Chandler, TX — October 11, 2017, Phillip Walker and Ryan Morrison were injured following an accident where their vehicles collided nearly head-on.

The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the accident scene Wednesday afternoon near the intersection of FM 315 and FM 3079.

According to their preliminary reports, 71-year-old Andy Bates drove a Toyota car northbound along FM 315. An oncoming Ford Ranger, driven by 35-year-old Morrison, reportedly crossed the center line and hit the Toyota. The collision sent the Toyota into a nearby culvert, and the Ford pickup overturned in the roadway.

A helicopter came to the scene and transported 48-year-old Walker, a passenger in the Toyota, to a hospital in stable condition. Morrison went to a hospital via ground ambulance with minor injuries. Bates reportedly sustained no injuries.

Police did not release any additional details surrounding the crash.

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It’s at least good to see the injuries resulting from this accident weren’t as serious as they could have been, at least according to reports. That being said, the fact one person was airlifted certainly means there will be some steep medical bills following this crash. Some people will see reports saying the Ford crossed the center line and assume that those in the Toyota will automatically be compensated for their injuries. This isn’t necessarily the case.

One point I repeatedly make on this blog is that there is no such thing as a straight-forward accident. Even when the facts seem clear, those which reports deem to be at fault can still deny responsibility for an accident. A news report is hardly the most dependable source for information–they are often inaccurate and leave out crucial details–so even details saying one driver is at fault aren’t considered conclusive evidence. As such, those seeking to hold someone accountable after a wreck need to have tangible evidence supporting their claim.

Getting that evidence requires having an experienced investigator sent to the scene to ensure nothing slips through the cracks. While a report can certainly bolster one’s claim, only cold, hard facts can truly prove what happened in any given accident. Victims of car accidents are best served taking the necessary steps to ensure they have those facts following an accident rather than depending on a simple news report.

–Grossman Law Offices

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