Reckless Driver Thomas Gallagher Kills College Bound Student, Meredith Demko in Car Accident

Pictured above: Demko's Toyota Prius after the accident (Image courtesy of WGAL News

An unfortunate accident took the life of a recent high school graduate in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on Tuesday. The victim, identified as 18-year-old Meredith Demko, was driving to her friend’s home when Thomas Gallagher, 29, crashed into her Toyota Prius when he swerved into her lane. According to police records, Gallagher was speeding and weaving in traffic when he crashed into Demko. He was also driving with two others in his car who had asked him to stop and be let out of his car out of fear of getting hurt by his reckless driving.

Gallagher has been charged with causing an accident involving a death or injury while not properly licensed, driving with a suspended or revoked license and disregarding traffic lanes. He has two prior DUI convictions on his record and authorities have suggested that alcohol may have been a factor in this accident, although that has yet to be determined. He is currently being held in Lancaster County Prison on $250,000 bail.

Demko would have attended Ursinus College in the fall. She is survived by her parents and two older siblings.

The approximate location where the accident occurred is pictured below: 

 

Legal Commentary
Not only are drunk drivers committing a crime, they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them. In this case, it was that of an innocent driver who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in 2010 in the United States. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about their legal rights.

Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver. If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer's Profile.

Pennsylvania man who was driving under the influence is finally charged in fatal accident

Yesterday, an Oreland, Pennsylvania man identified as Jacob Henry McClinton, 24, was arrested and charged with homicide by vehicle. According to police officials, McClinton was driving under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana which led him to drive twice the posted 35mph speed limit. His reckless driving caused him to crash into Mary Ann McNichol at the intersection of East Pennsylvania Avenue and Twining Road in Upper Dublin this past Memorial Day weekend. McClinton was also seriously injured in the crash.

This is not McClinton’s first encounter with police. In January, he was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. Earlier this month, on June 2nd, McClinton was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a $75,000 bail on the condition that he keeps from drinking alcohol or taking non-prescribed controlled substances. He has also had to surrender his driver’s license and is not allowed to drive pending his case.

The accident occurred at the intersection of East Pennsylvania Avenue and Twining Road, shown below:

Legal Commentary
Not only are drunk drivers committing a crime, they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them. In this case, it was that of innocent drivers who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in 2010 in the United States. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about their legal rights.

Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver. If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.


About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer's Profile.

 

 

Repeated DUI Offender Arrested in Mesa, Arizona Car Accident

Last week, on Monday, June 9th, a woman identified as Ingrid I. Morataya rear-ended and killed two others in Mesa, Arizona. The accident occurred at Recker and Brown roads in east Mesa, according to the Mesa Police Department. Morataya was driving a FJ Cruiser allegedly at a speed significantly higher than the posted speed limit when she crashed into 37-year-old Guadalupe Madril and 33-year-old Jason Aguilera, killing both them of them instantly. The accident also involved two other vehicles whose drivers were treated at the scene. Morataya herself sustained a broken vertebrae and was arrested following her release from the hospital on June 16th. 

According to Mesa Police Sgt. Tony Landato, Morataya told treating fire personnel that she had been going 120mph prior to the crash. She herself was acting in a strange manner and admitted that she had smoked marijuana the night before. Other reports corroborate this statement and have led to her arrest. She is being charged with two counts of manslaughter, aggravated assault, aggravated Driving Under the Influence and a DUI while driver's license has restriction of ignition interlock device. She has also had a previous extreme DUI arrest and conviction in 2008 and 2009. Unfortunately, her repeat offenses culminated in the death of two innocent drivers. 

Scene of the accident: 

 

Legal Commentary
Not only are drunk drivers committing a crime, they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them. In this case, it was that of innocent drivers who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in 2010 in the United States. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about their legal rights.
Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver.
If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.

About the Author 
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer's Profile.

Drunk Driver, Michael Haley, Hits Missouri State Trooper Jeremy Potocki in Drunk Driving Accident

Over the Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, a drunk driver hit a Missouri state trooper in St. Louis County as the officer was getting out of his patrol car. The driver, a 43-year-old Michael Haley, was heading southbound on I-55 when he hit the patrol car, which in turn hit the trooper, 32-year-old Jeremy Potocki. Luckily, the trooper and the driver he pulled over sustained moderate injuries and are expected to make full recoveries. The drunk driver, who was later charged with two counts of second degree assault and driving while intoxicated, did cooperate with authorities. Missouri law requires that drivers move over a lane in order to prevent accidents like the ones that caused injury to Trooper Potocki. Presumably, in his intoxicated state, Haley did not follow the law and as such, was responsible for what could have been a much more devastating accident.  

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Legal Commentary

Not only are drunk drivers committing a crime, they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them. In this case, it was that of a state trooper acting in the line of duty. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in 2010 in the United States. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about their legal rights.

Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver.

If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.

 

About the Author: 

Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing AndrGel and other similar testosterone therapy victims and families harmed by dangerous drugs on a nationwide basis. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trial and settlement that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling 1.866.705.7584.‚Äč
 

Elizabeth Macey killed by Derrick Paul Jackson in a drunk driving accident on Thursday November 28, 2013 on Oakland Boulevard near Pyron Avenue in Fort Worth

Elizabeth Macey, age 56, was killed on Thanksgiving night around 7 p.m. in a drunk driving accident. A 1999 Buick, driven by Derrick Paul Jackson, age 20, hit Ms. Macey in her 1999 Nissan Sentra as he was driving northbound on Oakland Boulevard near Pyron Avenue just East of Forth Worth. He crossed the center line and hit her head-on. Ms. Macey was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital but sadly died from her injuries. Following the incident Mr. Jackson was arrested and also charged with intoxication manslaughter. Below is a map of the approximate location of the accident:

 


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Ramon Aguilar Kills 5 People in Collision on U.S. Route 385 Near Seagraves, TX

According to the Texas Department of Safety, a Dodge pickup driven by Ramon Aguilar rear-ended a GMC pickup carrying five passengers on Sunday, September 29, 2013. After the initial impact, the GMC went off of the road and rolled into a ditch; killing 26-year-old Luis Valenzuela, 35-year-old Isabel Garcia-De La Cerda, 39-year-old Romulo Molina, 31-year-old Juan Carlos Enriquez Mendoza, and 31-year-old David Dominguez-Juarez. The Dodge driven by Aguilar also rolled into the ditch and severely injured passenger Ramero Aguilar, who was airlifted to an area hospital. After the crash, Ramon Aguilar attempted to flee the scene on foot but was later caught by police and arrested. It is believed by officials that alcohol played a factor in the incident. Below is a map depicting the area where the accident occurred:

 


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Legal Commentary

While Ramon Aguilar will inevitably receive criminal charges for fleeing the scene of an accident, as well as possible multiple vehicular manslaughter charges and a potential DWI charge, it is important that the family members of the deceased victims pursue civil claims against Aguilar as well. Because of one man’s irresponsible and negligent driving, there are now five different families mourning the loss of their daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, and parents. The fact that Aguilar proceeded to flee the scene of the accident only adds insult to injury for the families now grieving the loss of their loved ones. While filing a civil claim will not bring back their lost family members, it would help cover the costs of final expenses and ensure that the vicitms’ families are not burdened with paying out-of-pocket for these sudden, unexpected bills. If you or a loved one have been directly affected by an accident like the one mentioned above, the successful wrongful death and personal injury attorneys at the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm can provide you with the legal guidance and representation necessary to pursue a claim against the responsible party. To set up a free consultation, click here, or dial our office at 1.866.705.7584.

 

About the Author

Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer's Profile.

Deanna Daniel, 70, of Crowley, Killed in Alleged DWI Wreck in Tarrant County on Sunday, September 15, 2013

A car accident caused by an alleged drunk on Sunday at around 10:00 p.m. killed 70-year-old Deanna Daniel and injured her husband and three minors riding in the Daniel’s vehicle. The accident took place on Farm-to-Market Road 1187, when an unidentified 27-year-old male in a pickup truck traveling westbound on the road rear-ended the Daniel’s car. According to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, Deanna and her husband, 72, were both ejected from the vehicle upon impact. The victims were transported to a nearby hospital where Deanna Daniels was pronounced dead, and the victims were treated for various injuries. However; conditions on the four remaining survivors have not been released to the public at present. The driver of the pickup truck was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, and booked in a Tarrant County jail on charges of intoxication assault. Below is a map of the area where the accident occurred:

 

 


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Legal Commentary

In addition to the criminal charges the suspect will face if found guilty of driving while intoxicated, the victims and their families should also pursue further legal representation by filing a civil claim. Filing a civil claim against the driver who caused this accident can provide monetary support to cover the victims’ costly medical expenses accompanied with their emergency treatments, as well as Mrs. Daniel’s final expenses. While criminal charges will punish the suspect if found guilty, a civil claim would help give the victims further justice for their lost loved one, and ensure that they are properly compensated for the pain and suffering they endured in this traumatic event. While no amount of money can replace the loss of a loved one, filing a civil claim can provide additional justice for the family, and offer peace of mind knowing that the financial burdens of an accident are taken care of. If you have been directly involved in an accident like the one mentioned above, the experienced wrongful death and personal injury attorneys at the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm can provide you with the guidance and legal representation necessary to successfully pursue a claim against the responsible party. For a free consultation, click here, or contact our office at 1.866.705.7584.


About the Author

Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer's Profile.

Donald Huff, 3-Time DWI Offender, Found Guilty of Murder in Bexar County

Donald Huff, Three-Time DWI Offender, Found Guilty of Murder in Bexar County

On Wednesday, prosecutors successfully convicted Donald Huff, 54, guilty of murder for a drunken driving crash that killed his fiancée, Arlene Harding-Watts. The accident occurred almost four years ago, on August 6, 2009, when Huff and Harding-Watts were driving a motorcycle down Nacogdoches Road. Huff had a blood alcohol of .17, more than twice the legal limit. During his trial, Huff’s attorneys were adamant that Harding-Watts had been driving, but immediately after the crash, Huff had told first responders that he had been driving. Harding-Watts suffered multiple injuries, including blunt-force injuries to her abdomen and head, a broken neck, and an almost entirely severed foot. Huff was left unscathed. Given that he had been convicted of a DWI twice before, prosecutors were able to pursue murder charges for this third offense. His sentencing is set for July 31, where Huff will face up to life in prison.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

Not only are drunk drivers committing a crime, but they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them, especially those who are in the same vehicle. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in 2010 in the United States. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved in killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about their legal rights.

 Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver.

 If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.

 

About the Author:

Attorney Majed Nachawati, who grew up in the D/FW metroplex, provides experienced, vigorous counsel to victims like you. That’s why Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top Lawyer in Wrongful Death and Serious Personal Injury Cases across the nation. He has recovered millions for his clients and is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the American Association of Justice. To discuss your case with Mr. Nachawati, contact him by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by phone at 1.866.705.7584. His legal background is featured at his Super Lawyers profile.

 

 

 

Drunk Driver Arrested After Crashing Into Home

Last Tuesday night, a man driving under the influence ran into the front bedroom of a residential home in Carrolton. Monica Perez and her cousin Patricia Portillo were inside the house watching movies when they heard a noise. Luckily, the driver narrowly avoided hitting anyone inside the home but had there been anyone inside the bedroom, the injuries could have been devastating, especially for Perez' younger sister, who was in a wheelchair. On Saturday, another driver also hit a nearby home about a mile away. No one was home and no one was hurt. 

 

Drunk and reckless drivers should be held accountable for both physical and property damages that their irresponsible actions cause. Accidents like those above leave families and individuals shaken up and dealing with the repercussion. For inquiries concerning drunk driving crashes, contact our law firm. 

Drunk Driver Who Killed Off-Duty Lancaster Officer Finally Sentenced

Last summer, Lancaster officer Dustin Dodson was driving his motorcycle home after his night shift when Ricardo Espinoza, intoxicated at the time, turned in front of Dodson. The officer died from a skull fracture after being thrown from his bike, leaving behind his wife and their three young children. The drunk driver fled the scene, but was later caught and arrested.


Today, Espinoza pleaded guilty to intoxicated manslaughter and has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for Dodson’s death. Unfortunately, accidents like these are far too common in Texas. Had Espinoza not driven drunk, Dodson would still be serving the public today.

 

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Obviously Espinoza is legally responsible for Officer Dodson’s death. Under certain circumstances, however, additional parties might also be responsible for the injuries or death resulting from a drunk driver’s actions, such as a bar or restaurant which negligently over serves alcohol to a customer who then drives while intoxicated and causes a motor vehicle accident. Fears Nachawati Law Firm is available to discuss the facts of a motor vehicle accident in which you or a family member are involved caused by a drunk driver, to explore whether you might want to retain our law firm to pursue a claim for money damages against the drunk driver, and possible additional responsible parties such as a business which negligently over serves alcohol to the driver.

 

About the Author:
Attorney Majed Nachawati, who grew up in the D/FW metroplex, provides experienced, vigorous counsel to victims like you. That’s why Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top Lawyer in Wrongful Death and Serious Personal Injury Cases across the nation. He has recovered millions for his clients and is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the American Association of Justice. To discuss your case with Mr. Nachawati, contact him by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by phone at 1.866.705.7584. His legal background is featured at his Super Lawyers profile.

 

Drunk Driver Takes Life in Dallas

At 12:30 in the morning Sunday, an hour and a half before the bars in Dallas closed, a resident of Dallas decided to get in the car and drive, despite being intoxicated. Tragically for everyone involved, he didn’t make it to his destination.

 

Travelling south on US-75 near the exchange with Woodall Rodgers Freeway – one of the most travelled roads in Texas, much less Dallas – the drunk driver collided with another vehicle, killing the bystander driver. As a result of the accident, the drunk driver has been changed with intoxication assault and could face steep civil penalties, too.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

Drunk driving isn’t just a crime. It’s also a negligent act that often gives rise to thousands if not millions of dollars in damages. The challenge for many people who are injured or whose loved one is killed in a drunk driving accident is to make the right choices about their legal rights.

 

The law is far more complicated than many people realize. What’s more, successfully pursuing a legal claim can be challenging, even under the best of circumstances. And victims of drunk driving accidents are rarely living through the best of times.

 

If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the attorneys and professionals at Fears | Nachawati. With years of experience and dedicated expertise, we can answer your questions, advise you of your rights and interests and help you make the best decision for you and your family. Contact us today.

 

About the Author

Attorney Majed Nachawati, who grew up in the D/FW metroplex, provides experienced, vigorous counsel to victims like you. That’s why Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top Lawyer in Wrongful Death and Serious Personal Injury Cases across the nation. He has recovered millions for his clients and is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the American Association of Justice. To discuss your case with Mr. Nachawati, contact him by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by phone at 1.866.705.7584. His legal background is featured at:

 

http://www.superlawyers.com/texas/lawyer/Majed-Nachawati/78072729-2862-44a2-bde9-aafdeed8dba0.html

Drunk Driver Damages Car, Endangers Fellow Drivers

Just how drunk was the driver who slammed into a mini van in the early hours of Wednesday morning? He was so drunk that he drove the wrong way down a major Dallas road and was later confirmed to be driving under the influence of alcohol even after he had time to sober up.

 

Drunk driving is a serious issue both as a matter of public safety and civil justice. In Texas, men and women are injured almost every day as a result of drunk drivers. The results are costly, estimated by some public safety experts to reach into the millions of dollars, and in many cases, tragic. Drunk drivers in Texas kill thousands of husbands, wives, and children every year.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

Have you been injured in a drunk driving accident? If so, the personal injury attorneys at Fears | Nachawati know how to fight for you. With years of experience and dedicated expertise, we have the ability to pursue your legal remedies to the full extent of the law.

 

Drunk drivers should be punished, both in criminal and civil courts. Only you can make the drunk driver who hit you and endangered your family pay the full financial burden he or she inflicted. For your family and many others, pursuing your legal remedies is an important way to protect other drivers. Talk to us today for your free consultation.

 

About the Author

Attorney Majed Nachawati, who grew up in the D/FW metroplex, provides experienced, vigorous counsel to victims like you. That’s why Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top Lawyer in Wrongful Death and Serious Personal Injury Cases across the nation. He has recovered millions for his clients and is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the American Association of Justice. To discuss your case with Mr. Nachawati, contact him by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by phone at 1.866.705.7584. His legal background is featured at:

 

http://www.superlawyers.com/texas/lawyer/Majed-Nachawati/78072729-2862-44a2-bde9-aafdeed8dba0.html

DUI Driver Slams into DFD Fire Engine

Firefighters for the Dallas Fire Department counted their blessings yesterday after a DUI driver drove directly into the back of their fire engine, causing considerable damage that could ultimately cost tens of thousands of dollars. Of course, the driver should be counting his blessings as well: the personal, medical, and legal costs associated with DUI-caused personal injuries can easily soar into the millions of dollars.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

The attorneys and personal injury specialists at Fears | Nachawati understand what victims face in the aftermath of a DUI-caused automobile accident and personal injury. For victims, the sources of cost are many and often include the costs of coping with loss, time away from work, health care expenses, and the price of repairing and replacing damaged and lost property. In the wake of an accident, victims and their families often discover that what first appeared relatively simple – replacing a vehicle – is, in reality, far more complicated and includes health, legal, and financial challenges.

 

Our legal practice is grounded in considerable experience and expertise in helping victims as they recover. You might need to file a lawsuit. Alternatively, you might want to enter into negotiations with the person who hurt you and your family. Or, you may need help communicating with the appropriate insurance representatives – and securing a settlement that covers the full range of costs you face. We’re ready to help with all of these challenges! Just give us an email or phone call.

 

About the Author

Attorney Majed Nachawati, who grew up in the D/FW metroplex, provides experienced, vigorous counsel to victims like you. That’s why Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top Lawyer in Wrongful Death and Serious Personal Injury Cases across the nation. He has recovered millions for his clients and is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the American Association of Justice. To discuss your case with Mr. Nachawati, contact him by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by phone at 1.866.705.7584. His legal background is featured at:

 

http://www.superlawyers.com/texas/lawyer/Majed-Nachawati/78072729-2862-44a2-bde9-aafdeed8dba0.html

Family of Drunk Driver Victim Awarded $6.5 Million

Nicole Lalime should have celebrated her sweet-16 birthday this year. Tragically, her family is instead preparing to mourn the third anniversary of her untimely, unnecessary, and heartbreaking death early next month. If there’s been any relief since that horrible day when a drunk driver took her life, it came this week when the Lalime family was awarded a judgment of $6.5 million against John Winne, the man who killed her.

 

The events of the accident are almost too horrible for words. Moments after bounding down the steps of her school bus, Winne’s car crashed into the back of the bus and then struck 13-year-old Lalime. An onboard camera and microphone recorded the accident and the horrified response of the children and driver who witnessed the last moments of Lalime’s young life.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

The attorneys at Fears | Nachawati know how painful drunk driving accidents can be for the family of victims. Unlike most accidents, drunk driving accidents are so foreseeable and preventable that victims and their loved ones are frequently left asking one simple, unanswerable question: why? Why did the driver drink so much? Why did they get behind the wheel? Why didn’t they take the simplest step of asking a ride from a friend or take a taxi?

 

Injuries resulting from drunk driving generally have criminal consequences, but they often raise civil issues, too. While the district attorney will prosecute drunk drivers for their criminal liability, victims must make the decision to pursue a private right of action. For the Lalime’s, that private action has ultimately resulted in a $6.5 million verdict – and the knowledge that Winne must literally pay for the injustice he caused.

 

Have you been hurt by a drunk driver? You don’t have to wait and wonder if the criminal justice system will bring you justice. You can start your fight for justice today. All you have to do is give us a call or an email to set up your free consultation.

 

About the Author

Attorney Majed Nachawati, who grew up in the D/FW metroplex, provides experienced, vigorous counsel to victims like you. That’s why Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top Lawyer in Wrongful Death and Serious Personal Injury Cases across the nation. He has recovered millions for his clients and is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the American Association of Justice. To discuss your case with Mr. Nachawati, contact him by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by phone at 1.866.705.7584. His legal background is featured at:

 

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Lubbock Student Dies in Drunk Driving Accident

A Lubbock High graduate who was preparing to enter Texas Tech University after her year-long training with the Army Reserves died earlier this week when the car in which she was riding broke through a guardrail and tumbled down an overpass. The driver, a Texas Tech medical student, and another passenger were seriously injured in the accident. Both passengers weren’t wearing their seatbelts; based on evidence of alcohol found in the car, investigators suspect that the driver may have been drinking.

 

Drunk driving accidents are unfortunately common in Texas. They often cause severe injury or death due to erratic driving and excessive speeds. Both recklessness and high speeds appear to be involved in the Lubbock accident.

 

Fears | Nachawati protects drunk driving victims and their families. If you or a loved one have been injured, talking to our personal injury experts could give you the peace of mind and financial security that you need. For a free consultation, call us at 1.866.705.7584 or email to info@fnlawfirm.com

Drunk Driving Victim Slated to Receive New Nose

More than a decade has passed since Jacqui Saburido was involved in a drunk driving accident that left her entirely body severely burned. Ironically, the accident that took the Austin native’s face has led her to become the face of an anti-drunk driving campaign across Texas. To date, Ms. Saburido has undergone 120 surgeries and is slated to have one of her most important – a nose reconstruction surgery – this summer in Brazil.

 

Drunk driving changed Ms. Saburido’s life forever. If you’ve been in a drunk driving accident, it’s likely to change your life, too. To find out everything you need to know about the law surrounding DUIs, contact the personal injury experts at Fears | Nachawati. Call at 1.866.705.7584 or send an email to info@fnlawfirm.com. Let us help you!

Texas family sues bar that served intoxicated police officer who caused fatal car accident

The family of a Fort Worth, Texas, woman killed last December in a car accident involving an intoxicated, off-duty Fort Worth police officer has filed a lawsuit against the bar that allegedly served alcohol to the officer.

The lawsuit has been filed under the Texas Dram Shop Act, which is a law that enables victims and victims’ families to hold an establishment legally liable for damages that arise when the establishment sells alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person.

Named as defendants in the drunk driving car accident lawsuit are the Pour House, bar owner Eric Tschetter and Pueri Inc., a related business entity.  Cisneros and the city of Fort Worth are not listed as defendants.

According to the lawsuit, the Pour House continued to serve alcohol to Jesus Cisneros – the off-duty Fort Worth police officer – to the point where Cisneros became “dangerously inebriated.” Afterward, the bar allowed Cisneros to “stagger out” and drive away from the establishment in a city vehicle.

Cisneros left the premises of the Pour House at around 2:25 a.m. Accident report states that Cisneros was driving at 70 mph in a 35 mph zone. Cisneros then struck a PT Cruiser being driven by victim Sonia Baker. Baker, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident took place on December 11th near Baker’s Fort Worth home.

After the accident, Cisneros was taken to a hospital for blood tests. The results of those tests indicated that Cisneros’ blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

Last month, 37-year-old Cisneros was charged with intoxication manslaughter. He remains free on bail. Cisneros resigned from his position in late December.

For more on this drunk driving car accident lawsuit, click here for the full article.

Texas couple files personal injury lawsuit against drunk driver, car rental company

A Texas couple has filed a personal injury lawsuit after allegedly being injured in a drunk driving car accident.

The plaintiffs, William and Dora Bennett, filed their Texas personal injury lawsuit against both James Bates, the alleged drunk driver, and Avis Rent-a-Car, the company that rented Bates the car that he was driving when the accident occurred.

According to their complaint, Bates struck the car in which the Bennetts were riding. Bates, at the time, was driving a vehicle he rented from Avis.

In their Texas personal injury lawsuit, the Bennetts claim that they suffered a variety of damages, including mental anguish, disability, disfigurement and physical pain as well as lost earnings and medical expenses.

The Bennetts blame Bates for causing the car accident, claiming he failed to timely apply his brakes, failed to drive in a reasonable manner, failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to obey traffic laws. In addition, the lawsuit places the blame on Bates for having driven under the influence of alcohol and driving while intoxicated.

As for their claim against Avis, the Bennetts maintain that the company should not have rented a vehicle to Bates because they knew he was a dangerous and unsafe driver.

The Bennetts are seeking more than $100,000 in damages.

Click here to read more on this Texas personal injury lawsuit.

Jury awards more than $20 million to Texas A&M student paralyzed by drunk driver

A jury has awarded $23.5 million to a Texas woman who was paralyzed in a drunk driving accident.

Two years ago, 23-year-old Jackie Murphree was in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. Murphree was left paralyzed and with brain damage. Murphree can no longer talk, walk or feed herself as a result of the accident.

The drunk driver was Betty Monroe, who the jury found to be 70% liable for the car accident. Monroe was on her way home after a night of drinking when her car drifted into a section of Highway 380 that was currently closed for construction, broadsiding Murphree.

In addition to Monroe, the jury also found the Texas Department of Transportation and a construction company called Site Concrete partly responsible.

According to the jury, more safety precautions, such as barricades, barrels and markers, should have been in place to prevent Monroe from driving onto the closed pavement.

To read more on this Texas drunk driving lawsuit, click here for the full article.

Fans don't let fans drive drunk: Enjoy the Super Bowl responsibly

 

This Sunday the New Orleans Saints will square off against the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. As football aficionados in Texas prepare for the big game, Fears | Nachawati joins the NFL and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in reminding Super Bowl partygoers that fans don’t let fans drive drunk.

Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most fun and exciting days of the years for sports fans, but sadly, it’s also one of the most dangerous days on our nation’s roadways due to drunk drivers.

During the 2004 Super Bowl weekend, 158 people were killed by drunk drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, according to the NHTSA.

Drunk driving fatalities are preventable tragedies. If you plan to host a Super Bowl party, do your part to keep the roads safe with these tips from the NHTSA:

  • Before the festivities get underway, make sure that every guest who plans to drink has a designated sober driver.
  • Offer plenty of non-alcoholic beverage selections.
  • Serve lots of food.
  • Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter.
  • Have numbers for local cab companies on hand.
  • Take the keys away from any guest who is thinking of driving while impaired.

These are simple steps that everyone can take to ensure that a celebration doesn’t end in tragedy. Put designating a sober driver at the top of your Super Bowl party to-do list!

Fears | Nachawati encourages you to enjoy the game responsibly. If you plan to drink, give your keys to a sober driver before the game begins.

 

Patron sues owner, drunk driver after truck plows into deli

A lawsuit has been filed after a drunk driver smashed his truck into a deli, causing patrons to be hit by flying debris and falling equipment. One of the patrons, a Texas man who lost one of his eyes in the accident, has filed a lawsuit against both the driver of the truck as well as the owner of the deli.

Russell January suffered his eye injury when a meat slicer fell on his head. January and his wife have filed a lawsuit against Rodney Eddie, the intoxicated truck driver, and Gonzuela Williams, the owner of Durham’s Meat Market.

The accident took place on November 14th at around 5:30 p.m. January was eating at Durham’s Meat Market at the time, which is located in Port Arthur, Texas.

While January was in the deli, Eddie drove his pickup truck into the store, breaking through the wall and hitting several fixtures.

January was struck by a meat slicer, which, according to the lawsuit, caused not only the loss of his eye but also damage to his brain, a fractured skull and a fractured jaw.


In the lawsuit, January is seeking damages for medical costs, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement and physical impairment.

January is joined in his lawsuit by his wife who is seeking damages for loss of comfort, solace, care, love and affection because of the accident.

The lawsuit blames Eddie for driving while intoxicated, driving too fast and failing to stay in his lane.

Williams is accused of negligence for having an unreasonably dangerous place of business because of the placement of heavy fixtures. The lawsuit further accuses Williams of failure to provide a barrier to protect his patrons from motor vehicles when it was foreseeable that a vehicle might jump the curb and strike the building.

For more on this Texas personal injury lawsuit, click here to access the complete article.

If you have been injured in an accident, contact Fears | Nachawati today for free legal assistance. To speak with a Texas personal injury lawyer, simply email us or phone us toll free at 1.866.705.7584.

Woman killed in car accident with off-duty Fort Worth police officer

A 27-year-old woman was killed when her car collided with an unmarked police vehicle driven by an off-duty Fort Worth police officer. An investigation is underway to determine if the officer was driving under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred.

The officer, Jesus Cisneros, was traveling west on Columbus Trail early Friday morning when a Chrysler PT Cruiser traveling south on Evening Start Drive attempted to turn in front of his vehicle. Cisneros’s Toyota Highlander then collided with the PT Cruiser.

The woman driving the PT Cruiser, Sonia Baker of Fort Worth, was pronounced dead at the scene. Baker was a wife and the mother of two young boys.

Cisneros was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in serious condition. There it was determined that Cisneros may have consumed alcohol prior to the accident. The results of the blood test, however, have not yet been returned.

A press release issued by the Fort Worth Police Department states that Cisneros faces charges of driving while intoxicated – and possibly even intoxication manslaughter – if the test shows that he had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.

Click here to read more about this Texas car accident.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver, contact Fears | Nachawati for free legal advice. To speak with a Texas personal injury lawyer, simply phone us toll free at 1.866.705.7584 or email us.

Man arrested after deadly drunk driving car accident

Police have arrested the driver of a car involved in a deadly accident early Saturday in Euless, Texas.

According to Euless police, the driver, 32-year-old Cody Worrell, hit a tree with his 2007 BMW at a high speed. He then smashed into a concrete wall. The accident took place at around 2:15 a.m. in the 1200 block of Bear Creek Parkway.

The passenger, a 32-year-old man, was trapped in the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Worrell has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and is being held in Euless jail.

To read more about this Texas car accident, click here for the complete article.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact the personal injury lawyers of Fears | Nachawati today. To receive free legal advice from a Texas personal injury attorney, simply email us or phone us toll free at 1.866.705.7584.

Wrong-way driver on Dallas North Tollway faces criminal charges

A 39-year-old man traveling the wrong way on the Dallas North Tollway this morning is facing criminal charges.

The driver, a man named Dick Eastin, was driving north in a southbound lane in a Ford F-150 pickup. Eastin struck a light pole, coming to a stop near the center median. He sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Debris from the accident caused damage to a second vehicle on the Tollway. The accident caused the southbound side of the Tollway to be closed for over an hour.

Eastin is facing charges of reckless driving and driving while intoxicated.

Wrong-way drivers on the Dallas North Tollway have caused several deaths this year, prompting the North Texas Tollway Authority to take steps to prevent further accidents.

To read more about this Texas car accident, click here for the complete article.

If you have been injured by a drunk driver, contact Fears | Nachawati today for free advice about your legal options. To speak with a Texas car accident attorney, email Fears | Nachawati at info@fnlawfirm.com or call our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584.

Texas drunk driving statistics

Texas leads the nation in the number of alcohol-related crashes that occur each year. In 2007, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 1,200 people were killed in alcohol-related car accidents in Texas.

Each year, drunk driving accounts for more than 45% of all the car accident deaths in the state of Texas. Based on these numbers, that means there is an average of 5 alcohol-related deaths in Texas each day.

The greatest number of drunk driving fatalities in 2007 occurred in the Eastern and Northern regions of Texas, with 20% and 21% of the fatal accidents occurring there, respectively.

If you were hurt in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, or if you have lost a loved one in a alcohol-related crash, contact Fears | Nachawati today. For your free legal advice from a Texas personal injury attorney, simply email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584.

Two hurt in Dallas car accident caused by intoxicated driver

Two people were injured in a car accident on the Dallas North Tollway caused by an accused drunk driver. The accident happened at approximately 3 a.m. Thursday morning near Loop 12.

The accused drunk driver is 47-year-old Isidoro Camacho of Dallas, Texas. Camacho was traveling north in the southbound lanes of the Tollway for about a mile before he collided with a Chevy Cobalt.

Fortunately, the driver of the Cobalt, Holly Harding, 23, saw the Pontiac and was able to maneuver her vehicle to avoid a full head-on collision.

Both Harding and Camacho were injured, but both were reported to be in good condition when they were taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Camacho faces charges of drunk driving.

To read more about this Dallas, Texas, car accident, click here for the full article.

Fears | Nachawati is a Texas personal injury law firm representing victims of car accidents, including those who have been injured by drunk drivers. For free legal advice, contact us today by email at info@fnlawfirm.com or on our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584.

 

 

I was hit by a drunk driver. Can I sue the person who served them alcohol? Texas Dram Shop Act

In Texas there is a law known as the Texas Dram Shop Act. The Texas Dram Shop Act makes it possible someone injured by an intoxicated person to sue the provider of the alcoholic beverages. Only licensed providers, not private citizens, are subject to the Texas Dram Shop Act.

In order to successfully bring a claim under the Texas Dram Shop Act, certain conditions must be met. First, it must have been apparent to the provider of the alcoholic beverages that the person being served was obviously intoxicated to the extent that the they presented a clear danger to themselves and others. Second, the person’s intoxication must be the immediate cause of the injuries suffered by the plaintiff.

Providers of alcoholic beverages do have a defense available to them known as the “safe harbor.” Three conditions must be met in order for the provider to escape liability under the safe harbor. First, the provider must have required its employees to attend a commission-approved training program. Second, the employee must have actually attended the program. Last, the employer must not have directly or indirectly encouraged the employee to violate the Texas Dram Shop Act.

At Fears | Nachawati, we know that bringing a lawsuit against the provider of the alcoholic beverages is sometimes the only way for an injured person to collect compensation. It sometimes happens that the intoxicated person who caused the accident is unable to pay the damages awarded to the plaintiff.

That is why our Texas personal injury lawyers are committed to successfully pursuing claims under this law when applicable. It is critical to the success of your case that every possible defendant is named in your lawsuit.

If you have been injured by a drunk driver or other accident caused by an intoxicated person, contact us today to receive free legal advice about your possible Texas personal injury lawsuit. You can e-mail us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584.

 

 

What is an insurance adjuster and what do they do?

After you have been in a car accident, you will most likely file a claim with your insurance company, the other driver’s insurance company or sometimes both. In order to determine how much money to offer you, the insurance company will send out an insurance adjuster to evaluate your injuries and the damage to your vehicle.

 

An insurance adjuster works for the insurance company, and their job is to investigate the accident and determine whether you have the basis for a claim. You may also hear them referred to as a “claims representative” or a “claims adjuster.”

 

If you do have a rightful insurance claim under the terms of your policy, the insurance adjuster will be the person who will inform you of the settlement offer and explain how the insurance company arrived at that amount.

 

In almost all cases, the insurance adjuster will gather the same types of information: how the accident happened, who else was involved, what property was damaged and whether anyone was injured. They will also take pictures of your car and obtain estimates for repairing the damages.

 

Keep in mind that insurance companies, whether it is your company or the other driver’s, want to pay you as little as possible. That is why you should seek the immediate advice of an attorney after you have been involved in a car accident. A Texas personal injury attorney can make sure that you receive a fair settlement for your accident. Your attorney will work only for you, not the insurance company.

 

To receive free legal advice about your car accident and insurance settlement, contact Fears | Nachawati today. Email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584 for a free consultation.

 

Dallas police officer arrested for drunk driving, fleeing the scene of an accident

A Dallas, Texas, police officer was arrested in Plano early on Wednesday morning. The officer, 35-year-old Senior Cpl. David Aguilar, is facing charges of driving while intoxicated as well as leaving the scene of an accident involving injury.

Aguilar was involved in a crash at the intersection of Custer Road and Plano parkway shortly before 1 a.m. on Wednesday. The other driver involved in the car accident suffered minor injuries.

Exactly how the accident occurred remains unclear.

The officer was apprehended by police an hour later, about five miles from the wreck at the intersection of Parkhaven Drive and Independence Parkway.

Aguilar is a 12-year veteran of the Dallas police department assigned to the Northeast Patrol Division. He has been placed on administrative leave while the accident is investigated.

For more on this Texas car accident, click here for the full article.

Fears | Nachawati is a Texas personal injury law firm that handles cases involving car accidents, including those caused by drunk drivers. To receive free legal advice about your possible personal injury lawsuit, contact us today by email at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584. 

 

New traffic laws go into effect on Sept. 1

A number of new traffic-related laws recently passed by the Texas state legislature will be going into effect on September 1st. Many of these laws are aimed directly at reducing the number of car accidents and accident-related fatalities on Texas roadways.

 

Here are some highlights from the list released by the Texas Department of Public Safety:

 

HB 537: More than half of all people killed in car accidents in Texas in 2008 were not wearing seatbelts at the time. Texas lawmakers hope to reduce this number by requiring all occupants of a vehicle to be secured by a safety belt, regardless of where they are sitting.

 

SB 61: Also addressing restraint usage, this law requires that all children younger than 8 (unless they are at least 4’9”) be restrained in an approved child safety seat.

 

HB 55: Driver inattention was doubtless a factor in many of the 60,000+ serious injury accidents in Texas in 2008. To help protect children, and to keep driver attention on the road, HB 55 prohibits the use of wireless communication devices in a school zone unless the car is stopped or a hands-free device is being used.

HB 2730: In 2008, 975 people were killed in Texas in car accidents involving a drunk driver. Lawmakers are cracking down on drunk drivers with this law that ups the penalty for driving while intoxicated with a child passenger. Under HB 2730, first-time offenders will automatically have their license suspended, with increased suspension periods for repeat offenders.

Click here to read more about these and the other traffic laws to take effect on September 1st.

 

Fears | Nachawati is a Texas personal injury law firm that represents victims of car accidents. Email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584 for a free consultation.

 

Woman charged with murder in motorcycle accident death of Bedford man

A suspected drunk driver is facing murder charges for the death of a motorcycle rider in a recent car accident.

 

The accident occurred last Tuesday morning when Billy Stroud, 56, was riding his new motorcycle. Stroud was traveling on Belknap Street in Haltom City when he was struck from behind by a car driven by Tammy Sue Stegall, 50.

Stroud later died of his injuries Tuesday afternoon at a Fort Worth hospital.

Stroud’s family is facing a double tragedy. Stroud’s death comes just weeks after he buried his son, 20-year-old Jonathon Stroud, who died after serving two months as a Marine in Afghanistan.

 

In fact, Stroud purchased his motorcycle because he was so impressed by The Patriot Guard, a team of motorcycle riders that line the funeral routes of fallen soldiers, partly to shield the family from possible protestors.

 

Stegall has two previous drunk driving convictions, and is believed to have been intoxicated when she hit Stroud. Stegall was arraigned the day after the accident. She was jailed on charges of intoxication manslaughter, but because of her previous DWI convictions, the charge was changed to murder. Her bail has been set at $500,000.

Stegall has a long criminal history. Since 1982, she has been convicted of credit card abuse, theft, possession of a controlled substance and two incidents of passing a forged check. The forged check convictions resulted in a 5-year prison sentence in 1986.

 

To read more about Stroud and the events surrounding this fatal motorcycle accident, click here for the complete story.

 

Fears | Nachawati is a Texas personal injury and wrongful death law firm representing victims of motorcycle accidents and their families. Email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584 for free legal advice on your potential claim.

 

Determining fault: how to tell who caused your car accident

The most central aspect of any Texas personal injury lawsuit is proving that the other party caused the accident that resulted in your injuries. When providing you with free legal advice, one of the first things an attorney will do is determine who was at fault for the car accident.

 

In many cases, it is quite clear which party was at fault. For instance, your vehicle may have been struck by a driver who ran a red light or a drunk driver traveling the wrong way on the interstate. Other times, the cause of the accident is less obvious, and the injured party can benefit greatly from the assistance of a personal injury lawyer in protecting their rights.

 

As you know, there are nearly countless factors that can contribute to a car accident. Your Texas personal injury lawyer will evaluate all of the factors that potentially played a role in your car accident. Your attorney’s ability to make an accurate evaluation of your case depends largely on the amount of information and documentation you are able to provide.

 

These are some of the factors your personal injury attorney will consider to help determine who was at fault for the car accident:

 

  • Common knowledge of driving rules
  • Violations of the law committed by the drivers involved in the accident
  • Whether the duties of the road were followed: lookout, avoidance and obeying driving rules
  • Whether alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident
  • Failing to account for road conditions and/or bad weather
  • Witness statements
  • Police reports
  • Your account of the accident
  • Photos taken at the accident scene

Most of the time the party responsible for the accident will be shown to have acted negligently.  Negligence means that the driver failed to act with the care that a reasonable person would have exercised under the same circumstances. If you can prove that the other party was negligent, then you are well on your way to a strong Texas personal injury claim.

 

Remember, even if the car accident was partly your fault, you may still be able to recover some damages for your injuries. See our post on comparative responsibility here for more information.

 

To receive free legal advice from an experienced Texas personal injury lawyer, contact Fears | Nachawati today. You will speak directly with a personal injury attorney who will review your case to make an initial determination of fault. To receive your free consultation, email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call our toll-free helpline at 1.866.705.7584.

 

Waco man dies in one-car accident after striking utility pole

A Waco man was killed in a one-car accident as he returned home from a trip to a Louisiana casino.

 

The driver and victim was Venson Washington, 54. According to the police, Washington was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 6 for approximately 75 to 100 yards. He then made a sudden, sharp left turn which caused him to strike a utility pole and flip the SUV he was driving.

 

According to witnesses, Washington may have been headed into oncoming traffic as he attempted to pass cars in front of him in the northbound lanes.

 

Drinking may have been a factor in the accident, police believe, because open alcohol containers were found in the vehicle. A blood sample will be taken from Washington for testing.

 

Three passengers were riding in the SUV with Washington, all from Waco. Annette Perkins, the passenger in the front seat, had to be flown by helicopter to St. Joseph Regional Health Center. The other two passengers, Harold Thomas and Leola Miller, were treated and released at the same hospital.

 

Washington died at the scene of the accident.

 

Between 1200 and 1500 homes lost power due to Washington’s vehicle striking the utility pole.

 

Click here for the complete story on this Texas car accident.

 

Fears | Nachawati provides free legal assistance to victims of car accidents. To receive a free legal consultation from a Texas personal injury lawyer, email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us at 1.866.705.7584.

 

Passenger killed when SUV rear-ends tow truck, marks 34th traffic death in Dallas, Texas

In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 2nd, Dallas, Texas, saw its 34th traffic fatality of 2009.

 

At around 3 a.m., David Ortiz Aguilar, 22, rear-ended a flatbed tow truck, killing his 24-year-old passenger. The accident occurred on Harry Hines Boulevard, close to the Webb Chapel Extension.

 

Witnesses say Aguilar was traveling at a very high rate of speed when he struck the tow truck as it was pulling away from a traffic light.

 

After crashing into the tow truck, Aguilar fled from the scene of the accident on foot. He ran into a nearby wooded area where he was pursued, and apprehended, by the police.

 

The deceased victim, who was also Aguilar’s roommate, was Fabian Nicholas Perez. Perez was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

 

Aguilar was arrested and jailed on charges of intoxication manslaughter.

 

To read more about this Dallas, Texas, car accident, click here for the full article.

 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Fears | Nachawati today for free legal help. We provide car accident victims with a free legal consultation. Simply email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free helpline at 1.866.705.7584 to speak with a Texas personal injury lawyer at no cost and with no further obligations.

 

Another wrong-way accident kills three in Dallas, Texas

Three people were killed in a car accident caused by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 20 in Dallas, Texas.

 

Early Friday morning, a black Infiniti sedan was traveling east in the westbound lanes of I-20 when it crashed head-on into a jeep. It is unclear where the driver entered the interstate or for how long he was driving the wrong way before the accident occurred.

 

Twenty-nine-year old Rimiro Moreno, the driver of the sedan, and his passenger, Ian Edward Pierson, 23, both died at the scene. The driver of the jeep, Karla Rivers, 45, also died at the scene. Rivers was a dispatcher at Baylor University Medical Center.

 

The accident shut down the westbound lanes of I-20 for around five hours while police investigated the scene and the wreckage was cleared.

 

Toxicology reports will be needed to confirm if drinking was a contributing factor, but police have said that they located evidence of alcohol in the sedan.

 

This fatal car accident is the latest in a tragic series of wrong-way accidents that have plagued highways in the Dallas area. In an attempt to reduce the number of wrong-way accidents, the Dallas North Tollway recently implemented signs and lane markings to alert wrong way drivers.

 

For more on this Dallas, Texas, car accident, click here for the full article.

 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact the Texas personal injury lawyers of Fears | Nachawati. We will provide you with free legal advice. Simply email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call our toll-free helpline at 1.866.705.7584.

 

15-year-old killed in accident with pick-up truck

A 15-year-old girl was killed in a major car accident in San Antonio, Texas.

 

On Sunday night at around 11 p.m., the teenage driver, who was not old enough to have a license, collided with a Ford F-150 truck. Investigators believe the driver of the truck was under the influence of alcohol and caused the accident by running a red light. The victim was Andrea Blanco.

 

The crash pushed Blanco’s vehicle into a second car that was stopped at a red light. The driver of that vehicle, 63-year-old Joyce Verstuyft, was injured and taken to University hospital.

 

Blanco was carrying three teenage passengers in her car at the time of the accident: April Davila, 13; Jose Trevino Jr., 14; and Karissa Trevino, 13.

 

The four people in Blanco’s car, as well as Gramajo, all had to be cut out of their wrecked vehicles.

 

Blanco died at University Hospital. Another passenger in Blanco’s car was seriously injured. The remaining two passengers are expected to be fine.

 

The driver of the truck, 29-year-old Hector Gramajo, was also injured. Gramajo has been charged with assault and intoxicated manslaughter. His bond has been set at $45,000.

 

Fears | Nachawati is a Texas law firm that represents victims of car accidents in personal injury lawsuits. For a free consultation from a Texas personal injury lawyer, email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584.

 

Fort Worth, Texas, car accident ends in two deaths

A one-car accident in Forth Worth, Texas, killed two women in the early hours of Friday morning.

The fatal accident took place at approximately 3am on the exit ramp leading from westbound Highway 121 to southbound Interstate 35W.

The vehicle collided with a guard rail, causing the driver to lose control of her Honda sedan. Police are not entirely sure at this point, but it does appear that the driver was speeding at the time of the accident. Overnight wet weather may also have been a contributing factor.

Also, several containers for alcoholic beverages were found in the vehicle. The two victims, both in their 20s, were not wearing seat belts.

For more on this fatal Fort Worth car accident, click here to read the full article.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident, contact Fears | Nachawati today. You will receive a free legal consultation from a Texas personal injury attorney. You can email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call our toll-free helpline at 1.866.705.7584.

 

Hiring the Best Personal Injury Lawyer

People often do not know where to turn when it comes to dealing with a serious personal injury case or finding the best or top injury lawyers.  Here are some factors you should consider when it comes to hiring a personal injury lawyer:

Factors important in hiring the Best Personal Injury Lawyer:

1.  Has the lawyer or law firm your are considering hiring ever tried a lawsuit?  If so, when was their last trial and what was the outcome? 

2.  Has the lawyer you are considering hiring ever been disciplined by the State Bar of Texas? (check www.texasbar.com)

3.  Has the lawyer ever completed a judicial clerkship--a prestiguous honor bestowed on only approximately 2% of lawyers in the nation?

4. Does the lawyer you are considering hiring sound well-informed and knowledgeable regarding personal injury law?

5. Has the lawyer ever settled a case or tried a case and obtained a significant recovery?

6.  Does your lawyer have the necessary resources to prosecute your case?

7.  Can you relate to the lawyer and does your intuition tell you that the lawyer is trustworthy?

8.  Where did the lawyer go to law school, and more importantly, what has the lawyer's practical experience been since law school?  Remember, years of experience does not necessarily mean a more competent lawyer.

This list of factors is non-exclusive.  The author of this article, attorney, Majed Nachawati, is frequently quoted by newspapers, media, and has been recognized as a top lawyer.  Mr. Nachawati is a former judicial law clerk and has settled and tried numerous lawsuits to verdict resulting in large recoveries for his personal injury clients. Questions or comments can be emailed to mn@fnlawfirm.com or by telephone - 1.866.705.7584.

Stewart Richardson, Arlington Drunk Driving Accident Severely Injuring Abdallah Khader - Requests for Statements by Any Witnesses

Our  law firm, Fears | Nachawati, represents baby boy Abdallah Khader and his family.  Abdallah, who was in his car seat, was tragically injured in a crash caused by two bars over serving a patron, Stewart Lee Richardson, who visited the bars, Applebees located at 2021 Highway 287 North, Mansfield, Texas 76063 and Mr. B's located at 2860 N. Hwy 157, Mansfield, Texas 76063.  After leaving the bars severely intoxicated, he crashed into the rear of the Khader's vehicle, seriously injuring all four members of the family.

In connection with the investigation, our lawyers are seeking statements from any eye witnesses or bar patrons that regularly visit or drink at Applebees in Mansfield or Mr. B's in Mansfield.   

Anyone having information about Stewart Richardon's drinking at both Applebees in Mansfield, Texas and Mr. B's in Mansfield, Texas on the night in question, February 20, 2009, or other instances of over serving customers at Applebees and Mr. B's are encouraged to contact me to provide a statement in connection with the ongoing investigation.  Any witness statements would be greatly appreciated by the parents, who are picking up the pieces of their broken life. 

IF YOU ARE AN EYEWITNESS OR HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT STEWART RICHARDSON, THE APPLEBEES IN MANSFIELD, OR THE MR. B'S IN MANSFIELD, please contact the attorney for the family, Majed Nachawati, on his direct line 214.461.6170.

Personal Injury Mediation - What should I expect?

Mediation in personal injury cases typically occurs after a lawsuit is filed, but before a trial before a jury or judge takes place.  Once an injury suit is filed, mediation is usually your last chance to resolve your case, absent a full-blown trial, and , many cases in fact settle at mediation.  During mediation, the mediator is a neutral arbiter between the parties and their goal is to try and resolve the injury claim in a manner that all parties can live with.  Your lawyer should explain to you how mediation works well in advance.  Typically, mediation lasts a half day or a full day, depending on the complexity of the case.  At the beginning of mediation, parties meet in one conference room where your lawyer makes a short presentation to the mediator and the party being sued concerning the facts of your injury case.  Sometimes, the attorney for the party being sued responds with a brief statement and the parties then break into separate rooms.  The mediator typically goes back and forth into separate conference rooms with monetary offers.  If the parties to the injury suit can come together on a settlement, the mediator drafts a short settlement agreement and the injury claim is finalized usually within 30 days following mediation.  If however, the parties are unable to come together on a fair settlement, the case will go to trial.  It is important to ensure your lawyer is willing to go the distance and take your case to trial if necessary.  Lawyers at my firm, Fears | Nachawati, attend mediation frequently, and more importantly, will absolutely take a case to trial if the negligent party (at fault party) is unwilling to pay a fair and reasonable settlement amount. If you have an injury claim and need legal help or advice, contact me at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by phone - 1.866.705.7584.

In an Auto Accident, Motorcycle Accident, or 18 Wheeler Accident, what damages can I claim from Insurance?

In Auto Accidents, 18 wheeler accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents, what damages are you entitled to as an injured person?  Missing some of the damages that the insurance will not tell you about could be crucial when it comes to the potential money that you will receive out of settlement or your case, which is the reason it is important to consider hiring a competent, trustworthy lawyer in times when you need legal help or legal advice. 

For all of our loyal readers, our law firm, Fears | Nachawati, wrote this short blog article touching on some damages that may be claimed in personal injury claims and suits arising from truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, 18 wheeler semi tractor trailer accident, and auto accidents. 

If you are involved in an accident and sustain injuries, you could, if the facts support it, make claims for the following:

Medical Bills and Expenses

Lost Wages

Loss of Wage Earning Capacity

Physical Impairment

Permanent Disfigurement

Loss of Consortium

Loss of Inheritance

Wrongful Death

Costs and Expenses of Suit

Prejudgment and Postjudgment Interest

Punitive Damages

Loss of Household Services

Pain, Suffering & Mental Anguish

It takes an intelligent lawyer to concisely portray your case in the best light possible so as to maximize your recovery.  Our team of trial lawyers at Fears | Nachawati, will go to trial at any given time to protect your rights and pursue justice. 

If you need legal help of legal advice, call us to set up a free phone or in office consultation by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by toll free phone 1.866.705.7584.  Our firm has successfully represented thousands of Texans living in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Fort Worth.

 

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More than half of Texas teens admit to drunk driving

A recent survey of teen driving habits yielded some shocking statistics. Out of the 233 surveyed, more than half admitted to either drink and driving or riding as a passenger in a car being driven by a drunk driver. 

The study, which was conducted by Allstate Insurance Company, shows that a high percentage of Texas teen drivers are engaging in negligent behaviors while on the road. For example, nearly 90% of those surveyed admitted to either sending text messages or talking on the cell phone while driving.

Other disconcerting statistics include:

  • 33% were involved in an accident their first year of driving
  • 48% were stopped by police their first year of driving
  • 30% have driven so fast that they have lost control of their vehicle or have been the passenger of a teen driver who lost control of their vehicle.

To read more about the survey, click here.

Negligence is the number one cause of car accidents, not just in Texas but all across the United States. If you have been the victim of a negligent driver, it is time to contact a Texas personal injury attorney to learn about your rights. At Fears | Nachawati, we provide free legal consultations to car accident victims. Simply email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or phone us toll free at 1.866.705.7584.

Personal Injury Claims - How long do I have to file suit?

In Texas, the amount of time a person has to file their claim or case with the courts varies according to the type of lawsuit or claim that is filed.  While there are limited exceptions to when limitations expires, a lawsuit or claim should be filed well ahead of the expiration of the applicable limitations statute.  The reasoning for filing well in advance is that many complications could arise in computing the time line, and once the limitations date expires, you generally lose your right to sue forever--something you do not want to happen.  General legal information on some Texas statute of limitations is listed below:

- Personal Injury - 2 years from date of injury

- Injury to Property - 2 years from date of injury

- Product Liability - 2 years

- Wrongful Death - 2 years from date of death

- Minors - does not begin to run until minor reaches age 18

Call the lawyers at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm if you have questions about your potential case and the proper calculation or the statute of limitations. 1.866.705-7584 or info@fnlawfirm.com

 

 

Mother of four plunges from toll road after being struck by drunk driver

 A wife and mother of four is dead after her truck plunged over the side of Hardy Toll  Road. Investigators believe that the accident was caused by a drunk driver. 

The victim is 44-year-old Cheryl Guberman. Guberman was on her way to pick up her son at the airport when the accident occurred. The accident took place late on Thursday May 28th. 

Guberman’s Dodge Dakota fell twenty feet from the southbound lane of the toll road, landing in a ditch.

The driver accused of causing Guberman’s death is 51-year-old Pamela Pugh. At 11:30 p.m., Pugh called police to report a car accident. She claimed a driver cut her off, forcing her into a wall. Pugh did not tell the police about the woman in the ditch, and the police did not observe the vehicle on their own.

Guberman’s husband and son found Cheryl at around 2 a.m. on Friday morning. The two went looking for her after she did not show up at the airport. Police were immediately called to the scene. The front bumper of Pugh’s car, with the license plate attached, was found in the ditch next to Guberman’s truck.

Pugh was arrested at the scene of the accident on suspicion of DWI. The charge will likely be upgraded to intoxicated manslaughter.

For more on this story, click here.

If you have been involved in a car accident with a drunk driver, you may have a personal injury claim. For a free consultation, contact Fears | Nachawati via e-mail at info@fnlawfirm.com or toll free at 1.866.705.7584.

Underage drunk driver causes fatal 3-car accident

Cristobal Isaac, 20, was killed when the car he was riding in was rear-ended by a speeding Ford Taurus. The Ford Taurus was seen weaving in and out of traffic at speeds as high as 100 mph. The Taurus struck the car, a Honda Element, from behind, causing two of its passengers to be ejected from the vehicle.

After his car was struck, the driver lost control of the vehicle, crashing into a guardrail. The Element then flipped over the guardrail and landed on the nearby access road. Another passenger, 22-year-old Stephen Waid, was also ejected from the vehicle. Waid is in life-threatening condition after he suffered severe head trauma.  After striking the Element, the Taurus then hit a Ford Explorer. No one inside the Explorer was injured.

Police believe the underage driver of the Taurus, 18-year-old Clayton Johnson, was drunk at the time of accident, which took place on SPID on Friday night, June 5th. The car also held three passengers, all of whom are 16 years old. No one in the Taurus suffered serious injuries.

Johnson was arrested and put in jail. According to police, he will be charged with intoxication assault and manslaughter. The three underage passengers, also believed to have been intoxicated, will be charged in conjunction with alcohol use as well.  Police have not yet released the name of the deceased victim.

For the full story, click here.

The personal injury lawyers of Fears | Nachawati provide Texas car accident victims with a free legal consultation. Simply e-mail us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584.

Why Handling Your Own Personal Injury Claim is a Terrible Idea

Potential clients involved in an accident or injury claim that seek legal help or free advice from my law firm frequently ask this question--If I hire a lawyer and have to pay attorneys' fees, won't I end up getting less money in the end?

Nothing is guaranteed--however, I cannot remember a time when I had a client who, at first, was handling a claim on their own or was just about to settle with the insurance when they came to me with many questions and reservations about hiring a lawyer.  They trusted our law firm, and it proved to be worth it in the end.

A couple of questions should come to your mind (1) if you were in need of surgery, would you try to do the surgery yourself ? , (2) do you really have what it takes to take on Big Insurance and an insurance claims adjuster who handles thousands of claims a year?

Remember, the insurance adjuster is not under oath when they are dealing with you and they are frequently trained to do absolutely everything in their power to deny your injury claim or pay you as little as possible.  If you are thinking if it does not work out, I can always hire a lawyer later--think again. Commonly, people come in after trying to handle their injury claim with the "do it yourself" approach by giving the insurance company a statement unfavorable to their claim and missing crucial damages they are entitled to under the law. 

If you have an injury lawyer or law firm who works your claim diligently and aggressively, your decision to hire a lawyer is more often than not worth the time.  While most people are concerned about their property damage, I remind potential clients that vehicles can always be replaced, but you only get one body during your lifetime, if you do not look out for your health, who will?

Abraham Lincoln once said, "A man who represents himself has a fool for a client."  If you have legal questions or need help or need legal advice with your personal injury claim, feel free to email or call me - mn@fnlawfirm.com or 1.866.705-7584. 

 

Head-on collision caused by drunk driver kills two, injures three

Two people were killed in a head-on collision which took place on U.S. 59 early Monday, June 1st. An additional three people, including two children, were injured. The three were taken to Houston and Dallas hospital in poor condition.

The accident occurred when a pickup truck driven by 30-year-old Vicente Gonzales struck the car head-on. Gonzales was driving southbound in a northbound lane.  At the time of the accident, Gonzales had a blood alcohol level of .228, which is nearly three times the legal limit. Gonzales is expected to be charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter.

The two deceased victims of the car accident are 29-year-old Crystal Thomas and 48-year-old Willie Lacy. Both died at the scene of the accident. Thomas and Lacy are common law spouses.

A 7-year-old, Joveair Thomas, is being treated for internal injuries and injuries to his chest. Four-year-old Christopher Gross suffered a broken neck and internal injuries.

Gonzales broke both of his legs and suffered internal injuries. He is listed in critical condition at a Houston hospital.

The full article is available here.

There is no excuse for drunk driving. Drunk drivers put everyone on the road in serious danger. As this story shows us, drunk driving can lead to the ultimate tragedy – the death of innocent victims.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, contact us today to learn about personal injury lawsuits. For a free consultation with a Texas personal injury attorney at Fears | Nachawati, simply email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584.

Police identify drunk driver who caused three accidents and led police on chase

Police have identified the man responsible for causing a major accident in Weatherford, Texas, on Tuesday, May 26th. The man is 28-year-old Joshua Alvey, who was drunk driving at the time he was involved in three separate accidents.

On Tuesday afternoon, Weatherford police officers responded to calls about a drunk driver on South Lamar Street. As the police were dispatched, more calls came in reporting two hit-and-run accidents involving the same drunk driver. Police later learned the individual was Alvey.

Police spotted the suspect vehicle and attempted to stop the driver. Alvey refused to stop, instead leading police on a winding chase to Hudson Oaks and back into Weatherford. During the pursuit, Alvey struck a Honda Accord, pushing both vehicles into the intersection of Palo Pinto Street and South Bowie Drive where a third car was struck.

The driver of the Honda was a 49-year-old father who was riding with his 8-year-old son. Both father and son suffered critical injuries in the crash and were taken to two different hospitals. The 40-year-old woman driving the third vehicle suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Alvey was transported to a Fort Worth hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Once treated, he was released into the custody of the Weatherford Police Department.  No injuries were reported in either hit-and-run accident.

For the full article, click here.

 

If you have been involved in a car accident with a drunk driver, you may have a personal injury claim. For a free consultation, contact Fears | Nachawati at info@fnlawfirm.com or toll free at 1.866.705.7584.

What is a personal injury lawsuit?

A personal injury lawsuit is based on one person being injured because of the negligent actions of another person. A person is negligent if they fail to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would under the same circumstances. Liability can also be founded on behavior that is reckless or intentional. The person liable for the accident is the defendant, while the person bringing the suit is the plaintiff.

The purpose of a personal injury lawsuit is to compensate the victim for their injuries and losses. These are known as “damages.” The amount of compensation awarded to a plaintiff in a successful personal injury claim depends on the extent of their injuries, both physical and emotional.

The law surrounding personal injury lawsuits varies from state to state. That is why it is so important that you seek the advice of a Texas personal injury attorney. Only an attorney versed in Texas personal injury law can properly advise you on your potential claim.

The law firm of Fears | Nachawati represents accident victims in personal injury lawsuits. To find out if you may have a personal injury claim, contact us today to receive a free consultation. You can email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584.

You should not hesitate in consulting with a Texas personal injury attorney. If you wait too long, your claim might be barred by the state’s statute of limitations. A statute of limitations is a law that limits the amount of time in which you have to bring your personal injury claim.

Texas Roadside Memorials Drive Home the Dangers of Drunk Driving

Small white crosses along the side of the road throughout Texas…each one represents a person killed by a drunk driver in a car accident. The construction of these memorials, which are typically put in place by the victim’s family, are governed by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Two main requirements must be met in order for a family to erect a roadside memorial in Texas. First, the family must present the Department with an official document which proves that alcohol or drugs were factors in the car accident. Second, the accident must have occurred somewhere on the state highway system. Note that a driver who was killed in an accident while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not eligible for a memorial.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving support the roadside memorials. MADD spokeswoman Karen Wrighthouse says that the crosses serve as a visual reminder to the traveling public that drunk driving is a serious issue.
 

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Alcohol and Speed Blamed for Death of Man, Two Children in Galveston Seawall Crash

On Sunday night, May 10th, a Houston man and two children were killed when an SUV crashed into a parked car.  The parked car then struck at least two of the accident victims.  Police are not able to say which two were struck. The victims are Tremane Albert, 25, Alan Meredith, 10, and Isaiah Barnett, 3.

The accident victims, who were all pronounced dead at the scene, were members of two different families.  Meredith was Albert’s stepson, while Barnett was with his mother, who survived the accident with no injuries.  Police say both speed and alcohol were factors in the deadly car accident.  The driver was traveling on the sidewalk of the seawall when she then crashed into the rear end of the parked car.  The name of the SUV driver, a 44-year-old island resident, is being withheld as authorities decide whether to pursue charges. 

The death of innocent victims in a car accident is an indescribable tragedy. The surviving family members may be struggling with the decision of whether to pursue a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. For answers to your questions, please contact Fears | Nachawati Law Firm today for a free consultation. 1.866.705-7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com.

Texas man receives 10 years for fatal drunk driving car accident

A jury has sentenced 29-year-old Jason Lang Modgling to 10 years in prison for the drunk driving death of 20-year-old Adam Martinez. Modgling was also fined $10,000. The sentence comes after Modgling pleaded guilty to the crime of intoxication manslaughter.

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Man arrested after Fort Worth auto-pedestrian collision

At the Law Firm of Fears & Nachawati, Majed Nachawati leads a team of Personal Injury attorneys that represent clients throughout the state of Texas that have been involved in a serious auto accident.  " Right now as our state is enjoying fiesta, NBA playoffs and the start of the baseball season we will have to endure an increase in the amount of innocent victims that will have their lives dramatically changed by the actions of another driver.  My team is prepared and ready to fight for victims of auto accidents! " Majed Nachawati

FORT WORTH -- One man was in the hospital and another man was in police custody early Monday following an overnight auto-pedestrian collision.

It happened just before midnight Sunday in the 3200 block of North Main Street on the Fort Worth's north side, said Sgt. Rodney Bangs, supervisor of the traffic investigation unit.

A 48-year-old man was struck by a passing vehicle as he and his nephew were crossing the street, Bangs said.

The driver of the car slowed but then fled the scene, Bangs said. Motorists who witnessed the collision followed the car to a nearby bar two blocks away.

The witnesses said the man parked and went into the bar. They contacted officers who responded to the injured man and gave a description of the man who had gone into the bar, Bangs said.

Officers found the 19-year-old man inside, Bangs said.

"He subsequently confessed to the offense," he added, "and was taken into custody."

The man would be charged with causing the accident, but there was no evidence that the man was drunk, even though he was found in a bar, Bangs said.

The pedestrian who was injured was in critical but stable condition at John Peter Smith Hospital early Monday, Bangs said.

The Fears | Nachawati Law Firm remains dedicated to sending a message to all bars that the law requires serving alcohol to its patrons in a responsible manner, such that tragic incidents and the suffering of innocent motorists and, in particular, children are eliminated.  Questions concerning dram shop suits, which address bars that overserve patrons can be directed to the lead personal injury lawyer, Majed Nachawati, who will stop at nothing to hold bars and drunk drivers accountable to the fullest extent allowed by our civil justice system.  Fears | Nachawati Law Firm - Toll Free Phone Number 1.866.705.7584, email - mn@fnlawfirm.com.

Baby Boy Abdallah Khader Returns Home

Our clients' son, Abdallah Khader, who was critically injured in an accident caused by the perfect storm of irresponsibility, has been released by Cook's Children's Hospital in Fort Worth and is now being cared for by his loving family.  Abdallah has the ability to breathe on his own.  However, his brain function remains minimal at best.  Bars believed to have overserved alcohol to Richardson, who in turn crashed his vehicle into the Khader family's vehicle as they returned home from a family gathering, need to be aware of potential negligent conduct and take responsibility for preventing intoxication in serving future patrons.  This tragic drunk driving crash was caused not only by Richardson, but any bars believed to have overserved Richardson.  His blood alcohol level was over three times the legal limit-.28.  The Fears | Nachawati Law Firm remains dedicated to sending a message to all bars that the law requires serving alcohol to its patrons in a responsible manner, such that tragic incidents and the suffering of innocent motorists and, in particular, children are eliminated.  Questions concerning dram shop suits, which address bars that overserve patrons can be directed to the lead personal injury lawyer, Majed Nachawati, who will stop at nothing to hold bars and drunk drivers accountable to the fullest extent allowed by our civil justice system.  Fears | Nachawati Law Firm - Toll Free Phone Number 1.866.705.7584, email - mn@fnlawfirm.com.

Mother killed on eve of her favorite events!

By Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News

Mary Alice Flores already had reserved a city-block's worth of seats for Friday's Battle of Flowers Parade and spent hours crafting a Spurs-themed hat to wear — not only to that parade, but for tonight's Fiesta Flambeau Parade, as well.

The Fiesta parades were events she looked forward to all year.

But, for the first time in as long as her family and friends can remember, Flores will miss the events.

A suspected drunken driver heading the wrong way on Interstate 35 slammed into her green Honda Element early Friday morning, killing her inside it, authorities said.

The 58-year-old single mother of four was three hours into the beginning of her favorite holiday of the year, said her son, Gabriel Treviño. Flores had spent Thursday night with family and friends cheering on the Spurs at a South Side bar.

“She was on her way home,” Trevino said. “She was almost there. This is just such a tragedy.”

An off-duty Bexar County Sheriff's deputy attempted several times to stop 31-year-old Jesse Guerrero from driving the wrong way on the interstate — turning on the sirens, flashing his overhead lights and shining a spotlight on him — but the suspect ignored the warnings, according to a San Antonio Police Department incident report.

Guerrero and Flores collided near Fischer Road, killing both drivers and injuring five others, including those in two other vehicles that were unable to avoid the wreck.

Instead of spending the day at the parade Friday, her family was making funeral arrangements for a mother who was known for her generosity, kindness and optimism.

The children couldn't fathom attending this year's parades without their mother, who worked for 25 years at the San Antonio Public Library in order to provide for them.

“Growing up, we didn't have a lot,” Treviño said. “But she was able to do it all on her own. She really didn't pay attention to the negative.”Flores raised her children in a modest West Side home, where she taught them to work hard and get a good education. In 2006, she watched proudly as three of her children graduated from college on the same day. She saw three of her four children get married, and the fourth son, Henry Treviño, was to be married in October.

Gabriel Treviño's only regret is that his mother never had an opportunity to hold a grandchild.

Ramiro Salazar, director of the San Antonio Public Library, said he never saw Flores in a bad mood. As her supervisor, he appreciated her ideas and respect for people.

“She never hesitated to roll up her sleeves, but what was most impressive to me was her ability to motivate and inspire people who work under her,” Salazar said.

Flores' friend Ana Galindo said she felt especially bad for her three sons and daughter.

“She was their best friend, their mom, and their dad, all at the same time,” said Galindo, secretary for Councilman Philip Cortez. “She was the center point of their family. I just can't picture how the kids are going to do this.”

Salazar said Flores called herself a “mother hen,” a title Galindo said she couldn't agree with more.

Galindo was new to town in 1982, when she got a job at the library under Flores' supervision. Galindo recalls many Friday night potluck dinners at Flores' house, where library employees would gather after work. But, she said it was her first Fiesta parade with Flores that she will always remember the most.

“The first time we went, it was just like this year — the humidity and the drizzle — but she made me go,” Galindo said. “Sure enough, it turned out to be a perfect day.

“I just can't believe she's gone.”

Carefree driver slams into baby

The Premiere Personal Injury and Auto Accident attorney Majed Nachawati is standing by if the Lopez family has any questions or concerns about medical bills and/or financial support during this challenging time. Majed said  "I am shocked at Julie Ann Bronson's response to this tragic accident.  If Traci Lopez and little Ava need anything I hope that the family will contact me immediately at 210-200-8570 or 214-734-4075 or email me at MN@fnlawfirm.com."     
 
By Valentino Lucio - Express-News

The driver of a late-model, convertible Mercedes Benz that slammed into a mother and her two daughters had a carefree attitude and even denied any accident took place, authorities said.

Julie Ann Bronson, 42, is free on bond after being arrested Thursday evening on two counts of intoxicated assault and two counts of failure to stop and render aid.

Bronson is accused of driving the Mercedes Benz, which jumped a curb and struck the family in front of their yard on Rogers Place, near Rogers Ranch Parkway, at 8 p.m. Thursday. The family was outside doing yard work at the time of the accident, police said.

An 18-month-old baby, Ava Lopez, was critically injured, while the 36-year-old mother, Traci Lopez, and her unidentified 3-year-old daughter suffered minor injuries.

After the incident, police spotted Bronson driving east on Loop 1604. She was weaving on the highway with her emergency flashers on and, even though the car’s top was down, she appeared as if she wasn’t aware that she was driving without two left tires, according to a police report.

The car was emitting sparks and smoke from the rims grinding into the asphalt, the report states.

Police said damage also was found on her car. According to the report, police said there was a softball-sized impression on the window.

Authorities said the baby, which suffered a punctured lung and injuries to her head, remains in critical condition at University Hospital.

 

As Arlington boy clings to life, drunk-driving charges in the air

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If their 2-year-old son survives the brain injuries he suffered when a suspected repeat drunken driver rear-ended the Arlington family’s car Friday, the boy will never be able to care for himself. But unless the toddler dies, prosecutors can’t pursue the severe punishment the family believes the driver should face.

"My son was supposed to turn 3 in a month and a half," Abdallah’s mother, Loubna Elharazin, said Tuesday. "I want this man to be in jail for the rest of his life."

Abdallah remained on life support at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth on Tuesday. At least 75 percent of the toddler’s brain has been destroyed by bruising and strokes, said Dr. Jeffery McGlothlin, a child neurologist and one of Abdallah’s doctors

"What is left is damaged, and we don’t know how well it will work," McGlothlin said. "His brain injury is so bad, a lot of parents would decide that you’re just prolonging death" by keeping him on life support, he said.

"He could still proceed to brain death," McGlothlin said. The outlook should become clear in the next few days, he said.

Abdallah’s parents, who are Muslim, oppose taking him off life support because of their religious beliefs, said Majed Nachawati, an attorney representing the family in a lawsuit against the driver, Stewart Le Richardson.

Investigation

Richardson, 44, was in the Tarrant County Jail on Tuesday on a charge of intoxication assault with serious bodily injury, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison. His bail was set at $75,000, officials said.

Prosecutors are researching Richardson’s criminal history while they wait to see whether Abdallah will survive, said Richard Alpert, the Tarrant County prosecutor assigned to the case.

"We would like to hope for the very best for the child, but we are prepared to go to the next level if the child dies," Alpert said.

If that happens, Richardson would face a charge of intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors would also consider pursuing a felony murder charge, which is punishable by 99 years to life in prison, if they can prove Richardson had two convictions for driving while intoxicated and was drunk when the crash occurred Friday.

A third DWI is a felony, Alpert said, and under Texas law, people can be convicted of murder if they "commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that causes an individual’s death" while committing another felony.

Investigators are trying to find all the places Richardson has lived so they can check with local authorities to compile a comprehensive criminal history, Alpert said.

History

When he was arrested Friday, Richardson had a valid Minnesota driver’s license and told police that he lives in Davenport, Iowa, according to the Arlington Police Department’s accident report.

Some details of his driving history remained unclear Tuesday.

In 1994, The Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, reported that Richardson was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a wreck that injured five people in Johnson County, Iowa, but it’s unclear how the case was resolved.

In 1998, he was convicted in Scott County, Iowa, of operating a vehicle while intoxicated/second offense and sentenced to 240 days in jail, all but seven of which were suspended, according to Iowa court records online.

In that case, his driver’s license was suspended for six years, but in 2002, a judge allowed him to drive to work on the condition that he have an interlock device, which prevents a vehicle from being started if the driver is intoxicated.

In August 2007, Richardson pleaded guilty to a drunken-driving charge in Minnesota, according to court records.

The wreck

The night of the crash, the Khaders were visiting with several dozen family members, said Abdallah’s uncle, Monte Khader, 38. The Khaders recently moved to Arlington from the Chicago area, and another sibling and her family had just emigrated from the Middle East, he said.

"It was like our headquarters," Monte Khader said of his brother’s home.

Toward the end of the night, Abdallah’s father, Fahad Khader, told his wife that he was tired and wanted to go home. He had to get up at 5 the next morning to work at the Fort Worth IHOP restaurant he manages.

Just after his brother’s family left, Monte Khader’s phone rang.

According to the police report, the Khaders were stopped at a red light at South Cooper Street and Oak Village Road in their Honda Accord about 10:45 p.m. Richardson, driving a Ford F-250 pickup, failed to stop for the light, rear-ending the Accord and pushing it into the intersection, where it collided with another vehicle, the report states.

When Monte Khader arrived at the crash scene, Abdallah’s 17-year-old brother, Ghazi Khader, was on his knees, crying for his uncle to help the child.

"I said it’s OK, he’s breathing," Monte Khader said.

Abdallah’s mother was yelling "I’m losing my son, please help him," he said.

Richardson was not injured, according to the report.

"I said to him, 'You didn’t even hit your brakes,’ " Monte Khader said. "There’s no skid marks."

Before police separated them, Richardson gave Monte Khader a one-word reply.

"He just said, 'Sorry,’ " he said. "Emotionless."


A fund to help pay for Abdallah Khader’s medical bills has been established at Bank of America. Donations can be made at any branch in the boy’s name.
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Family of Crash Victim Pleads for Upgraded Charges

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Doctors estimate 80 percent of 2-year-old Abdallah Khader's brain has been destroyed. 

The mother of a child who is on life support after a wreck involving a man accused of drunken driving said the driver should be charged with intoxication manslaughter.

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Abdallah Khader's mother says the driver should be charged with intoxication manslaughter.

Family of Crash Victim Pleads for Upgraded Charges

 "I want this man to be in jail for the rest of his life," said Loubna Elharizn, the mother of 2-year-old Abdallah Khader.

The family is demanding that charges against Stewart Richardson, 44, be upgraded to intoxication manslaughter. Richardson, who is accused of rear-ending the family's vehicle, has been charged with intoxication assault in connection with the crash.

Dr. Jeffery McGlothlin, a surgeon who is working to keep Khader alive with the help of life support, said he estimates 80 percent of the boy's brain has been destroyed.

"The parts that he has left are just barely keeping him alive," he said. "We don't expect that he would be able to stand, to walk to even sit or speak."

Khader is just more than a month away from his third birthday.

The wreck happened Friday as the family was returning from visiting a loved one in Arlington. Police said Richardson plowed into the rear of their vehicle as they were stopped at an intersection for a red light. The family's car was forced into oncoming traffic, creating a second collision, police said.

Khader was pinned in the wreckage. His body was crushed, and his skull was smashed.

Family members said Khader is still alive, but Richardson's actions have murdered everything about the little boy that made him himself.

"I don't understand," Elharizn said. "How many times does someone have to be caught driving under the influence of alcohol until he's not allowed to drive in this country?"

Richardson has been previously arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

Khader's family has filed a civil suit against Richard, alleging gross negligence, saying he had no regard for the impact his actions have on the lives of others.

The family said they will keep the little boy on life support for as long as his body can sustain it because of their religious beliefs.

They said they will also keep pushing for a stiffer prosecution and a manslaughter charge.

"He's my only joy, he's my only son, I breathe when he breathes, he is my only son and I want my son back," his mother said as tears flowed down her face. 

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Arlington Muslim Family Struggles With Life, Faith

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An Arlington couple sits at a North Texas hospital, hoping for a miracle. Doctors say their two-year-old son has severe brain damage after a crash with an accused drunk driver. The family held a news conference Tuesday from Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth.

Family members said they held the press conference for two reasons. One – to show people how drunk drivers destroy families and secondly, to announce that they have filed a civil action lawsuit.

Two-year-old Abdallah Khader is on life support. Stewart Lee Richardson, 44, faces Intoxication Assault charges for the crash that has the little boy clinging to life. If Abdallah dies, the charges against Richardson will likely be upgrade to Intoxication Manslaughter.

The Khader family had just left a family gathering Friday night when their car was hit near the intersection of South Cooper and Oak Village, in Arlington. According to police, the Khader family car was stopped at a red light when Richardson rear-ended them.

The Khader's are Muslim and say they cannot take the child off of life support, because of their religious beliefs. Doctors say little Abdallah will either die unassisted, or survive with severe brain injuries.

 

"I would estimate that about 80-percent of his brain has been destroyed," said neurosurgeon

Dr. Jeffery McGlothlin

. Doctors say if Abdallah survives he will never be able to stand, sit, walk, or speak.

"The family is in the position of either having to make the choice of taking him off life support or leaving him on life support and having this guy get off with less of a penalty," said Majed Nachawati, the family's attorney.

Local Islamic leader Imam Moujahed Bakhach said there is an exception to the rule. He said if three doctors agree that a patient could not survive and live a normal life, they would allow the patient to be taken off life support.

Right now that's not a call the Khaders are ready to make. "What's keeping me alive right now is that he's breathing upstairs," said Loubna Khader.

Richardson was originally jailed in Arlington on an $8,000 bond. "This man, right now, has a bond of $8,000. Is this how much my son's life is worth? My son was gonna be three-years-old in a month and a half. He's my only son. I breathe while he breathes. He's my only son and I want my son back," said Loubna.

 

After being transferred to the Tarrant County Jail, bond for Richardson was increased to $75,000.

 

However, the two-year-old's parents are outraged that Richardson was able to get out of jail after posting just ten percent of his $75,000 bond.

 

At the press conference, Abdallah's parents said they want Richardson charged with Intoxication Manslaughter, compensation for the crash and potentially deadly results, and information as to why Richardson was still driving after having faced multiple DUI charges in Ohio and Iowa.

"How many times does someone have to be… to be caught driving under the influence of alcohol, until he's not allowed to drive in this country?" mother Loubna Khader asked.

In Iowa, Richardson had three separate Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) charges, in 1988, 1994, and 1998 respectively. Officials there considered the 1998 charge his second offense, for that he spent seven days in jail, paid a $1,500 fine, and had his driver's license suspended for six years.

Richardson's former fiancé said he has a good heart, but has been battling alcohol problems for years. She said he came to North Texas to work as a heavy equipment operator.

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Arlington family struggles to cope after boy critically injured in drunken driving crash 07:16 PM CST on Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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A 2-year-old boy who was critically injured in a drunken driving crash last week remained on life support on Tuesday as his parents coped with his devastating prognosis.

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Eighty percent of Abdallah Khader's brain was destroyed in the crash.

Eighty percent of Abdallah Khader’s brain was destroyed in the crash, according to his doctor, Jeff McGlothlin.   If Abdallah survives, he will be severely disabled for the rest of his life.

Majed Nachawati, his parents’ attorney, said their Muslim faith prevents them from taking him off life support.  

“What’s keeping me alive right now is just knowing that he’s breathing upstairs,” Loubna Elharazin, the boy’s mother, said Tuesday during a press conference at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. “I’m happy just to touch him. I’m happy to take him home like that. He’s my only son. I want my son back.”

The family, originally from Palestine, moved to Arlington from Chicago less than a month ago.

They were on their way home from a family gathering on Friday night when Stewart Richardson, 44, of Davenport, Iowa, slammed his pickup into the family’s Honda Accord as they waited at a red light in the 4900 block of South Cooper Street at Oak Village Boulevard in Arlington.

Arlington police officers arrested Richardson, a man they say has a history of DWI arrests. On Tuesday, Richardson was being held at the Tarrant County jail in lieu of $75,000 bail on a charge of intoxication assault. Charges could be upgraded if Abdallah’s condition changes.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Richardson did not have an attorney, a court clerk said. Family members said Richardson had used an interlock device designed to prevent repeat DWI offenders from driving drunk at least twice before, but he didn't have one on Friday.

Abdallah’s parents on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Richardson in Tarrant County district court alleging negligence and gross negligence, but Nachawati said Richardson has little, if any, assets.

“How many times does someone have to be caught driving under the influence of alcohol until he’s not allowed to drive in this country,” a tearful Elharazin asked on Tuesday. “He decided to drink and get in his car and drive and kill someone and he walked out [saying] ‘I’m sorry.’ I want this man to be in jail for the rest of his life.”

A fund in Abdallah’s name has been established with Bank of America to help pay the family’s medical expenses.

WFAA-TV (Channel 8) contributed to this report.

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Fatal Crash Involving Suspected Drunk Driver

A suspected drunk driver with four previous DWI arrests and a history of police pursuits was fleeing authorities when he caused a fiery crash early Monday, killing a married couple and seriously injuring at least three others, officials said.

Uriel Perez Palacios A Dallas County Sheriff’s Department deputy pulled over a Chevy Tahoe driven by Uriel Perez Palacios, 21, about 2 a.m. after seeing the vehicle weaving on North Central Expressway. The deputy suspected Mr. Palacios may have been drunk, said Kimberlee Leach, a sheriff’s department spokeswoman.

As the deputy approached the vehicle, Mr. Palacios drove away with his lights off and immediately exited at Mockingbird Lane, Ms. Leach said. He ran a red light at the intersection and struck another Tahoe, sending Mr. Palacios’ vehicle into the air.

The Tahoe landed on a third vehicle, a Scion SUV, killing Erika Clouet, 24, and German Clouet, 23.

“Many deputies said it was one of the worst accidents that they ever saw,” Ms. Leach said. “You couldn’t make out what kinds of vehicles were involved.”

The Dallas Morning News reported, Mr. Palacios was thrown from his vehicle, Ms. Leach said. His passenger, Didiana Espinoza, 23, had to be cut from the wreckage. Both were taken to Baylor Hospital in Dallas in critical condition.

Authorities arrested Mr. Palacios earlier this year for driving while intoxicated, his fourth, Ms. Leach said. He already was facing DWI charges from that incident and another in 2007, and had been involved in two police chases prior to Monday’s crash.

Ms. Leach added that, based on his most recent arrest, Mr. Palacios may have been driving on a suspended license.

Officials plan to charge Mr. Palacios with intoxication manslaughter if he survives. Deputies are still investigating his whereabouts before the accident.

Five Southern Methodist University students were in the other Tahoe, two of whom were seriously injured. The driver was in surgery today at Baylor Hospital for a broken left arm, which had also been burned. A passenger was undergoing tests at Baylor.

A tenant at the Hotel Palomar, David Wong, 33, of Tulsa, Okla, said he was awoken by a loud boom outside. He said he opened his window to see a car on its side and another on fire.

“One guy was on the ground screaming,” he said.

The intersection was shut down for four hours as deputies investigated the accident. Lanes on Central Expressway also shut down as deputies cleaned up gasoline that spilled onto the freeway. Officials re-opened the roads a few hours later.

 

Squad Car Hit by Drunken Driver

A stop by a Mower County deputy yielded two drunken-driving arrests Friday after the his squad car was hit by an allegedly inebriated Iowa man while it sat stationary for a separate suspect arrested for driving drunk, according to Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi.

Amazi said the 24-year-old man, of Riceville, Iowa, nicked the driver’s side door of the deputy’s squad car, and then gave chase until voluntarily pulling over about two miles into Iowa.

The Austin Daily Herald reported, the collision happened on 770th Avenue near State Line Road by LeRoy, according to Amazi, who said the deputy pulled over the first man around 10:30 p.m. The deputy was seated in the front seat, and narrowly pulled his foot into the car before it was hit. The other suspect was seated in the back.

Amazi said the deputy had his emergency lights and a stop light activated. He chased the second suspect south on Mower County Road 12 before taking the man into custody on Howard County 7 in Iowa.

No one was injured, and the vehicle did not sustain heavy damages, Amazi said.

Amazi said the second subject, who allegedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.30, remains in Iowa until his Mower County hearing. No charges have been filed to date.

According to court records, the 24-year-old has a driving under the influence conviction in Dodge County from 2005.

 

Drunk Driver Indicted on Murder Charges

Fort Worth News Reports, A Fort Worth man, convicted three times of drunken driving, was indicted Thursday on a charge of murder, accused of driving drunk and killing a 4-year-old Haltom City girl in a March traffic wreck.

Marcial J. Ortega remained in the Tarrant County Jail Friday with bail set at $100,000.

"We are pursing murder because his criminal history allows us to pursue that charge," Tarrant County Assistant District Richard Alpert said Friday.

According to Tarrant County criminal court records, Ortgea has two misdemeanor DWI convictions in 1999 and one felony DWI conviction in 2002, for which he was sentenced to three years in prison.

Under the Texas Penal Code, a defendant can be charged with murder, if while committing a felony, he performs an act "clearly dangerous to human life that causes the death of an individual."

Investigators say they believe Ortega was driving a Chevrolet truck that hit Octavio Sanchez's Ford station wagon about 9 p.m. on March 14 in the 100 block of Loop 820 in Hurst near the Airport Freeway merge and took the life of Sanchez's daughter.

Four-year-old Kaitlyn Sanchez was sitting alongside her mother and 10-year-old sister, her father has said in a previous interview. Kaitlyn was riding in a booster seat and secured by a seat belt in the back of the station wagon, police said.

Kaitlyn was pronounced dead at a Fort Worth hospital about an hour later.

No one else was hospitalized, but Kaitlyn's 10-year-old sister suffered minor elbow injuries, her father said. A Tarrant County grand jury also indicted Ortega on a charge of DWI felony repetition.

Drunken Driving Laws

San Antonio News Reports, Three people have been killed by allegedly drunken drivers in the last few days, and San Antonio's police chief wants to remind residents that the consequences from drunken driving are set to increase in a month.

A pair of teenagers were killed in separate accidents; 19-year-old Angelina Medina died when her car was hit by an alleged drunken driver Monday evening, and a 19-year-old man was killed when the car he was driving slammed into a utility pole on Donaldson Avenue Tuesday evening. Police said they found open beer cans in his vehicle.

Earlier Tuesday evening, 42-year-old Amelia Arce Trevino died when she was ejected from the vehicle her husband, who police said they believe was intoxicated, lost control of their vehicle and smashed into several trees along North Loop Road.
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Collison Caused by Drunk Driving

This morning, the Dallas Morning News reported that a 28-year-old man involved in a collision that killed a 60-year-old man, could face drunken driving charges.

The accident occurred about 11:45 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Skillman Avenue and Mockingbird Lane.

Jeremy Watkins was driving a Toyota sport utility vehicle in the 4100 block of Skillman when police were alerted that he may have been intoxicated. When the officer attempted to stop him, Mr. Watkins, he sped away and collided with a 60-year-old driver in a Jeep Grand Cherokee heading eastbound on Mockingbird.

The two vehicles then collided with a third vehicle.

Mr. Watkins was taken to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and will face charges of intoxicated manslaughter or criminal negligent homicide, based on the pending blood test results, Dallas police said.

Police did not release the name of 60-year-old man, pending notification of next of kin.

The driver of the third vehicle was taken to Baylor University Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Fort Worth Wreck Kills 2

According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, two women were killed early Saturday when a GMC truck that was fleeing a hit-and-run slammed into three other vehicles along a South Freeway service road, police said.

The accident killed the driver of a Cadillac, Cynthia Revilla, 24, and her passenger, Danielle Hooten, 18, both of Fort Worth. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Hooten's 20-month-old child was ejected from the Cadillac but was in stable condition at Cook Children's hospital, police said.

Alisia Padilla, 38, was arrested on two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault. In 2004, Padilla received a probated sentence for possession of a controlled substance, according to Tarrant County court records.

A mandatory blood draw was performed, but Padilla's blood-alcohol level will not be available for several days, said Lt. Paul Henderson, a Fort Worth police spokesman. Padilla's husband, who was a passenger in the truck, was listed in serious condition at John Peter Smith Hospital, police said.

The chain of events that led to the fatalities began at 12:11 a.m. when Padilla's truck struck a car in the parking lot of a bar in south Fort Worth, police said. The driver of the car began following Padilla's truck northbound toward Seminary Drive.

At the intersection, the truck hit a Dodge Neon, ran a red light and struck two more vehicles -- Revilla's Cadillac and a Ford Explorer, police said. A father and son in the Explorer were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. The driver of the Neon was not injured.

Men Driving Drunk Kill a Woman and 5-Year Old Boy

 This past weekend, the Dallas Morning News reported two different drunk driving accidents that killed a woman and a young child. 

The first drunken driver crushed a 5-year-old boy to death in his car seat early Sunday, Dallas police said.

They said the second caused a pickup to flip over, killing a 47-year-old woman and seriously injuring her husband.

"I can't recall the last time when we had two [such deaths] in one night," said Dallas police Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse. "To deal with a small child like this, it's traumatic even for a veteran police officer."

The crashes happened during a Super Bowl weekend when some area police departments were already on heightened alert for drunken drivers, although there was no indication that either suspect had been at a game-related party.

Police blamed the first crash on Adrian Childs, 28, who Dallas County records say has two convictions for drug dealing. Mr. Childs was driving a Hyundai Sonata at high speed when he rear-ended a Cadillac about 3:35 a.m. on State Highway 310 near Lamar Street in South Dallas, police said. The impact collapsed the Cadillac's trunk and caused the back seat to crush Xavier Williams, 5. His mother, whom police did not identify, was driving and survived, as did two of Xavier's siblings. Mr. Childs' car was then hit by a third vehicle, whose driver was not injured. Mr. Childs was taken to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas for treatment and later jailed on a charge of intoxication manslaughter.

Nearly two hours later and several miles away, Vernie Clark of Ennis was a passenger in a pickup driven by her husband on North Central Expressway at Walnut Hill Lane.

Police said a Toyota 4Runner driven by Patricio Barrios, 63, swerved in front of the Clarks, causing a collision. The pickup then flipped over, pinning the couple inside. Ms. Clark was taken to Presbyterian Hospital, where she died of her injuries. Authorities said her husband was hospitalized and underwent emergency surgery. They did not release his name or condition. Mr. Barrios was jailed on charges of intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.

Dallas police didn't increase their drunken driving enforcement during the weekend, but Cpl. Janse said police expected to make more DWI arrests than usual Sunday night.

"People don't make the right decisions and don't find other means of transportation," he said.

Other area cities took a more aggressive approach over the weekend, seeking search warrants to draw blood from suspected drunken drivers who refused to submit to breath or blood tests.

 

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Woman Killed by Drunken Driver

This morning, the Dallas Morning News reported a car accident that was caused by a drunk driver.

On Sept. 11, 2001, a family appointment kept Ms. Marilyn Gates from boarding Flight 11, one of her regular flights. After takeoff from Boston, the Los Angeles-bound plan was hijacked and flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

But the New Hampshire woman couldn't dodge fate – or tragedy – forever. Less than five years after escaping the nation's worst terrorist attack, the 52-year-old was killed when a drunken driver ran a red light and slammed into her car on a North Texas roadway. The crash injured two others.
The driver, Stephen David Mole, was sentenced this month to 30 years in prison for intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault. The 54-year-old Keller man must serve at least half of his sentence because a Denton County jury found that he had used his car as a deadly weapon.

Ms. Gates' unexpected death sent shock waves through her close-knit family and those who came to feel close to her through the criminal investigation.

"She cheated death once but came down here and couldn't cheat it again," said Brent Robbins, an investigator for the Denton County district attorney's office who is credited with working tirelessly on the case.