Texas wrongful death lawsuits will provide answers; Griddy also sued for price gouging
A lawsuit was filed by three people injured in the massive 133-vehicle pile-up on the express lanes of I-35 on February 11. Six people tragically lost their lives and at least 60 people were injured. Many other Texas wrongful death lawsuits and personal injury suits will be filed to establish liability and collect damages.
The plaintiffs accuse five companies of failing to hire, train and supervise capable drivers. The drivers are accused of driving too fast for the icy road conditions.
The past week has been hellacious for millions of North Texans. Many people suddenly lost electricity and water. They froze and were hungry for days. Wind chill temperatures got as low as -10 degrees.
Grocery stores were stripped bare of food. Water could not be found anywhere. People had to sleep in their cars with the motor running to stay warm. Many animals were abandoned.
Black ice on the express lanes of Interstate 35 on February 11th at 6:00 a.m. caused a horrendous 133-vehicle crash that was the worst one in the history of Fort Worth.
There have been hundreds of car wrecks in Texas since the historic winter storm shut down our state this week. If you have been injured in a Texas icy road accident, you need to know how to proceed. This article will answer questions you may have including
- What should you do at the scene and later on?
- When and how can you make an insurance claim?
- Can you file on the other driver’s liability company, your company, or both?
- How can you prove the other driver was at fault?
- Will you have to file a lawsuit?
10 steps to take if you have been in a Texas icy road accident
Horrifying series of collisions shuts down I-35
Early this morning, a thin layer of ice coating the high-speed toll lanes near North Side Drive on Interstate 35 North caused one of the worst series of crashes that Fort Worth has ever seen. The catastrophe made national headlines.
This video shows the clean-up of the estimated 133 vehicles in the pile-up.
Berenson Injury Law has handled many crashes on I-35, including a death caused when the reconstruction of the highway happened.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for North Texas today. There is a good chance of freezing temperatures and rain that could leave a sheet of ice on our roads and bridges.
By Saturday night, the wind chill may be almost zero degrees. We may break all-time low records on Sunday. The roads could be treacherous by then.
Texans rarely have to drive on dangerous streets, so the chance of being in a car or truck crash will multiply. Hitting a patch of ice could lead to disaster.
Here is a real-time map that will help you plan a safe route from DriveTexas.org.
The problem is compounded because other drivers will forget to slow down. Others will continue to text and drive. Even worse, some will drink and drive.
Unfortunately, police officers and emergency rooms (and yes, personal injury lawyers) will be busier than usual.
Tips to keep you safe
What can you do when you have constant pain in your neck and back after a car wreck? After numerous trips to your doctor and anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medications don’t work, he or she may recommend that you have an epidural steroid injection. This happens frequently after you have been diagnosed with a bulging for herniated disc.
Should you get these controversial injections? This post will answer questions about these shots.
What is an epidural steroid injection?
It is common to feel pain in your neck and back after a car or truck crash. As you were hurled around your vehicle, your head and body may have slammed into the steering wheel, door, dashboard, and seat. Unfortunately, you may now have a bulging disc in your neck or back – or both.
This article provides information about what this diagnosis means, the medical treatment that you need, and its effect on your injury claim or lawsuit.
What is a bulging disc?
When you are rushed to a hospital after a car crash, the cost for treatment and testing often exceeds $10,000. But instead of filing on limited insurance policies, the hospital can file a hospital lien to guarantee that it will be paid in full from your settlement or verdict. This is unfair and can wreck settlements.
A major national newspaper just reported about the abuses with hospital liens. It noted that one hospital makes a shocking $10 million a year this way. How rich hospitals profit from patients in car crashes
However, sometimes the hospital does not follow Texas law and its lien is not enforceable.
After you are in a car, truck, or 18-wheeler wreck, you will need medical treatment so you can heal. But it is expensive and you may not know how to get your medical bills paid. You naturally assume that the other driver and their insurance company are going to pay them quickly.
But it can take some time for the possible payers — the other driver’s automobile insurance, your health insurance, your car insurance, and others — to decide if they are going to pay you. Then they have to look at the medical records and medical bills and decide how much they want to pay. This is often a slow, complicated, and unfair process that affects every car and truck collision.
Unfortunately injured people need to wait to negotiate a settlement or obtain a jury verdict until the possible payers obtain this information: