Joseph Wimberley Killed, 4 Injured in Harris County, TX, Accident
Harris County, TX -- May 27, 2017, Joseph Wimberley was killed and four others were injured due to an accident where two vehicles collided.
Preliminary details have been released by the Harris County Sheriff's Department. They say that the accident took place at around 8:45 p.m. near the intersection of Lockwood Drive and North Sam Houston Tollway.
Police investigators stated that a Chevy Impala was traveling along northbound Lockwood when the vehicle somehow went off the side of the road. The vehicle then lost control and swerved back across traffic lanes, eventually crashing with an oncoming Chevy Trailblazer. This caused the Impala to overturn onto its roof.
23-year-old Wimberley, a passenger of the Impala, was killed in the crash. The driver of the Impala, said to be in critical condition, and another passenger, injuries unspecified, were taken to a local hospital. Two people from the Trailblazer were taken to a hospital, both in stable condition.
At this time, the cause of the accident remains under investigation.
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This truly is an unfortunate accident to have such a young victim lose his life. Investigations will need to be thorough to determine exactly how this could have been avoided and why it wasn't. In the meantime, I feel this accident brings up a less talked about but still very important aspect of personal injury law, and that's the rights of passengers who are harmed in an accident.
The short explanation is that passengers almost always have a claim against someone for damages sustained in an accident. Unless the victim somehow directly contributed to the accident--like grabbing the steering wheel--then there's no reasonable way they could have caused it. It's simply a matter of determining what exactly caused the crash and who might be responsible for it.
That being said, I don't want to imply that getting compensation is automatic. As with any accident, there are still complexities which must be dealt with. Our firm receives a lot of questions from people seeking assistance on this particular subject matter, and the article below is a valuable resource for delving further in-depth into the topic.
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