• June 02, 2017

Joseph Wise Killed, Carrol Wise Injured in Dallam County, TX, Accident

Dallam County, TX -- June 1, 2017, Joseph Wise was killed and Carrol Wise was injured due to an accident where their car and an 18-wheeler collided.

The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the accident scene at around 11:15 a.m. near the town of Dalhart. The accident took place along US Highway 87.

According to details reported by police officials, 74-year-old Joseph Wise was driving a 2010 Mercury Grand Marquis northbound on US 87. As he was passing an 18-wheeler in the right lane, police claim he then attempted a U-turn across the front of the semi. This resulted in a collision.

As a result of the collision, Joseph Wise died at the scene. His passenger, 70-year-old Carrol Wise, was critically injured. She was transported to a hospital in Amarillo for treatment. The truck driver was not injured.

At this time, police have not released any additional information.

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Commentary

I think this is an important time to remind people how imperative it is to ensure that independent investigations are conducted after an accident. The reports in this claim that Mr. Wise tried to make a U-turn from the right lane across the path of the 18-wheeler. The thing which is unclear is exactly how police came to this conclusion. Are there skid marks following that path? Were there multiple eye witnesses that corroborated the same story? Did the police only talk to the truck driver? Did Ms. Wise report this as well, or was she incapacitated in the accident?

A grim reality of these kinds of incidents is that police investigations often miss crucial details or even mistake them during their investigations. In a lot of these accidents, police investigators, for whatever reason, will just ask the survivor what happened in the accident and take their word for it. This can mean that more subtle or unlikely factors (mechanical failures, for example) get overlooked, and it can even lead to situations where an at fault drive paints a picture that's more favorable for them. Where a closer, more thorough investigation could determine exactly what caused an accident, police reports often get published without taking that due care, resulting in inaccuracies and missing details.

Now I'm not saying that's what happened here. It's entirely possible an independent investigation could simply confirm what police have already said, and I definitely don't want to imply all truck drivers are lying about the details of an accident. My point is that without having the accident examined by an experienced professional, how are victims and their families supposed to know they're getting the full story? The answer is they can't, at least not to the degree that is warranted in these tragic accidents.

This is why I always advocate for private investigations after any accident. Whether seeking the full story or a path toward justice, the path to a resolution is built with tangible evidence. Having an experienced professional look into the accident will help ensure that those affected by the accident are seeing all the facts. Whatever comes from that information, even just finding closure during a time a hardship can be a welcome relief.

--Grossman Law Offices

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