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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-22-at-9.39.24-AM.pngMonday, September 21, 2020:  HOUSTONTwo women riding in the back of an Uber are dead after police said a pursuit suspect crashed into the car they were in. Police said the driver they believe is responsible is now facing felony murder charges. 

Officers said the crash happened at the intersection of Jensen and Parker around 11:30 Saturday night. According to police, they were chasing a vehicle after a driver, identified as 45-year-old Brian Okeith Tatum, reportedly ran a red light. He was estimated to be driving more than 100 mph.

Houston police say it started when Harris County deputies tried to stop a driver for running a red light. The driver didn’t stop, but instead took off at a high rate of speed and slammed into the rideshare car.

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-15-at-5.27.39-PM-1.pngTuesday, September 15, 2020:  BAYLOR COUNTY, Texas — Multiple first responder units were on the scene of a crash involving a Greyhound bus and a pick-up truck at U.S. 277 and U.S 183 in Baylor County, Texas on Monday afternoon.

The bus was headed eastbound on Highway 277 between Seymour and Wichita Falls in Mabelle when a pickup truck coming southbound on Highway 183 collided with the bus.  The collision being hard enough to push the bus off the road and on its side.

https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-15-at-5.26.13-PM-300x165.pngA Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant said one passenger was confirmed dead, who has been identified as James Dayton Jones, 40,  and multiple passengers were seriously injured. There were 29 passengers on the bus, including some that had been picked up in Lubbock.

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pexels-energepiccom-174936-300x225Tuesday, September 8, 2020:  The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a fatal auto-pedestrian crash in Edinburg Sunday evening that left one girl dead and another injured.

According to the release, the accident occurred around 10 p.m. on Owassa Road between Tower Road and Val Verde Road where a woman driving a blue 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe struck two pedestrians.

The release says the woman was allegedly speeding and under the influence of alcohol and continued driving west on Owassa. She was later found near Earling and Tower roads.

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pexels-blue-ox-studio-1686961-300x225Everyone has heard a friend or loved one jokingly claim that everyone forgets how to drive when it rains. However, inclement weather or slippery and wet conditions can be a major danger to motorists, especially if there are many cars on the road. Every driver knows that when weather conditions are poor, driving with extra caution is crucial to ensuring your safety and the safety of others. Unfortunately, even with the utmost of caution, sometimes accidents inevitably happen.

In a recent news report, a tragic weather-related car accident left two Texans dead and one injured. The young driver and her passenger were both killed when their vehicle was hit head-on by a pick-up truck. According to officials on the scene, the pick-up truck was driving when it began to hydroplane and was sideswiped by another large vehicle, causing the pick-up truck to hit the deceased’s vehicle head-on. The driver of the pickup truck was taken to a local hospital on an ambulance because an air ambulance and helicopter was unable to fly due to the inclement weather. Officials on the scene reported that the accident was both a result of the weather and because of the hydroplaning of the responsible party’s pick-up truck.

In Texas, the weather is notoriously unpredictable. If you are involved in a vehicle collision, there are certain legal defenses that you should be aware of before initiating a claim.  Some potential main defenses include:

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pexels-mike-192364-300x225For many, a car serves as the primary method of transportation on a daily basis. However, no matter how careful someone is while on the road or how skilled they are at driving, other motorists who do not follow the traffic laws pose a significant threat. When others are careless and cause accidents or even fatalities to occur on the road, those who are responsible can be held accountable for their actions through a Texas personal injury lawsuit.

In a recent news report, a young Sheriff’s Deputy and his fiancé were killed in a tragic car accident. Officials say that a tanker truck may have run a stop sign and crashed into the deputy’s vehicle, which killed his fiancé on impact. He passed away shortly after and his brother, who was also a passenger, was airlifted in critical condition to a local hospital with spinal, facial, and arm injuries.

In Texas, cases like these can often pave the way for potential wrongful death claims. To file a wrongful death claim, one must first ensure that the circumstances surrounding their potential case fall within Texas’s definition of wrongful death. Claims can be filed by specific parties if the death is caused by a wrongful act involving carelessness, unskillfulness, or neglect. Thus, potential plaintiffs could have a claim if their loved ones die because of the negligence of others, such as during a major car accident, or a vehicle collision involving distracted driving.

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-08-at-9.47.57-AM.pngWednesday September 2, 2020 Cameron County:  The Texas Department of Public Safety continues to investigate a two-vehicle head-on collision that left three people dead, including two children.

The accident happened at about 1:53 p.m. Wednesday September 2nd, on FM 803 North of St. Francis Street in Los Fresnos.

Killed in the accident was Maria Guadalupe Zamora, 49, who died at the scene. Zamora’s grandchildren, Ariel Castillo, 2 and Reynaldo Alvarado, 6, both of Port Isabel, who were traveling with her, were transported to local hospitals where they later died, the DPS reported.

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-01-at-4.06.53-PM.pngSunday, August 30, 2020: HALTOM CITY, TEXAS: Three people are dead after a crash involving a wrong-way driver Sunday night in Haltom City, police say.

The crash happened at about 8:35 p.m. on the eastbound side of Interstate Loop 820 near U.S. Route 377, according to Haltom City police.

Police said a blue Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling westbound on the eastbound side of the highway and crashed into a grey BMW. When officers arrived, the BMW had caught fire.

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pexels-acharaporn-kamornboonyarush-1028742-300x200We’ve all been distracted while driving at some point while navigating our vehicles. Whether it’s exhaustion from a full day of work causing you to doze off or an urgent phone call out of nowhere from the office, we’ve all had a moment where we’ve zoned out while driving. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to emerge from these situations safe and sound. Often, accidents occur as a result of drifting off or distracted driving, and can have enormous, disastrous impacts. When such accidents occur and tragedy strikes, those who cause them can be held responsible for their actions.

In a recent news report, local authorities say that five people were killed, including three young children, in a major vehicle collision in West Texas. The Texas Department of Safety said that a young individual was driving an SUV when it drifted into a lane and collided with a pickup truck. The SUV driver and the pickup truck driver were both killed as a result of the crash, as well as the three children who were riding as passengers in the SUV. Officials say that the crash is still under investigation and that weather conditions were clear.

In Texas, filing a wrongful death claim can be complex. The state defines that such actions can be brought if someone’s “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default” results in another person’s death. Additionally, only certain parties may bring a wrongful death claim. For example, in Texas, the children, parents, and surviving spouse of the deceased may file such claims. Any number of qualifying parties can file a claim on their own, or they can choose to file all claims collectively. Adult children may also file wrongful death claims over the death of a parent in Texas. However, the law does not permit siblings to pursue wrongful death claims after the loss of a sister or brother.

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/08/Screen-Shot-2020-08-18-at-9.28.38-PM.pngThursday, August 13, 2020, HOUSTON, TX — A portion of Sam Houston Parkway westbound in north Houston was shut down early Wednesday August 14th, after a driver was killed in a crash with a tow truck, according to investigators. 

The victim has been identified as a 23-year-old man. It happened about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday in the westbound lanes of Sam Houston Parkway Beltway 8 near John F. Kennedy Blvd.

The 23-year-old driver of a Chevy Tahoe was trapped inside their vehicle due to the accident and according to police, was pronounced dead at the scene. It’s still unclear what caused the Tahoe to crash into the tow-truck.  The Parkway was shut down for several hours before reopening shortly after 7 a.m.

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/08/Screen-Shot-2020-08-03-at-12.11.27-PM.pngJuly 29, 2020:  BEAUMONT, Texas — A 21-year-old Beaumont woman has been charged after police say the car she was driving struck two adults and a child in a west end Beaumont neighborhood Wednesday evening.

Kenlie Davis, 21, of Beaumont, was arrested near the scene and later charged with three counts each of intoxication assault and failure to stop and render aid according to a Thursday news release from the Beaumont Police Department. 

When officers arrived on the scene on Oak Trace Drive, they found the three victims in the street suffering from multiple injuries and the vehicle unoccupied in the grass nearby according to the release.

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