Kingsville, TX — October 11, 2017, Rebecca Solis was killed and Karol Rivera was injured following an accident where their vehicle overturned.
Authorities from the Texas Department of Public Safety reported that the accident happened at around 5:00 a.m. just north of Kingsville.
Reports indicate that 24-year-old Solis was a passenger in a vehicle traveling northbound along US Highway 77. Officials stated that the driver, 21-year-old Rivera, took, “evasive actions,” for an unknown reason, causing the car to lose control. It swerved before overturning repeatedly.
Solis suffered fatal injuries in the crash and died at the scene. Rivera was flown to CHRISTUS Spohn Shoreline Hospital.
Factors leading up to the crash are unclear at this time.
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It’s not often officials specify that a driver took, “evasive actions,” prior to a crash, and one can only speculate about what might have caused this tragic incident to occur. The last thing I want to do is guess what happened without any evidence, so the best course of action here is to have a private investigator look into the factors surrounding the crash.
In the meantime, this particular accident brings up an important area of the law which many don’t consider after an accident. We receive many calls from people who were passengers in an accident wondering what the law says about their situation, and while it’s not exactly common knowledge for most people, the law is relatively simple.
Basically, unless a passenger somehow directly causes a crash, they likely have a claim against whoever did. For example, let’s say two cars crash at an intersection, injuring the passenger. If the other driver ran a stop sign, then they could file a claim against that driver. If the driver of their own vehicle ran the stop sign, the could file a claim against them. If some third party somehow caused the accident (for example, a manufacturing defect preventing the car from stopping in time), they could file a claim against whoever was responsible for that factor.
While determining liability for a passenger is quite simple, however, getting compensation after an accident is still a complex issue that requires a professional. Like any accident, holding someone accountable after an accident requires tangible evidence and someone who can get the insurance company to accept responsibility. Like I said, this is a subject which many people don’t consider after an accident, so hopefully this article has cleared up any confusion regarding this area of the law.
–Grossman Law Offices