• May 25, 2017

Michael Denison Killed, Donald Coburn Injured in Reeves County, TX, Accident

Reeves County, TX -- May 22, 2017, Michael Denison was killed and Donald Coburn was injured following an accident between a pickup and an 18-wheeler.

Authorities from the Texas Department of Public Safety reported that the fatal incident occurred at around 2:15 p.m. at the intersection of US Highway 285 and County Road 402.

Preliminary ivnestigations suggest that 52-year-old Denison was in a Ford F-550 at the stop sign on CR 402. He attempted to turn onto northbound US 285, somehow crossing paths with an oncoming 18-wheeler. The 18-wheeler crashed into Denison's pickup.

Denison was fatally injured in the crash and died at the scene. 70-year-old Coburn, the driver of the 18-wheeler, was transported to a hospital with unspecified injuries.

Police did not mention any particular factors contributing to the accident. No additional details are available.

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Commentary

One thing I know in serious accidents such as this one is that there needs to be a thorough investigation conducted by a professional independent of the police. I don't mean this to say that police are incompetent--in fact, many officers have a lot of experience with accident investigations. The fact of the matter is that there are a lot of places in the chain of accident reports where details can fall through the cracks and result in an inaccurate depiction of what actually occurred.

First of all, regardless of how experienced an officer may be at investigating an accident, most departments simply don't have the funding or tools necessary to properly investigating an accident, especially one as complex as a commercial vehicle accident. While they may give a basic fact pattern of what happened, they very rarely explain how or why the crash occurred, and those are the most important questions to answer. As a result, there are often subtle yet crucial details that can be overlooked during preliminary investigations.

As a result, those details never make it to the news reports. This can mean those affected by this accident see these details and think there's nothing else to the accident when in fact they're only getting a portion of a much larger story. And even if police reports get everything right, the public then has to depend on the news conveying all of those details accurately as well. This often results in what amounts to a game of telephone where the facts of the accident and what gets reported are two different messages.

As you can see, there are just too many links in the chain of investigations that can ultimately prove weak and leave much to be desired. When someone is hurt or killed in an accident, that just isn't acceptable. For this reason, I always advocate to people to seek the aid of a private investigator.

A private investigator is an industry professional independent of police whose sole purpose is to sift through the evidence and determine any and all factors contributing to the accident. This the reason I recommend them and why our firm always depends on their services--they're thorough and they're effective. Even unlikely or rare factors are considered before being either confirmed or ruled out. Once their work is done, victims and their families have a direct connection to tangible evidence that was examined by a dedicated and experienced professional.

Maybe further investigations reveal new information which changes the landscape of the accident, or maybe they simply confirm what police have already said. The point here is not to say that police and news reports are always wrong; the point here is to emphasize the necessity for being thorough. I know if I or a loved one was harmed in a truck accident, I would want to be completely sure I was looking at all the facts surrounding the accident. Whatever result that may bring, just knowing the full truth of what occurred--supported by cold, hard facts--can be a welcome relief during an otherwise difficult time.

--Grossman Law Offices

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