• May 01, 2017

One Killed in Truck Accident on Homestead Road in Houston, TX

Houston, TX -- A collision between a wrecker and a dump truck claimed the life of an unidentified person Saturday, April 29, 2017.

The incident took place along on Homestead Road around 3:45 a.m.

According to the reports, was dump truck was taking a wide turn into a business when for reasons unclear, the dump truck collided with a wrecker. The unidentified driver of the wrecker was killed at the scene of the incident. The driver of the dump truck was uninjured in the incident.

The official investigation into the incident is ongoing and may reveal more details as it concludes.

The preliminary press release provided no further information regarding the incident.

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Commentary

Though the details of the this collision are complex, determining who was at fault will hinge upon one simple answer to one simple question: which vehicle had the right of way? Based upon the information provided by the early media reports, it appeared the driver of the dump truck was attempting a wide turn, across several lanes when the incident occurred. If the fact pattern detailed by the report is confirmed, and it hasn't been yet, the driver of the dump truck likely bears responsibility for the deadly crash.

Of course, suspecting the driver's liability and proving it are two different matters. Complicating matters is that there is only one driver who survived, so their account can't be trusted entirely as they have a stake in the outcome of any investigation.

Now not to go off on a tangent, but the law is rooted in justice, and justice is rooted in truth. Which means we mustn't rely on the surviving driver's account in order for justice to be served, but the collection of evidence at the scene of the incident. So how does one go about amassing this evidence? In short: a professional accident reconstruction.

Often local police forces are woefully underfunded, leading to poorly trained and ill-equipped truck accident investigators. Contrary to popular thinking, commercial truck accidents aren't just really big car accidents. The are orders of magnitude more complex than the typical car accident. To ensure that the investigation is done properly, utilizing the skills and resources of professionally trained accident reconstructionists is essential.

The question of who had the right of way is simple, however, providing the answer is anything but. As you can imagine, reconstructing the collision scene between two very large vehicles traveling at high rates of speed is no small feat. That being said, if we allow ourselves to rely upon the dump truck driver's retelling of the accident and the details provided by an inadequate investigation, we render justice in this crash moot.

--Grossman Law Offices

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