VEHICLE ACCIDENTS

The Luck Few-Surviving a Truck Wreck

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 9th, 2010

Anyone who survives a big rig crash should count themselves as lucky. While these trucks and the people who drive them constitute an important part of modern society, they also have very real responsibilities related to their trade. When they don't live up to them, the result is quite often death and disaster. These trucks can weigh over 100,000 pounds, in some cases, and when they're cruising down the highway at 70 miles per hour there is little that stands a realistic chance of surviving a wreck. If you do make it out, you may be eligible for damages.

Semi truck can be very safe vehicles if they're properly-maintained and deadlier than anything else on the road if they're not. Trucking companies have a responsibility to keep their trucks in good repair and to meet a host of safety standards set up by the federal and state governments. In some cases, the company may have been slack in living up to these standards and, when that is the case, they are likely financially liable for all the damage that they cause to you, whether it's to your property or to your person. A lawyer will know for sure.

More than Vehicle Damage, Personal Injury after a Wreck

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 9th, 2010

Sometimes, the most frightening part of a car wreck happens after the crash is over. You may, for instance, find yourself sitting in a wrecked vehicle and not knowing for sure if you’re hurt. When adrenaline kicks in, our perception of pain is vastly diminished. This means, for instance, that you may not know you’re bleeding until you actually see the blood or may not know that you’ve broken an ankle until you try to walk. Any vehicle accident attorney sees plenty of cases where the damage suffered from a wreck manifested a bit after the incident had passed.

If you’re in a car accident, personal injury is always a concern. Start by checking yourself for obvious signs of injury. Look around to see if you’re bleeding and check your face in the mirror to make sure that you’re not injured there. Car wrecks happen fast, and it’s quite possible to bounce your face off of your steering wheel or console without really remembering it. Make sure your vision is clear. If you have double vision or trouble focusing, you may have a concussion or other head injury. Look for signs of those injuries in any passengers, as well.

Safety is Paramount Following a Car Wreck

Submitted by jrlaw on May 27th, 2010

Safety after a Car Wreck

While the most stressful parts of any car wreck usually come long after it’s over, the initial few minutes after the wreck are vital. There are myriad ways this situation can unfold. You may find yourself blocking a busy interstate or in someone’s yard, with your front end wrapped around a tree or with the front of the car that hit you in your backseat. You have to exercise some sensibility here. You’ll also want to make sure that you don’t make things even more complex for your vehicle accident attorney.

Remember not to try to explain to the other driver what happened. The last thing you want to do is say something that isn’t exactly true, such as “I didn’t see you”, “My brakes didn’t seem to work” or something similar. In these cases, you’re basically saying the accident was your fault in one way or another and this may come back to bite you, especially if it turns out that every other piece of evidence points to the accident not being your fault in any regard. Your car wreck attorney will go over all of this with you after the accident.

10 Ways to Avoid a Hazardous Driver

Submitted by jrlaw on May 27th, 2010

10 Ways to Avoid a Hazardous Driver

Any car wreck attorney can probably tell you plenty of stories of clients who knew something was wrong with the driver who injured them before it happened. There are plenty of times when people are on the road and when a driver in another lane or at an intersection seems off. Sometimes it’s obvious that they’re drunk. They may be swerving, driving way too slow or too fast and so forth. In other cases, it’s just obvious that they’re not paying attention and that an accident is inevitable. There are some ways you can avoid these drivers. Here are a few things to watch out for.

Parking Wars- Who is at Fault in a Parking Lot Accident?

Submitted by jrlaw on May 12th, 2010

You’re backing out of a parking space. You look carefully – nobody’s coming. And then, somebody smacks into you. What went wrong? You know you didn’t see anybody. Was the other person speeding? Did you just make a mistake? Is there some fault in the design of the parking lot that could have allowed this to happen? Get the contact and insurance information of the other driver. Also, write down the contact information for any witnesses. Call the police to obtain a police report for the accident, and call your insurance company. Over the next few days, watch for any bruising or nagging pains and see a doctor if you suspect any injuries from the accident.

Unfortunately, if you are backing up, you are almost automatically assumed to be at fault. Your insurance company may attempt to negotiate with the other driver’s company, but it is likely that you will be blamed. Understandably, if you are sure that you looked carefully and didn’t see anyone, you may want to dispute this. It may be time to call a Dallas car accident lawyer to see what your options are.

You have several things to consider with your attorney. These include:

The insurance companies. If the insurance companies are refusing to pay or not compensating you fairly, you may need to sue. You have the option of seeking redress from the other driver’s company as well as your own.

Truck Accidents are Likely to Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries

Submitted by jrlaw on May 5th, 2010

The life of a truck accident lawyer is quite busy. This is because there are about 90 accidents with big trucks everyday. This figure comes from the Unites States Department of Transportation, which states that a person is injured or killed in a truck accident every 16 minutes in America.

When an 18 wheeler collides with a car, it’s no question that any other vehicles involved are going to be catastrophically damaged and any passengers will more than likely be horribly injured. Sometimes, the accident is so devastating that the people involved face amputation, paralysis, or traumatic brain injury. This is when you need an experienced Dallas truck accident lawyer by your side.

Three Types of Traumatic Brain Injury

 

  • Open injury – the brain is severely damaged. There is an open injury and the brain matter is exposed.
  • Closed injury – this is the most common kind. It is difficult to diagnose. In children, there might be no visible symptoms for many years.
  • Axonal injury – the axons of the brain are extended. However, there maybe no obvious damage to the tissues of the brain.

A competent Dallas auto accident lawyer has knowledge about the kinds of traumatic brain injury and can guide you in determining the strength of your case.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Cop Dies in Crash with School Bus

Submitted by jrlaw on Jan 13th, 2010

Date: January 13, 2010

Location: South Cooper Street near Lynda Lane Arlington, Tx

Type: Motorcycle Accident, Bus Accident

 

An Arlington police officer died after colliding with a school bus Wednesday morning near Arlington High School, according to the Arlington Police Department.

 
At about 7:15 a.m., the officer, whose identity has not yet been released, was attempting to pull over a driver along the northbound lanes of South Cooper Street near Lynda Lane. Somehow, the officer crashed into the school bus, and his motorcycle burst into flames.
 
Nine students from five Arlington schools (Crow, Ditto and Dunn elementary schools and Bailey and Young junior high schools) were on the bus at the time of the accident. None of the children were injured and all were taken to Arlington High School where they were expected to speak with Arlington police officers before being released to their parents. Grief counselors are also on hand  to assist the children.

Update: Ft. Worth Cop Quit before Chief Could Fire

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 23rd, 2009

Fort Worth Police Officer Jesus Cisneros turned himself in to the police Monday, and was arrested for intoxication manslaughter after he killed Sonia Baker in a car accident earlier this month. He got out of jail on Tuesday after posting a $25,000 bond.

 

Investigators found Cisneros to be going twice the posted legal speed limit of 35 miles per hour at the time of the crash. He was also driving with a blood alcohol level of twice the legal amount of .08.
 
FWPD Chief Jeff Halstead told local news stations he was planning on firing Cisneros when he received the officer’s resignation.
 
Our firm, which is representing the Bakers, issued a statement to CBS-11.  “This is still a sad and tragic circumstance, and we are going to go to the ends of the earth to make sure anyone responsible is held fully accountable.”

Texas Teen Driver Statistics

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 22nd, 2009

It’s a known fact that there are teen drivers who have terrible vehicle accidents. Many of these vehicle accidents can be blamed on inexperience, texting while driving or drunk driving. Although there have been recent action to reduce the amount of teen drivers texting and driving, the results are still waiting to improve.

Update: Ft. Worth Cop Was Drunk in Car Crash

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 21st, 2009

Last week, we blogged about a car accident in Fort Worth involving an off-duty Fort Worth police officer. A blood test was administered to determine if the officer in question was intoxicated. Test results showed Officer Jesus Cisneros had a blood alcohol content of .17 -- more than twice the legal limit -- when his sports utility vehicle collided with a car driven by Sonia Baker. The legal blood alcohol content limit for operating a motor vehicle is .08.
 

Investigators will focus on intoxication manslaughter, police said, but some legal experts question whether that charge applies in this case. Police have suggested Baker may have been at fault in the accident because she pulled out from a stop sign into his path on Columbus Trail.
 

Cisnerso was placed on restricted duty until the investigation ends.
 

We will keep you up-to-date of any further developments involving this accident.

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