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Horrific pedestrian accident may lead to wrongful death claim

Walking should be a safe and easy form of transportation. However, when sharing the road with motor vehicles, pedestrians sometimes encounter dangerous conditions. Such was the case for a woman in Dallas who, on a recent Friday afternoon, was simply going about her job in a neighborhood she often frequented and was run over by a dump truck. Her grieving family likely has grounds to pursue a wrongful death suit in a Texas civil court.

The 52-year-old mother and wife appeared to have the right of way at a pedestrian crosswalk when the large dump truck hit her while making a turn. The two men in the truck remained at the scene and spoke with police. Witnesses speculate that the driver may not have seen the woman, but according to police, he may now be charged with criminally negligent homicide.

Unsafe road conditions may cause a bicycle accident

Many Texas residents enjoy traveling by bicycle rather than car, at least some of the time, and the reasons for doing so vary. It can be a good form of exercise, save money, reduce one's carbon footprint and allow the cyclist a better view of the surrounding areas. Unfortunately, even when a cyclist follows all the rules of the road, a bicycle accident can happen.

Sometimes such accidents are a result of less than ideal road conditions, and this may have been the case in a recent bicycle accident in the Rio Grande Valley. A 19-year-old cyclist was hit by a car while riding his bicycle, and he died several days later in hospital. A young woman who is a friend of the victim approached the city commission to suggest that conditions along the rural road on which he was riding may have contributed to his death. She cited the need for a lower speed limit and better lighting along that stretch of road.

Even hands-free devices may lead to distracted drivers

By now, most people are aware that cellphone use while driving is not safe, and while many Texas drivers do put their devices away while driving, some still talk or text on their phones when their attention should be focused solely on the task of driving. In fact, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), in 2017, approximately one in five motor vehicle accidents involved distracted drivers. About 90 Texas cities have passed a law prohibiting drivers from using hand-held devices while operating a motor vehicle, but are hands-free options any safer?

According to experts, the brain does not multi-task well, and using a hands-free device, such as Bluetooth, while driving is still not safe because the brain has different areas for processing various tasks. For example, when a driver takes a call, the brain must switch from the area where the complex motor skills required to operate a vehicle are processed to the part that processes speech. Even drivers who use their cellphone while stopped at a red light can increase risk on the road, since the brain needs sufficient time to switch from one task to another.

Tragic car accident on Texas rural road

Many Texas drivers travel on rural roads from time to time or even on a daily basis. Some drivers may enjoy or even prefer a route through the countryside over one in an urban area. The common perception may be that less busy rural roads are safer for travel than city streets. Sadly, this is not always the case, and a car accident can happen.

For four Hardin County area teenagers, the perils of country roads may have contributed to a recent tragic car accident that claimed three of their lives and put one of them in hospital with serious injuries. Four vehicles were involved in the accident that happened at an intersection on a local road near Saratoga. Now, the families of the victims are enduring what is likely the worst time of their lives.

Car accident tragically ends school year for young girl

A new school year has begun in Texas, and families are busy with back-to-school schedules and plans, and goals for the new year. For one Texas family, that agenda was tragically interrupted on a recent morning drive to school that ended in a tragic car accident. A 9-year-old girl had just posed for a first day of school photo and was riding to school with her mother and brother.

The car, a Nissan Sentra, was traveling south on FM225 near Henderson shortly after 7:00 in the morning. A GMC pickup driven by an 18-year-old was heading north and crossed the yellow line into oncoming traffic, colliding with the Sentra. The young girl was thrown from the vehicle, though she had reportedly been wearing a seatbelt.

Family loses a father in a motorcycle accident

It is not uncommon to see bumper stickers and window signs in cars in Texas, warning drivers to be on the lookout for motorcycles. Particularly in the summer and early fall, they really are everywhere. They can be difficult to spot and so can be involved in a motorcycle accident in the blink of an eye.

A motorcyclist was riding on Hwy 83 near Hawley on a recent Sunday. A minivan was heading in the opposite direction and veered into oncoming traffic. The minivan struck the motorcyclist head-on. The cyclist was transported to a hospital in Lubbock in critical condition. He died while undergoing surgery for his injuries.

Car accident kills a young man about to start his senior year

A new school year is under way in Texas. With the opening of school comes an increase in morning traffic. Increases in traffic can lead to increased stress in drivers that can in turn lead to incidents attributed to road rage or hazardous driving. A recent fatal car accident may have resulted from a road rage incident.

A young man was killed recently when his car was hit from behind. The impact caused the car to flip multiple times. The driver was a 17-year-old male who was about to begin his senior year of high school. A passenger in the young man's car was also injured but his injuries were minor.

First day of school marred by a fatal accident

Summer is winding down in Texas, and schools are opening for the new school year. Parents are once again dropping off children at school, sending them off with a kiss and a wish for a good day and a good year. It is not a scene that one imagines interrupted by a heroic act and a fatal accident. Yet this was the scene in an El Paso school parking lot on the first day of the new school year.

Recent newcomers to the area were dropping off their three children for their first day in their new school. Another gentleman, pulling out of a parking space, hit another vehicle. Instead of breaking, he stepped on the accelerator. Another mother who was in the area stepped in front of the car to protect the three children. She died at the scene.

Summer memories marred by a tragic car accident

A group of friends are out for a good time on a summer evening in Texas. They don't expect to be involved in a catastrophic car accident. They are out creating summer memories. Tragically, the memories created on a recent summer night will not be happy ones.

A group of five people were out in a Chevy Malibu on a recent evening. The driver of a Ford Exhibition lost control of the vehicle and hit the driver side door of the Malibu. The driver of the Malibu died at the scene. The four passengers in the car were all transported to a nearby hospital. Two of the passengers suffered serious bodily injury and the third one was in critical condition.

Death from a fire prompts a wrongful death suit

Waking up to the smell of smoke and the sound of flames can be very unsettling and even terrifying. Such was the case in San Marcos, Texas, where an apartment complex caught fire early one morning in July. While smoke alarms and sprinklers can alert and wake residents of a structure that is on fire and allow them time to get out, this did not appear to happen in this instance. Five people perished in the fire, and a wrongful death suit is being brought by the parents of one of the victims.

The victim, a young man who was only 23, was among the five people who died. According to the suit, the apartment building did not have functioning sprinklers or smoke alarms. The suit accuses the owners of the building of not maintaining a safe living environment and failing to check and maintain the fire safety protocols.

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