VEHICLE ACCIDENTS

12 Texas Students Injured in School Bus Crash

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 21st, 2009

Date: October, 13 2009
Location: FM 1518, Abbot Road, San Antonio, Texas
Type: School Bus Accident, Pickup Truck accident

A Schertz-Cibolo-University City school bus collided with a pickup truck, which injured 12 students and the driver of the truck. The school bus wreck happened on Tuesday morning, October 13, 2009 around 6:52 a.m. at the intersection of FM 1518 and Abbott Road, as reported by The Gazette-Enterprise.

Losing Your Home and Your Car in a Car Accident

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 20th, 2009

Date: October 5, 2009
Location: Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Type: Car Accident

In Fort Walton Beach, Florida, a motorist was left carless and homeless after a car accident. Eddie Campbell had been living in his Chevy S-10 for a while, citing expensive home prices as the cause of his homelessness. To Campbell, his blue Chevy truck was his home.

Why is it Important to Consult with an Attorney after a Truck Accident?

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 15th, 2009

Car accidents are a huge issue on the roads and a big concern for many drivers, but there is also the ever looming danger of accidents involving 18 wheelers. While there are fewer truck accidents compared to accidents involving passenger vehicles, the damage and injuries are often far worse. Weighing in at about 80,000 pounds, these vehicles can do a lot of damage and they are sometimes being operated by a driver who has been driving for many hours and has had little sleep.

Pedestrian Accidents – the Forgotten Threat

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 12th, 2009

When most people think of car accidents they think of one car colliding with another in some fashion. Pedestrian accidents, where a vehicle runs into a person on foot, rarely come to mind. Amazingly, 11 percent of fatalities caused by motor vehicles involve pedestrians.

FedEx Truck Hit and Killed School Employee – Texas Truck Accident Lawyer

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 5th, 2009

Date: September 28, 9009 Location: Lamar, TX Type: Truck Accident A Federal Express truck hit and killed a Lamar Consolidated Independent School District employee at the school district’s bus barn. The fatal accident happened on Monday, September 28, 2009 around 1:30 p.m., at the Lamar Consolidated ISD bus barn along Avenue I, as reported by the Houston Chronicle.
 
According to police officials, a FedEx truck had just finished making a delivery at the bus barn when a Lamar Consolidated ISD employee, identified as Robert Judd Whitman, 61, of Fulshear, happened to be standing in the “blind spot” of the FedEx truck.
 
The FedEx truck driver then began to drive forward out of the bus barn when he struck Whitman. The driver didn’t immediately realize he had hit someone and drove for about 30 feet before he stopped, got out to check his truck, and realized he had hit someone.
 
Whitman was rushed by emergency medical services crews to Oak Bend Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Medical professionals at Oak Bend later pronounced Whitman dead. Police officials have not made any arrests or filed any charges in connection with the fatal accident at this time. Police officials are reportedly conducting a full investigation into the fatal FedEx truck accident.

Learn more about how to deal with truck accidents.

Man Charged in Deadliest Crash in OK History Involving DFW Locals

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 22nd, 2009

This week Donald Creed, a 76-year old man from Missouri, was charged with 10 misdemeanor counts of negligent homicide for a maximum of 10 years jail time for crashing his tractor trailer into stopped traffic on an Oklahoma turnpike. The crash happened last June. Out of the 10 killed, three were from Frisco and one was from Denton. Authorities say this was the deadliest crash in Oklahoma history. Click here for the full story. According to the Motor Carrier Management Information System, large truck accidents happen frequently. The Texas 2008 Preliminary Crash Facts: 14,086 large trucks and 1,314 buses involved in non-fatal crashes 5,475 large trucks and 690 buses involved in injury crashes 8,325 injuries in crashes involving large trucks and 1,775 injuries in crashes involving buses 8,611 large trucks and 624 buses involved in tow-away crashes 251 large trucks and 0 buses involved in hazmat placard crashes If you, or someone you love, have been in an accident involving trucks, 18 wheelers or semis, please call us at 1-877-659-1620 or fill out our fee case evaluation form.

Keeping your teen driver safe

Submitted by lucinda on Sep 16th, 2009

While we don’t necessarily think of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a resource for safety as much as we do health related issues, they do cover safety as well. The CDC has a lot of information on home and recreational safety. Their area on teen driving has a fact sheet, information on graduated driving and ways to protect your loved one from traffic injuries.They also have research on car surfing, novice teen driving and reducing motor vehicle crashes among young drivers.
You can contact the CDC at anytime through traditional methods:

  • 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)
  • TTY: (888) 232-6348

But, you can also email the CDC directly about any safety concerns you have. Just in case you don’t know why the CDC thinks teen driving is such a safety issue, look at these statistics according to the Texas Transportation Institute of The Texas A&M University:

  • 16-year olds are about 10 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash
  • 66% of teen crashes happen between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Average teen driving at 11 p.m. is impacted by fatigue the same as if they were drunk
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of teens in America

Play it safe and read through these safety tips on keeping your teen safe.

A contract with your new teen driver.

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 15th, 2009

When your sixteen year old start to drive, it opens up all kinds of new worlds! Each of us has a different perspective on what it means for our teenager to start driving but at the same time we are all in agreement – we want them to be safe.

Having an attorney background and perspective, Jeff Rasansky of Rasansky Law Firm did what he does best to make sure his new teenager was safe…he drew up a contract. A contract that shared his concerns for his sixteen year old and put his teenager in the safest and best position possible as a new driver.

Was Labor Day weekend what you expected?

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 9th, 2009

We start out enjoying the weekend but for some Texans, having a little bit more to drink, celebrated too much. The outcome of a long weekend can be injury or death instead of rest and relaxation. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, as many as 300 people will die and many more families will be injured. Last year on Labor Day holiday weekend, they arrested 620 people for driving while intoxicated and issued more than 10,000 speeding citations.

Would you use a refurbished car seat?

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 8th, 2009

It’s not just based on how old your child is or their weight. Did you know that a car seat may need to be replaced after an accident? But, not all accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), you should consider the level of a crash to determine if the seat needs to be replaced or not.

If it is a moderate or severe crash, the seat should be replaced. If it is a minor crash, the seat does not need to be replaced. Here is how the NHTSA defines a minor crash and what to look for.

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