Mickey Lynn Burney Killed, Dexter Thomas Deel Injured in Truck Accident in Hill County, TX
Hill County, TX -- A head-on pickup vs. semi-truck collision claimed the life of 52-year-old Mickey Lynn Burney and left Dexter Thomas Deel in the area of Hill County, TX.
Sources say the incident took place on FM 1304 about 8:15 a.m. Monday, January 16, 2017.
Mr. Burney was reportedly driving a Ford pickup when it collided with a tractor-trailer around a curve. The details of the incident are unclear at this time. Both the driver of the semi-truck and the driver of the pickup were taken to a local hospital. Mr. Burney, the driver of the pickup, succumbed to his injuries a short time later. Mr. Deel, the driver of the semi, was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
The cause of the incident had yet to be determined.
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Taking the report at face value, it seems to imply the deceased driver was at fault for driving in the wrong direction. But, not only are the details of early media reports often times incorrect, it's always sensible to reserve judgement only after a more thorough, subjective investigation takes place. How can we say for sure based off the press release that the truck was unable to avoid the collision? Not to imply that the truck driver was entirely responsible here; I just know from the hundreds of truck accidents our firm has litigated that there is always more to an accident than media and even police reports provide. The best option for all involved is to leave the investigation to expert accident reconstructionists and third-party investigators.
-- Grossman Law Offices