Bonita Alaniz Dies in Azle, TX, Single-Vehicle Accident
Azle, TX -- January 27, 2017, Bonita Alaniz was killed as the result of an accident in which her vehicle overturned off a rural road.
The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the accident scene that took place near the intersection of FM 730 and FM 1886.
Troopers say that 66-year-old Alaniz was traveling down FM 730 in a Pontiac van. For some reason, the vehicle lost control and ran off the side of the road. It traveled into a ditch near FM 1886 and overturned repeatedly before eventually coming to a stop.
As a result of the accident, Alaniz suffered fatal injuries. DPS officials say she died at the scene. No other people were involved in the crash.
At this time, state troopers have yet to determine what caused the accident to occur. Their investigations are ongoing.
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One thing I think about when I see these kinds of accidents is the way that most people are going to view the preliminary reports. Having nearly 30 years of experienced working with single-vehicle accidents, I know that there are many factors which can contribute to a crash. Most people, however, believe that single-vehicle accidents are always the fault of the driver. This is far from the case, and the primary cause of this misconception is a lack of information.
There are several factors which can cause a single-vehicle accident, many of which are beyond a driver's control. Tire blowouts, hazardous debris in the roads, weather conditions, mechanical failures--all of these are just a few examples of things that can cause a car to crash. In a lot of cases, these factors can leave little to no warning signs for the driver. The article below goes further in-depth about the idea of single-vehicle accidents and how they relate to personal injury and wrongful death law.
All that said, it's true that single-vehicle accidents are commonly caused by the driver--texting, speeding, intoxication, falling asleep at the wheel, etc. However, just because something is common doesn't mean it's correct. Only once a thorough, independent investigation is done can the details be examined and a conclusions reached. Any determinations made before this are nothing more than conjecture and serve only to further harm victims and their families.
--Grossman Law Offices