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Month: December 2012

Seven People Injured on an Icy 287

A wreck on 287 left seven people injured on Wednesday. The Clay County crash occurred during icy roadway conditions. The recent blizzard left many roads in North Texas dangerously slick. A driver that was towing a utility trailer lost traction on the icy road. The vehicle then over-turned into the center median. A 15-year-old girl from Denton, Texas was ejected from the vehicle. She was air-lifted to United Regional Hospital where she remains in serious condition. There is no word yet on whether or not the girl was wearing her seatbelt. The crash left three other passengers pinned inside of the vehicle. According to law enforcement, they suffered serious injuries as well. In addition, three other people suffered minor injuries. Many questions remain regarding this accident which is still under investigation.

Citizens in Wichita Falls may only see snow and winter weather conditions a few times each year. Unfortunately, many drivers may be unprepared for the hazards of driving in winter weather. The recent blizzard left roads icy and dangerous for days. The crash, which injured seven people, was only one of the many wrecks that occurred following the blizzard.

If you’re involved in a wreck during winter weather conditions, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Getting in touch with an attorney as soon as possible is of the utmost importance. If you’re injured as a result of a crash due to winter weather, please call us at 800-772-0828 for a free consultation. Even if you have already contacted your insurance company and filed a claim, it still may be necessary to contact a personal injury attorney.

Filing a claim with one’s insurance company can often be a long process. This can be especially complicated if two or more automobiles are involved in a crash. Hopefully, all of the drivers are fully insured. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. An experienced personal injury attorney can help ensure your legal rights are being looked after. If you are unsure of your rights under your current insurance policy, you can contact The Altman Legal Group at 800-772-0828. If you are having any trouble, or meeting any resistance when filing an insurance claim, it is time to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney in North Texas.

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Chain Reaction Crash Injures Three on I-44

A recent three-vehicle wreck involving injuries occurred on I-44 near Riley Road. At least three people have been injured. Unfortunately, one of the vehicles involved in the crash was a daycare van. There is no word yet whether there were any children in the van at the time of the collision. Law enforcement officials have not released many details relating to the crash. Allegedly, the daycare van was getting ready to merge onto I-44 when a sport utility vehicle struck it. A third car involved makes this a chain reaction crash. Law enforcement officials have not released the names of the victims or their medical conditions.

Chain reaction wrecks often take a long time for investigative officials to sort out. In the mean time, victims are dealing with injuries and lost wages. Sometimes, not all of the drivers are adequately covered by insurance. In addition, each insurance company may be hearing a different version of the events. The more automobiles that are involved in a chain reaction crash, the more complicated the case becomes. While insurance companies are busy disputing the facts, victims may be out of work and in the hospital. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney is crucial for victims that want the best possible outcome. Victims may be dealing with lost wages, medical bills, automobile damages and pain and suffering.

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Wichita Falls Jury Cracks Down on Drunk Driving

A recent Wichita County trial sends a clear message to drunk drivers. Elizabeth Duerson entered a guilty plea to an intoxication manslaughter charge for a 2010 collision. The crash occurred on January 21, 2010. Her brother, 20-year old Billy Crow, was ejected from the passenger seat and pronounced dead on the scene. Duerson’s blood alcohol level was tested hours after the crash. Her blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. The jury deliberated and requested prison as a punishment. She has been sentenced to three years in prison. The visiting judge is allowing Duerson to remain on out on bond until her appeals process is complete.

The defense attorney requested that Duerson receive probation. He cited her children and gainful employment as two reasons to keep her in the community and out of prison. In addition, Duerson offered a remorseful, tear-filled testimony to the jury. The prosecutor, John Gillespie, pointed out her behavior as showing extreme disregard for human life. The defense argued that she was no longer a threat to the community. The jury, made up of six men and six women, deliberated for almost two hours. Ultimately, they decided that Duerson should receive prison time for her egregious crime. Duerson will not go directly to prison until her appeals process has been completed.

The conclusion of this devastating case comes at a time of year when drunk driving fatalities spike. The jury sent a clear message to potential drunk drivers with the outcome of this case. Endangering the lives of Wichita Falls citizens comes at a steep price. Even Duerson’s remorseful testimony was unable to sway the jury. Unfortunately, Duerson has already paid the steepest price with the loss of her younger brother.

The holidays are an especially dangerous time to be on Texas roadways. Many people are attending holiday parties and celebrations. Citizens of Wichita Falls can make the roads a little bit safer by exercising extra caution and vigilance during this time of year. The Texas Department of Public Safety urges drivers to be on the lookout for erratic driving. In addition, party hosts can ensure every guest gets home safely. Planning ahead with designated drivers is always a great idea. If you are injured in an accident with a suspected drunk driver, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. The team at Altman Legal Group wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

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Safe Driving in Winter Weather

At least two drivers in Wichita Falls will be exercising more caution next time they head out on icy roadways. Their cars slid out of control on Highway 287, ending up in a pond. Roads became icy after the snowfall that occurred late Sunday night. Winter roadway conditions can quickly become unsafe for drivers. The Texas Department of Transportation is calling on drivers to exercise safe winter driving habits this season.

The two drivers lost control of their cars on Monday morning. They ended up sliding into the pond below the Wichita Falls sign on Highway 287. The roads were slippery following the snow storm late Sunday night. The drivers were presumably on their morning commutes, since the incidents occurred around 8:00 a.m. Both drivers were okay, aside from being cold and wet in the 20 degree weather. It is unclear whether or not these drivers were exercising adequate caution on the icy roadway. Failing to plan for a longer commute time in winter weather can cause some commuters to drive too fast. Accelerating can be dangerous on slippery roads. Cars may not be able to stop in time to avoid potential hazards when roads are icy.

North Texas towns like Wichita Falls receive more snowfall than cities in other parts of the state. Drivers should always take care to exercise extra caution in wintery conditions. Icy roadways can often lead to an increase in automobile crashes. It’s important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in Texoma following any automobile collision.

The Texas Department of Transportation offers drivers some winter driving safety tips. Drivers are encouraged to exercise caution and allow extra time for regular commutes. It may be necessary in some circumstances to wait until roadway conditions improve before driving.

The Texas Department of Transportation’s Safety Tips for Winter Travel

  • Remove snow and ice from automobile prior to driving.
  • Ensure vehicle is properly maintained for winter weather according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Make sure all headlights and tail lights are working properly.
  • Accelerate slowly, drive slowly and stay alert for traffic signals.
  • Use caution when approaching bridges, shaded spots and turns.

Following these safety tips and exercising a little bit of caution will help keep drivers in Wichita Falls safe this season. If you are injured in an auto accident during wintery road conditions, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in Texoma as soon as possible.

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Five Year-Old Girl Mauled by Dog

A recent news story out of Atlanta sheds light on an issue Texans are familiar with. A five year old girl was mauled by a pit bull. The child’s grandmother tried to fight off the dog, and finally resorted to covering the child with her own body. Neighbors were futile in their attempts to help. The dog continued its ferocious attack until law enforcement arrived on the scene and shot it. The child sustained serious injuries to her face, and lost one ear. The child’s grandmother was also hospitalized for injuries.

From January 1, 2006 to June 15, 2009, 19 Texans were fatally injured in dog attacks. This number only reflects people who died as a result of their injuries. Many dog bite victims must be hospitalized for devastating injuries. The Center for Disease Control reports that 800,000 Americans seek medical assistance for dog bite injuries each year. They also report that children between the ages of five and nine are most likely to sustain dog bites. Small children, under the age of four are most likely to receive damaging injuries to their face and neck.

Wichita Falls has adopted a strict liability statue for dog bites. This means that an owner can be held liable if their dog bites or injures someone. This is important for victims that are bitten by dogs with no prior history of aggression, or that attack without provocation. The City Health District also has the ability to declare a dog vicious based on a criteria laid out in Section 14-266 of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Wichita Falls. This declaration, while helpful in identifying and dealing with vicious dogs, is not a prerequisite for liability in the event of a bite. Since Wichita Falls has a strict liability statute, an animal’s owner can be held liable for bites or injuries that occur regardless of previous behavior.

Injuries that are sustained during dog attacks can be devastating. Many times, multiple reconstructive surgeries are needed for the amount of tissue damage that has been inflicted. If you have sustained injuries related to a dog attack you should contact an experienced attorney in North Texas. An attorney can ensure your legal rights are protected. Dog bite victims may be facing lost wages, increasing medical bills and emotional pain and suffering. The team at Altman Legal Group wishes this young child and her grandmother a speedy recovery.

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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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