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Bicycle & Pedestrian Accidents

May is Bicycle Safety Month

In addition to being Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, May is also Bicycle Safety Month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling on bicycle riders and drivers to be “Roll Models” this month, and all yearlong. Although they’re promoting bicycle safety this month, the NHTSA is quick to point out that bicycle safety should be observed every day of the year. Bicycle riders continue to be one of the more vulnerable roadway user groups. They just don’t have the same safety protections as passenger vehicle occupants. Without seat belts or air bags, they’re counting on drivers to pay attention to the road and practice safe and lawful driving techniques.

Bicycle Crashes by The Numbers

  • In 2013, an estimated 48,000 cyclists were injured in crashes.
  • 743 cyclists were killed in crashes in 2013.
  • In 2013, cyclist deaths accounted for two percent of all traffic fatalities.
  • 68 percent of all cyclist deaths occurred in urban areas in 2013.
  • Over a 10-year period (2004-2013), the average age of cyclists killed in crashes has increased from 39 to 44.
  • The cyclist death rate per capita was almost seven times greater for males than females in 2013.

Improving Personal Safety on Bicycles

The NHTSA has a variety of tips and recommendations for improving personal safety before hitting the road on a bicycle. First and foremost, wearing a helmet is the most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash. Bicycle accidents often involve the rider being ejected and injured on impact. Protect yourself from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) by wearing a helmet. You can also improve safety by wearing brightly colored clothes, adding blinking lights and reflectors to your bicycle and always practicing safe riding habits. Unfortunately, even with all the proper safety precautions, it’s still possible to become severely or catastrophically injured in a crash with a distracted or impaired driver.

Be a Roll Model: Pay Attention to the Road

The best way to practice being a “Roll Model” is by making a commitment to distraction-free driving. Distracted drivers can’t share the road safely with cyclists or any other roadway users. Since cyclists don’t have the same safety protections as other vehicle occupants, they’re at an increased risk of injury or death when involved in car accidents.

If you or a cyclist you love has been injured in Wichita Falls, contact the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation today.

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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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Cyclist Fatalities Across The Nation

With the Hotter’N Hell Hundred bicycle ride quickly approaching, cyclist safety needs to be an important topic for cyclists and drivers in Wichita Falls and across Texoma. A recent Vox Transportation article reported on detailed data collected about bicycle crash fatalities across the country. Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) collects data on injury-causing and fatal crashes of all types, they’re information isn’t quite as detailed or specific as it could be. The League of American Bicyclists has been manually colleting data from various sources over the past few years to give a more detailed look at how and why fatal bicycle crashes occur.

The Data

Although the League of American Bicyclists’ information isn’t quite as comprehensive as the NHTSA’s, it’s certainly more detailed. For the year 2012, they’ve catalogued a little over three-quarters of the government’s total fatal bicycle crashes. Between February 2011 and February 2013, they made some pretty disturbing findings. As it turns out, rear-end collisions are, by and large, the number one cause of cyclist deaths across the country.

Fatal Rear-End Collisions

Even though rear-end crashes are a fairly small percentage of total collisions, they’re especially dangerous and deadly for cyclists. The League of American Bicyclists found that rear-end type collisions caused 40 percent of all cyclist fatalities in their study. These crashes are particularly devastating and catastrophic because drivers are often going high rates of speed and don’t see the cyclists prior to hitting them. They also found that careless driving is the top secondary factor in most bicyclist fatality crashes. Hit-and-run type crashes are also at the top of the list. Finally, they’ve found that most cyclist fatalities happen on high-traffic urban roads.

When to Call a Bicycle Accident Attorney

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Cyclists are one of the more vulnerable roadway user groups. They simply don’t have the same protections as drivers and passengers in cars and trucks. Even with protective gear like helmets and gloves, cyclists can become catastrophically or fatally injured in crashes involving larger passenger occupant vehicles.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a careless driver in Wichita Falls or the surrounding communities, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at (940) 761-4000 for an immediate free case consultation today.

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Hotter’N Hell Hundred Bike Safety

With the Hotter’N Hell Hundred swiftly approaching, the topic of bicycle safety needs to be a top priority in Wichita Falls and across Texoma. Motorists and cyclists alike can do their part to keep cyclists and all roadway users safe. More than just staying hydrated and practicing safe riding practices, cyclists need to make sure their bikes are in safe working order. KFDX News Channel Three recently reported on an upcoming event involving bicycle gear safety in Wichita Falls.

Bicycle Safety Inspections in Wichita Falls

This weekend, the Wichita Falls Bicycling Club and the Wichita County Medical Alliance are holding a bicycle gear safety check. Cyclists of all ages and skill levels are welcome. The event is going to be on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Hotter’N Hell building, in downtown Wichita Falls, on 2nd Street and Scott Street. Interested participants are encouraged to arrive at 8:30 to register.

Bicycle Crash Statistics in The U.S.

  • In 2013, 743 cyclists were killed in traffic crashes.
  • An estimated 48,000 people were injured in bicycle crashes in 2013.
  • The number of cyclists killed each year has increased 19-percent since 2010.
  • 68 percent of all cyclists who died in crashes in 2013, died in urban area crashes.
  • The cyclist fatality rate per capita was almost seven times greater for males than females in 2013.

Other Ways to Improve Bicyclist Safety in Texoma

Cyclists can improve their personal safety by wearing helmets every time they ride. Additionally, bright clothing, reflectors and flashing lights can also improve visibility. Cyclists should also familiarize themselves with the rules of the road and always observe posted signs and signals. Unfortunately, even the most safety-conscious cyclists can become catastrophically or fatally injured when drivers aren’t paying attention.

What Can Motorists Do?

Drivers need to put down the distractions and share the road with cyclists, pedestrians, motorcycle riders and all other roadway users. Cyclists don’t have the same safety protections as passenger vehicle occupants, so they’re counting on drivers to stay in their lanes, drive predictably, give them room and safely share the road. It’s up to everybody to keep the roadways safe.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident in Texoma, contact skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for an immediate free consultation.

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Burkburnett Police Officer Injured in Crash

On Wednesday night, a Burkburnett Police Officer and two other people were injured after a crash on Interstate 44. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened on I-44, near the Bacon Switch Road exit. Apparently, a driver hit a motorcyclist from behind and lost control of her car. Her vehicle then overturned in the roadway. As a Burkburnett Police Officer was directing traffic at the scene, he was also hit by another vehicle, and all three people were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

Burkburnett Police Officer Recovering From Injuries

A recent KFDX News Channel Three update reports that Officer Keenan Stubblefield is recovering from his injuries. Burkburnett Police Lieutenant Lahoma Vaughn also reports that he is looking good considering the injuries he has sustained. At this time, very few details have been released about the crash investigation or the other driver and motorcyclist involved.

Move Over For Safety

Everybody thinks that vicious armed criminals are the largest threat to police officers, but the deadliest danger remains on out the roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is hoping to raise awareness about the importance of “Moving Over” for safety. Although every state now has “Move Over” laws to help protect police offices and other first responders, only about 71 percent of the general public knows these laws exist. It’s a sad fact that traffic-related incidents are a top killer of on-duty law enforcement officers across the nation.

The Facts on Roadway Safety For Police Officers

  • 46 law enforcement officers were killed in traffic incidents in 2013.
  • From 2003 to 2013, 138 law enforcement officers were killed on our nation’s roads.
  • During the first half of 2014, 26 police officers had already been killed on U.S. roadways.

Keeping First Responders in Texoma Safe

Keeping law enforcement officers and other first responders safe needs to be a top priority for motorists across Texoma. If you see flashing lights, move over and slow down. Their jobs are dangerous enough without having distracted or dangerous drivers further endangering their lives. Move over, slow down and give them plenty of space to do their jobs. This incident on I-44 serves to remind us how dangerous even simply responding to a crash scene is for law enforcement officers.

The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes Burkburnett Police Officer Keenan Stubblefield and everybody else injured in the crash full and swift recoveries.

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Bicyclist Struck on Sheppard Access Road

Earlier this week, a bicyclist was struck and injured by a driver in Wichita Falls. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the collision happened on Sheppard Access Road, around lunchtime. Although very few details about the crash have been released, we do know that 39-year-old Rodney Dewayne Hill was arrested after hitting the bicycle rider. The cyclist suffered from injuries to the leg.

Driver Who Hit Cyclist Arrested

Apparently, the driver involved, Rodney Dewayne Hill, had three outstanding warrants in Wichita Falls at the time of the collision. He was also driving without a license. We haven’t heard if any additional charges or citations have been made in connection with this particular crash though.

Cyclist Injured on Sheppard Access Road

There’s no word on the cyclist’s current condition or the full extent of his or her injuries. Also, that person’s name has not yet been released. At this time, we don’t know how or why Hill struck the cyclist on Sheppard Access Road. Could it have been a case of distracted or impaired driving? This collision may still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

Bicycle Accidents in Texoma

Although we typically hear the term “bicycle accident” after somebody has been hit by a driver, it’s important to remember that most collisions are not accidental occurrences at all. These so-called “accidents” are usually caused by the negligence, carelessness or willfully dangerous behavior of one person or another. That’s why it’s so important to have thorough crash scene investigations. Your lawyer can stay on top of investigative developments as you recover. Whether you were injured in a car wreck or a bicycle collision, it’s critical to note that most traffic-crash injuries and deaths are totally preventable. Holding negligent, careless and dangerous drivers accountable is an important step in improving roadway safety in Wichita Falls and across the Nation.

When to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer

After any kind of injury crash, it’s a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies aren’t always easy to deal with, and you might be stuck in the hospital recovering from your injuries. If a dangerous driver has injured you or a cyclist you love, contact the skilled lawyers at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for an immediate free case consultation.

The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes the injured cyclist a full and swift recovery.

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Texoma Cyclist Injured by Car

Wichita Falls resident Les Akins is recovering from being struck by a car while riding his bicycle earlier this month. According to KFDX News Channel Three, Akins was cycling on the I-44 access road, just south of Bacon Switch Road, when a car struck him. The wreck happened on February 8th as he was cycling his usual route.

Cyclist Suffers From Multiple Injuries

The impact of the crash sent him flying. KFDX News Channel Three also reports that he landed 50 feet away from the initial point of impact. In addition to head-to-toe road rash, he suffered from a variety of injuries including broken vertebrae, broken rib and severely bruised tailbone.

Brad Altman on Texoma Bicycle Collisions

Our own Brad Altman, also President of the Wichita Falls Bicycling Club, pointed out that distracted driving is to blame for the recent increase in collisions between vehicles and bicyclists. He also noted that in the past five years, there have been more than 70 collisions between bicycles and automobiles.

U.S. Bicycle Crash Facts

  • In 2012, 726 cyclists were killed in traffic crashes.
  • In 2011, 682 cyclists were killed in car crashes.
  • Cyclists accounted for two percent of all traffic fatalities in 2012.
  • An estimated 49,000 cyclists were injured in crashes in 2012.
  • In 2012, nearly half of all cyclist fatalities occurred between 4:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.

Distracted Driving Puts Cyclists in Wichita Falls at Risk

There’s no doubting that distracted driving puts cyclists and other roadway users in Wichita Falls at great risk. Whether it’s a fatal pedestrian crash or a multi-car pileup caused by distracted driving, texting and engaging in other distracted behaviors behind the wheel puts everybody at great risk.

After a Bicycle Accident

After any kind of bicycle accident, your top priority needs to be your health. Get your immediate medical needs addressed first. Whether you were transported from the scene to the hospital or met with your physician after the crash, your health comes first. Your next priority needs to be speaking with a skilled personal injury attorney. You’re likely facing lost wages, medical bills and the pain and suffering that goes along with a lengthy recovery period.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident, contact the experienced attorneys and cyclists at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation today.

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Child Hit by Car on Jacksboro Highway

On Wednesday night, a young girl was sent to the hospital after being struck by a car on Jacksboro Highway. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened sometime around 8:00 p.m. on the 2200 block of Jacksboro Highway, near the Flying J truck stop. Apparently, two girls were trying to cross the street, when a car struck one of them.

Child Sent to Hospital

The injured child was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Very few details were released about the crash. Thankfully, the little girl’s injuries are not expected to be life threatening, although there’s no word on the extent of injuries involved or her current condition. There is also no information on whether or not the driver was cited.

Pedestrian Safety: Just the Facts

  • In 2012, there were 4,743 pedestrian deaths across the U.S.
  • In 2011, there were 4,432 pedestrian fatalities.
  • On average in 2014, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes in a traffic crash.

Everyone is a Pedestrian

Unfortunately, pedestrians are one of the few roadway user groups that continue to see an increase in injury-causing and fatal collisions each year. Pedestrians do not have the same level of safety as passenger vehicle occupants. They’re not wrapped in steal and strapped in with seat belts and air bags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is working hard to raise awareness about the dangers pedestrians face on U.S. roadways every day. Their “Everyone is a Pedestrian” campaign offers motorists and pedestrians a variety of tips to keep the roads safe for all users.

Child Pedestrian Facts

  • In 2011, nearly one-fifth of the children between the ages of five and nine killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
  • Children under the age of five accounted for four percent of all injured pedestrians in 2011.
  • Children ages 15 and younger accounted for six percent of the pedestrian fatalities in 2011.
  • Over one-fifth (21 percent) of all children between the ages of 10 and 15 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians in 2011.

After a Pedestrian Accident

After any kind of pedestrian accident, it’s a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. If somebody you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation today.

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Lawton Woman Run Over by Car

On Monday night, a woman in Lawton, Oklahoma was run over by a car. According to KSWO ABC News Channel Seven, the incident happened in the 2100 block of Northwest Bessie Avenue. Witness reports indicate that two people were having an argument, when the suspect, Tayrean Miller, tried to push the victim, Darnesha Fuller, into his car. A person who knew Fuller tried to intervene, but said that the car ran her over.

Victim Suffers From Multiple Injuries

It’s also possible that Miller got back into the car and ran Fuller over a second time. She was rushed to the hospital, where she was treated for injuries to her head, left side of her body, both legs, hip and back. Other than witness reports, very few details have been released about this crash. There’s no word on Fuller’s current condition, or whether or not any charges have been filed against the driver.

Aggressive Driving Behaviors

Although the incident in Lawton is likely still under investigation, there’s always the possibility of aggressive driving and road rage when apparent altercations have occurred. If a person has intentionally run over another person, multiple times, there could be criminal charges pending.

Road Rage Facts

  • Aggressive driving causes 66 percent of car crash fatalities.
  • Males under the age of 19 are most likely to exhibit road rage.
  • Over a third of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm.

Road Rage in Texoma

Aggressive driving behaviors can lead to road rage incidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines road rage as when a driver “commits moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property; an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger of one motor vehicle on the operator or passenger of another motor vehicle.”

After an Accident in Lawton

If you have been injured in an accident with an aggressive driver, you need to call a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Whether you were a pedestrian at the time of the accident or in another car, having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side is critical. In cases where criminal charges are involved, claims can quickly become complicated. Your attorney can stay abreast of investigative developments and be your advocate during a difficult time. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes a full and swift recovery for Darnesha Fuller.

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Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash in Wichita Falls

On Saturday afternoon, a hit-and-run driver fatally struck a Wichita Falls resident. According to KFDX News Channel Three, 64-year-old Connie Merrell was riding her bicycle on North Beverly when she was struck by a grey or silver sedan. Although she was rushed to the hospital, she died as a result of her injuries on Saturday night. Her family is calling on anybody with information about the hit-and-run driver to come forward.

Police are Looking for a Silver or Grey Sedan

Witnesses report that the hit-and-run driver didn’t slow down or attempt to slam on the breaks. He or she may have even accelerated to get away. This terrible incident is still under investigation with the Wichita Falls Police Department. They’re looking for a silver or grey sedan with possible damage to the front end, hood and roof. Merrell was on her purple and white bicycle at the time of the wreck, and witnesses rushed to the scene.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Wrecks

In the event of a wreck, bicyclists and pedestrians do not have the same protections as motorists. They don’t have seat belts, steel cages, side-curtain airbags or enormous safety-rated vehicles to protect them. At best, they have helmets and other protective gear to mitigate potential injuries and damage. Unfortunately, even when bicyclists are following the rules of the road, wearing protective gear and practicing safe riding techniques, a distracted, impaired or careless driver can seriously injure or kill them.

Wrongful Death

Anytime another person’s negligent, careless or willfully dangerous act leads to the death of another person, the surviving family members do have legal recourse. A case where a crime was committed and a suspect is still at large can be difficult for families to pursue, so it’s important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss options.

Looking Out for Pedestrians and Cyclists

It’s up to drivers to lookout for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycles. Making a commitment to distraction-free driving is absolutely critical in keeping roadways safe for bicyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and other roadway users.

Anybody with information about the hit-and-run driver or car is asked to contact the Wichita Falls Police Department’s front desk at 940-761-7792 or contact Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888 or 800-322-9888. The team at the Altman Legal Group sends their deepest heartfelt condolences to the family members, friends and loved ones of Connie Merrell.

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