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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.

Jury awards victim precedent-setting award for truck accident

Sharing the Texas highways with large commercial vehicles can often be a nerve-wracking experience -- even for experienced motorists. Unfortunately, regardless of the precautions one may take to drive defensively, a serious truck accident can result in a victim suffering devastating injuries. Recently, a jury awarded one victim a precedent-setting amount in compensation for his multiple injuries.

The wreck occurred approximately five years ago. The victim was driving his pickup truck home after having attended a church service. For reasons that were not clear, a man operating a tractor-trailer loaded with sand and other by-products from fracking hit the pickup from behind. The driver of the semi was unharmed in the collision, but the pickup driver suffered extensive spinal and neck injuries.

What to do if involved in a car accident

While driving is a convenient way to get where one needs to go, it is also a tremendous responsibility. The Texas driver is responsible for operating the vehicle in a safe manner, yet a car accident can happen to even the safest driver. When one does occur, it is important to know what needs to be done.

If an accident occurs, the drivers will want to stop their vehicles as close to the accident site as possible. However, in doing so, each driver will want to make sure that he or she is not blocking traffic if possible. Additionally, each driver will want to make sure that he or she can get out of the vehicle and remain in a safe location. If someone is injured, those on the scene will want to offer assistance if possible. Depending upon the situation, the best form of assistance may be offered by contacting emergency personnel.

Driver surrenders following fatal bicycle accident in Texas

There are a variety of different way to utilize Texas roadways. Many drivers are likely more used to encountering more traditional motor vehicles such as trucks or cars, but all drivers must remain on the lookout for other users, such as bicyclists. Unfortunately, a recent incident in Texas underscores the potential harm that a bicycle accident can cause.

The incident happened one morning on a day in mid-July. Reports indicate that a 42-year-old bicyclist was struck by a car driven by a 38-year-old woman. The latter is accused of exiting her vehicle before returning to it and driving away. Unfortunately, the man died as a result of injuries suffered in the collision.

Distracted drivers cause approximately 20 percent of accidents

While driving down the road, it is common to look around, take in the sights and see what other drivers are doing. Fortunately, many drivers are actively paying attention to their surroundings. However, some Texas drivers appear to be more concerned with their cell phones than with their own safety and the safety of those around them. In fact, research shows that approximately 20 percent of car accidents are caused by distracted drivers.

The state of Texas has various laws regarding cell phone usage while driving. It is currently illegal to read or write text messages, social media posts and email while operating a motor vehicle. In addition to these restrictions, many local municipalities have passed ordinances further limiting the use of electronic devices and cell phones while driving.

Texas motorcycle accident leaves one dead, several injured

Traffic conditions can change in the blink of an eye, and no one may know this better than a motorcyclist. Debris in the road, poor weather conditions or road construction can all require an operator to act quickly to avoid a motorcycle accident. Sometimes, it is not always possible to get out of the way of a hazard, especially when a rider is suddenly in the path of another vehicle. Several Texas motorcyclists experienced this terrifying event on a recent Saturday night, and the result was tragic.

The motorcyclists, several of whom had passengers on their bikes, were returning from a benefit when an SUV swerved into their lane and collided head-on with the two lead bikers. The SUV had apparently struck the rear of another vehicle, lost control and spun into the opposite lane where the motorcyclists were traveling. A 49-year-old man operating one of the lead motorcycles died at the scene, and the operator of the second bike suffered minor injuries. Both of their passengers also suffered injuries.

Bicycle accident claims life; excessive speed blamed

Many Texas residents ride their bikes as a form of exercise. It is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle and get some fresh air. While there are some areas that are denoted for bicycles only, the majority of bicycle riders share the road with cars, trucks and other types of motorized vehicles. Each driver is expected to honor the rules of the road and watch out for other drivers; otherwise, a tragic bicycle accident can occur.

One weekday morning in early June, a pediatrician was out riding her bicycle. What began as an opportunity to enjoy the morning while getting some exercise ended in tragedy. As she was riding along a highway service road, a car crashed into the rear of her bicycle. The doctor did not survive the accident.

Alleged drunk driving causes fatal car accident

Morning traffic can be brutal along Texas roadways. It seems as if everyone is rushing to get to work or get their day's errands started. The average morning driver must remain vigilant and watch out for drivers whose minds appear to be elsewhere. When drivers are not paying full attention to the road, a car accident can easily occur. It seems that most morning rush hour car accidents are the result of distracted driving; unfortunately, there does not appear to be a time of day when the possibility of a drunk driving accident does not occur.

Recently, a little after 7 a.m., a 62-year-old woman was on her way to get her day started. Unfortunately, this never happened. As she was driving, a pickup truck came flying up behind her and crashed into the rear of her vehicle. The woman was seriously injured in the accident and died before she could be transported to a hospital.

Tractor-trailer allegedly causes fatal accident

Life is precious. When the life in question is that of a teenager, it seems even more precious. Then when that precious life is suddenly taken in a fatal accident on a Texas roadway, friends and loved ones are left to grieve and wonder how they can ever pick up the pieces.

Recently, a teenage passenger was killed when the truck she was riding in was involved in an accident. Apparently, the driver of a tractor-trailer did not yield when he should have. This failure to yield caused the tractor-trailer to crash into the truck. The driver of the truck was injured and required medical attention at a local hospital. The teenage passenger died at the scene of the accident.

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