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https://www.fortworthinjuryattorneyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/233/2017/08/Screen-Shot-2017-08-14-at-12.23.04-PM-300x148.pngMayhem on Dallas Fort Worth highways continues

On Friday night a man was driving while intoxicated as he sped down Interstate 30 in Grand Prairie at speeds of over 100 MPH. The drunk driver lost control of his Honda Civic and crashed into a light pole. The impact killed his 29-year-old girlfriend and his two children, who were only four and three years old. Adding to the horror, the driver had recently been convicted of DWI and been arrested on other charges and his children were not restrained in their required child seats.

Then on Saturday night a driver lost control of the vehicle on the I-20 ramp to Loop 820 in Southeast Fort Worth. During the roll-over accident another 4 year-old girl died after being ejected. It is not clear how fast the driver was going or how the child was thrown out of the car. But you can guess that alcohol was probably involved here too.

My condolences go out to the families of these young victims.

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dreamstime_xs_567292Good news: for years teenage traffic fatalities declined in Texas. From 2005 to 2014, the number of teen deaths dropped by 51 percent. Texas’s graduated licensing program, education, and safer cars seemed to be making a positive impact.

Bad news: in 2015 things took a turn for the worse when teen deaths unfortunately spiked by 9 percent. And based on what I’ve seen in my practice as an injury lawyer, I’m not optimistic about the release of the  2016 statistics.

How can we stop this from happening? And what can you do if you crashed into by a teenage driver?

Teens: drunk driving and speeding are nothing to brag about

Last week’s horrific YouTube video of an 18 year-old driving drunk and killing her younger sister and a Snapchat video which recorded a woman partying in the days before she was killed in a drunk driving crash have gone viral.

These videos ended tragically, but others in which drunk and speeding teen drivers miraculously survive continue to pop up on social media and actually be liked by peers and followers. The teens enjoy a few moments of minor fame for their risky escapade, which may be encouraging others to follow suit.

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https://www.fortworthinjuryattorneyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/233/2017/07/Screen-Shot-2017-07-31-at-3.19.28-PM-300x124.pngAlcohol causes a variety of symptoms that make driving extraordinarily dangerous. Thanks to driver’s education and wonderful organizations like MADD, all drivers know this — or should. But one of the biggest dangers is a drunk driver’s inability to quickly react to problems on the road.

That’s what happened last week after 20 year-old Mikayla Prince lost control of her Mitsubishi on I-635 and hit a guardrail. She and her friend got out of the car and stood on the side of the highway. A good Samaritan, James Fofanah, stopped to help. Moments later, 23-year-old Ashlynn Hurley plowed into the accident scene and tragically killed Ms. Prince and Mr. Fofanah. Hurley’s Toyota caught on fire but she escaped with minor injuries. Hurley was arrested for DWI.

Had Hurley not been intoxicated, she would have the mental faculties to see the car crash sooner.

This is why we must support Mothers Against Drunk Drivers so these horrendous crashes stop. According to MADD, each day 27 people are killed in a drunk driving crash and hundreds suffer injuries, with one-third of the drunks being repeat offenders. And Texans spend over $6 billion every year due to drunk driving collisions.

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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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Leal-USE-300x148My client receives maximum amount from intoxicated driver and other insurance policies

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.

220killed20on20I-2020in20Arlington-300x169It was another deadly weekend on the roads of North Texas. Unfortunately driving on our highways is getting more dangerous every year.

Here are a few of the sometimes astonishing automobile, truck, and motorcycle collisions and illegal activities that were reported in the news:

  • A Garland father on his motorcycle tragically died Monday night in Forney when a presumably DWI driver of an SUV swerving and speeding the wrong way on Highway 80 crashed into his bike. Fortunately his son who was riding with him — not to mention other people — was not hurt seriously.
  • A man tragically died in north Fort Worth Monday in a multi-vehicle pileup on N.E. Loop 820 near Mark IV Parkway at noon.
  • Three people were tragically killed in a collision early Monday morning at 1:45 PM. An 18-year-old man lost control of his car when he hit the guardrail in Arlington near Kelly Elliott Road on Interstate 20. The vehicle rolled over and he was ejected, killing him and his passenger. A good Samaritan who stopped also died when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver. That driver has contacted Arlington Police and is cooperation with its investigation.
  • The new Dallas Cowboys cornerback, Nolan Carroll, was arrested Monday morning for DWI. He was pulled over after committing a traffic violation on McKinney Avenue in the bar-heavy Uptown area of Dallas around 2:15 AM after overindulging at a nightclub which had used him to promote a big party. Not that these guys can’t afford it (Carroll signed a $10 million contract) but the Cowboys offer a free Uber ride to their players who need assistance leaving bars, a good idea after this player’s death several years ago in a terrible tragedy.
  • A Dallas police officer’s car plunged 30 feet from an overpass Monday after a pickup truck ran a light and crashed into the officer’s car on South Westmoreland Road in west Dallas. Several people gallantly jumped into a creek to save the officer. He was in critical condition but fortunately is now reported as stable. Police are searching for the driver of the 2007 white Chevrolet Silverado pickup that hit him.

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Thanks to MADD, New Law Passed By Texas Senate Today May Help Stop This Epidemic

A wonderful 62-year-old woman named Wyona Clardy tragically died Saturday morning in Grapevine, two weeks after being crushed by a truck in Keller on Highway 377. Her car (pictured here) was stopped at a red light when it was crashed into by a tow truck driver who was intoxicated and probably stoned. DAR7CKiVoAA52P2-1-225x300-1The 52-year-old drunk driver’s charges will to be upgraded to vehicular manslaughter.

Another drunk driving crash occurred early Saturday morning in south Dallas. A drunk woman ran the red light and crashed into a pickup truck. The intoxicated driver broke both of her legs and the passenger in the pickup truck was critically injured with a brain bleed and multiple fractures.

These collisions follow on the heels of another fatal drunk driving episode that happened earlier in the month. The drunk driver killed a couple when he also ran a red light. And once again, two more families were devastated. Promise Hamilton was just 23 years-old and her boyfriend Luis Angel Solano was 26. Luis was driving Promise to the airport to catch a flight to Paris to study art. Luis was studying aerospace engineering at UT. Two promising young lives were cut short for no reason.

That the driver was driving while intoxicated comes as no surprise to a personal injury lawyer. We unfortunately see these cases often. There are over 3,000 crashes each year in just the two counties that Fort Worth and Dallas are in caused by intoxicated drivers — that’s an astonishing eight each night.

I extend my sincerest condolences to the families and wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured victims.

 MADD Helps Get New Ignition Lock Law Passed

A new bill, HB 3016, just passed the Senate today and after being reconciled with the House bill will go to the governor for signature.  The new law permits a first-time drunk driver who has used an ignition interlock successfully for six months, not caused any crashes, and met other conditions to apply to have the DWI taken off his record. That’s a powerful inducement that will undoubtedly increase the use of this highly effective deterrent.

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AAEAAQAAAAAAAAgBAAAAJDUwMWUyMGQ3LWE4OTktNDI3MC1iM2RhLTExMmMxMjhlMTFhZQ-e1494284525160Do you ever wonder what you can do personally to stop drunk drivers in Texas? One of the easiest ways is also one of the most effective: urge your local representatives to support DWI bills. They are heavily influenced by the opinions of their constituents. After all, they only have their job because of your vote. So make them work for you.

Three important bills — HB 2089, SB 664 and SB 761— that are scheduled for this legislative session would be incredibly effective deterrents to repeat drunk driving.

The two Texas Senate bills are scheduled for a hearing today so click to take action nowIt will only take you a minute to make your voice heard. The link above connects to a letter drafted by the wonderful advocacy organization and one of my favorite causes, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).  Continue reading

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The word “accident” is used to describe an event that happened without an apparent cause. So when it is applied to car and truck collisions, it’s clearly the wrong word for an injury lawyer or anybody to use.

Consider just a few of the horrible crashes, collision, and wrecks, that happened on our Dallas Fort Worth roads this weekend that could have easily been prevented with safe driving:

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imgresPatrons of an Uptown Dallas bar were socializing early this morning when a car came barreling through the wall. No surprise that the driver was drunk — so drunk that she then slammed her car into reverse and hurt the bartender and seven people on the sidewalk.

Former Texas Christian University football star and current Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback Trevone Boykin was slumped over in the passenger seat.

He left the scene, returned, and was arrested for public intoxication and marijuana possession.

Yes, that Trevone Boykin who got drunk on the River Walk in San Antonio and punched out a police officer the night before a big bowl game in December 2015. And yes, the star who was given a one year deferred adjudication that may now get him locked up.

There is no law against being a drunk passenger (unless there is an open container inside the vehicle), but that does not absolve Boykin of guilt.

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