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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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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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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/10/Screen-Shot-2020-10-06-at-12.50.23-PM.pngTuesday, Oct. 6, 2020:  LUBBOCK, Texas — The Texas Department of Public Safety released updated details Thursday evening on a deadly crash that happened just after 1:00 p.m.  Emergency crews responded to the crash along Highway 84 near County Road 7500 near the City of Slaton.

DPS reported a pickup truck with a trailer driven by Thomas Henry Erskine Jr, 18, of Templeton, California. The pickup truck was going southeast on Highway 84. DPS said a Tahoe driven by Berta Arispe, 59, of Colorado City was going northwest on the highway.

The pickup truck came upon a construction vehicle that was directing traffic over to the right lane for a construction company. The pickup truck, “took evasive action steering hard to the left to avoid other vehicles.”

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/10/Screen-Shot-2020-10-05-at-8.36.05-PM.pngOctober 5, 2020:  The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified the victims of the September 27, 2020 head-on crash on SH 105 about a mile east of FM 2518 in Tarkington northeast of Houston.

Two of the deceased victims are from Houston while the third is from Hardin County. They are Francisco Rivera-Rosas, 33, of Houston, who was driving the black Chevrolet pickup that veered into the path of another black Chevrolet pickup driven by Timothy Gannon, 56, of Saratoga. Both drivers were killed as well as a backseat passenger in Rivera-Rosas’ vehicle – Juan Salgado, age unknown. 

Two other passengers were traveling in Rivera-Rosas’ vehicle – his 15-year-old son, who was uninjured, and 43-year-old Juan Salgado-Alvarez, 43, of Houston, who was seriously injured. Gannon’s wife, Kimberly Gannon, 57, also suffered serious injuries.

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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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pexels-alexas-fotos-2156246-300x196Many people prefer motorcycles to cars because of the freedom associated with whizzing down the road. In addition to making your daily commute potentially easier and more fun, motorcycles can also offer an increased sense of mobility. However, a certain degree of risk comes with operating a motorcycle – without the steel exterior of a car to protect you on the road, you may be more at risk in the event of a serious accident. When an accident happens unexpectedly, especially if you are riding a motorcycle, the consequences may be drastic.

In a recent news article, local Texas authorities reported that two motorcycle riders were killed in an early morning hit-and-run accident. One of the motorcyclists was a local high school student. Police are still currently investigating the details of the collision and have identified an individual who is suspected to have been involved in the crash.

In Texas, accidents involving motorcycle hit-and-runs can often be complex. Following a hit-and-run accident, it is important to obtain the necessary medical attention. Next, documenting the scene is a crucial step in identifying the person who caused the accident and fled the scene. Taking photographs, writing down everything that you can remember from the accident, and searching for potential witnesses or traffic camera footage could strengthen your claim. If the at-fault party is identified, potential plaintiffs should file their claim as soon as possible because of the two-year statute of limitations in Texas motorcycle accident cases.

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