Payton Jennings Killed, Andrew Summers Injured in Martin Co., TX, Accident
Martin County, TX -- April 30, 2017, Payton Ross Jennings was killed and Andrew Summers was injured after an accident where their pickup rolled over.
Martin County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the accident scene west of Big Spring along Farm-to-Market Road 3033.
According to preliminary police investigations, 19-year-old Jennings and 33-year-old Summers were in a pickup traveling northbound along FM 3033. It's unclear at this time who was driving. As they traveled, the vehicle somehow lost control and swerved off the side of the road. This caused the vehicle to flip over several times.
Jennings was ejected from the vehicle during the crash and suffered fatal injuries. EMS officials pronounced him dead at the scene. Summers was transported to a nearby hospital via helicopter. His injuries were not specified.
At this time, authorities continue to investigate the cause of the accident. No further information is available.
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One thing that tends to happen with these kinds of single-vehicle accidents is that people begin jumping to conclusions and blame the driver of the vehicle. It's certainly true that many rollover accidents happen when drivers are speed, drive intoxicated, or fall asleep at the wheel, but it's not fair to automatically assume they are at fault when there are plenty of factors beyond drivers' control which can cause a crash.
Mechanical failure, tire blowouts, debris in the road, even other dangerous drivers who flee the scene can cause a vehicle to lose control with little to no warning for the driver. The problem is that these factors are often very subtle and rarely come up during preliminary police investigations. Finding these kinds of factors usually depends on those affected having the accident examined by an independent professional who knows what look for.
Single-vehicle accidents can be caused by any number of things, and only once investigations are complete can a resolution be sought. The article below goes further in-depth on what can cause single-vehicle accidents and how to approach them.
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