• July 18, 2017

Five Children Injured in Accident on Interstate 20 in Palo Pinto County, TX

Palo Pinto County, TX -- A three-vehicle crash in Palo Pinto County, Texas left five children between the ages of 6-10 with injuries Monday, July 17, 2017.

The crash took place on Interstate 20 around 11 a.m. According to officials, a Ford pickup truck driven by 35-year-old Derek Dilman was speeding along Interstate 20. The truck struck a passenger van carrying 12 children, which then collided with a 2016 GMC occupied by at least six children.

Five of the children involved in the incident were left hospitalized with various undisclosed injuries.

The official investigation into the incident is currently underway.

More information is expected as the investigation ends.

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Commentary

Without knowing the minute details of this accident, it's difficult to say what caused the collision. However, based upon the report, it appears the first pickup truck failed to control their speed for slowing traffic. This may cause some to believe that this means the victim's will be rightly compensated for their injuries.

Unfortunately, no matter how obvious the fact pattern, insurance companies aren't in the business of laying down their arms and giving victims what's owed to them. It may be difficult to swallow but insurance don't have to pay, and furthermore, they don't want to pay you. Insurance companies are not legally bound to pay you what you deserve, neither are they interested in compensating you for damages; they are interested in protecting their bottom line.

The only way for victims and their loved ones to fight back against insurance companies is through the collection of evidence. In the end, it will up to a jury to decide who was at fault. This means victims and their families need to prove to a jury they were wronged. Thankfully, there are plenty of experienced, private investigators with the necessary resources to collect the evidence needed for victims to attain justice.

--Grossman Law Offices

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