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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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dreamstime_xs_5432610-300x200Yesterday history was made when Utah became the first state to lower its DWI limit to .05 blood alcohol content. Bravo! We’ve known for decades that lowering the legal limit saves lives and prevents injuries.

Texas should be next to lower the legal limit.

Our state’s drunk driving problem is way out of control. Texas always wins the dishonor of most DWI fatalities in the country. Last year, 1,323 members of our families and friends perished in these crashes.

Compare that number with California’s lower figure of 914 — but with 12 million more people.

Last year a shocking 10,265 Americans died in alcohol related crashes. One is too many.

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Today’s Mardi Gras celebration got off to a disastrous start on Saturday evening in New Orleans when an intoxicated driver crashed into families along a parade route. 28 people were injured, many seriously. It is a miracle no one was killed.

And in a collision today in Alabama, an SUV suddenly sped up and crashed into a marching band. 12 middle and high school students were hurt, some seriously. Alcohol is not suspected in this accident.

In the New Orleans wreck, the pickup truck driver, a 25-year-old male who worked as a bouncer at a bar, was racing down the street at 6:30 p.m. when he crashed into several vehicles. He lost control of his truck, drove across a median, bounced off a dump truck, and drove into the crowd.

The driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was a shocking .232 — almost thee times the legal limit in Louisiana (.08%) and Texas. Estimating a weight of 180 pounds, he drank 11 to 12 drinks over a three hour period, depending on food consumed and the length of time involved.

At first, these two crashes sounded like the recent terror attacks in Europe involving trucks. As I often ask, what is going on out there?

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madd_1-246x300Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a group I heartily support, has calculated that one-third of intoxicated drivers arrested are repeat offenders. So consider what has happened here in the last few days:

Yesterday an intoxicated driver who fled a Tarrant County Sheriff at over 100 m.p.h. was sentenced to 14 years in jail. The 32-year-old man plead guilty in Weatherford after he crashed into another vehicle and fled the scene. His blood alcohol limit was more than two times the legal limit of .08%.

And on Wednesday night at 11:00 p.m., a drunk driver in a SUV crashed into two construction workers protected by a giant truck with flashing neon arrows. They were repairing Stemmons Freeway near Inwood Road in Dallas. The drunk kept driving, of course. Police arrested the 33-year-old man miles away and charged him with intoxication assault. The two construction workers were rushed to Parkland Hospital with serious injuries.
I blogged about how a Weatherford man was sentenced to life in prison after his 12th DWI conviction and a Houston man was jailed for life after his ninth one.

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https://www.fortworthinjuryattorneyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/233/2017/02/200px-Super_Bowl_LI_logo.svg_.pngYou’re probably getting excited about watching Super Bowl LI being played over in Houston.  Unfortunately the consumption of alcohol this Sunday will rival that of the amount guzzled on New Year’s Eve and July 4th.

Why DWIs are a major problem

Here in North Texas, collisions affect the lives of a lot of innocent people. There were over 80,000 crashes in Dallas and Tarrant Counties in 2015!

Worse, statistics show that the number of alcohol-caused deaths in crashes in Dallas are already the fifth highest in any major city — and this is on a normal day (and night).

And our state has the highest number of DWI-caused deaths of any state in this horrible category . According to the NHTSA, Texas had a whopping 1,323 alcohol-impaired traffic deaths in 2015 — 38% of all total traffic fatalities. By comparison, New Jersey, which has 32% the number of people, had a far less percent (8%) and number (111) of these deaths.

And our country has one of the highest rates of intoxicated driver-caused death rates in the world. In 2014, 9,943 people died in drunk driving collisions, or one death every 53 minutes. And this number increased to 10,265 the next year.

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It  was another incredibly dangerous weekend on our North Texas roads. Intoxicated and hit-and-run drivers killed or injured innocent drivers in Dallas- Fort Worth. These were just the crashes reported in the newspapers:

  • At 9:35 p.m. on Friday, a Ford Focus hit a Kia Sportage, sending it over a guardrail and down a hill. The Kia driver was ejected from his car and died on the scene. The Focus driver was later determined to be under the influence of drugs and was charged with intoxication manslaughter.
  • A hit-and-run in Richardson just before 11 p.m. on Friday night left a motorcyclist with a broken arm. The northbound driver was changing lanes near Prestonwood Drive when they hit the motorcyclist. Police have no leads on the driver.
  • Early Saturday morning an Arlington police officer was treated for injuries after being involved in a crash with a suspected drunk driver. The officer was working to re-open lanes of I-30 after overnight construction.
  • Note that this is only one of the 10 DWI arrests made in Arlington Saturday night. This compares to a typical weekend night of four to six driving while intoxicated arrests, still a ridiculous number.
  • At 9 p.m. Saturday in Dallas, a man died after his speeding SUV spun out of control and careened into a ditch, ejecting him from the car. The driver was not wearing a seat belt and alcohol presumably played a role in the crash.
  • A collision on Berry Street in Fort Worth early Sunday morning tragically killed a woman and left a child critically injured.
  • Early Sunday morning, a wrong-way driver killed a man on I-30 in Grand Prairie. At around 5 a.m. a woman driving east in the westbound lane struck another car, killing its driver on the scene and shutting down I-30 for nearly five hours. The woman is in critical condition and police suspect alcohol was involved.
  • Note that this accident is the second fatal accident in January in Grand Prairie.

These are just a few of the hundreds of accidents across North Texas in January.

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