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Month: September 2013

Semi Truck Crash in East Lawton

A crash in East Lawton sent one person to the hospital on Tuesday morning. The wreck happened at the intersection of Flower Mound Road and East Lee Boulevard/Highway 7. This crash, which involved a semi truck and a car, happened around 7:45 a.m. The driver of the car was initially pinned in his vehicle. First responders spent 15 minutes removing him from his car. KSWO News Channel Seven reports that the driver appeared to be alert and conscious as he was loaded into an ambulance.

Very few details have been released regarding the cause of this crash. There is also no word on the extent of the injuries involved or the condition of the driver. The crash is likely still under investigation. Since this collision happened at an intersection, it is possible that one of the drivers failed to obey traffic signals. Last week, we reported on another crash involving a semi truck in Oklahoma. The crash happened on the HE Bailey Turnpike, just east of the airport in Chickasha. At least one person was killed, and the crash resulted in a fiery blaze beside the turnpike.

Collisions involving semi trucks are often incredibly damaging to other drivers on the road. Large tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. This means that they can’t stop as quickly as smaller passenger vehicles. It’s common for crashes with semi trucks to be fatal for the drivers of other cars involved. Small passenger vehicles just don’t have the weight and size to safely handle collisions with such large and heavy trucks. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration analyzed large truck crashes with passenger vehicles in 2009. They found that there were 1,709 fatal collisions involving large trucks and passenger vehicles. Additionally, they also found that there were 34,000 semi truck crashes involving passenger cars that resulted in injuries.

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Children Injured in Day Care Van Rollover Crash in Lawton

A rollover crash in Lawton sent two children to the hospital last week. The crash happened Friday morning at the intersection of Rogers Lane and Frontage Road in Lawton, Oklahoma. A day care van from ABC Learning Center rolled over after being hit by a truck. The van was transporting two four-year old children. A witness, Queana Short, parked her vehicle and immediately rushed to assist the injured children. Short, who is a certified nurse, stayed with one of the injured children as they waited for help to arrive.

KSWO Channel Seven News didn’t report on the extent of the child’s injuries. The driver of the truck was initially pinned in his vehicle. Emergency responders were able to pry open the truck. The driver was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries and later released.

There is no word yet on who is at fault for this wreck. Since the cause of the crash is still under investigation, it may be difficult for the parents of these children to determine who is at fault. In cases involving children who are injured while riding in a caregiver’s vehicle, determining the cause of the crash is a top priority. If the driver of the other truck was at-fault, he or she can be held liable for damages. The parents of these children are likely facing expensive medical bills. Additionally, if they are missing work to take care of their children, they may be facing a loss of income. If the driver of the day care van is found to have broken a traffic law, he or she might also be liable for damages. In some cases, the day care center can also be held liable.

Day care providers owe a duty to the children they look after. The children must be safely transported in day care vehicles. Day care providers should always conduct full background checks on any potential employees. This includes complete motor-vehicle history records for any employee that is going to transport children.

Cases involving day care centers can be complicated, especially if the driver of the van is found to be at fault. If your children have been injured in a crash, contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. At lawyer can stay up-to-date with official investigations, and hold negligent parties responsible. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes the victims involved in this crash speedy and full recoveries.

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Fiery Crash in Chickasha, Oklahoma

Very few details have been released about a deadly crash near Chickasha, Oklahoma. The crash happened just around 3:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon. A Semi truck and a car collided on the HE Bailey Turnpike. The crash was just east of the Chickasha airport. At least one person was killed, and the crash started a large grass fire. First responders were on the scene swiftly to fight the blaze. The victim’s identity hasn’t been released. There hasn’t been any word on the potential cause of the crash either. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol didn’t have all of the lanes opened again until about 7:30 p.m.

Questions remain unanswered about how this fiery crash could have occurred. Was distracted driving a factor? Could there have been a mechanical problem with either vehicle? Was the other driver injured? Were there any passengers involved? The Oklahoma Highway Patrol didn’t mention when they would have answers for the public. It would be difficult for ordinary citizens to find out what happened from law enforcement agencies, but a skilled attorney could stay on top of official investigations.

We recently reported on another fatal crash involving a semi truck. The crash occurred in Henrietta and involved an elderly driver. Crashes involving tractor trailers are often incredibly devastating and sometimes fatal for other drivers. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2003 Analysis of Fatal Large Truck Crashes reports that 2,930 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes in 2000. Additionally, 101,000 large trucks were involved in injury crashes. Large trucks are defined as vehicles with a weight greater than 10,000 pounds. They also report that since the late 1970’s, about 12 to 13 percent of all traffic fatalities involve large trucks.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a crash involving a semi truck, contact the experienced lawyers at the Altman Legal Group at 800-772-0828 for a free consultation. Crashes involving large trucks can be devastating. Victims and survivors may be facing extensive medical bills, a loss of wages, property damage, pain and suffering and in some cases, burial expenses. Insurance companies can be slow to pay on claims or difficult to deal with. An experienced car accident attorney can be an advocate for your rights during this difficult time. The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to the victim’s family members and friends.

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Case Update: Settlement Reached for Young County Woman

In January, we reported on a case involving a client who was rear ended by a Texas Forest Service employee who fell asleep at the wheel. The crash happened on April 17, 2011. When Brenda Nolen, of Young County, was rear ended by the Texas Forest Service employee, her truck was pushed into a gas tank. Thankfully, she escaped the fiery wreckage with her life. She had to undergo multiple surgeries for a neck injury that occurred during the wreck, and her truck was completely totaled. Much to Nolen’s surprise, the Texas Forest Service refused to compensate her for damages. In addition, Nolen’s own insurance company also refused to cover her medical bills that occurred as a result of the crash.

After almost two and a half years, Nolen has finally received some justice. Originally, the State of Texas and her insurance company, State Farm, refused to cover any of her medical bills or damages. She couldn’t even replace her wrecked truck. She had to bring a lawsuit against her own insurance company and the State of Texas for the compensation she rightfully deserved. After months of litigation, both sides agreed to settle. Thankfully, Nolen finally has transportation again. KFDX News Channel Three recently followed up with Nolen.

Both State Farm and the State of Texas originally claimed that Nolen wasn’t entitled to compensation because of the Homeland Security Act. The State of Texas and the insurance company were trying to hide behind an anti-terrorism law that was created in response to the events that occurred on September 11th, 2001. A portion of the Homeland Security Act states that employees of the State Forest Service are not liable for injuries or accidents caused while en route to an emergency.

This case sends a powerful message to government organizations like the Texas Forest Service. The Homeland Security Act wasn’t designed to excuse negligent and dangerous behavior of government employees. It was created to increase command and control for local and state first responders during emergency situations. It’s not a free pass for government employees who injure or kill law-abiding citizens. Together with her attorney, Altman Legal Group’s Patrick Scott, Nolen was able to hold the State of Texas accountable. Nolen no longer has to ask for rides to get to the grocery store or to work. She finally has another truck after almost two and a half years and is beginning to put the pieces of her life back together.

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Three-Car Crash on Southwest Parkway

A three-car crash on Southwest Parkway and Fairway sent three children to the hospital last weekend. The wreck happened around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. KFDX News reports that a Hummer was turning off of Fairway and onto Southwest Parkway without a green arrow when the collision occurred. The Hummer was originally heading west on Fairway, before trying to turn south onto Southwest Parkway. When the driver of the Hummer attempted to turn, it struck a white Arcadia. The Hummer then spun out and hit a Ford Windstar van in the intersection.

Traffic had to be diverted for about an hour through the parking lot of the 7-Eleven convenience store. Ambulatory first responders, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department and officials with the Wichita Falls Fire Department were on the scene responding, investigating and clearing the wreck. Three of the four children involved in this wreck were swiftly taken to the hospital for their injuries. There is no word on the extent of their possible injuries or their current conditions.

Anytime wrecks involve children, it’s always a good idea to have them evaluated by medical professionals as quickly as possible. Even if a child appears uninjured, he or she should still visit a doctor. A doctor will be able to determine if a child is displaying any subtle symptoms of trauma or injury. Many symptoms of serious injuries can go unnoticed for days or longer. Parents should always get their children medically evaluated after car accidents.

No information has been released about the ages of the children involved in this crash. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends parents and caregivers take a variety of precautionary safety measures depending upon the age and size of their young passengers to reduce the risk for injuries or death in the event of a automobile accident. Their guidelines can help keep children safe from birth through age eight or when the child reaches 4’9” tall. The CDC also recommends that children younger than 13 years of age should always ride in the back seat. They also report that the middle back seat is the safest spot in the car for children and adult passengers in the event of a wreck. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes all of the children involved in this wreck speedy and full recoveries.

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New Development in Texas Cast Crash

New information has been released about the crash that killed five members of the musical theatre show “Texas.” KFDX News reports that the driver involved in the wreck had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system. A 20-year-old Wichita Falls native was killed in this tragic crash. In addition to the five deaths, two other people were injured in this crash. This recent news report states that in addition to having more than twice the legal amount of alcohol in his system, Clinton Diaz, the driver of the Ford Taurus, had marijuana in his system as well.

This crash happened on Monday, August 12th on U.S. 287 near Dumas, just north of Amarillo. According to authorities, the Ford Taurus ran a stop sign and pulled in front of a tractor-trailer. The semi truck hit the passenger side of the Taurus, and the load topped over onto the car. The victims were coming from an end-of-summer cast party. A justice of the peace pronounced the five victims dead early Tuesday morning.

The victims included the driver, 20-year-old Clinton Diaz, 20-year-old Andrew Duncan of Wichita Falls, 20-year-old Amanda Starz, 24-year-old Julian Arredondo IV and 21-year-old Eric Harrison. Timothy Johnson of Portland, Oregon was injured in the crash. As of August 19th, the Amarilo Globe-News reported that Johnson was still listed in critical condition at Northwest Texas Hospital. There is no word on his current status. The driver of the semi truck, Theron Arthur McSay, was also injured in the crash and has since been released from the hospital.

Officials with the Department of Public Safety are likely asking questions about how the under-aged driver gained access to alcohol. The group was coming from a big end-of-summer party which was held at the Coldwater Ranch owned by former Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation board member Joe Batson. When asked about alcohol consumption at the party, Kris Miller, the executive director of the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation, was quoted by the Amarillo Globe-News as saying that there “didn’t seem to be an abundance of alcohol there.”

The party was also described as a ‘let-your-hair-down’ kind of event. Now that authorities have confirmed that the under-aged driver of the Taurus was intoxicated, they are likely investigating how he acquired alcohol. The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest condolences to all of the family members, friends, cast members and colleagues of the victims of this terrible crash.

 

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Crash at Red River Bridge

A crash near the Red River Bridge sent at least two people to the hospital. The collision occurred on Monday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. This wreck happened on I-44 on the Texas side of the river. KFDX News Channel Three reports that a Nissan Altima was traveling north when a van began to merge onto I-44. The van struck the Altima and forced it into the southbound lanes. Officers with the Burkburnett Police Department were on the scene swiftly. Traffic was slowed in both directions as officers handled the scene. Both drivers were taken to United Regional Hospital. There is no word on their injuries or current conditions.

Crashes involving entrance and exit ramps aren’t widely researched, but in 2004, an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study reviewed types and characteristics of ramp-related motor vehicle crashes on urban interstate roadways in Northern Virginia. The study found that 36 percent of all crashes occurred while drivers were entering the interstate. They also found that crashes that happened on ramp margins (where access roads or ramps enter or exit) were most commonly associated with sideswipe or cutoff crashes. The study did include information on various factors that may have contributed to wrecks. They noted that alcohol was reported in 14 percent of run-off-road crashes on ramps and 30 percent of run-of-road crashes which occurred on ramp margins. They also made note of factors like ramp curves, bad weather, visibility and speed.

The study didn’t mention whether any of the wrecks were attributed to distracted driving. We recently reported on a court decision in New Jersey that could have implications for people who knowingly text drivers. The case involved a couple who lost their legs when their motorcycle was hit by a distracted driver. No matter what the circumstances are, victims of car accidents are often facing lost wages, extensive automobile or motorcycle damage, expensive medical bills, lengthy recoveries, pain and suffering.

It’s important to contact an experienced car accident attorney after any wreck. An attorney can be an advocate for victims during a difficult time. Victims need to focus on feeling better and getting back to their regular lives. An attorney can stay abreast of official investigations and find out if distracted driving was to blame in a wreck. In addition, a skilled personal injury attorney can deal with the insurance companies and hold them accountable for the coverage promised to victims. If you have been injured in a car crash, contact the experienced attorneys at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free consultation.

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Motorcyclist Killed in Loop 11 Crash

A motorcyclist died in an early morning crash on Labor Day. The collision occurred on Loop 11 at the intersection with FM 367. Daniel Underwood, 45 years old, was heading south on Loop 11 when a Chevrolet Avalanche turned into the northbound lane from FM 367. Unable to maneuver around the large truck, Underwood’s motorcycle struck the Avalanche. Underwood was immediately rushed to United Regional Hospital, where he died of his injuries. The driver of the Avalanche was treated for injuries on the scene and released. Investigations left the southbound lane of Loop 11 closed until around 3:00 a.m.

Motorcyclists are at an Increased Risk for Injuries and Death

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 87 percent of motorcycle crashes injure or kill the rider. In addition, national statistics report that motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured in a crash than other drivers. Additionally, they are 25 times more likely to die in a crash. They also report that other drivers are often at fault for collisions.

Unfortunately, motorcycles don’t provide the same safety benefits as larger automobiles. The riders are much more vulnerable. Even with protective gear, a rider can still be severely injured, maimed or killed in a collision with a passenger car or truck. There aren’t any airbags on a motorcycle. Riders don’t have safety belts and steel cages to protect them. If a motorcycle rider is struck by a car, he or she is most likely going to suffer from an injury.

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Text a Driver in New Jersey, and You Could be Liable

Even without a statewide ban, drivers in Texas know they shouldn’t be texting while driving. A recent case out of New Jersey is raising questions about the liability implications of those who knowingly text a person who is behind the wheel.

In September of 2009, 18-year-old Kyle Best was driving his pickup truck on a rural highway in New Jersey. Unfortunately, he was also exchanging texts with his girlfriend, 17-year-old Shannon Colonna. CNN reports that the couple sent each other 62 texts that day. When Best took his attention away from the road, he veered into the opposing lane and struck David and Linda Kubert’s motorcycle. Best called 911 just 17 seconds after sending a text. Both David and Linda sustained severe injuries. David’s left leg was nearly severed in the crash and had to be amputated above the knee. Linda also lost her leg in the crash.

The Kuberts named both Best and Colonna in their lawsuit. Their attorney, Stephen Weinstein, argued that Colonna was willfully causing a distraction and was electronically in the car with Best. The Kuberts settled with Best but lost their lawsuit against Colonna. Three appeals court judges have sided with the Kuberts, although they let Colonna off the hook. The court stated “We hold that the sender of a text message can potentially be liable if an accident is caused by texting, but only if the sender knew or had special reason to know that the recipient would view the text while driving and thus be distracted.”

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