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Some people ride motorcycles for the freedom and excitement they provide. But that unfortunately comes with an increased risk of death or serious injury since they offer no protection after a collision. Tragically, there were another three fatal motorcycle accidents in the past few days in Tarrant County. That made us want to get the word out about motorcycle safety.

9 people lost in 3 days in 3 deadly crashes

Tuesday's collision north of Fort Worth

In the first of the three deadly crashes, a high-speed wreck happened between two pickup trucks. They collided outside of Springtown on FM 51 (Main Street) two miles north of the intersection with State Highway 199. Tragically, there were no survivors. It is not known at this time what caused this wreck. The police report has not been released yet. If this happened at an intersection, either the silver truck failed to yield the right of way or the other truck failed to slow down and it turned. We see that young men driving oversized trucks and speeding, wrongfully passing or turning, and driving while looking down at their cell phones - or all of the above - often cause deadly crashes like this one.

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The epidemic of DWIs in DFW is officially out of control

When a judge and police officer were disgracefully jailed last week for driving while intoxicated, you know that we have a crisis. How can people paid to enforce the law break it? Committing DWIs in DFW is outrageous for drivers plus being hypocritical when committed by those supposed to protect us from drunk drivers in the first place. So what happened and why do we bring this to your attention? 1. Dallas County criminal district judge Friday night, a judge crashed into a light pole in the 13500 block of Midway Road around 11:00 p.m. She was arrested and taken to the Farmers Branch Police Department jail and released the next day on bond. Criminal judges make life-changing decisions that can imprison people for the rest of their lives. Civil judges determine the amount of damages to be paid to victims of DWIs in DFW who are injured in auto and truck collisions. The judge involved here has served for two years. Before then, she practiced as a criminal defense attorney. She obviously knew better. 2. Fort Worth Police Department lieutenant On Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., a lieutenant was arrested for driving while intoxicated in front of an elementary school. He was spotted asleep behind the wheel of his police cruiser. And for some unexplained reason, there was a child in the back seat. He is a high-ranking and experienced 14-year veteran with the FWPD. He clearly knew better.

3. Firefighter injured in wrong-way crash

As just one of thousands of examples of how serious DWIs in DFW are, early Sunday morning an Irving firefighter suffered a traumatic brain injury when a drunk driver who was going the wrong way on State Highway 183 hit him. Aaron Donohue was working a five-vehicle collision caused by (guess who) a drunk driver in the closed-off westbound lanes. The 23-year-old woman from Arlington had been driving the wrong way for miles on this busy highway. She said that she thought she was headed east towards Dallas. She continued to drive after nearly killing Mr. Donohue. It is truly a miracle that someone - or some people - did not die. This crash has become an unfortunately routine collision in North Texas.

DWIs in DFW epidemic rage on

North Texas is always at the top of the list for these especially deadly crashes in our state. There were about 5,000 collisions last year in the four counties that make up the heart of the Metroplex. They tragically took the lives of 131 people. Every one of these crashes was 100% preventable. Wrong-way and hit-and-run crashes are often caused by intoxicated drivers. If they are caught, it is common for a personal injury lawyer to investigate and learn they have no liability insurance or any way to pay for the (often enormous) damages they have caused.

What should be done

The illegal actions of these two are aberrations, since virtually every other judge and police officer is a hard-working, law-abiding professional who does a good job performing their duties. This judge and lieutenant are entitled to a presumptions of innocence and trials. Until then, we call on them to be suspended and even fired. If found guilty, they must be given the maximum punishment. Further, their sentences must be heavily publicized to serve as warnings to others who would violate already thinly-enforced DWI laws. We understand that the pandemic is the #1 problem now. But the DWI crisis existed long before the virus began this winter and will keep surging after we hopefully can bring Covid-19 under control. MADD was started by a mother 40 years ago after her teen-aged daughter was killed in a drunk driving crash and its work is more urgent now than ever. We must take action to prevent the driving public from the never-ending saga of DWIs in DFW. The fact that a district judge and police official think nothing of violating the law is alarming. OK, we already know about the countless celebrities like Justin Bieber, Kevin Hart, and Keanu Reeves, not to mention the high-profile sports figures like Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, and Mike Tyson who have been charged with driving while intoxicated. But when the public sees criminal laws being so flagrantly disregarded by the very people who take oaths to uphold them, this obviously sends the wrong message. Trust in government and law enforcement is already badly eroded. Our country is still reeling from protests against the police and officials after one of the most turbulent years in our history. We expect and need the highest standard of conduct from our elected representatives, judges, and police officers. That is why this topic is so important.

We can help you

We are ready and able to investigate motor vehicle collisions, work with medical professionals, develop files, handle insurance claims, get medical bills and lost wages paid, answer all questions, and file lawsuits as necessary against reckless drivers - especially drunk ones. Last week, we filed suit against an extremely drunk driver in Fort Worth who caused a man to die and another to be seriously injured. Many of our clients have been injured by intoxicated (or stoned) drivers. And one woman was crashed into by two drunk driver within the last year. Here is a photograph of her SUV upside down on Interstate 20. We successfully obtained all insurance available from several policies in both of the cases. If you have been injured by any negligent driver, call us at 1-885-801-8585 or chat with us. There is no charge with the first consultation. We will guide you through what can be a complicated process and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

Another Saturday night, another Fort Worth DWI wreck

Three people tragically died in a Fort Worth DWI wreck when a drunk driver of a pickup truck speeding the wrong way crashed into their car on NE Loop 820. A father, mother and their 9-year-old daughter from Dallas died at the scene. The pickup truck driver was helicoptered to a hospital in Fort Worth with life-threatening injuries. He has been charged with three counts of intoxication manslaughter with bond set at $100,000 per death. A lot of good that will do now. When will the next Fort Worth DWI wreck happen and how can we stop it?

Every Fort Worth DWI wreck is 100% preventable

Why? Because a driver is not legally allowed to drink and drive if their blood alcohol content is more than .08% -- which it usually is. If he or she has to drink, they can have a designated driver or Uber take them home, or better yet, never leave. We are clearly not doing enough to stop these tragedies from happening. Last year 618 people died in Texas in a DWI wreck, with 74 of them here in Tarrant and Dallas Counties. One person would be too many. Texas sadly is #1 in the U.S. in these urgent categories:
  • most drunk driving crashes,
  • most wrong way crashes, and
  • most distracted driving cases.

Wrong-way collisions

Although they only represent 3% of motor vehicle collisions, wrong-way crashes are often fatal due to their high speeds and head-on impacts. They are usually caused by an out of control pickup truck drivers crashing into a smaller cars or vehicles. A study by the National Transportation Safety Board found that almost two-thirds  were caused by drunk drivers where BAC's were typically over .15% (almost two times the legal limit). We have seen cases as high as .27%. They happen when a driver gets drunk, distracted, or falls asleep at the wheel. The driver enters a highway exit or crosses the median or line separating traffic directions. Texas has an outdated highway safety system and many poorly lit and designed rural highways  that add to the problem. These warning signs, for example, are highly ineffective. Much better alternatives and technology are available.

We must continue to support Mothers Against Drunk Driving

MADD can help stop a Fort Worth DWI wreck. Since it was founded by the mother of a teen killed in a alcohol-fueled collision 40 years ago, the fatality rate has been cut in half. This is why Bill Berenson is a top supporter of MADD. He believes it is an effective way to curb drunk driving and make our roads safer. Unfortunately, as the number of drunk drivers has increased 27%, donations and funding to MADD and all nonprofit organizations have greatly diminished.
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There are many problems the world now faces and drunk driving may not seem as important in the chaos. But ask anybody who has lost someone or been injured in one and you will find out that there is a huge groundswell of support for tougher criminal and civil enforcement of our drunk driving laws. The Texas legislature meets again for its every other year session in January. It must take a serious look at enhancing our statutes and adding money to police departments and courts. We all want to be able to drive safely and not risk our lives just because a drunk gets behind the wheel and aims his truck at us. For the past 40 years, Berenson Injury Law has specialized in car, truck, tractor-trailer, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian collisions. We have helped many families who lost their loved ones or people who were injured in a Fort Worth DWI wreck like the one that happened here Saturday night.
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In a blow to the Texas legal community, Justice David L. Bridges was tragically killed in a horrific collision on Saturday night. Justice Bridges was driving on Interstate 30 when a 32-year-old woman, Megan Smith of Royse City, was driving the wrong way and hit his and another vehicle head-on. Smith was driving while intoxicated and was arrested for intoxication manslaughter. Justice Bridges, 65, was elected in 1996 to the 5th District Court of Appeals in Dallas. He was born in Fort Worth, according to his biography on the Texas Judicial Branch website. After graduating from Texas Tech law school, he served as an assistant District Attorney and as the Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the State Bar of Texas.

We extend our sincere condolences to the Justice's family.

Texas drunk driving crashes are an epidemic

DWI wrecks are the leading cause of fatalities in the Lone Star State. In 2019, statistics show there were almost 9,000 crashes caused by an intoxicated driver which killed almost 900 people. The drunk driver is often speeding in a pickup truck. Every one of these crashes is 100% preventable.

The coronavirus has not stopped reckless driving

You would think that with a lot fewer vehicles on our roads, car and truck crashes would have decreased substantially. However, the opposite has happened. Some drivers seem to feel like they can speed and drive more recklessly now that the roads are less busy. State statistics reveal that the fatality rate per mile driven has increased by a huge 14% this year. Police officers have issued more speeding citations for speeds over 150 miles per hour to people who must think that they were competing at last weekend's race at the Texas Motor Speedway. This is infuriating. We advocate for stronger drunk driving laws and tougher criminal and civil enforcement to make our roads safer. We truly hope that this terrible collision will motivate our lawmakers and justice system to make the changes we need to crack down on this public health crisis.

Drunk DrivingThis is the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also the most deadly for vehicle crashes caused by intoxicated drivers. The holiday season began on a heart-breaking note on Thanksgiving morning when a drunk Fort Worth driver crashed her car into a 17-year-old. Benjamin Floran Castaneda, a senior at North Side High School, tragically lost his life. The drunk Fort Worth driver was traveling the wrong way on Loop 820 and crashed into three vehicles. Other drivers were also injured. It it hard to believe that the woman was driving while intoxicated just so she could go to the Cowboys game to tailgate and drink more -- at 5:00 a.m. She was arrested for intoxication manslaughter. We hope she is given a lengthy jail sentence to serve as a deterrent to other people like her. Benjamin was a fine young man who wanted to go to college so he could devote his life to teaching mariachi music, his passion. He was in the unique mariachi band at North Side High School. Please consider donating to the family's GoFundMe account.

Beware the spike in drunk Fort Worth drivers

With Christmas and New Year's parties, bowl and playoff games, and the usual alcohol and drug fueled nights for a lot of people, you can expect our driving while intoxicated rate to climb sharply through the last night of December. Too many people will get too drunk, drive too fast, and run too many red lights. Local police departments adopt no refusal policies during some of this time. Suspected intoxicated drivers have to submit to a breathalyzer or have blood drawn to calculate if their blood alcohol concentration is higher than .08%. Hopefully, no refusal weekends will curtail these horrible collisions. We think there should be a state-wide no refusal period 24/7. Texas is always one of the top states for car and truck collision deaths. A whopping 3,639 Texans died in vehicle crashes in 2018 with 464 of those here in Tarrant and Dallas Counties.
As a Fort Worth personal injury law firm that has handled many DWI collision injury cases for the past four decades, we have seen more than our share of vehicular violence. We know how it can destroy lives, cause tremendous pain, and create financial nightmares.

How to be safe this holiday season

Here are a few ways to make sure that you are not involved in a car wreck in North Texas:
  • Do not drive late at night, especially on weekends, football game days and nights, and of course New Year's Eve.
  • Practice defensive driving. Pull off the road and call 911 if you see a drunk driver.
  • If you plan on drinking while you are out, line up your ride with designated drivers, Uber, or Lyft ahead of time. Or stay in a hotel nearby.
  • If you are having a party in your house, have nonalcoholic beverages and food available. Don't let your guests leave if they are inebriated. Call an Uber for them.
Let's hope that 2020 is the start of the badly needed Vision Zero plan to end traffic deaths. Fort Worth just adopted it - right around the time of the tragic loss of Benjamin. We need to do everything possible to make sure no other Texans lose their lives.

Happy ending for potentially deadly crash

Berenson Injury Law has successfully resolved a case against the drunk driver and the bar that might have over-served him after a Fort Worth DWI collision in April. A young woman was driving her car on a Fort Worth interstate late one night. Her boyfriend was a passenger. Suddenly a driver's worst nightmare happened: a car driving the wrong way crashed into them. And guess what, the young male driver was driving while intoxicated. Without any headlights on. Our clients suffered cuts and bruises and they were rushed to the hospital. Fortunately, all tests were normal and they never had any follow-up medical care. Our firm investigated the crash, obtained the police, toxicology, and criminal files, and researched the defendant driver. We made his substandard (i.e. underfunded and difficult to work with) insurance company pay all available insurance policy proceeds to our two clients.

Dram shop law in Texas

To increase our clients' financial recovery, we went after the bar and alleged that it had violated the Texas Dram Shop Act. This is always an uphill battle. Under the Texas Alcohol Beverage Code, the burden of proof for someone injured by a drunk driver and claiming that the retail establishment who over-served them is high. It must be apparent to the licensed alcohol provider that the customer was obviously intoxicated to the extent he presented a clear danger to himself and others. But the bar's employees almost always testify in court that they did not think that the customer was obviously intoxicated or they would have stopped serving him or her more alcohol. In addition, the jury often blames the drunk driver, not the bar. And sometimes the plaintiff had also been drinking. Or the intoxicated driver might have later gone to another bar or drunk out of a bottle in their car. There are other road blocks and evidence problems that the law erects. We located a video of the other driver drinking in a local bar on social media. However he and his friends did not appear to be intoxicated so the evidence of over-serving was circumstantial. We researched the history of the bar and its owners and found other accusations they had over-served other customers at other locations. We succeeded in making the bar pay a confidential sum of money to the couple.

Our clients were thrilled

Our clients netted $130,000.00 after payment of medical bills - which we obtained huge discounts on - and legal fees and expenses, which we also reduced. They were very happy and graciously wrote this review online: Bill and his team went above and beyond, When others said they couldn’t take on our case because they were afraid of no outcome they dove right in and gave us the best outcome possible! Wouldn’t recommend anyone else! If you have been injured in a car accident in North Texas and like to read reviews before you decide which personal injury lawyer to hire, there are hundreds of other five star reviews of Berenson Injury Law here. There is a deluge of DWI crashes in the DFW area Last year, the four counties in the Metroplex suffered through 5,000 crashes caused by people who were driving while intoxicated. A shocking 90 people in in Dallas and Tarrant Counties and 618 Texans died last year in a DWI wreck. That's ridiculous. We have to stop these easily preventable car accidents crashes from occurring night after night. They should not be inevitable. Driving at night should not be a death wish. This is why Bill Berenson proudly supports the work of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). He goes after people who drink and drive with a passion. He prosecutes lawsuits for people who have been hurt in drunk driving collisions and advocates for stronger laws to make us all safer. We have handled a lot of Fort Worth DWI collision cases over the last almost 40 years and know how to win a driving while intoxicated case. And in case you don't think this affects you, these drunken wrong-way crashes occur in North Texas all the time. It happened again early this morning in Dallas County, tragically killing the driver of the wrong-way Honda and the driver of the Tahoe he rammed into on 635.

We can help you

Berenson Injury Law has helped thousands of injured people and specializes in from car, truck, and 18-wheeler collisions. From the first phone call to us, you will see that we genuinely care about our clients. We are laser-focused on getting them their claims investigated, their bodies healed, and their cases resolved for as much money possible. We know just how devastating a Fort Worth DWI collision or any crash in Texas can be. Please contact us by clicking here or by calling us at 1-888-801-8585 if you have any questions about a car or truck wreck that you have unfortunately been in. Related posts: DWI crash in DFW takes lives of six people How can you get a good injury settlement? What are my rights if I am hit by a drunk driver? Wrong way crash in North Fort Worth causes fatality

How does a wrong way crash even happen?

Imagine that you were driving home late last night on an interstate in Fort Worth or Dallas. Maybe you had worked the late shift or saw a movie. Suddenly a speeding car or truck was headed straight at you. You had little, if any, time to react and may have no unoccupied lane to swerve into. This is how a wrong way crash occurs. No, this was not some kind of horror movie. It happens here a lot, far too often. Texas leads the U.S. in the number of these wrong way crashes. Yesterday morning, for example, a man driving a Honda led Springtown police on a high speed chase across Tarrant County. It started when the driver fled a police officer near Lake Worth. He accelerated and drove east in the westbound lanes of Interstate Loop 820. He wove in and out of traffic dodging oncoming vehicles at a speed of up to 100 mph. Officers from Fort Worth and Reno joined the chase and used road spikes to prevent the driver from going further. The driver spun out of control as he exited 820 and crashed his car. Miraculously, no other cars were hit during the chase or his wipe out.

Driving down 635 (LBJ Freeway) in North Dallas, the last thing you’d expect to see is a car heading straight toward you at 70 MPH, right? But that’s exactly what two shocked drivers experienced the other night when a Wrong Way Crash took place.

Wrong Way Crash

A man drove onto LBJ going the wrong way at 10 p.m. on Sunday. Other drivers frantically called 911 when they saw him but before police could stop him, he had crashed into two cars. Miraculously nobody was killed.

What's the cause? You guessed it.

The wrong-way driver was high. Most are or are drunk. In fact, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) study found that an incredible 61 percent of wrong-way drivers were intoxicated. Most of intoxicated wrong-way drivers are extremely drunk, with BACs above .15 percent. The third most common factor in wrong-way crashes is drugs.

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Here’s another shameful statistic compiled by the NTSB: Texas leads the nation in wrong-way accidents.

What is our state doing to fix the problem?

Getting drunk and drugged drivers off the road would drastically reduce all traffic accidents, which is why I constantly advocate for stricter drunk driving laws in Texas. Good news: the state is taking measures to stop drivers from entering the highway in the wrong direction.
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