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pexels-pavel-danilyuk-6754163-300x200May 3 ,2021:  On Wednesday, April 28, Troopers responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash near Tyler.  The crash happened on SH-110 South at Meador Cemetery Rd. south of Tyler’s City limits in Smith County.

Violet Louise Wright,  59, of Bullard, the driver of a Honda Accord, had stopped on Meador Cemetery Rd attempting to enter SH-110 South. The driver of a Volkswagen Jetta, Jessica Karen King, 20, of Lindale was traveling northbound on SH-110 South. It was at this intersection that Wright failed to yield the right of way, entering onto SH-110 South, King hit the Honda that had pulled out into the traffic lane.

Wright was transported to UT Health–Tyler, where she was pronounced dead. King, the driver who struck Wright’s vehicle was transported to UT Health-Tyler in stable condition.

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2021/04/Screen-Shot-2021-04-27-at-2.37.08-PM.pngSelf-driving, or autonomous cars, are revolutionizing the way the public looks at travel and car ownership. These vehicles turn active drivers into passive passengers, allowing motorists to rely on the car’s advanced computerized system to navigate the roads and avoid collisions. However, these cars may result in a serious Texas car accident, as the new technology is still being refined.

Autonomous vehicles rely on complex computer systems, sensors, actuators, and various algorithms to operate on the roads without an active driver. In theory, these cars provide a glimpse into a more environmentally friendly and safer future for road users. However, as it is, these features often present more dangers than benefits.

For example, recently, a national news report described a fatal Tesla crash involving a driverless vehicle. According to reports, the vehicle did not have a driver and was operating on high or full automation mode. As such, one of the occupants was in the front passenger seat, and the other occupants were in the back seat. The car was speeding along a dangerous curve when it slammed into a tree. Emergency responders used over 30,000 gallons of water to put out the massive fire that the collision sparked. Tesla did not respond to this incident but previously stated that their vehicles are intended to be used with an attentive driver who has their hands on the steering wheel. However, safety officials argue that the company does not do enough to deter drivers from depending too much on the vehicle’s features.

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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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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2021/02/Screen-Shot-2021-02-11-at-5.18.29-PM-300x170.pngBecause Texas is such a large state, some areas receive more wintry conditions than others during the winter months. As a result, many drivers do not know how to drive on icy or slippery roads, which can result in devastating Texas car accidents. To stay safe this winter season, it is crucial that you drive with care if you must travel, and to limit travel as much as possible when temperatures are particularly low and the weather is icy.

According to a local news report, six people were killed in a major car accident that involved more than 100 vehicles after a rush of winter weather that swept across Texas. Following the accident, multiple people were trapped in their vehicles, and more than 36 people were taken to local hospitals for further treatment and several were in critical condition at the scene. Videos and photos from other news outlets showed a massive crash involving multiple cars, eighteen-wheeler trucks, tractor-trailers, and local firefighters responding to the scene. Vehicles were piled on top of each other, rolled on their sides, or spun out along the sides of the road. Due to significant amounts of winter weather rolling across the state, local authorities are asking drivers to proceed with caution, especially since the roads are especially slick and icy.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (DOT), several easy driving tips can ensure a safer, smoother, less stressful trip when traveling in unpredictable winter weather.

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/07/Screen-Shot-2020-07-25-at-11.54.37-AM.pngYou don’t have to live near an ocean, lake, or river to be subjected to flash flooding brought on by heavy rains that have nowhere to go.

Flash floods may be one of the most dangerous weather-related phenomena because they can happen anywhere. The water rises so fast and flows so swiftly that roads can be particularly dangerous. 

Nearly every town and city across the country is vulnerable to storm drains and sewer systems overflowing and/or backing up because of too much rain for them to handle or debris clogging them

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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/05/Screen-Shot-2020-05-26-at-1.22.28-PM.pngMay 23, 2020:  San Antonio, TEXAS–The crash happened around 5:30 a.m. Friday on Interstate 10 near the Dominion on the north side of San Antonio.  Justin Antwan Jackson, 29, the driver of the 18-wheeler, involved in the incident is now charged with failure to Stop and Render Aid after his truck rear-ended a red Ford Fiesta that was stalled on US I-10.  

The driver of the car, Donna Falkenberg, 46, was killed in the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene.  San Antonio Police said she was not wearing a seat belt.

According to an arrest affidavit, Jackson was traveling southbound in the right-most lane when it neared the stalled Ford Fiesta, which had on its hazard lights.  Jackson told police that he tried to avoid another vehicle that appeared to be crossing into the lane next to him and did not see the Ford until the crash was unavoidable.

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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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https://www.texasinjurylawyersblog.com/files/2020/03/Screen-Shot-2020-03-02-at-8.15.23-PM.png(March 2, 2020: POLK COUNTY, TX) – A fatal two-vehicle collision in Polk County involving a semi tractor-trailer and a passenger car happened Friday morning February 28th on US 59 near the intersection of FM 942 near the town of Leggett.

According to preliminary reports, a Mercedes Benz E-350 driven by Brenda Kirkling (60) of Houston  entered US 59 from a parking lot on the west side of the highway and was hit by a Kenworth truck tractor semitrailer. The semi then crossed over into the northbound lanes and lost the load of lumber it was carrying upon the highway.

The driver of the semi, 44-year-old Jody Jenkins from Brookeland, was not injured during the crash. The driver, Kirkling and the passenger, Lida Autry (58) of Missouri City died at the scene. This accident remains under investigation with the Texas Highway Patrol.

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TYLER COUNTY, SATURDAY Dec. 14: A multi-vehicle accident over the weekend in northeast Tyler County sent two people to the hospital with serious injuries.  The Hyundai driver, Cora Goneau, 36, failed to yield the right of way to the GMC pickup truck which was towing a horse trailer.  The car turned onto Highway 92 in the path of the GMC. Driver Cora Goneauand and her passenger Joseph Griffith, 31, were taken to Baptist Hospital Beaumont with serious injuries. Laramie Dunn, 21, driver of GMC truck – sustained minor injuries. Two horses and six dogs traveling in the vehicles were not injured.

The truck towing a horse trailer was eastbound on Highway 190, while the Hyundai car was traveling westbound. The collision happened at the intersection of U.S. Highway 190 at State Highway 92, just west of Exxon Dam B convenience store, at about 2:00 Saturday afternoon. The GMC pickup truck then struck a Chevrolet Trailblazer and a Ford pickup truck before crashing into the convenience store wall.

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