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TX accident lawyerA car accident earlier this month in Bexar County has resulted in the death of one 18-year-old and the arrest of another on charges of intoxication assault. The collision occurred when one vehicle cut into another vehicle’s lane and impacted a front wheel, after which the second vehicle lost control, ran into a telephone pole, and rolled over on top of the victim. This tragic incident highlights the dangers that teens often face when drunk driving is involved.

Teenagers Are Affected By Drunk Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nearly one in five teen drivers in fatal accidents had been drinking before the crash and that teenagers are also disproportionately likely to lose their lives in an accident involving alcohol compared to other age groups. Teen fatalities in drunk driving accidents include drivers, passengers, and occupants of other vehicles, and the NHTSA urges parents to talk to their teenagers about the importance of avoiding driving after drinking, riding in a car with someone who has been drinking, or drinking at all before they reach the legal age of 21.

Holding Drunk Drivers Accountable in Texas

Texas law enforces strict criminal penalties for drivers who are convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI), as well as the offense of driving under the influence (DUI), which specifically refers to a person under the age of 21 driving with any alcohol in his or her system. Penalties also usually increase when someone is injured or killed as a result of drunk driving.

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TX accident lawyerA true tragedy occurred in Austin recently, when a Mercedes-Benz struck a Hummer on its passenger side, injuring two young children. One of the children, a nine-year-old girl, died from her injuries on April 4, while the other underwent potentially life-saving surgery. The Mercedes driver was treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries and was later arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI). In addition to the major criminal charges that the driver may face given the young girl’s passing, it is possible he may be sued in civil court by the family, to try and collect damages for her wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one, especially a minor, to the negligence or recklessness of another person, you have the right to try and hold them accountable, even if they already face criminal charges.

No Replacing A Lost Loved One

If you and your family have lost a loved one due to another person’s negligence, you may be able to recover monetary compensation - not to replace the lost person in your life but to hopefully help your family stay on its financial feet while you adjust to the loss of that person. You may be able to recover for both tangible (also called economic) and intangible (non-economic) damages, including (but not limited to) lost wages, funeral expenses and last medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of inheritance, and several other potential causes of action.

Generally, Texas law holds that a cause of action for wrongful death exists if someone’s passing can be directly linked to the negligence, wrongful act, carelessness, or unskillfulness of another person. For example, if someone is killed in an auto accident because their brakes failed, a mechanic who negligently failed to notice a problem might possibly be liable for that person’s death because they ought to have noticed and fixed the issue. Only a surviving spouse, parents, or children can file a wrongful death claim in Texas.

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Posted on in Personal Injury

b2ap3_thumbnail_train.jpgTravelers on the morning Amtrak train from San Antonio to Houston on Friday, August 2 received an unpleasant shock when their train hit a pickup truck coming out of a private drive on FM 78. According to law enforcement, no one on the train was harmed, but the driver of the pickup truck was killed. The train could not stop immediately, but did eventually halt so that law enforcement could process the scene. Train accidents are very rare, thankfully, but they do happen in Texas, especially in the Houston-San Antonio corridor where the tracks can be extremely busy. If you have been involved in a train accident, and you believe the train was operated negligently, you may be able to try and seek compensation for your injuries.

Train Accidents Are Devastating

Train-car crashes are not always fatal, but often are. Those who survive are left with serious medical bills for a host of injuries, from broken bones, cuts, and bruises to whiplash and traumatic brain injuries. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics does not include highway-grade rail crossing accidents in their annual tally, but even without them, one can see that there are hundreds of train-related injuries and fatalities each year.

The causes are many, though most have to do with either carelessness on the part of the train operator or on the part of the auto driver. The most common examples include:

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Posted on in Car Wrecks

Texas injury lawyerIn the wee hours of January 6, 2018, two people were injured when a car turned the wrong way on Texas 151, striking another driver head-on. Both drivers sustained significant injuries, with the wrong-way driver’s being more serious. While both drivers are expected to make a full recovery, they are lucky in that sense, given that wrong-way accidents kill significant numbers. If you are injured in a head-on collision, the odds are against your recovering to the same degree of health you enjoyed before the accident.

Fatalities Are Common

Wrong-way collisions are, by definition, head-on collisions, given that one driver is going against the flow of traffic. Texas roads can be dangerous, with almost 3,800 fatalities in 2016, but if one examines the statistics on head-on collisions, one can see that consistently, they account for a higher percentage of deaths than they do for crashes overall. There are many reasons for that, not least of all that the majority of vehicles simply do not have enough protection in the front, due mostly to the shape and style of car being driven more nowadays. A small, snub-nosed vehicle will protect less efficiently than a car with a long, reinforced hood.

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Texas injury lawyerA woman was killed on January 18, when a passing motorist hit her stalled car from behind near I-37 and Donop. Her vehicle had stalled, and she had stayed inside to keep warm, but it rolled as it was rear-ended. Unfortunately, she was pronounced at the scene, and while the driver of the other car is not expected to be charged, it is still worth asking why events unfolded as they did, and why things did not go differently.

Rear End Collisions

The Washington Post quotes the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in stating that approximately 1.7 million rear-end collisions happen on U.S. roads each year, with Texas having its relatively proportional share of those accidents. This does make rear-end collisions the most common type of auto accident, but at the same time, the NTSB and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimate that as many as 80 percent of them could be avoided from making collision-avoidance equipment standard in automobiles.

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