• May 10, 2017

1 Killed, 1 Injured in Grand Prairie, TX, Overpass Accident on I-30

Grand Prairie, TX -- May 10, 2017, one person was killed and another was injured following an accident where their vehicle crashed off of I-30.

Authorities from the Grand Prairie Police Department responded to the accident scene around 3:30 a.m. It occurred at the I-30 and President George Bush Turnpike interchange.

Initial details have indicated that a pickup was traveling along the westbound lanes of I-30. For reasons which have yet to be determined, the vehicle lost control and swerved to the side of the highway. It crashed through the guardrail and flipped over the side of the highway. This caused the vehicle to fall down to PGBT below.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and were able to transport the passenger to a nearby hospital with critical injuries. The driver died in the accident.

At this time, police continue to investigate the fatal incident. No further information is currently available.

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Commentary

This is a truly unfortunate accident and not one you see all that often. That being said, it's not uncommon to see these kinds of single-vehicle accidents happen in the early morning hours. One thing which can cause some issues in the process following the accident is that a lot of people automatically assume accidents like this one were the driver's fault. I will admit, factors such as distracted driving, speeding, falling asleep at the wheel, and drunk driving are very common factors. That being said, to automatically assume these factors with no evidence is completely unwarranted.

Let's look at an example. Not long ago, GM was the center of controversy after a particular model of vehicle had a very fatal defect. The ignition switch in these vehicles would, under certain circumstances, cut the power off mid-drive. This meant driver's suddenly found themselves without power steering, anti-lock brakes, airbags, and other vital control and safety systems. Many of these incidents happened at highway speeds, and ultimately around 100 deaths were linked to the defect.

One of the things that made this such a problem for those affected by the accidents is that no one knew this defect existed until after extensive investigations from industry professionals. This means that for some time, it just looked like some of these people simply ran off the road and crashed. Now imagine how many people heard others say their loved one was probably texting or drunk when that accident occurred. If no one affected by these accidents had thought to have their accident examined more thoroughly, this fatal flaw may never have been addressed.

The point I'm making here is not that drivers are never at fault for their own accidents--the reality is many of them are. The important thing to remember is not all of them are. That fact alone means all single-vehicle accidents warrant further investigations from a professional independent of police. By having a private investigators examine the scene, victims and their families will be able to get the full story about what occurred in the accident.

Perhaps these investigations uncover subtle details which unveil a previously unknown cause, maybe it will correct what initial reports got wrong, or maybe it will simply confirm what police investigations already reported. The point is that without an experienced professional looking at the accident, there's no way to be truly sure of what occurred. Those affected by such tragic accidents deserve to find some sense of resolution during their time of hardship. Even if the investigation doesn't lead to opportunities for compensation, just knowing all of the facts can be a welcome relief.

--Grossman Law Offices

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