Sarah Paige Stanfield Killed in Tatum, TX, Car Accident
Tatum, TX -- May 18, 2017, Sarah Paige Stanfield was killed due to an accident where her vehicle somehow crashed off the side of the highway.
Authorities from the Texas Department of Public Safety released preliminary information surrounding the accident. The accident took place at around 6:30 p.m. along State Highway 43 just outside Tatum.
Investigators say the factors surrounding the accident are still vague at this time. 16-year-old Stanfield was in a vehicle traveling along the highway. For reasons not yet made clear, the vehicle lost control and ran off the side of the highway, causing it to crash.
Due to the crash, Stanfield suffered fatal injuries and died. No other injuries have been reported, and it's unclear if anyone else was involved.
Police have not yet determined the cause of the accident. No further information is available.
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It never gets easier to see such a young person affected by a tragedy like this. Single-vehicle accidents like this one are often very devastating, mostly due to the fact that there are so many questions regarding what happened. One of the things that bothers me the most after an accident like this is seeing so many people jumping to conclusions about what the cause of the crash was. What's worse is that usually when the accident involves a young driver, people tend to think, "Oh I bet they were texting or speeding." It's true that these are possibilities, but that people think it's okay to wildly speculate like this is beyond me.
Think about the GM controversy from several years ago, where their vehicles had a fatal flaw that caused at least 100 deaths. This was a manufacturing defect over which drivers had no control and could not reasonably predict. However, the defect wasn't discovered for some time until families of the victims had the accidents looked at by a private investigator. Now imagine how many of those families had to listen to people saying their loved one was a reckless driver when in fact their accident wasn't their fault at all.
Now, am I saying that's the case here? Of course not--how could I possibly know? And that's exactly my point. Single-vehicle accidents leave many missing pieces and difficult-to-answer questions even after police have made their reports. Until an experienced professional looks at the accident, people need to reserve their judgements and understand that there are countless factors which can cause an accident. Not all of them are the driver's fault, and not all of them are that common, but the simple fact that they're even possible warrants consideration. In the meantime, it's best to not focus on who's to blame, but rather what can be done for those most affected by this tragedy.
--Grossman Law Offices