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If you could (somehow) avoid certain areas on our Dallas-Fort Worth highways, you might be safer. That’s the conclusion of a new traffic study.

Sections of eight DFW roads were the sites of almost 200 deaths in 2015, adding to the dismal total that makes Texas the #1 ranked state for traffic fatalities in the U.S.

So which of our highways are the worst?

The misspelling on the sign is a clue as to North Texas’s #1’s most frightening road — and the area near mile marker 124 on I-30 just east of downtown Fort Worth is almost the deadliest place to drive in the entire state of Texas.

Stretches of Interstates 35, 20, and 635 and US Highway 175 in our Dallas-Fort area were also deadly. Here’s the list:

Rank in DFW Rank in TX City Road Mile point Crashes Deaths Miles Deaths/ mile
1 2 Fort Worth I-30 124 8 14 1.99 7.05
2 7 Dallas I-35 91 11 14 2.67 5.25
3 9 Duncanville I-20 70 11 11 2.16 5.1
4 13 Dallas I-35 161 38 42 8.87 4.74
5 15 Dallas US 175 129 29 36 8.01 4.49
6 18 Dallas I-635 66 37 39 9.54 4.09
7 22 Lancaster I-20 133 16 20 5.21 3.84
8 24 Grand Prairie I-20 94 10 10 2.62 3.81

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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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dreamstime_xl_51353731-300x200Many ER doctors and surgeons prescribe narcotics to their patients since many are in dire pain after a car accident or surgery. Opioids provide quick relief, so what harm can a script for some OxyContin possibly do? Plenty, according to a new study.

Opiate addiction in patients of “high-intensity prescribers” was 30 percent more likely than in patients who saw “low-intensity prescribers.” The study shows that doctors who were overly generous with the prescription pad may be causing addiction to high potency medications.

Texas has a serious addiction problem. So does the rest of the country. Almost 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2014 according to the CDC. Back in 2003, Rush Limbaugh famously admitted he was addicted to OxyContin. Addiction to opiods is a raging epidemic in the U.S.

What does this have to do with driving? Personal injury lawyers are seeing more and more crashes caused by drivers intoxicated on these prescription drugs. A man who crashed into our client’s car said he had taken 12 pills and had no idea how the collision happened.

Medications like Vicodin can impair a driver just as much as illegal drugs or alcohol. But shockingly there is no law that effectively stops the use of prescription medications while driving. Continue reading

https://www.fortworthinjuryattorneyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/233/2017/03/SamSacksCROP_1486851416588_8405999_ver1-1.0-300x225.jpgIt has been a terrible few weeks on our area roads. Three automobile accidents have tragically taken the lives of at least five teens and injured many others.

Saturday night a beautiful 17-year-old senior at L.D. Bell in Hurst died in a collision in Arlington. The Star Telegram reported that the young woman loved singing and helping other people and animals. She had just been accepted to college at Texas Woman’s University and wanted to be a nurse. The vehicle driven by her boyfriend, also a 17-year-old senior at Bell, hydroplaned as he changed lanes on a wet Interstate 20. His vehicle spun sideways and was hit by an oncoming car. He broke his jaw and will have to undergo major reconstructive surgery. The other driver was also injured and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital.

In a second crash late Sunday night in Everman, police arrived at Roy C. Brooks Drive and found that a Ford Mustang had rolled over. The two occupants, who were 18-year-old students at Everman High School, were pronounced dead at the scene.

And a few weeks ago, a drag race ended in a horrible accident in Plano when the driver lost control and hit a tree. The Porsche Macan burst into flames, tragically killing the two beautiful 16-year-olds pictured above and severely injuring a third young woman who remains hospitalized.

These stories are incredibly gut-wrenching. I extend my sincere condolences to the families and surviving victims.

Why are so many teens dying on Dallas-Fort Worth roadways? And more importantly, what can we do to stop this from happening over and over? Continue reading

PD-pic-1-300x147The number of people driving in the Dallas – Fort Worth area has exploded and of course there are many more car wrecks here. Most of them are caused by drivers running lights, speeding, and texting while driving.

But certain intersections and roads are literally accidents waiting to happen.

Many Of The Most Dangerous Intersections in Texas are in Dallas

A lawyer analyzed crash data from the Texas Department of Public Safety and identified about 300 of the places you are most likely to get into a collision over three recent years.

Fort Worth and Arlington fared pretty well. Only six Fort Worth intersections made the list, including Henderson/Weatherford on the west side of downtown pictured here which had 119 collisions. My office has represented people injured in crashes at all of the locations, including the man who was broadsided in the red car and is about to have back surgery as a result.

Arlington had four of the worst intersections, all of them along Watson Road/Highway 360.

But Dallas had 39 of the most dangerous intersections in Texas.

See the full list of the worst intersections in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, and other cities below.

Hopefully if this list is publicized, it will encourage drivers to use extra caution and cities to act and thus reduce the number of automobile collisions in the Metroplex.

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winter_driving_infographic_500-300x232The forecast calls for freezing temperatures here in the next few days. It’s time to pull out the warm clothes and prepare for driving on possibly treacherous roads, if not this week in the next month or two.

Every year 6,253 people tragically die and more than 480,000 are injured in weather-related accidents. Of course, the weather is not always the reason for the crash — it’s often the way people drive in it.

Driving on wet, icy roads with poor visibility is very different than in our usually good North Texas weather conditions. Yet many drivers make no changes to their typical driving patterns, even on interstates. Add that to the fact that Texans usually have little experience driving in winter conditions and you can expect a lot of crashes.

Reckless and inexperienced drivers may not adjust their speed, braking, steering and vehicular distance to the slick roads. And they don’t know how to react when they come upon an accident or their wheels start to slide and crash into other vehicles. No one can drive safely on poor roads. Continue reading

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I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hannukah. Now that you are getting ready to celebrate the New Year, here’s another reason to be joyful.

It was just announced that more highways will be built and existing ones will be expanded.

This news came after the media reported that that one-third of the fastest growing U.S. cities were again in Texas, including our Dallas and Fort Worth. Since our Texas population exploded by over 20%, 27%, 19%, and 23% each of the last four decades and we have no real public transportation, our roads are often gridlocked.

The huge influx of new drivers means more cars, congested roadways, and accidents causing deaths, injuries, and huge expenses and misery.

At least there’s some light at the end of the tunnel. Hallelujah. Continue reading

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Terrorists? Immigrants? You can bet that Trump and Clinton don’t talk about this tonight in their first debate, but one of the worst problems we have in our country are the millions of car and truck collisions each year.

Did you know that a whopping 37,000 people are killed and 2.35 million are injured here each year on our roads but by comparison, 32 Americans were killed by terrorists in the five years from 2010 to 2014?

Could technology make our highways safer? Of course. But when the U.S. Department of Transportation made an announcement last week that it will allow our car manufacturers to design self-driving vehicles, but that our government will somehow regulate their safety, you have to wonder if we can trust GM and Toyota to protect us.

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Get used to school zones and slow buses

A lot of changes happen on the first day of school …. for children and drivers alike.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve lived by the same school for years, you might easily forget about school zones and slow buses during the blissful summer months when those driving issues don’t exist.

The first few weeks of school can be a shock to the system. Last week, you were driving at 35 or 40 MPH down the street. This week, you have to slow down to 20 MPH.

But just as your children have to get their minds into gear, so do we drivers. Continue reading

ParTeen_maleLast Tuesday a 17 year-old teen was tragically killed in a mid-day car wreck on the North Side of Fort Worth. At this stage, investigators have released little information about the crash, including its cause.

What we do know is that teen traffic deaths is that they are far too common. In fact, more 15 to 20 year olds die in vehicular crashes than in any other way. 1,678 drivers in this age group died in 2014. That means that 1,678 families will not see their kids graduate, get married, have a child or do the other things parents proudly look forward to.

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