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New Braunfels wrongful death lawyerA hot air balloon crashed near Lockhart, Texas, at the end of July. There were 16 people aboard, including the pilot, and all were killed in the accident. The exact details of the crash are not clear yet, but what is known is that the hot air balloon caught fire in flight. It may have hit power lines as it came down to the ground. The National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been asked to assist. The organizations may determine if anyone was at fault for the tragedy or whether it was an accident not caused by anyone’s negligence. Car, truck, and even airplane accidents are much more common than hot air balloon crashes, but there is the potential for danger in any form of transportation. If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in an uncommon accident, contact an experienced Austin wrongful death attorney for help today.

One of the Worst Hot Air Balloon in Crashes in History

The loss of 16 lives makes this one of the worse hot air balloon accidents in decades. However, the event is not unprecedented. In 2013, a hot air balloon accident in Egypt killed 19 individuals. Only two people survived the accident, which authorities believe was caused by a torn gas hose. In 2012, there were two significant hot air balloon accidents. One killed 11 people in New Zealand, and another killed six and injured many others in Slovenia. Before Egypt and now Texas, the deadliest known air balloon crash was in 1989 when 13 people were killed in Australia. The pilot of that balloon was convicted of committing a dangerous act and sent to prison for two years.

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New Braunfels construction zone crash attorneyIf you are a roadway construction worker, one of your biggest fears may not be getting hurt because of the equipment but being killed by a passing car. There are hundreds if not thousands of work zone sites on Texas roads at any given time. From highway repairs to local street resurfacing, construction workers are constantly trying to do their jobs while traffic whizzes by them. Construction workers’ fears regarding getting hit by a car or truck are justified. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 21,886 work zone crashes within the state in 2015. This represented a 13 percent increase in accidents compared to 2014. During these accidents, 138 people were killed. Not all of those killed in work zones were construction workers, though. Normal motorists should also worry about work zone accidents, which can lead to significant injuries and death.  

Texas Work Zone Laws

If you are caught committing a traffic violation within a current Texas work zone, the fine for that violation is doubled. For example, if your speeding ticket is for a $200 fine, this would be doubled to $400 because it took place in a work zone.

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New Braunfelse personal injury attorneyToward the end of August, one individual died and another individual was injured during a rollover crash with another vehicle on Wurzbach Parkway in San Antonio, Texas. One woman was reported to be in critical condition immediately following the accident but later died in the hospital. The other individual, a 28-year-old man driving the car, was thrown from the vehicle despite wearing his seatbelt. The individuals in the other car that was hit were treated at the scene.

The details of what went wrong are unclear, but accidents such as this one often lead to personal injury or wrongful death claims against the at-fault driver.

Texas Personal Injury Claims

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New Braunfels wrongful death lawyerA major rollover accident on Loop 410 led to six victims, including children, being ejected from an SUV. Two children and one adolescent lost their lives due to the crash. Four other individuals were critically injured. One of the victims of the crash was the 19-year-old daughter of a prominent regional pastor. Many of the victims of the crash were young children, and a one and two-year-old were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.

The Chevrolet Suburban was traveling southeast around 1:20 am. The vehicle collided with the center barrier and then rolled into Rigsby Road and Presa Street in San Antonio, Texas. Police say it is not clear who was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident. Despite numerous children in the car, it appears no safety seats or seat belts were used.

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New Braunfels wrongful death lawyerWhen you lose a loved one in an accident, your first thoughts turn toward your family. How will you organize a burial or memorial? How will you move forward without this person? Sometimes, your questions about family turn to finances – particularly if you lost a spouse. How will you pay all of the medical debt? Can you afford to keep the house? The death of someone in your family is not only tragic, it devastates your way of life and can leave your finances in shambles. But, if your loved one was killed because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover damages. These will not fix the situation, but they are key to being able to pay your bills and move forward with your life. For more information on filing a wrongful death claim, contact the skilled New Braunfels wrongful death attorney of The Bettersworth Law Firm.

What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?

Certain family members or a person’s estate can file a civil wrongful death claim if a person was killed due to someone’s negligence, carelessness, or wrongful act. Texas statute Sections 71.002 and 71.003 explain that an individual has a right to file this type of suit if the person who was killed would have been able to sue the other party for a personal injury had he or she lived. Additionally, the person who files the suit must be able to show that he or she suffered actual injuries from the decedent’s death.

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