• June 07, 2017

Matthew Vander Velde Killed in Denton, TX, Car Accident

Denton, TX -- May 31, 2017, Matthew Vander Velde was fatally injured due to an accident where his vehicle lost control and crashed off-road.

The Denton Police Department has released preliminary details surrounding the fatal crash. They say that the accident happened at around 3:00 a.m. along Mills Road.

According to reports, 21-year-old Velde was traveling along eastbound Mills Road by himself in a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. As he traveled, the vehicle somehow lost control and went off the side of the road. It crashed through several objects before eventually crashing into a tree.

As a result of the severe crash, Velde died at the scene of the accident. At this time, the factors surrounding the crash are unclear.

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Commentary

I've seen some reports indicate that alcohol is being investigated as a factor in this accident. This is perfectly reasonable, since it's very common for such accidents to be caused by intoxication. That being said, it's important that people do not automatically assume that this is the case. The fact that something is under investigation doesn't mean it's the cause of the accident, but people often take it that way when they read these preliminary reports. This is an irresponsible way to approach any accident, and people should reserve their judgements until all of the facts come to light.

The truth of the matter is that these news reports rarely ever show the full story. Police will usually release a basic fact pattern and the names of the victims within a few days of the incident. New articles usually don't go any further than that. Police continue their investigations until they feel they've gotten all of the information they can from the scene. But things don't stop there. Our firm has seen hundreds of accidents where the police reports were either missing crucial details or just plain got something wrong.

Now this isn't a slight at police, but rather acknowledging the reality that most departments just don't have the time, experience, or resources required for giving these accidents the attention they deserve. Certain factors like brake failure, malfunctioning safety systems, and other manufacturer defects are difficult to detect unless the investigator has the tools required to finding them as well as knowing to look for the issue in the first place. In doing so, even unlikely or subtle factors can be brought to light or ruled out through tangible evidence.

The point to take away here is that there's no way of being sure what caused this accident without an experienced professional examining the evidence. Jumping to baseless conclusions with no evidence only serves to further harm a family who is already in a period of immeasurable hardship. The best approach is to allow them space so they can do what is necessary to getting the full story of what occurred and finding a resolution to an otherwise difficult time.

--Grossman Law Offices

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