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Dallas Car accidentOn April  26 2015, a fatal accident occurred on the southbound ramp of the Dallas North Tollway at the President George Bush Turnpike at approximately 5 AM.

According to the Dallas Police Department,  a Nissan Sentra crashed causing the vehicle to turn upside down on the roadway on the southbound exit ramp.  Two motorcyclists who were traveling behind the Nissan Sentra when they were unable to avoid the collision with the disabled vehicle and crashed into the Sentra.

One of the motorcyclists was killed in the collision and died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Nissan was taken by ambulance to the Medical Center of Plano with serious injuries. The other motorcyclist was taken to Baylor Hospital in Plano also with serious injuries.

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Despite a local crackdown on tractor trailers regulations, just this past March, a Lares Trucking semi tractor trailer transporting an unpermitted over-height load on Interstate-35 near south Fort Worth caused the death of a southbound pickup truck driver. The driver of the eighteen-wheeler, who was himself unharmed, failed to comply with signs indicating the maximum load height for a local bridge that was then under construction, and  was traveling at a high speed when the load secured to the trailer struck the bottom portion of the bridge. While such an impact would be unlikely to cause any damage to a completed bridge, in the bridges state of partial construction, the impact was sufficient to knock loose several beams on the west side of the bridge. While there were no significant injuries on the east side of the bridge, Irving resident Clark Davis was killed traveling south when one of the beams crushed much of his vehicle. Furthermore, preliminary investigations show that Lares Trucking failed to obtain proper permitting for the load.

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BlogPic1In yet another tragic reminder of the dangers at hand for cyclists and pedestrians, a Haltom City cyclist was struck and killed by a motorist driving a large sports utility vehicle off of East Belknap Street this past week. According to the witness who called 911, the accident occurred shortly after 4 a.m. The witness further told law enforcement that driver stopped briefly after striking the cyclist and may have even got out of the vehicle, but drove off shortly after. A vehicle matching the description given by the witness was found little more than a mile from where the incident occurred, near the junction of Texas 183 and U.S. 377. Continue reading →

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blogpic2Statistics have show time and time again that highways are far safer per mile than other routes, due in no small part to the lack of intersecting traffic. Indeed, a great number of collisions on highways and interstates involve only a small difference in speed; as long as other drivers are cautious, these accidents are often less severe than those that occur on urban and suburban streets. The speeds involved in interstate driving are only and tragically realized when lost, exhausted, or intoxicated drivers fail to notice a number of warning signs and pull into a highway headed the wrong direction. In these cases, collisions occur at the equivalent of well over 120 miles per hour, and the crumple zones and safety cages that are designed for impacts at 80 MPH and below can fail catastrophically.

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Why is it important to hire a board-certified lawyer?

The legal profession, like the medical profession, contains a very large body of knowledge that makes it impossible for one lawyer to concentrate in all areas of the law. The Texas State Bar that regulates the legal profession does not require an attorney to complete any formal board certification or training to practice in any particular field of law. In Texas, the attorney’s decision to be board certified in any area of the law including personal injury law is purely voluntary.

The medical profession by comparison has embraced specialization for over a hundred years. Over 94% of all doctors are board-certified in their area of expertise. Consumers therefore have the confidence that the doctor treating their condition is truly qualified to treat their health care problem.

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This case illustrates the importance of wearing seatbelts while in a motor vehicle. On July 23, 2015, Plano police reported that a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe erupted in flames after violently crashing into a traffic signal pole at the intersection of Preston Road at Tennyson Parkway in Plano, Texas in this single car accident. Plano is located in North Dallas County.  Alger Ben Baker, the driver of the vehicle, died at the scene but his passenger Daniel Payton Mushock was rescued from the vehicle before it erupted into flames. Yoel Gebremicael was driving behind the Mr. Baker vehicle when he witnessed the accident. He was able to rescue Mr. Mushock from the vehicle at the scene. Plano police stated that neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing seatbelts. However the good Samaritan, Yoel Gebremicael disagreed . Yoel Gebremicael stated that he had to unbuckle Mr. Mushock while trying to rescue him from the burning vehicle.

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“How can I be injured if my car bumper only seems to have some cosmetic damage? “

“My airbag didn’t deploy, so that must mean that the accident wasn’t serious enough to get really hurt, right?”

“My car doesn’t look very damaged, doesn’t that mean that a judge or jury won’t believe that I was actually hurt in the accident?”

After a car accident, questions like these can run through the minds of the victims. After all, the other driver may seem entirely unaffected by the incident, and may likely be pressuring the victims to accept a cash payment for the damages to their vehicle or to simply handle reparations in the future. Despite any temptation otherwise, however, it is important that you call the police and proceed to handle the accident as if it were just as severe as any other–since it very well might.

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When the pressures to lower cost and properly supervise residents collide, nursing homes are all too often become the source of accidents resulting from negligence. In a more unusual case, however,  a Central Texas family was awarded $16.7 million following a suit against the Tarrant County based Senior Living Properties nursing home, which allegedly neglected to prevent an employee from leaving her workplace while intoxicated. The nursing home employee, 43 year old Alisa Prueitt, was several times the legal limit when she was involved in an auto accident that claimed the life of 37 year old Sam Graham.

Graham is survived by his wife, daughter, and son, the former of which spoke out this past February 4th, shortly after the Fort Worth jury reached its verdict. “This was never about money…It was about getting answers. It was about right is right and wrong is wrong. I didn’t want my husband’s life swept under a rug.”

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Historically,  medical errors have been chronically underreported and underdocumented; those judged to be insignificant are normally dismissed with that very same justification. Those errors judged to be worthy of documentation are nonetheless sometimes discarded as doctor, nurses and other hospital employees attempt to distance themselves from any implications of negligence.  As recently as 2004, the Institute of Medicine maintained its estimate of as few as 44,000 deaths per year, in line with prior estimates. A new study from the Journal of Patient Safety suggests otherwise, however. In the study “A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care,” the researcher’s most conservative estimate of otherwise preventable deaths due to hospital error was over 200,000 deaths per year.

With this in mind, we’ve compiled some of the notable medical errors that may be found to be malpractice.

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oak-cliff-wreckOn Wednesday, May 13, 2015 a tragic accident occurred in Oak Cliff, Dallas Texas on 10th Street   taking the lives of three people.  Dallas police confirmed that the driver of a SUV was traveling northbound on South Waverly Drive when the driver of the SUV struck a parked vehicle and then crashed into a house near the 1800 block of West 10th Street.

The Dallas police stated that the three people in the SUV were family members and that there were no survivors.  They were identified as Lucinda Rosas De Esparza, Evelina Maltos, and Paul Maltos.

The family of the deceased were heartbroken by the accident.  It is unknown regarding how the accident happened.