• May 10, 2017

Tyran Rooks Killed, One Hurt in Accident in Cleburne, TX

Cleburne, TX -- A collision between a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck claimed the life of 21-year-old Tyran Rooks, and left one injured Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Police say the victim's car was struck as it was attempting to merge near the 900 block of Highway 67. Apparently, the westbound semi-truck struck the driver's side of Mr. Rooks's car as it merged from an access road.

Mr. Rooks was killed at the scene. The driver of the truck sustained no major injuries in the incident.

More information may be revealed pending a more thorough investigation.

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Commentary

Sadly, there are not enough details provided by the report to determine who was at fault in this accident. And, the fact of the matter is, without a more thorough investigation, it's unlikely we will ever know. As with all accidents of this type, there are a great many potential factors that may have contributed to this crash.

Unfortunately, victims and their families are often on the losing end when seeking justice from trucking companies by relying upon police reports. While police reports are well-intentioned, their purpose is primarily to show criminal intent, not to prove liability. Even if a police report is accurate and shows the truck driver was the cause of an accident, relying upon this is no substitute for facing a jury with a cache of solid evidence.

In addition to this, accident reports provided by the media are often poor distillations of preliminary police reports. It's this discrepancy in information that makes the need for private, independent investigations more vital. Without the aid of knowledgeable, experienced accident reconstructionists, victims are left with facing the full force of the limitless resources of trucking companies.

In all accidents, especially those involving the loss of life, the least we can do for victims and their families is provide answers. Though a more thorough investigation may simply confirm what was stated in police and media reports, it's important for all involved to remove the seed of doubt and uncover the truth.

--Grossman Law Offices

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