Blake Cole Killed in Austin, TX, Rollover Accident on Lamar
Austin, TX -- January 3, 2017, Blake Cole was killed following an accident in which his vehicle lost control and overturned on North Lamar Boulevard.
Austin Police and other EMS teams responded to the fatal accident scene around 2:00 a.m. The crash occurred just off of US Highway 183 along North Lamar.
According to preliminary police investigations, Cole was driving southbound on Lamar in a 2008 Ford Mustang. Reports said there were no other passengers in his vehicle. For reasons unclear, his vehicle lost control and veered off the roadway. The vehicle overturned and flipped several times before hitting a stone wall.
Emergency sevices were called to the scene some time later. Cole could not be treated, and he died at the scene.
Authorities have not indicated any extenuating factors contributing to the accident. No further details have been reported as investigations continue.
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I know that a lot of people are going to read the report on this accident and automatically assume that the driver involved was the one at fault. It's true that these single-vehicle accidents are often caused by driver error--speeding, texting, driving drunk, falling asleep at the wheel, etc. But it is wholly unfair to give a blanket generalization that all single-vehicle accidents are caused by the driver.
Our firm has handled several cases in the past where the driver was the victim of tire blowouts, oil slicks, debris or animals in the road, or mechanical failures or defects they did not foresee. These are situations which drivers have little to no control over, and sometimes a third party is directly responsible for these accidents. Like I said, it may not be common, but the fact that it happens at all warrants further investigation.
When investigations are incomplete and there are missing details, it isn't fair to fill in those blanks with assumptions or conjecture. This only serves to further harm the victims of single-vehicle accidents and their families. Only once investigations are complete can people begin to make conclusions. Whether it's seeking compensation or simply beginning the grieving process, victims and their families can best decide the next steps forward once all details are at their disposal.
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