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pexels-pixabay-263402-300x199Saturday, March 27, 2021, Mineloa, TX:  Two people died after the back tire separated from a vehicle and caused a rollover crash on Saturday in Wood County.  The driver of an SUV, Robert Guy Marino of Tyler, was pronounced deceased Monday morning.  The passenger, Cathy Marks, 64 also of Tyler died at the scene Saturday.

According to DPS, the driver of a Ford Explorer was traveling north on US 69 at around 1:20 p.m. Saturday when a back left tire came off the vehicle, causing the driver to loose control.   The Explorer traveled off the road into the eastbound ditch where is rolled over.  The driver, Marino, was not wearing a seatbelt and was transported to UT Health Tyler in serious condition where he later died.

DPS said the crash is still under investigation.

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activity-board-game-connection-desk-613508-300x200Texas has specific procedural requirements that parties must adhere to when they proceed with a lawsuit. If these procedures are not followed and prescribed deadlines are ignored, it could result in your case being dismissed or leave you unable to get the compensation you deserve. Thus, hiring an experienced attorney is crucial when you decide to proceed with a lawsuit—especially someone who understands the ins and outs of Texas laws and procedures.

In a recent Supreme Court of Texas case, a plaintiff challenged a court order allowing the defendant in the dispute to designate an unknown person as a responsible third party. The plaintiff initially sued the defendant for negligently causing a chain-reaction car accident that occurred when a truck driver employed by the defendant rear-ended the truck behind the plaintiff. The defendant initially filed an answer asserting a general denial of responsibility and that the plaintiff was comparatively responsible for causing the accident. Then, 135 days later, the defendant filed a motion to designate an unknown person, referred to as “John Doe” as a responsible third party, arguing that John Doe negligently caused the accident. Although the plaintiff objected to the defendant’s filing, the trial court allowed the defendant to designate John Doe as an unknown responsible party in an amended answer.

More than two years later, the defendant filed its amended original answer, which still did not include allegations of John Doe’s responsibility. The plaintiff objected, stating that the defendant failed to meet the procedural requirements necessary to designate responsibility to John Doe since it was not in the amended complaint the defendant filed. In response, the defendant filed a second amended answer, this time including allegations stating that John Doe caused the accident. The trial court then denied the plaintiff’s summary judgment motion, and the plaintiff filed for relief with the Supreme Court of Texas.

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In the United States, wrong-way accidents can kill hundreds of people every year. These accidents can be particularly deadly when compared to other types of collisions, and account for as many as 54 percent of traffic accident-related deaths in previous years. In the event of one of these devastating accidents, if someone you love is killed because of the neglect and carelessness of another driver, you may have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death suit for monetary damages.

According to a local news report, two San Antonio residents and four others were killed after a wrong-way accident. Evidently, two vehicles crashed into each other head-on, resulting in one driver being pronounced dead on the scene and his passenger succumbing to her injuries after being transported to a local hospital for treatment. The other victims who died were between 18 and 24 years old, and three other unidentified passengers were taken to the hospital for medical care. Following the accident, local authorities are still investigating the accident’s details.

In Texas, you may be eligible for filing a wrongful death claim on behalf of a loved one if that individual died due to a wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, or unskillfulness from the at-fault party. Car accidents that result in a wrongful death are a common claim in Texas, but not everyone is eligible to bring a claim on behalf of the deceased. If you decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit, you must either be the deceased’s surviving spouse, child, or parent. Children who are legally adopted, surviving adoptive parents, and personal representatives of the deceased’s estate can also file a wrongful death claim.

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-11-at-5.07.17-PM.pngThursday, February 11, 2021, DALLAS/Fort Worth:  Traffic crews and medics responded to several fatal car accidents overnight in North Texas as icy roads caused difficult driving conditions for people. At least eight deaths have been confirmed, officials said. 

Pileup crash on I-35W in Fort Worth

More than 75 vehicles were involved in a massive pileup crash Thursday morning on Interstate 35W in Fort Worth, including several 18-wheelers, officials said. A number of people were trapped hours after the crash happened around 6 a.m. 

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pexels-pixabay-263402-300x199Jan. 3, 2021: NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas — One person is dead, and three others are hurt after a crash Tuesday night December 29th near South Business 35 and McQueeney Road in New Braunfels. 

Emergency crews responded to the single-vehicle rollover crash at about 11:45 p.m. When they arrived, they found a Ford Explorer had lost control and rolled over, hurting four adults inside including the driver, who was ejected from the vehicle.

The driver, identified as 47-year-old Carlye James Donaldson of San Antonio, was being transferred to a nearby hospital when he died en route police said. 

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pexels-antonio-batinić-5364345-300x200There are plenty of roads in Texas that do not have a physical median separating the lanes as vehicles move in opposite directions. This road design, coupled with distracted or reckless driving, often becomes the perfect storm for dangerous car accidents. Head-on accidents, for example, most frequently occur on this type of roadway when the at-fault party veers across the center dividing line and crashes into a car coming in the opposite direction.

In a recent news report, six individuals were killed in a deadly head-on highway car accident. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, two vehicles were heading in opposite directions when one of the cars veered into the neighboring lane and crashed head-on with the other vehicle. The eastbound vehicle was carrying three passengers, who all died at the scene. The westbound car was carrying six passengers, and three were killed in the crash. The remaining passengers of the westbound vehicle were transported to local hospitals to treat their injuries. All of the passengers in the eastbound vehicle were wearing seat belts, whereas only the driver of the westbound car was wearing his seat belt. The crash remains under investigation by local authorities.

In Texas, like other jurisdictions, head-on car accidents can lead to a host of legal issues. Distracted driving or drowsiness are often common causes for these often-fatal crashes, as well as drunk driving or speeding.

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pexels-pixabay-263402-300x199December 15, 2020:  POLK COUNTY, Livingston,Texas — Two people are dead following a crash last week in the early morning of December 8th in Deep East Texas.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, troopers responded to a two-vehicle major crash around 6:50 a.m., on US 190, about five miles east of Livingston. 

The preliminary crash investigation indicates an SUV was traveling east on US 190, while the driver of a car was traveling westbound and reportedly attempted to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone and struck the SUV head-on.

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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/2020/04/Screen-Shot-2020-04-07-at-2.28.58-PM.pngAustin Texas, April 7, 2020 On the evening of March 30th around 9:20 PM a collision happened that marked the 24th fatal traffic incident in Austin so far this year, resulting in 25 fatalities. Compared to last year at this point in 2019, there were 17 fatal traffic crashes. (APD)

The incident happened along the 5500 block of East Parmer Lane on the northeast side.  The driver of a Hummer H3 was moving south over the eastbound lanes of the street when she failed to yield to a 2008 Mercedes-Benz ML3 driven by Cain Perez Estrada, 34.  The Mercedes struck the passenger side of the Hummer injuring the two children passengers.  The children were transported to the Dell Children’s Medical Center with serious trauma.  One of the children, Daminik Lopez, 9 died from her injuries 5 days later. The other child also underwent surgery for their critical injuries and that child’s status is still unknown at this time.  The driver of the Hummer’s name has not been released by the police.

Estrada was also injured in the accident and was transferred to a local hospital for non life-threatening injuries.  After he was discharged, he was then arrested by Austin police on DWI which is believed to be a contributing factor in this accident.

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car-accident-1995852_1920Car accidents are an unfortunate risk that individuals take every day when they get into a vehicle. Although some accidents are minor and only result in minimal property damage, others can have life-altering consequences on an individual and their loved ones. Texas personal injury law provides that negligent motorists may be liable for the injuries that result because of their conduct. Texas car accident victims who wish to pursue a claim against a negligent driver must clearly understand the process of recovery.

After receiving medical care, the first step in a personal injury lawsuit is the initial investigation. This includes taking photographs of the scene and obtaining identifying information of potential defendants and witnesses. Although emergency responders and police may take photos of the scene, their priority is typically providing medical care and ensuring that the public is safe. Thus, often, the only photographs of a scene are those taken by the parties involved in the accident.

Next, if the incident did not require immediate medical attention, the injury victim should make sure to receive medical treatment for their injuries. The records created when an injury victim obtains medical treatment can play a crucial role in the recovery process. Following medical treatment, Texas injury victims must notify their insurance company of the accident. This step can drastically change the outcome of an accident lawsuit, and it is important that car accident victims contact an attorney.

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