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Month: January 2013

No Accountability with Texas Forest Service- Young County Woman Denied Coverage by State Farm Policy

Brenda Nolen, of Young County, never imagined her insurance company would refuse to cover her medical bills following a crash. On April 17, 2011, Nolen was rear-ended by a Texas Forest Service automobile. Nolen had to undergo multiple surgeries for a neck injury that occurred during the crash. In addition, she is still without a car. According to the official report, the Texas Forest Service employee fell asleep at the wheel. Both the Texas Forest Service and Nolen’s insurance company, State Farm, are refusing to pay for any damages and medical bills incurred. KFDX News Channel 3 Covered the story.

Unfortunately, Nolen is dealing with two big organizations who are refusing pay her. The Texas Forest Service is asserting that they are immune from the damage caused during the collision under the state’s Homeland Security Act. Patrick Scott, attorney here at the Altman Legal Group was quick to point out that this doesn’t protect government employees from injuring and killing law-abiding citizens. “The purpose of that act was to increase command and control amongst our local emergency responders and they are asserting that these laws apply to every situation where a Texas Forest Service employee injures someone or kills them.”

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Wichita Falls

A motorcycle crash took the life of 21-year-old, David Villa Arizola Jr., Saturday afternoon. The tragic one-vehicle crash occurred around 11:30 a.m. at the 1100 block of the Lloyd Ruby Overpass. Arizola’s motorcycle somehow crashed and ejected him over the guard rail. There is no word on whether or not Arizola was wearing protective gear such as a helmet or jacket. Law enforcement officials have not released any information on how this tragic crash occurred.

Motorcyclists are at a greater danger for serious injury and death than automobile drivers. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that 87 percent of motorcycle crashes kill or injure the rider. In addition, motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured in a crash and 25 times more likely to die in a crash. Even with a helmet and protective jacket, motorcycles do not have the safety features of an automobile. There are no airbags on a motorcycle. Sadly, this recent crash isn’t out of the ordinary. A local 17-year-old was left partially paralyzed after being struck in a hit and run collision, last November.

“Seeing them is saving them” was last year’s Look Twice for Motorcycles campaign theme. The Texas Department of Transportation is quick to point out that in most motorcycle crashes the other driver is often at fault. Unfortunately, many collisions happen when drivers fail to pay attention to motorcyclists on the road. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, motorcyclist deaths accounted for 16 percent of all motor vehicle deaths in Texas, in 2011. 470 motorcyclists were killed with an additional 5,770 being seriously injured. Nationwide, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 4,462 motorcyclists were killed in 2009 with an additional 90,000 sustaining injuries. An experienced wrongful death attorney in Wichita Falls can help families who have lost loved ones in motorcycle crashes.

There is no word yet on why Arizola’s motorcycle crashed. Could there have been an issue with the roadway, like a pothole or debris? Was somebody’s negligent or unsafe driving responsible for the crash? Sergeant Spraggins, with the Wichita Falls Police Department, stated that there would be an in-depth investigation to determine how the motorcycle crashed. This tragic crash reminds citizens of the dangers that motorcyclists face on a daily basis. Following a motorcycle death, families should contact an experienced, Wichita Falls, wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. The team at Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim.

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Two-Car Crash on Taft and Southwestern

A collision that occurred early Friday morning sent one woman to the hospital. At about 1:00 a.m., two cars collided at the intersection of Taft Boulevard and Southwest Parkway. Law enforcement officials and emergency medical services personnel were on the scene swiftly. The passenger in the car that was hit had to be taken to the hospital. No other injuries were reported. Traffic was momentarily diverted through the Stripe’s parking lot while investigators and wreckage crews cleared the scene.

Sergeant Gregory Lillis, of the Wichita Falls Police Department, stated that no charges were filed. News Channel Six reported that the vehicle turning northbound from Southwest Parkway did not yield the right-of-way to the car traveling west on Southwest Parkway. The two automobiles collided. The victim’s injuries were described as non-life threatening. Emergency medical services personnel transported the injured woman to United Regional Hospital for treatment. Details on the extent of her non-life threatening injuries have not been released. Traffic had to be diverted through a parking lot while the scene was investigated and cleared.

Intersections can become dangerous, and even deadly, when motorists fail to yield the right-of-way. The injured victim may be facing hefty medical bills and lost wages. The owner of the car is most likely facing serious property damage as well. There are many different factors that can complicate car wreck cases. Recovering from a collision can be even more difficult if the responsible party is uninsured or underinsured. In addition, insurance coverage may be insufficient for costly medical bills. Contacting an experienced personal injury attorney in North Texas should be a top priority for anybody who is injured in an automobile crash.

A few questions remain unanswered about this early morning crash. There is still no word on why the driver failed to yield the right-of-way. Was he or she driving distracted? Was alcohol a factor? Failing to yield the right-of-way can be a dangerous or fatal decision. Car crashes can leave victims in the hospital and out of work. If you are facing property damage and injuries related to a car crash, you should contact a personal injury attorney as quickly as possible. An experienced North Texas personal injury attorney can be a great asset during this complicated legal process. If you have been injured in an automobile crash, you can contact the experienced lawyers at Altman Legal Group at 800-772-0828, for a free consultation.

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Wichita County Burn Ban Lifted

The countywide burn ban has been lifted, much to the relief of many Wichita County citizens. The county commissioners voted on Monday following recommendations from local volunteer fire departments to lift the ban. Commissioner Barry Mahler noted that conditions are still potentially dangerous, and citizens should exercise extreme caution when burning. The Emergency Management Coordinator, Lee Bourgoin, stated that the ban could be reinstituted if environmental conditions worsen. In addition, the county judge also has the authority to reinstitute the ban in an emergency situation. Citizens should note that the burn ban has only been lifted in unincorporated areas in the county. Individual towns and cities will have their own ordinances. Outdoor burning is currently prohibited in the city of Wichita Falls.

Although the burn ban has been lifted, ranchers should exercise extra caution when deciding to burn. Citizens are encouraged to keep a close watch on weather and environmental conditions prior to burning. Typical North Texas climate conditions can be dangerous when conducting a prescribed burn. Citizens are reminded that burning is especially dangerous with high winds and low humidity.

Landowners can be held responsible for damages and injuries caused by prescribed burns that get out of hand. It is not uncommon for landowners and ranchers to unintentionally burn down neighboring properties if they conduct prescribed burns without a proper plan and knowledge of weather conditions.

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Elderly Man Fatally Injured Driving Wrong Way

A recent chain-reaction crash in Atlanta raises awareness about roadway safety and senior drivers. An 80-year-old driver, Raymond Reed, was going the wrong way on Interstate 985. His Buick LeSabre crashed head-on into a Ford F-150, pickup truck. A Honda Civic then struck the pickup truck and a semi-truck grazed Reed’s car. Sadly, Reed was pronounced dead on the scene. The three other drivers and two children survived the crash. There is no word yet on the condition of the survivors.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008, over 5,500 older adults were killed and more than 183,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents. Those numbers average out to 15 older adults killed each day with 500 of them being injured. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also remarks that fatal crashes increase at age 75 and go up notably after age 80. Many researchers attribute these numbers to the declining physical and cognitive health of people in this age group. However, researchers also note that this age group has an increased susceptibility to injuries and medical complications which could also account for the large numbers.

When to give up driving can be a controversial subject for family members to bring up with elderly drivers. Adult children and family members should create a dialogue with senior drivers to discuss safe driving habits and when it may be time to quit. Many seniors give up driving a little bit at a time. With declining vision and cognitive skills, the aging population has the potential to pose a great risk to the safety of roadways. Unfortunately, for most senior citizens, driving means independence. If other transportation options can be made available, the transition may be much easier.

With the aging baby boomer population, the concern with elderly driver safety is growing. Some people are even advocating for an age limit on licenses. Many states require senior drivers to take vision and driving tests more frequently in order to renew their licenses. Texas requires drivers to renew their licenses in person when they reach age 79. A basic medical evaluation is conducted at the time of renewal. When drivers reach age 85, they must renew on their second birthday after the previous expiration date. The team at Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Reed and also hopes for the speedy recovery of everybody involved in the crash.

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On-the-Job Injuries in Texas and Oklahoma

Injuries that occur on the job can leave employees in the hospital and out of work. Understanding your legal rights is important to ensuring you get the necessary compensation following a workplace injury in Oklahoma or Texas. It is difficult to bring a conventional lawsuit against an employer in Texas or Oklahoma if he or she carries workers’ compensation insurance. Sometimes, the negligence of a third party is the reason for an injury. An experienced personal injury attorney can plan and execute the best course of action when handling workplace injury claims.

There are many different types of injuries that can occur in the workplace. Unfortunately, many workers in Texas and Oklahoma are routinely exposed to workplace dangers. Many of these injuries are job-specific. Texans know all too well the types of injuries that can occur as a result of oil field injuries and oil field explosions.

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Scotland Woman Killed by Truck on Daily Walk

The small town of Scotland, Texas is mourning over the loss of a beloved member of the community. Lois Luig, 54-years-old, was struck and killed by a truck yesterday morning. She was taking her daily walk with a good friend. The incident occurred at around 6:00 a.m. Lois’ friend was able to jump out of the way of the truck in time. Unfortunately, Lois was not able to escape the truck’s path. She was hit and pronounced dead on the scene. There is no word yet on whether the driver, 61-year-old Kenneth Berend, was driving unsafely. The Department of public safety stated that the crash is still under investigation.

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Drunk Driving Arrests on New Year’s Eve

At least two people in Wichita Falls started their new year in jail due to drinking and driving. The arrests were made following two separate incidents. The incidents happened on Kell East between Harrison and Brook. The first accident occurred at about 2:20 a.m. Deanna Galliton was driving the wrong way on Kell East when she struck another vehicle. She was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. While officers were still investigating the scene of the crash, another car drove through the safety flares. This second driver, Michelle Papin, was also arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. Fortunately, no injuries were reported with either incident.

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