saturday after the pickup truck he was driving slammed into a big rig heading the opposite direction. Texas officials say 18-year-old Paydon Coffman was driving his Ford pickup, heading north on SH19 on the morning of April 9. Stefan Dewayne Cannon, 34 years of age, and a native of Paris, was headed south on the same highway, driving a 2010 Kenworth truck tractor hauling a trailer carrying rock. The Ford pickup reportedly veered into SH19’s southbound lane, slamming head-on into the truck tractor. The pickup sustained severe damage due to the crash, while the 18-wheeler truck bore clear signs of a collision, with the impact scattering several hundred pounds of gravel near the accident site, this according to Texas DPS officials. Coffman was declared dead at the scene of the accident. Canon sustained minor injuries and was brought by ambulance to the nearby Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. Officials were forced to shut down a part of SH 19 to give way to emergency responders and crash investigators to assess the scene. Accidents like these involving a large commercial truck usually involve several factors. From the looks of it, it seems the pickup driver may have been liable for the crash. But until investigators learn the truth, this case is far from airtight. This is where a reliable truck wreck attorney can really help plaintiffs find the truth and protect their rights. To learn more about the intricacies of trucking accident claims, contact Barrus Injury Lawyers today at (210) 593-8709.