• January 31, 2017

Natalie Hiebert Dead, Jennifer Turner, 2 Others Hurt in Coryell Co., TX, Accident

Coryell County, TX -- January 30, 2017, Natalie Hiebert was killed, Jennifer Turner and two teenagers injured, due to a rear-end accident.

Coryell County and Texas DPS officials responded to the emergency call which reported a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of FM 182 and TX-36.

According to preliminary investigations, 25-year-old Hiebert was the driver of a van parked along FM 182. She reportedly pulled back into northbound traffic lanes, and shortly after her vehicle was rear-ended by an SUV.

As a result of the accident, Hiebert suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene of the crash. In the SUV, 46-year-old Turner was transported via helicopter to Baylor Scott & White with critical injuries. The 15-year-old driver of the SUV and a 17-year-old passenger were both taken to Coryell Memorial Hospital.

Authorities have not specified exactly how or why the accident occurred. Their investigations are ongoing.

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Commentary

A lot of times, whenever people see a rear-end accident like this one, they assume that the rear-end driver is at fault for the crash. The truth of the matter is that this is very commonly the case. Drivers often don't pay attention to the road, follow too closely, drive at unsafe speeds, etc. However, just because something is common doesn't make it true, and just because someone is placed at fault for an accident doesn't mean they'll automatically be found liable. After any accident, the most important thing is to have an independent investigation conducted.

Let's look at two scenarios that help explain why a police report just isn't enough to determine liability after an accident. Let's say an SUV and a pickup collide head-on. A police report says that the SUV crossed over the center line, leading to the accident. An independent investigation of evidence at the scene, however, reveals that the police report was wrong, and the pickup was the one that crossed the line. Without a closer investigation, people might have just blamed the SUV driver and been done with it. With this new information, the SUV driver could pursue compensation for their injuries.

Now let's say the same scenario occurs, but the police report is accurate--the SUV driver caused the crash. The victim believes this police report is enough to get compensation for their injuries, but the pickup driver's insurance company doesn't agree. They say the police report doesn't offer enough evidence, and they say the SUV driver was speeding and therefore to blame for their own injuries. If the SUV driver had conducted an independent investigation, they could have supported the police report with tangible, irrefutable evidence, preventing the insurance company from trying to shift blame and avoid liability.

In both of these scenarios, there is one key focus: evidence. With convincing evidence from the scene, victims and their families allow themselves to pursue the compensation they rightly deserve and seek the complete truth of what occurred in the crash. Perhaps new details will arise, old details will proven wrong, or maybe police reports will turn out to be accurate. Whatever the case, no one can move forward to finding a resolution without having all of the information at their disposal. A private investigation outside of a police report is the best way to achieve this.

--Grossman Law Offices

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