• May 18, 2017

Brittany Munoz Killed, Michelle Cruz Injured in Midland, TX, Accident

Midland, TX -- May 16, 2017, Brittany Munoz was killed and Michelle Cruz was injured following an accident where their vehicle overturned.

Authorities from the Texas Department of Public Safety were called out to the accident scene in the morning hours along the eastbound lanes of I-20.

Between Odessa and Midland, 23-year-old Munoz was driving an Acura car along the interstate with 25-year-old Cruz riding as a passenger. For reasons which police have not yet confirmed, the vehicle somehow lost control and went off the side of the highway. This caused the car to overturn, seriously injuring both occupants.

Responding emergency services say that Munoz died at the scene of the accident. Cruz was transported to Midland Memorial Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

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

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Commentary

Considering this is a single-vehicle accident involving relatively young people, I have no doubt there will be people saying something along the lines of, "Put the phone down, people," or, "I bet they were drunk." The problem is that people tend to assume the worst when a single-vehicle accident happens and blame the driver. I will admit that such factors are very common--intoxication, inattentive driving, speeding, etc. That being said, to assume that all accidents work the same way is simply unfair.

There are plenty of factors which are beyond a driver's control that can cause a crash. Tire blowouts, mechanical failures, debris in the roadway, and other such unforeseeable events can cause a vehicle to lose control. The problem is that many of these factors can be subtle and hard to detect during preliminary investigations. Often, police reports miss them entirely and only once a private investigation is conducted do these sorts of easily missed yet crucial details come to light.

Single-vehicle accidents can be very complex when people don't realize just how many possible factors could be involved. It's not fair to automatically assume the driver is at fault, especially without any evidence to support such claims. As such, our firm gets a lot of calls from people wanting to know what these kinds of crashes entail. The article below is a valuable resource for learning more about the subject.

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