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pexels-pixabay-263402-300x199When a Texas chain-reaction car accident occurs, it can often have devastating consequences. On top of potentially being more likely to cause injuries or death, these collisions are often more complex because of all of the parties involved. Establishing an accurate timeline that maps out exactly how the crash happened and who should be assigned which portion of fault can be a significantly challenging issue on its own. However, if a fatality follows an already complex series of crashes, the situation becomes even more complicated to navigate.

According to a recent local news report, a series of car crashes involving four vehicles left a teenage boy dead. The incident started when a Mercedes broke down on the side of the road when it ran into mechanical issues. Both occupants exited the Mercedes, and moments later, a Dodge pickup saw the Mercedes and stopped behind it. A Nissan traveling on the same road with a 17-year-old passenger slammed into the back of the Dodge pickup and hit another car on the road. The series of crashes concluded when the Nissan crashed into the rear of the Mercedes, which pushed it across the median and into the feeder road. The 17-year-old teenager who was riding in the Nissan did not survive the crash. Firefighters worked for nearly 45 minutes to free the driver of the Nissan, who barely escaped fatal injuries and was transported to a local hospital. According to law enforcement, there was no reason to believe that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, and the accident was likely caused by speeding.

In Texas, if a fatality occurs following a crash, it could potentially give rise to a wrongful death claim. Potential plaintiffs must understand the mechanics of bringing these claims. First, the party bringing the claim must prove that the deceased was not responsible for causing their own death and that it resulted from the negligence of another party.

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CS-San-Antonio-9-300x300Recently, a Texas district court issued an opinion in a lawsuit stemming from injuries a man suffered during a workplace altercation. According to the record, the plaintiff worked in a storeroom of a clothing store that is operated by a larger company. The plaintiff and another employee became involved in a verbal altercation requiring intervention from a supervisor. The supervisor presented the parties with the options to either quit their jobs, change shifts, or continue working together-they chose to continue working together. About a week after the verbal altercation, the men became involved in another argument, and the employee punched the plaintiff. Both of the men were terminated from their positions. The plaintiff filed a lawsuit against the parent company, arguing that they were liable for his injuries because of negligent hiring, negligent training, negligent supervision, retention, and monitoring. A jury found in favor of the plaintiff, and the company appealed.

Among other issues, the company argued that they were not liable because the men were not employees of the parent company, but rather of a subsidiary. The company argued that the plaintiff did not establish that the defendant had an employment relationship with any of the parties involved, or that they controlled the subsidiary’s safety policies. Therefore, the jury’s finding was not supported by the evidence.

Under Texas laws, the court will sustain a sufficiency of the evidence challenge if there is a complete absence of an essential fact, the trial court is barred by the law to give weight to the evidence offered to prove a vital fact, if the preferred evidence is no more than a “mere scintilla,” or the evidence established the opposite of a vital fact. Evidence rises to a sufficient level if it would allow fair-minded people to differ in their conclusions. Further, if the evidence does not create more than a slight suspicion, it is not sufficient.

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CS-San-Antonio-27-300x150In a typical car accident involving just two vehicles, it can be challenging to determine who was actually at fault. However, in collisions with several vehicles, resulting in multiple accidents, it can be even messier to determine how the accident started, who hit who, and what actually happened. In these Texas chain-reaction car accidents, it is crucial that accident victims have an experienced attorney in their corner to help them pursue the compensation they deserve.

According to a recent news report, a young man was killed in an accident when he laid down his motorcycle to avoid hitting a stopped car on the road. Local authorities stated that the motorcyclist was coming up a hill when he noticed a long line of stalled cars in front of him. When two vehicles that were ahead of the young man swerved out of the way to avoid crashing into the line of stalled cars, it caused the motorcyclist to lay down his bike and crash into the back of a stopped car. Although he was wearing a helmet, authorities reported that the motorcyclist did not survive the crash. The incident is still being investigated by local law enforcement, but the crash was likely an accident without criminal conduct involved.

One of the biggest problems in these accidents is that the at-fault party or parties do not have enough insurance coverage to fully compensate a victim for the injuries they suffered as a result of the accident. All Texas drivers must have auto insurance minimums of $30,000 per person and $60,000 per accident for bodily injury liability. Also, drivers are required to have at least $25,000 in coverage for property damage.

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pexels-pixabay-263402-300x199Nov. 11, 2020, McCLAIN COUNTY, Oklahoma:  Investigators said a truck driver was driving distracted on Interstate 35 where he killed a woman and injured her husband. Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers responded to the crash on March 2, 2020, near mile marker 82 in McClain County.

A semi-truck driven by 58-year-old Johnny Spradlin was surrounded by other vehicles approaching a construction zone.  

Investigators said surrounding vehicles slowed down, but the 18-wheeler driver Spradlin did not. He crashed into a 2016 Chevy Traverse driven by 63-year-old Julia Kraus and her passenger husband around 9:30 a.m. Kraus was pronounced dead at the scene.   Kraus’ husband was injured in the crash but survived.  

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pexels-burak-k-67088-300x200We’ve all been there—after a long day at work, or on the way to work, you find yourself fighting to keep your eyes open to focus on driving. In Texas, where most people own a car and driving is a regular part of getting around and commuting, Texas drivers are especially susceptible to these accidents because of how much time is spent on the road. Whether it was stress from the day or a restless night of sleep the night before, drowsy driving is dangerous and can often lead to fatal consequences. Unfortunately, Texas drowsy driving accidents are more common than you may expect.

According to a recent report, fatal drowsy driving accidents continue to be a widespread public safety issue in the United States. Between 2010 and 2018, drowsy driving accidents killed 7,392 people nationwide. In total, 22% of these accidents occurred on Texas highways and interstates, making the state home to America’s most drowsy drivers. Although the number of fatalities caused by these accidents has decreased since 2010, the number of accidents in Texas continues to be nearly four times greater than the state with the next greatest percentage of fatalities. On the state’s busiest, traffic-heavy roads, there were ten times more fatal crashes than the national average.

When it comes to drowsy driving accidents, people 25 to 34 are most susceptible to these crashes. Nearly 16% of victims from 2010 to 2018 were in this category, making this statistic especially troubling. Because a single accident stemming from drowsy driving is likely to kill more than one person, the lethal nature of these accidents must be emphasized.

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Every year nearly 500 people in the US die from what is a preventable death: accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.  Nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. end up visiting emergency rooms each year due to CO poisoning. There are many ways to protect your family, loved ones, guests and renters.  Whether you’re at home or traveling, there are steps you can take to help keep yourself and others safe from CO poisoning.

Owners of hotels, rental properties and homes have legal obligations to make sure their properties are serviced and do not pose a risk of renters, friends, family or guests developing CO Poisoning.  Winter temperatures now mean an increase in heating systems running for hours which adds to the carbon monoxide risk.

Surprisingly, fumes are produced by more than furnaces.

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pexels-pixabay-263402-300x199Sometimes, unexpected things happen while driving, and pulling to the shoulder of the road is your only choice. Staying parked on the shoulder of the road, however, can be dangerous. Cars that drift out of their lanes can collide with your car, or worse, crash into you as you are attending to your vehicle. When these accidents occur, the thought of filing a San Antonio personal injury claim may feel overwhelming. Indeed, the recovery process can be a complex one, and it is crucial that you know what is required in a Texas personal injury claim.

According to a recent news report, two separate car accidents on a major roadway left two drivers dead. On the day of the first accident, a Chevrolet veered from its lane and crashed into an abandoned vehicle sitting on the shoulder of the road. As a result of the crash, two other cars collided and struck the Chevrolet, whose driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The drivers of the other two vehicles were taken to a local hospital, according to authorities. In the second crash, a woman died while she was on the shoulder, trying to repair a tow strap when a car collided with two disabled vehicles where she was standing.

When you are involved in a car accident in Texas, the law requires that you must first file an accident report with the local police department or sheriff’s office within 10 days of the crash, if you are able. In addition, following an accident, the sooner you file a claim with your insurance company, the better. This way, your insurer can investigate and, hopefully, get you the compensation you deserve as soon as possible. If you wait too long, you may be giving up your chance to report the accident and receive coverage for your losses.

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pexels-pixabay-289737-300x200Whether you’re sending your children to college for the first time as a parent or you’ve had an empty nest for a while, the start of an undergraduate career is often every bit as exciting as it is nerve-wracking. On the one hand, you’re proud of your kids for making it this far, but also nervous about what it’ll mean for them being on their own for the first time. However, no one ever expects to get bad news and hear that their children were involved in a major accident while away from home. When these incidents occur, those responsible can be held accountable through a Texas wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit.

According to a recent news report, two Dallas Baptist University students were killed in a deadly car crash. Both students had only just arrived on campus for their freshman year and were passengers in a friend’s car when the at-fault party crashed into their vehicle. Authorities reported that three other students were also involved in the accident and are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries. Currently, the investigation is still ongoing, and it is unclear if the responsible driver will be facing charges or if drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.

In Texas, following an accident like this one, there are several legal actions you can take. Perhaps the most common is assessing whether you have a wrongful death claim. When a person passes away because of another person’s wrongful actions, you may have grounds for a claim. More specifically, in Texas, the death must have come about due to a “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default.”

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/10/Screen-Shot-2020-10-13-at-2.21.12-PM-789x1024.pngSaturday, October 10, 2020:  Laredo, TEXAS:  Laredo police have identified the woman who died on Thursday, October 8th, in a two-vehicle crash by Texas 255 and Mines Road.

Authorities identified her as Sara Cruz, a 47-year-old woman from Houston. Cruz was in a Ford F-150 driven by Jose Juan Perez, 50, who is also from Houston.

Perez disregarded a stop sign at Texas 255 and FM 1472 and crashed into a Ford Raptor driven by Jaime Gutierrez, 27.

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/10/Screen-Shot-2020-10-13-at-2.06.13-PM-300x146.png https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/10/Screen-Shot-2020-10-13-at-2.05.52-PM.pngWith thousands of miles of beautiful natural sights surrounding Texas’s open roads, it’s no surprise that motorcycles are so popular in the state. Motorcycles, however, can often pose a number of unique risks on the road. Drivers of passenger vehicles can often have trouble seeing motorcycles because of their smaller size, or they can easily get caught in a vehicle’s blind spot. Thus, before anyone decides to purchase a motorcycle, they must understand the risks involved. In many Texas motorcycle accidents, the cause of the collision is entirely beyond the motorcyclist’s control.

According to a recent news report, a local Texas high school teacher was killed in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident. The victim was found dead at the scene after the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a car. Local authorities assumed that the responsible party had been driving north and crossed lanes and collided with the victim then, but further investigation showed that the responsible party was backing his car out of a ditch when he hit the motorcycle and knocked the victim off his bike. When the victim fell off his motorcycle, he was thrown into the roadway and struck by a pickup truck. Local authorities are still investigating the details surrounding the accident but have identified the responsible party after he fled the scene.

Based on recent data from the Texas Department of Transportation, more than 400 motorcycle drivers passed away in motorcycle accidents in 2018, and over 900 suffered significant injuries. Motorcycle accidents in Texas also differ from how regular passenger vehicle accidents are handled and differ in possible financial compensation and damages available to victims. Because of how complex Texas motorcycle accidents and motorcycle-related laws can be, it is of the utmost importance that potential plaintiffs hire the most experienced representation possible to navigate the legal system with ease.

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