• May 11, 2017

Jack Ross Killed in Sumter, SC, 18-wheeler Accident on Highway 15

Sumter, SC -- May 11, 2017, Jack Ross II was fatally injured as the result of an accident where two vehicles and a truck crashed on Highway 15.

Officials from the Sumter County Sheriff's Department investigated the fatal accident. Officials say it occurred about a mile outside the city along Highway 15, close to the Highway 378 interchange.

Details are still scarce at this time. They say that two passenger vehicles and an 18-wheeler somehow crossed paths on the highway. This resulted in a severe collision which blocked off much of the highway.

Authorities reported that 29-year-old Ross was killed in the collision. Officials did not mention any additional injuries.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation at this time.

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It should go without saying that this accident needs to be thoroughly investigated to determine exactly what happened, but what I mean when I say that may be different from what others may think. Most people imagine a police investigation uncovering the details of what happened, but the truth is that police investigations often aren't enough to clear up all of the details.

It appears this accident involves a commercial vehicle accident. Our firm has handled hundreds of accidents like this over the years, and every single one of them has been very complex, much more so than a typical car accident. Commercial vehicles are very complex machines and they can cause a lot of chaos and destruction in an accident, especially one serious enough to cause a fatality.

In such serious accidents, police investigators often miss subtle yet crucial details which can be valuable to those affected by the accident. I don't say this to slight police investigators at all or say they aren't good at their jobs. Many officers are as effective as they can be, but the simple reality is that most departments don't have the experience, manpower, or resources needed to thoroughly investigate something as complex as a commercial vehicle accident.

This is why I always advocate for the use of private investigators independent of the police. An experienced professional dedicated to investigating these types of accidents know all of the possible factors that can contribute to the crash. This means every factor--however unlikely it may be--is extensively considered and either ruled out or confirmed. That way, anything a police report might have missed can be brought to light and preserved so those affected by the accident can use those details in their recovery efforts.

Until this accident is examined by an independent professional, there's no way to be truly sure that the full story is being told. The sooner a thorough investigation is done, the sooner victims and their families can take the next steps toward a resolution.

--Grossman Law Offices


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