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excessive speed, car wreck, New Braunfels car wreck lawyerAt least three people were hospitalized following a head-on crash in a busy part of town.

The wreck took place on Culebra Road outside Loop 410. According to police and witnesses, a woman in a red car, who may have been speeding, veered into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with an SUV on the other side. The SUV then careened into a third vehicle. All three divers were rushed to nearby hospitals. Two children were also involved in the crash, but the extent of their injuries was unclear.

The woman indicated that she lost control of her vehicle just before the initial crash.

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truck wreck, I-35 crash, New Braunfels truck crash lawyerAs the North American Free Trade Agreement is now well into its second decade, there are more and more large trucks pouring across the border and into South Central Texas on I-35. In fact, the traffic is so heavy that, last year, officials had to open a new rail link to accommodate some of the freight.

The West Rail Project took fifteen years and $120 million to build, but officials say it was money and time well spent. According to the U.S. Commerce Department, the border sees about $1.5 billion in goods pass through either side on any given day, and the road network simply cannot handle all that traffic. More traffic also means more new drivers, many of whom are unfamiliar with the San Antonio area.

The product of all these things – more traffic, new drivers, and unfamiliar locations – is more large truck crashes, and these events present unique legal problems.

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truck rental, Graves Amendment, New Braunfels truck wreck lawyerMost people move between May and September, and with the moving season upon us, there will be more U-Haul, Ryder, and other rented large trucks on area roadways. As a general rule, these vehicles are unwieldy and difficult to drive, particularly for drivers with little or no experience in handling these trucks and who are unfamiliar with the area.

Traditional third-party liability theory does not apply in this area, thanks to an obscure federal law on the subject. However, in many cases, the vehicle’s owner or agent (normally a franchisee) may be liable for damages in a truck crash case.

The Graves Amendment

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dog bites, animal attack, New Braunfels dog bite lawyerOne of the first major animal attacks of the year occurred at a North Side grade school.

A pit bull and Chihuahua found a gap in a newly-erected fence and entered the school yard while children were at recess. The dogs went on a rampage, biting three children and scratching another one. According to a district spokesperson, some of the children were “walking up and down playing with the dogs on the other side of the fence,” and subsequently “the dogs came into the playground.” Animal Care Services picked up the dogs, and placed them into quarantine.

At least one victim’s family filed a case with ACS. School officials say that the fence was immediately repaired.

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head injuries, CTE, New Braunfels brain injury lawyerAfter having played 10 years and never missing a game or practice, the New York Jets’ star left tackle is hanging up his cleats, largely due to the fear of brain injury.

D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who as a youngster was told that he could never play contact sports after undergoing open heart surgery at age 9, never even appeared on the team’s injury list during his playing career. The former Freeport High School (Long Island) and University of Virginia standout became a Jet with the fourth overall pick in 2006. Last year, Mr. Ferguson said he felt “betrayed” by the National Football League over its handling of the link between professional football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE); he said that his declining skills and the possibility of a pay cut also loomed large in his decision.

A teammate praised Mr. Ferguson, who went to four Pro Bowls, by saying he was “the most authentic person I know. I love him. His loyalty, how he treats others, goes beyond football.”

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