• July 18, 2017

Mitchell Perales Killed, Phyllis Perales, 1 Injured in Del Valle, TX, Accident

Del Valle, TX -- July 14, 2017, Mitchell Perales was killed, Phyllis Perales and another were injured in an accident where two vehicles collided.

Authorities from the Travis County Sheriff's Department were called out to investigate the fatal accident. They say that it happened at around 1:45 p.m. at the intersection of State Highway 71 and Albert Brown Drive.

According to preliminary police reports, 79-year-old Phyllis Perales was driving a Chevy Malibu along Albert Brown. Police claim she failed to yield the right of way to a Dodge Ram as she pulled out onto the highway. This resulted in a t-bone collision.

Due to the severity of the crash, 56-year-old Mitchell Perales, a passenger in the Malibu, died at the scene. Phyllis Perales and the driver of the pickup were both taken to a hospital for treatment. Phyllis is said to be in critical condition.

No further information has been released at this time.

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Commentary

The police seem very confident at this stage about what happened here, and if reports are accurate, this is an unfortunately common fact pattern. However, a lot of people make the mistake of thinking that police reports or even just a news report is an exhaustive account of what happened in any given accident. I've been working with car accident victims and their families for nearly 30 years, and experience has taught me that police reports can often make mistakes or leave out crucial information.

I'm not saying this to throw doubts on this particular accident or indicate that something else may have happened here. Rather, I want to emphasize how important it is to have an experienced private investigator look at an accident. Especially when someone loses their life, every effort must be taken to ensure the facts are accurate and extensive. A private investigator will leave no stone unturned in the search for the truth. Even if the only result of that investigation is closure, it can provide a welcome relief during an otherwise trying time.

--Grossman Law Offices

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