• May 16, 2017

Jamerrio Brooks Killed in San Antonio, TX, Single-Vehicle Accident

San Antonio, TX -- May 12, 2017, Jamerrio Brooks suffered fatal injuries as the result of an accident where his vehicle crashed off the side of the road.

According to investigating San Antonio Police officials, the fatal incident took place at around 6:30 p.m. along Ira Lee Road, near the Northeast Golf Center of Tobin Park.

Preliminary police reports indicate that 20-year-old Brooks was driving a vehicle along Ira Lee. As he did so, his vehicle somehow lost control and ran off the side of the roadway. This caused the vehicle to slam into a tree off-road, resulting in severe damage.

Brooks sustained fatal injuries in the collision. Officials say he died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Police at this time have not released any additional information regarding the accident. No further details are available.

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Commentary

Often when there are reports about a single-vehicle accident involving a young driver, people will begin jumping to conclusions and assuming the driver was at fault. To be fair, these generalizations stem from the fact that driver error is a very common factor in single-vehicle crashes--texting, speeding, drunk driving, etc. That being said, to automatically assume that al single-vehicle accidents are the fault of the driver is irresponsible and potentially harmful to those affected by the crash.

There are several factors which can cause these types of accidents over which drivers have little to no control. Factors such as tire blowouts, hazardous debris in the road, mechanical failures, or even wildlife entering the roadway can cause a driver to suddenly lose control of their vehicle. The issue here is that these sorts of factors are often subtle and hard to detect, so they often don't come up during police reports. Many people will find that police reports don't usually go beyond a basic summary along the lines of, "Driver lost control of their vehicle and crashed." That may be a sufficient, "what," but it does nothing to answer the most important questions of "why" and "how," the accident happened.

Here's an example. Some people may remember that GM was the center of controversy after it was discovered that a particular model of their vehicles had a fatal mechanical defect. The ignition switch on these vehicles had a flaw which would sometimes result in the vehicle's power being cut off mid-drive. This meant that drivers could find themselves with no power steering, no braking systems, and no airbags, sometimes at highway speeds. This defect was linked to the deaths of over 100 people and the injury of several more.

The problem, among many other things, was that this factor wasn't discovered for some time. The issue only came to light after several accidents were examined by private investigators working for the families of victims and their legal counsel. If these people had simply resigned themselves to trusting the police reports, this issue may never have been brought into the public eye and addressed properly. Meanwhile, just imagine how many people read reports of these accidents thinking the victims were probably speeding, drunk, or distracted.

The point I'm making here is not that this accident was caused by a similar issue--without any evidence, there's no way for me to conclude what occurred here. And that's my point. Without facts to support conclusions, people shouldn't go around making baseless assumptions. Even if a factor is common, that doesn't mean it applies to all cases. To avoid this sort of thing, it's always best to have an independent investigator look into the accident. Police reports are well known for missing subtle yet crucial details and even making mistakes from time to time. Avoiding biased assumptions and having a professional examine an accident are the first steps in a long path to recovery.

--Grossman Law Offices

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