How To File A Wrongful Death Claim In Auto Crash In Texas

In less than eight hours Thursday night – Friday morning, DFW highways were shut down due to these tragic car wrecks:

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10:30 p.m. in Grand Prairie – car driven by a young man cut off 63-year-old woman on Carrier Parkway and causes her SUV to tumble down a hill;

3:30 a.m. in Garland  – young woman crashed into a barrier wall on Interstate 635; second car driven by a young woman driving while intoxicated killed the first driver and a Good Samaritan; and

6:00 a.m. in Fort Worth – speeding car flipped over on Highway 287

Of course, no one thinks that a fatal car accident will ever affect them. But it happens more than you might think. Almost 3,800 people were killed in traffic accidents in Texas last year — almost an all-time record — with about 1,000 of those caused by a person driving while intoxicated. Our highways are far too dangerous.

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Here’s an incredible story with a happy ending.

A 22-year-year old woman was driving in Burleson at 6:00 a.m. in January when she took a curve too fast, drove through a ditch, and flipped her car over in a driveway. The driver and my client — who was asleep in the back — had been drinking.

https://www.fortworthinjuryattorneyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/233/2017/07/Screen-Shot-2017-07-18-at-11.57.00-AM.pngI always tell my clients whose vehicles have been totaled to buy the biggest truck or SUV they can. That’s because over half of the vehicles on the road are pickup trucks or SUVs in Texas.

And that’s not counting all the 18 wheelers and other commercial trucks racing around making deliveries.

When a collision happens between a large vehicle and a smaller one, the occupants of the larger one almost always suffer fewer, if any, personal injuries.

So which vehicle should you buy?

Exterior styling, gas mileage, price and payment options are top reasons why we choose vehicles. Volvo used to brag about its safety ratings. Not any more. Safety is usually a secondary concern for car buyers. But we should all focus on how our vehicles will hold up against much larger, heavier SUVs or trucks.

Even if safety is at the top on your list, how can you tell which vehicles are the safest? Generalities like big cars are safer don’t always hold up. And a vehicle that looks safe may have serious flaws in its design and manufacturing.

Here’s a list of the 12 most dangerous vehicles in the U.S. Predictably, small sedans most often received failing grades. But even some SUVs, minivans and pick-up trucks were substandard. Some of the models have fortunately been discontinued, probably due to safety concerns. Continue reading

TexasBarToday_TopTen_Badge_June2016Yesterday the amazing Venus Williams blew away her opponent at the world famous Wimbledon tennis tournament. She’ll play for her sixth title on venusSaturday.

Venus, who at 37 is very old for an athlete, may make history by becoming the oldest woman ever to win Wimbledon. The previous record holder was our former Fort Worth resident Martina Navratilova who was also 37 when she reached the finals in 1994.

And the first American man to play in the semifinals since 2009, Sam Querrey, is playing now, so we have our strongest American showing in London in many years.

Venus’s Crash 

Venus has excelled despite just being sued when she was involved in a car wreck last month in Florida.

The tennis star was driving slowly through a light when her SUV was T-boned by a car driven by a 68-year-old woman who was seriously injured. Her 78-year-old husband tragically died several weeks later.

The family has filed a lawsuit against Venus for wrongful death and personal injury damages.

The accident report initially blamed Venus for running the light. But the police department now says it doesn’t know which driver was at fault. What made it reverse its position?

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OMG, we are all so addicted to our Facebook and Twitter feeds, right?

But today’s article about an Assistant District Attorney so drunk early Saturday morning that she crashed into a tree near her home in East Dallas was especially shocking. Not only because the lawyer paid to prosecute the masses driving while intoxicated was herself guilty of DWI. She then had the nerve to ask the arresting officer to let her off because they were Facebook friends!

Social media is so pervasive that it impacts all areas of the law including the one I specialize in, car wrecks.

Can someone’s use of Facebook hurt their claim for reimbursement of their personal injury damages?

Yes, more than you might imagine.
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Last evening’s downpour dumped two inches of rain on North Texas — and that was on top of the huge storm last week and eight inches of rain last month. Hundreds of motorists have been in automobile accidents or stranded in high water.

Miraculously Fort Worth firefighters reported no major injuries from car accidents last night. Apparently most people used common sense and stayed off the roads or drove safely.

A man got swept away in a flashflood behind the Denton Wal-Mart and drowned but two other men with him were fortunately rescued.

If there is a car wreck during bad weather, which driver(s) is legally at fault and how is this determined?

And what are some tips to avoid getting into an automobile collision in poor driving conditions in the first place?

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https://www.fortworthinjuryattorneyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/233/2017/07/Screen-Shot-2017-07-07-at-11.35.10-AM-300x150.pngDFW Must Stop This Wave of Violence

Angry drivers have been terrorizing North Texans lately. It feels a little like a war zone with three shootings in three days leaving one young man dead and three people wounded.

Police released this picture of the killer’s car at the intersection of Cooper and Arbrook just before the road rage murder two weeks ago.

While police hunt for the shooters, one agency has taken action to protect the rest of us from this alarming violence. Arlington police officers in unmarked vehicles will be targeting aggressive drivers in its road rage campaign. Patrol officers will look for motorists that tailgate, flash their lights, honk unnecessarily, throw things at other cars, cut off other drivers, yell or make obscene hand gestures in an effort to reduce dangerous road rage incidents.

And they mean business. 60 aggressive drivers were pulled over just during yesterday’s rush hour and police issued 65 citations for dangerous acts of aggression.

Bravo! This is the type of commitment we need to put an end to senseless roadway violence.

Dallas police merely issued a statement urging drivers to use caution. While there are steps you can take to protect yourself, we need law enforcement to step up to the plate. I urge our other local police forces to join in Arlington’s proactive efforts.

This is a serious problem in our country. Over 1,500 persons get hurt or die every year because of aggressive driving.

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dreamstime_s_35800476-2-200x300New Policy Refuses to Pay Bills For Patients Diagnosed with Non-emergency Condition

If you have been injured in a car accident in Fort Worth, how do you know whether your serious symptoms are a true “medical emergency?” You don’t. Only a doctor can know that,

That’s precisely the problem with the latest trend in health insurance that will deny payment of emergency room bills if the insurance company arbitrarily decides that your visit was not necessary.

Effective on July 1st, this new rule was started by two of the largest companies, Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Anthem, in three states.

You’ll get stuck with a huge bill from the hospital, ER, radiologist, specialists, and ambulance. After many car crashes, these charges can quickly add up to well over $10,000.00.

This unbelievable policy forces patients to immediately and correctly diagnose their injuries as they sit in their cars dazed or lie on the side of the road after a car wreck. They will have to weigh the risks of going to the emergency room versus waiting-and-hoping for the best. The repercussions of getting it wrong are enormous. What if they are have a broken bone, herniated disc, or brain bleed and don’t know it?

This is a serious problem for the victims of automobile wrecks — and for every one else.

You know that since this new policy will save the health insurance companies a ton of money, the other companies will adopt this infuriating idea and take it nationwide.

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dreamstime_xs_20287446-300x189A local high school student sustained a serious head injury when he was hit by a jet ski during his family’s annual holiday to Lake Palestine on Sunday. 18 year-old Tyler Haessley was climbing into an inner tube tied to a boat when his older brother, 26, tried to splash him with a wave runner. But he misjudged his distance and speed and hit Tyler in the head, causing serious injuries.

Tyler has undergone several surgeries, can’t speak, and remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit of a Tyler hospital. He faces a long period of rehabilitation ahead of him. Please consider making a small contribution to his gofundme account.

Now that it’s summer and the busy Fourth of July weekend is in a few days, we’ve got to keep this from happening again.

A boat is not a toy

People have to stop horsing around on a boat or a jet ski. While they are fun and feel less dangerous than cars, it’s easy to forget that they can cause serious injuries.

Some wave runners can reach speeds of 70 mph and have a 250-horsepower, four-cylinder engine, similar to a motorcycle. However even a smaller one that hits a swimmer can do severe damage, especially with its hidden propeller blade.

And it’s shocking how young you can be and legally drive one. Continue reading

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