• May 17, 2017

Ramon Telles Lopez Killed in El Paso, TX, Single-Vehicle Accident

El Paso, TX -- May 13, 2017, Ramon Telles Lopez was killed following an accident in which his vehicle somehow crashed off the side of the road.

Authorities from the El Paso Police Department responded to the accident scene at around 2:00 a.m. It happened near the intersection of I-10 and Cotton Street.

According to preliminary information, 30-year-old Lopez was driving a Chevy Concours along the interstate. For reasons which police have yet to confirm, his vehicle lost control and swerved into a concrete barrier.

Te crash was severe enough that Lopez sustained critical injuries. He was transported to University Medical Center where he later died.

The exact factors contributing to the accident are still under investigation.

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Looking at the details surrounding this accident, I'm sure there are people who are going assume that Mr. Lopez was intoxicated at the time of the accident. As a matter of fact, our firm has handled enough drunk driving accidents over nearly 30 years that I know from experience how common intoxication is as a factor in these late night/early morning accidents, especially on the weekend. However, experience also tells me how irresponsible and harmful it is to jump to conclusions without any evidence.

The fact of the matter is that without a more thorough investigation, there's no way to be sure what caused this accident. After seeing single-vehicle accidents, I often see people saying things like, "This is why you don't text and drive," or, "Great, another drunk driver," or, "Slow down, people!" It may be true that driver error is commonly the cause of these kinds of accidents, but to automatically condemn all such accidents as the driver's fault does nothing but further harm those affected by the accident.

Here's an example of why this can be bad. Several years ago, GM was at the center of controversy after one of their vehicle models had a fatal defect. The ignition switch would sometimes come loose and turn the power off while the vehicle was still driving. This meant that many people suddenly lost vital safety and control features such as power steering, anti-lock braking, and even airbags--sometimes at highway speeds. This defect resulted in the deaths of at least 100 people and injured many more.

The thing about these incidents, however, is that it wasn't known for some time that this defect existed. Meaning, these accidents probably just looked like the driver ran off the roadway. Imagine how many people read those reports and thought the driver was drunk, speeding, or otherwise driving dangerously, only to find out it wasn't their fault at all. Now am I saying that something like this caused this accident or that it's even likely? Not at all. What I'm saying here is that without any solid evidence one or the other, it's definitely a possibility. So is a tire blowout, an animal in the road, falling asleep at the wheel, brake failure, etc.

This is why no matter what kind of accident occurs, it warrants a thorough investigation by an industry professional to determine exactly what factors contributed to the crash. Jumping to conclusions with zero evidence helps no one and only serves to further harm victims and their families during their time of hardship. The only way to move toward a resolution--whatever that may be--is to have all facts in hand. Until then, people should reserve their judgements.

--Grossman Law Offices


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