Around 5:50 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2013, a single-car accident in the city of Victoria, Texas, injured seven people. Among the victims of this crash was Ramiro Garcia Jr., a police officer from Houston who lives in Pearland, Texas. Officer Garcia was rushed to the Medical Center’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he was placed in critical condition.
At the time of the crash, Garcia — who has served with the Houston Police Department since January 2010 — was off duty and returning from a wedding. He was riding in a 2006 Ford Expedition with wife Linda and their three daughters, who are 7, 9, and 13 years old. Garcia’s brother, age 18, was also in the SUV. The driver was Stephanie Quinones.
When the Expedition reached the intersection of South Laurent Street and U.S. Highway 59 North, its right rear tire blew out. The vehicle rolled over twice before it came to a stop. Officer Garcia and his eldest daughter were expelled from the SUV, and Garcia suffered severe head trauma. Everyone in the group was hospitalized, but only Garcia entered intensive care.
Garcia’s friends and family members — who often call him “Ram” — will hold a fundraiser for him at a Pearland barbecue restaurant on July 20. Car accident victims and their families, of course, always appreciate these kinds of efforts. At the same time, the money that such fundraisers collect rarely approach the medical bills and other costs resulting from a major car accident.
Indeed, in almost every case, the only way a person involved in a serious car accident can receive full compensation for damages is to obtain the services of a qualified truck or car wreck attorney. A car wreck attorney will advocate for a victim in a court of law, and hold accountable whomever might be responsible, whether it’s a tire manufacturer, another driver, or someone else.