• May 22, 2017

Jordan Brown, Jadyn Brown Killed in Beaumont, TX Truck Accident

Beaumont, TX -- Friday, May 19, 2017, siblings Jordan and Jadyn Brown were killed following an accident where their car was hit by a dump truck.

The incident happened on the Eastex Freeway in the vicinity of Chinn Lane north of Highway 105.

The details of the incident provided by the preliminary press release are sparse. Details suggest that a passenger vehicle was somehow struck by a dump truck on the service road, suffering severe damage.

Two occupants of the vehicle, 16-year-old Jordan and 10-year-old Jadyn, suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. No other injuries were reported

Further information regarding the crash may become available as the investigation into the incident concludes.

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Commentary

There aren't many details outlined in reports yet, but from pictures at the accident scene, it appears that this collision happened at high speeds. The distance that the vehicles traveled following what appears to be the point of collision is simply too far to have occurred at lesser speeds. That being said, this is only conjecture without a more thorough examination of the evidence. Some of that crucial evidence, however, is time-sensitive and must be looked at as soon as possible.

One such detail is the electronic control module, or "ECM," from the dump truck. This device helps investigators determine how fast the vehicle was traveling when the accident occurred. If indeed the truck was traveling over the speed limit (55 miles per hour at this particular intersection), then having a professional examine the data from the ECM is necessary step in proving this factor.

Another important yet temporary factor is the accident scene itself. Tire marks, debris, possible road hazards or visual obstructions are all important to examine after any accident. The problem is that as the hours turn to days, much of this evidence begins to deteriorate and will eventually prove useless to victims and their families in their search for the truth. The sooner the scene is examined by an independent investigator, the more--and more accurate--details will be available.

Now it's possible that further investigations show that the truck driver didn't do anything wrong. However, if the truck driver did break the rules and that led to this incident, then our community has a duty to ensure that a truck driver who is dangerous behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle is kept off the road. Not only that, but we must deliver a message to trucking companies that such reckless actions will not be tolerated. The price is simply too high.

--Grossman Law Offices

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