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Month: August 2015

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over on Labor Day

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release about their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over safety campaign. More than 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the nation are taking part in a crackdown on drunk driving leading up to the Labor Day holiday weekend. Labor Day weekend, like many holiday weekends, is one of the deadliest times of the year to be on U.S. roadways. The campaign will be running from August 21 to September 7, 2015, and the NHTSA has a $13.5 million national advertising budget to get the word out.

Labor Day Drunk Driving Statistics

  • On Labor Day weekend in 2013, there were 424 crash fatalities nationwide.
  • Nearly half of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking.
  • More than a quarter of those crashes involved drivers with BAC at almost twice the legal limit (.15+ BAC).
  • Among the drivers between the ages of 18 and 34, who were killed in crashes over Labor Day weekend in 2013, 45 percent had a BAC of .08 or higher.
  • In fatal crashes during the month of August, over the five-year period of 2009-2013, nearly 1 out of 10 of the drunk drivers involved had one or more previous convictions for drunk driving.
  • In 2013, half of all fatalities during the nighttime (6:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) involved drunk drivers, as compared with 14 percent during the day.

Drunk Driving Crashes in Texoma

Earlier this week, we reported on a drunk driving crash that happened on U.S. 281. At least one person had to be airlifted to United Regional for treatment of serious injuries, and a driver involved was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Law enforcement officers in Wichita Falls and other Texoma communities will likely be stepping up their own enforcement efforts for the upcoming holiday weekend. The NHTSA is also reminding people that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Even one drink can be one drink too many, so if you plan to celebrate with alcohol, make a plan to get home safely.

If a drunk driver has injured you or somebody you love in Wichita Falls, Texas, Lawton, Oklahoma or any of the surrounding Texoma communities, contact the experienced team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation today.

 

 

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Drunk Driving Crash on 281

On Friday evening, at least one person was seriously injured in a suspected drunk driving crash on U.S. 281. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the two-vehicle crash happened just after 7:00 p.m., near Lake Creek Road. The driver of a Chevy Malibu somehow caused the driver of a Honda to lose control of the car and spin out of control. The Honda went into oncoming traffic and was rear-ended by another vehicle. Of the four people inside of the Honda, one person was airlifted to United Regional Hospital for treatment of severe injuries.

Driver Arrested on Suspicion of DWI

First responders from several agencies, including Archer and Wichita County Sheriffs’ Offices, were on the scene. KFDX News Channel Three also reports that the driver of the Malibu was arrested on suspicion of DWI. There is no word on whether or not anybody else was injured in this crash or how exactly the Malibu caused the Honda to spin out of control on U.S. 281. The driver of the Honda was rushed into surgery upon arrival at United Regional and the last report stated that the condition was critical. There is no word on how that person is doing or the extent of injuries involved.

Drunk Driving Crash Facts

  • In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes across the nation.
  • Of those people killed, 65 percent were the drunk drivers themselves.
  • Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the U.S. involve drunk drivers.
  • In 2013, approximately one in five child passenger deaths (12 years old and younger) were in drunk driving crashes.
  • 71 percent of the time, it was the child’s own driver who was drunk.
  • Of those child passengers killed while riding with a drunk driver, 44 percent weren’t buckled up at the time of the crash.

After an Accident Involving a Drunk Driver

After any kind of car accident in Wichita Falls or the surrounding communities, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney about your options. Whether it was a case of drunk driving or distracted driving, a lawyer can be your advocate during a difficult time. Insurance companies are notoriously difficult to deal with too, so don’t automatically assume that you’re in ‘good hands.’

The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes the Honda driver a swift and full recovery.

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You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
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Back to School Safety in Texoma

Millions of kids across Texas are going back to school this month, and the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) is reminding drivers and children how to stay safe on in school zones. In 2013, 625 traffic crashes happened in Texas school zones, resulting in two deaths and 112 serious injuries. More than 100 of those crashes happened in August and September alone. Not only is the TXDOT focusing on school bus and crosswalk safety, they’re also reminding drivers about the importance of navigating school zones safely. Listed below are the TXDOT’s top safety tips for motorists driving in school zones.

Driving Safely in School Zones

  • Put your cell phone down.
  • Always obey posted school zone speed limits.
  • Drop off and pickup kids in designated areas only.
  • Watch out for children gathered at bus stops.
  • Be alert for children who might dart across the street on their way to school.
  • Remain vigilant, and never engage in distracted driving behaviors.

Car Accidents in School Zones

Most school zone car accidents are totally preventable. The TXDOT reports that some of the most common causes for car accidents in school zones are driver inattention, failure to control speed and failure to yield the right-of-way at stop signs. Not only are drivers putting the lives of children and other motorists at risk, they’re also risking expensive tickets and fines. In Texas, cell phone use is banned in active school zones, and violators could face fines of up to $200 if caught.

Tips for Students

  • Only cross at intersections and designated crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing streets.
  • Look for traffic when stepping off of a bus or from behind parked cars.
  • Before crossing the street, make eye contact with drivers.
  • Always obey crossing guards and bus drivers.
  • Always wear a helmet when bicycling to and from school.

School Zone Car Accidents in Wichita Falls

After any kind of car accident caused by somebody else’s negligent or dangerous behavior, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney. Insurance companies are notoriously difficult to deal with and often have teams of lawyers on their side.

If your child has been injured in a school zone car accident or a school bus accident, contact the experienced team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for an immediate free consultation.

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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.
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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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Summer Tire Safety

Unfortunately, tire maintenance is an easy thing for many drivers to overlook. Most car owners know the importance of regularly scheduled maintenance, but what can you do between oil changes? KFDX News Channel Three recently reported on the dangers of driving on improperly inflated tires, especially during the hotter months. While you might know that it can cause irregular wear and cause you to replace your tires more often, it’s also a huge safety hazard.

Properly Inflated Tires

According to Donald Spoon, of Rick’s Tire Warehouse in Lubbock, on average, a tire loses a pound of pressure each month. Go six months without checking your tire pressure, and you’re in danger of irregular wear, blowouts, flats and other tire-related problems. He also stresses that you can’t tell if a tire is low just by looking at it. In fact, two tires with a 10-pound pressure difference are visually indistinguishable. Cars built after 2008 will have tire pressure monitoring lights on the dashboard, so if you have an older car or truck, get in the habit of manually checking tires every month.

U.S. Tire Accident Statistics

  • Drivers in the U.S. put over 2,969 billion miles on their tires.
  • There are almost 11,000 tire-related crashes each year.
  • Of those crashes, nearly 200 people lose their lives.

Be TireWise

Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lunched their TireWise consumer education campaign aimed at raising awareness about how to buy and maintain tires for years of safe service. Listed below are the NHTSA’s TireWise Tire Maintenance Tips for consumers.

TireWise Tire Maintenance Tips

  • Check your tire pressure once a month.
  • Check tire tread once a month.
  • Have your tires balanced and your wheels aligned by a qualified technician.
  • Rotate tires as often as the manufacturer recommends, (usually between 5,000 and 8,000 miles).
  • Only purchase tires that are the recommended size for your vehicle.

Car Accidents in Texoma

If you’re not sure what pressure to inflate your tires to, check the sticker on the driver’s side door jamb. After any kind of car accident, it’s a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your options. If you have been injured in Wichita Falls or the surrounding Texoma communities this summer, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at (940) 761-4000 for a free case consultation.

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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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House Fires in Texoma

Over the past week, there have been multiple house fires across Texoma. A grass fire near Lake Kickapoo destroyed a home, and an explosion in an Archer City trailer sent a man through his back door and into his yard. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported in either case, but both properties were totally destroyed.

Lake Kickapoo House Fire

Last Tuesday night, crews spent hours fighting a fire at a home near Lake Kickapoo. KFDX News Channel Three reports that the fire started sometime before 11:00 p.m., at Turtle Creek Road and North Lake Road. Holliday Fire crews were initially called out due to a grass fire. When they arrived on the scene, a house was on fire. Thankfully, no one was living in the house at the time of the fire, and no injuries have been reported. Although they were on the scene for over two hours fighting the blaze, the house was a total loss.

Archer City Explosion

On Monday night, a man in Archer City was blown into his backyard when an explosion in his trailer occurred. The man was asleep when he heard a loud noise and smelled smoke. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the explosion and fire happened in the 500 block of North Oak Street, sometime before 11:30 p.m. At this time, very few details have been released, but the victim was reportedly doing okay after the fire. Initial reports indicate that five to six thousand rounds of ammunition in the trailer could have played a role in the explosion. The structure was a total loss, and the fire is likely still under investigation with authorities.

House Fires in Wichita Falls

House fires in Wichita Falls, Holliday, Archer City and the surrounding Texoma communities can leave victims in the hospital, out of work and essentially homeless. Whether a grass fire has damaged your farmland or a house fire has destroyed your home, your top priority needs to be speaking with an experienced attorney after a fire.

When to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer

Our lawyers have helped more than 100 clients with burn injuries or property damage due to fires recover millions of dollars over the past five years. If you have been injured or if you have sustained property damage due to a fire, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at (940) 761-4000 for a free consultation.

Representing Victims And Families
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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.

Free Consultation

Over 40 Years of Experience

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