• May 31, 2017

Damon Pittman Killed in Houston, TX, Single-Vehicle Accident

Houston, TX -- May 30, 2017, Damon Pittman was killed as the result of an accident in which his vehicle lost control and crashed off the roadway.

Harris County Sheriff's Deputies were called out to the scene of the accident at around 2:30 a.m. near the Greens Bayou bridge along South Lake Houston Parkway.

Preliminary police investigations indicated that Pittman was driving along Lake Houston when his vehicle somehow lost control. It served off the side of the road, through a ditch, and over private property. It eventually continued head-on into a tree and came to a stop.

Emergency service officials report that he died at the scene. It would appear no one else was involved in the accident.

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Commentary

There are few details surrounding this accident in terms of what might have caused the crash. In these situations, I often see people start to jump in with their own conclusions. I suspect many may believe that Mr. Pittman was intoxicated at the time of this accident, considering this was the last night of Memorial Day Weekend, it happened about half an hour after bars close, and that Houston has a horrific drunk driving problem. Now this is certainly a possibility, and if found to be the case, there are particular factors which must be considered, outlined in the article below.

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All that being said, I want to emphasize that I'm only mentioning this as a possibility. The truth is I and no one else reading these reports has any idea what happened here. This is often the case with single-vehicle accidents, and those affected by them can be left in the dark about what occurred for some time. Meanwhile, people will be making assumptions about what occurred based on no evidence. This is because most people believe that single-vehicle accidents are always the driver's fault. This is far from the truth, and there are factors which many don't consider.

Things such as tire blowouts, poor road conditions, and mechanical failures are just few examples of how a vehicle can lost control without any warning to the driver. Take, for example, the ignition switch defect which GM vehicles had several years ago. The victims of the defect found themselves losing power to vital system such as power steering, anti-lock brakes, and even airbags mid-drive. This defect led to the deaths of over 100 people and injured several more. The problem is that this defect wasn't discovered for some time until some victims and their families took it upon themselves to have the accident examined by a professional investigator.

Now just imagine how many people saw early reports of these accidents and said, "Oh I bet they were drunk," or, "This is why people shouldn't speed!" You can see how jumping to conclusions can be harmful to those affected by the accident. If all of the families affected by the ignition switch defect had assumed their loved one was at fault for the accident without bothering to conduct a more thorough investigation, it's possible the issue never would have come to light and others may have been harmed as a result.

In order to avoid this, all accidents involving serious injury or death require absolute thoroughness to determine what caused the accident. Beyond police reports, those affected by these accidents should seek the aid of an independent professional who will ensure that investigations are extensive. That way, no detail--no matter how unlikely or seemingly insignificant--an be brought to light and examined. Once every factor is either ruled out or confirmed, steps forward can be taken with information that surpasses baseless assumptions. Seeking a resolution to such a difficult time is never easy, but it doesn't have to be impossible. With the right allies and unwavering determination, victims and their families can get the justice they deserve.

--Grossman Law Offices

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