Two Killed and One Injured in a Motorcycle Crash in Willacy County

Two were killed in a crash that occurred in Willacy County on Friday, January 17th 2014. Davis John, age 60, and Gilles Girard, age 69, were riding in a group of motorcyclists from Canada. They were driving along Farm-to-Market Road 490 just east of Farm-to-Market Road 1015. The wife of Davis John was also hit and was reported to be in intensive care. It was said that a Cadillac Escalade crossed into oncoming traffic and hit their group of motorcyclists. 

Legal Commentary
In this situation there arises a potential civil case. The families of the victims should consult with an experienced personal injury and/or wrongful death attorney to file claims against the person at fault to help the families pay for costly medical and funeral expenses. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous individuals and families who are affected by motor vehicle accidents. Although no monetary amount can compensate for a lost loved one, a successful civil claim against the at-fault driver will enable the victim’s family to cover any medical or final expenses, leaving them more time to focus on the grieving process during this trying time. If you or a loved one has been affected by this accident, or one similar, contact the experienced attorneys at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by sending an email to mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent personal injury lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in automobile accidents, workplace accidents, wrongful death cases, and product liability claims throughout the state of Texas. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous motor vehicle accident cases through trial and settlement that have brought seven and eight figure confidential reward settlements. His 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 licensed 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 Leader’s Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as aSuper Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past five years in a row for legal excellence, in connection with wrongful death and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be contacted by email or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

Caleb Tate, 20, Killed in Motorcycle Wreck on Southwest Parkway in College Station

Caleb Tate, a 20-year-old Texas A&M cadet and student, was killed on Wednesday, October 15, 2013 on Southwest Parkway when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a car that pulled out in front of him unexpectedly. The accident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m., near the intersection of Southwest Parkway and South Texas Avenue. Mr. Tate was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, and was taken to College Station Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The car driven by an 18-year-old and the driver’s 20-year-old passenger did not sustain life threatening injuries, and their names have not been released at present.
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Legal Commentary

Unfortunately, motorcycle and automobile collisions happen quite frequently; often as a result of a driver’s failure to yield correctly or see the motorcyclist. In this scenario, a potential civil case could evolve due to the negligence of the driver operating the car. Although Mr. Tate was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, liability still rests on the driver of the automobile for failing to exercise caution, and pulling out in front of the motorcyclist unexpectedly.

From a civil perspective, our firm has represented numerous families who have been directly affected by fatal motorcycle tragedies. The family of Mr. Tate should most certainly consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney to file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver who caused this accident. While no amount of compensation will revive Caleb Tate, a civil claim settlement will provide his family with the financial support needed to cover Mr. Tate’s medical and final expenses; enabling them to focus on grieving the loss of their family member, and not the financial burden that typically accompanies the unexpected death of a loved one.
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About the Author

Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in wrongful death lawsuits, workplace accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims in College Station and throughout the state of Texas. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous wrongful death cases through trial and settlement that have brought seven and eight figure confidential reward settlements. His 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 licensed 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 Leader’s 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 five years in a row for legal excellence, in connection with wrongful death and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be contacted by email or by calling 1.866.705.7584.

What Does Texas Law Require of Motorcycle Drivers?

In many cases, who is responsible for causing a motorcycle accident is a contentious issue. Often the motorcyclist will blame the driver; and the driver will blame the motorcyclist. In this classic he-said-she-said fight, how do lawyers, judges, juries, and insurance companies allocate liability?

 

For many litigants, other instances of responsible or irresponsible action can help tip the balance in favor of one party or the other. In particular, if a motorcyclist fails to adhere to state law, these breaches of a legal duty may influence the way a court or jury determines responsibility. So, what are some of the legal duties imposed on motorcyclists?

 

In Texas, motorcyclists under the age of 21 are required to wear a helmet. They are required to use a headlight for motorcycles built after 1975. Their motorcycle may not be retrofitted in a dangerous way, such as raising the handlebar height more than 15 inches above the seat. And they must purchase a minimum level of insurance.

 

While a failure to adhere to these laws – as well as other demonstrably safe practice – will not necessary result in a particular outcome, they are often influential. Are these laws applicable in your motorcycle injury lawsuit? To find out, contact the attorneys and dedicated professionals at the Dallas law firm of Fears | Nachawati.

 

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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Members of Congress Voice Support for Motorcyclists

A bipartisan group of members of Congress recently voiced their support for motorcyclists by encouraging riders across the country to participate in the annual Ride to Work Day. For years, the Ride to Work Day has been an opportunity for riders nationwide to demonstrate that motorcycle owners come from all walks of life.

 

Why is this important? Like many minorities, motorcycle riders face stereotyping and profiling. Many drivers view them as irresponsible, careless, selfish and dangerous. For most people, these biases aren’t necessarily based in anything tangible, but they often have very tangible effects.

 

Statisticians conclude that two-thirds of fatal motorcycle accidents are the fault of the passenger car driver, not the motorcyclist. In courts of law, however, juries don’t reach the same findings of fact. What explains the difference? Many scholars and observers believe that a subtle prejudice influences juries as they allocate responsibility for an accident. Riders pay the price in lost court cases and reduced damage awards.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

How should you push back against this bias in our court system? The best cure is persuasive, dedicated legal counsel. Whether presenting facts and law in a courtroom or a mediation session, the attorneys at the Dallas law firm of Fears | Nachawati understand how to provide the decision-maker in your case with the facts and law necessary to arrive at a fair, impartial and appropriate decision.

 

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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The Fall Will Probably Kill You

In a classic moment from the acclaimed movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the title characters find themselves literally trapped between a rock and a hard place. Crouched behind a large rock, they face two options: surrendering to approaching lawmen or leaping from safety, hoping to land in a fast-flowing stream below. Sundance wants to face the lawmen, ultimately admitting that he’s afraid of the escape because he can’t swim. Butch’s response is a cinema classic: “Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill you.” And with that, they jump.

 

Sundance was worried about the wrong thing: he assumed away the greater risk, focusing instead on the lesser one. Across Texas, motorcyclists do the same thing every day. The only difference is that for them, the fall might actually kill them.

 

Prospective riders wonder if they’ll ever really get the hang of riding. Long-time owners worry about whether they’ve purchased the right ride. Older owners wonder if they’re cool enough to pull it off. Younger riders wish they had a nice bike. And in each case, most are unprepared for what would happen if they were in a motorcycle accident.

 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently published troubling statistics. In the first decade of the 21st Century, while motor vehicle crash-related deaths reached an all-time low, motorcycle deaths reached an all-time high, more than doubling between 1999 and 2008. In that period, more than 30,000 riders died and well-over 1,000,000 were treated in the emergency room of a hospital.

 

Riders need to get their head right. For that matter, their families should, too. Riding a motorcycle puts you at real risk of experiencing painful, costly, and life-altering health outcomes, including death. Part of what it means to be a responsible rider is knowing what should happen in the event of an accident that’s not your fault.

 

The attorneys at the Dallas law firm of Fears | Nachawati specialize in this important area of the law. Whether you need to talk to our attorneys about a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death case, we’re ready to guide you through those difficult conversations. After years of committed practice, we’re ready to give you the help you need.

 

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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Motorcyclist Fatality Sheds Light on Trend

This weekend, a Houston police officer in his 40s died as the result of a traffic accident. This accident is not just unfortunate, but also indicative of many fatal motorcycle wrecks in Texas. At the time of the accident, the off-duty officer was riding his motorcycle when an automobile driver unsafe changed lanes, slamming into him.

 

How does this accident represent the norm? First, the motorcyclist was fatally injured because of the car driver’s carelessness. Sadly, the majority of motorcycle accidents in Texas are the result of careless automobile drivers, not inattentive riders.

 

Second, the motorcyclist was injured in spite of his training and experience. In fact, few riders have as many hours on a bike as last weekend’s policeman. Since the mid-1990s, the motorcyclist had worked on the police force, mostly in traffic enforcement as a motorcycle cop. Hundreds of hours didn’t protect him from another’s risky driving.

 

Finally, motorcycle deaths disproportionately occur among motorcyclists between 30 and 60, according to data from the Texas Department of Transportation. While other accident types, such as drunk driving or inattentive driving, are associated with younger drivers and teens, motorcyclist fatalities are an older driver phenomenon. At 44, the motorcyclist in last weekend’s accident is precisely within the age range TxDOT reports.

 

Was your loved one involved in a motorcycle accident? History suggests that these accidents can be some of the hardest on families. They often involve older males who are the primary breadwinners in a family that includes children. For many of these families, it’s important to secure justice and find adequate compensation for loss. Are you ready to find out how our dedicated attorneys can help? Call 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:

 

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Helmets & a Motorcyclist's Liability

The Center for Disease Control (CDC), one of the nation’s preeminent medical research facilities, could not be clearer: a motorcycle driver’s failure to wear a helmet dramatically elevates the likelihood that he will suffer serious and potentially fatal injury. Forty-one percent of motorcyclists who died in highway accidents were not wearing a helmet.

 

Even with a helmet, however, motorcycles are dangerous. More than 4,000 motorcyclists die annually on average. And although helmet technology is improving, the number of riders who die in roadside accidents is rising faster than every before. In the last ten years, motorcycle deaths have risen by an astonishing 55 percent. Finally, although wearing a helmet is crucial to safety, riding a motorcycle is so dangerous that more people die every year wearing a helmet than not wearing one.

 

The CDC’s research concludes that wearing a helmet reduces the risk of death by 37 percent and the risk of head injury by a remarkable 69 percent. Statistics like these have convinced forty-eight state legislatures to adopt some form of helmet law and eighteen state governments to enact universal helmet laws.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

Important legal doctrines such as the assumption of the risk and comparative negligence empower juries to consider not only the careless conduct of the defendant but the actions of the plaintiff, too. Widespread knowledge of the importance of motorcycle helmets suggests that a motorcyclist’s failure to wear a helmet may constitute the kind of risky behavior that limits or even terminates a defendant’s legal liability.

 

How will Texas’s helmet statute and case law impact your suit? Fortunately, the attorneys at the Dallas law firm of Fears | Nachawati are fully prepared to answer this question and the many other legal issues which may impact your rights. To schedule your free consultation with our dedicated attorneys, contact us today. We’re ready to advise you.

 

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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Car Accident Fatalities Fall, Motorcycle Accidents Rise

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released important figures recently, finding that in a recent ten-year period motor vehicle fatalities reached an all-time low, but that during the same period motorcycle fatalities rose to an all-time high.

 

Just how frequent have motorcycle accidents and motorcycle fatalities become? An astonishing 34,000 American motorcyclists were killed during the study period and 1.2 million were treated for non-fatal motorcycle-related injuries. Distressingly, this increase isn’t merely a reflection in increased ridership. The rate of motorcycle fatalities increased by 55 percent during the period from 1.12 riders to 1.74 riders per 100,000.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

Are you prepared for what might happen if you or your loved one are involved in a motorcycle accident? As this CDC report finds, riding a motorcycle is dangerous – and becoming even more risky.

 

Motorcycle accidents involve an important but often misunderstood area of the law. Questions such as whether a rider was careless in his driving or whether he took appropriate steps to avoid the risk of an accident can have a profound impact on settlement negotiations or even a jury trial. Securing the answers to these questions and many more is important for you and your family.

 

Are you ready to find out what will happen if you or a loved one are involved in a motorcycle accident? Have you been in a motorcycle accident and are now struggling to identify the right way to move forward? With many years of experience and dedicated expertise in this area of the law, the attorneys at the Dallas law firm of Fears | Nachawati are prepared to give you the advice you need. 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:

 

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Do You Know What to Do If You're in a Motorcycle Accident?

Texas is home to nearly 1,000,000 motorcycle drivers. It’s easy to see why: with open highways and good roads, Texas is a great place to ride, whether you’re cruising in the Hill Country, flying across the Llano Estacado, or snaking through the Piney Woods.

 

Tragically, however, Texas is also the place where hundreds of riders die every year. And to make matters worse, most of those, nearly 64 percent according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, die without a helmet.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

What are the rules of the road in Texas? For starters, Texas law requires that riders carry minimum compulsory liability insurance: at least $30,000 per person in bodily injury coverage and at least $25,000 in property damage coverage. Of course, that’s really only the start. If you’re in a motorcycle accident you could be on the hook for a lot more.

 

Have you or a loved one been in a recent accident while riding on your motorcycle? If the answer is yes, you probably have a lot of questions about your rights under the law and whether you have a viable claim against the driver who caused your injury. The sad truth is that many motorists have a hard time seeing motorcyclists – and, as a result, don’t brake for them until it’s too late.

 

Fortunately for you, the attorneys at Fears | Nachawati are dedicated to protecting the legal interests of drivers like you. With years of experience and courtroom-tested expertise, we know how to fight for your rights and secure the settlement that you deserve. Talk to our professionals today to find out how we can help you.

 

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

Safe Drivers Give Motorcyclists More Space, Not Less

It may seem counterintuitive, but driving experts and even state administrators recommend that drivers should give motorcycle riders more space on the road, not less, despite their smaller size. The reality is that the factual standard for driving safely near a motorcycle is higher than it is for driving near cars.

 

In Texas, a state of nearly 24,000,000 people, motorcycle drivers make up a tiny fraction of the people on the road. Yet these roughly 1,000,000 drivers disproportionately suffer injury and death on the highway. In fact, in terms of relative size, considerably more motorcyclists are injured or killed on Texas roads than drivers of passenger cars.

 

Why is that? Passenger car drivers tend to blame motorcyclists themselves. The evidence, however, tells a different story. In compliance with state law, drivers of motorcycles take specialized courses and in many cases, receive advanced training, too. Additionally, more than 75 percent of accidents involve another car, and a significant majority occur in the context of multi-car collisions in which the motorcyclist is merely at the wrong place at the wrong time.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

Unfortunately, innocent misconceptions about how and why motorcyclists are involved in accidents can do considerable damage at a negotiating table or in a courtroom. Mediators and juries often fall in the trap of blaming the victim, as if choosing to ride a motorcycle was somehow the same thing as choosing to suffer a debilitating highway accident because of a car driver’s negligence.

 

Victims of motorcycle accidents need legal representatives who not only understand the law that governs their case, but also who recognize the uphill battle that their clients face as a result of these misconceptions. Our success in the courtroom and at the negotiating table suggests that a clear message about the cause of an accident can get through, but it takes an articulate, knowledgeable, and experienced attorney to succeed at communicating it.

 

Fortunately for you, that’s exactly who the attorneys at Fears | Nachawati are. Contact our experts today to find out how we can help you recover from your motorcycle accident. The consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose. Let us help you!

 

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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Early Morning Motorcycle Crash Injures Two

Early morning commuters travelling to Dallas from Rockwall, and Greenville were delayed this morning because of a motorcycle accident that seriously injured two people. Today’s accident marks yet another in a growing trend that underscores how dangerous motorcycle driving can be, particularly for riders who don’t protect themselves.

 

Although precisely what happened is still under investigation, today’s accident has all the earmarks of the kind of car-induced accident that so often takes down riders. In the half-light of early morning, a driver and his passenger were taking an I-30 off-ramp when the motorcycle crashed, throwing the riders from the cycle and onto the cold, hard interstate. Observers are left to wonder whether an inattentive motorist was travelling too close to the exiting bikers and caused the accident.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident? Was a careless car driver responsible for your injuries? You should call a doctor if you’re injured. Then, you should contact the motorcycle accident experts at Fears | Nachawati.

 

Want to know how to protect yourself? Helmets are just the half of it. For many motorcyclists, insurance is important to protect their financial future, and the skilled attorneys at our law firm are instrumental in making sure that their legal interests are protected. Ready to find out how we can help you? Talk to our skilled, trained, experienced, and dedicated professionals today. You’ll be glad you did.

 

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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Does Your Motorcycle Insurance Cover Joyriding?

A Houston motorcycle owner woke up this morning to a legal and financial reality that he never considered when it was just a highly unlikely probability. As he relaxed at home the night before, his life was changing on Houston’s North Freeway. So were the lives of three others.

 

What was the motorcycle owner’s fateful decision? It was a simple enough act: he let his friend borrow his motorcycle. Unfortunately for everyone involved, however, the friend had very little motorcycle experience.

 

Zooming down the center lane of the North Freeway, the rider lost control of the bike’s speed and, as a result, slammed into the back of another vehicle, breaking out the car’s back window and spraying glass on two children sitting in the back of the car. Although scary for the kids, the accident proved even worse for the rider. Not wearing a helmet, the novice joyrider was thrown from the motorcycle, ultimately landing at a hospital in critical condition.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

What would happen if your friend, spouse, or child were in an accident while riding your motorcycle? Have you considered the legal and financial implications that you might face? If you’re like most motorcycle owners, you haven’t. And the harsh financial and legal realty is that you might be on the hook for your joyrider’s recklessness.

                                                                                

Do you have questions about what happens in the event of a motorcycle accident involving your ride? Texas law can be complicated. It may be time for you to speak with the specialists at Fears | Nachawati. Contact us today for a 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

Rural Road Claims Motorcycle Driver and Passenger

A sharp turn on a rural road is dangerous for all drivers, but it’s particularly hazardous for motorcyclists trying to negotiate the turn at night and at high speed. For Ryan Lorenz and his female passenger, Jennifer Chennault, the sharp turn on FM 455 in Collin County was too much to handle. Lorenz lost control of his bike, driving off the road, striking a poll, and coming to a rest in a roadside ditch. Both driver and passenger died at the scene.

 

Driving is a motorcycle is fun, but it can also be very dangerous. Driving at high speed, at night, in a group, or with a passenger means driving with greater risk. For many drivers just like Lorenz, that risk can have tragic, painful, and even fatal consequences.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

Fears | Nachawati is a specialized legal practice that serves Texans involved in motorcycle accidents. Whether you’ve been in an accident as a motorcycle passenger or driver, we can help you deal with the days ahead. You may need to negotiate with your motorcycle insurance provider or the drivers and other parties who may have contributed to your accident. We handle those types of negotiations for drivers every day.

 

Was your loved one killed in a motorcycle accident? Thanks to the Texas wrongful death statute, their rights were not necessarily extinguished when they passed away. If you want to find out how you can seek justice on behalf of your departed loved one, we can answer those questions and prepare your fight for justice.

 

Were you a passenger on a motorcycle ride from hell? Agreeing to ride a motorcycle with your friend is not the same thing as agreeing to be driven recklessly. If you were hurt as a motorcycle passenger because of dangerous driving, you may have a valid legal claim against the driver. Talk to us to find out how you should move forward.

 

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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Careless Pickup Truck Driver Puts Motorcyclist in Houston Hospital

What happens when an F-350 makes a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle? The results are painful and tragic, as Jimmy Gamble can attest after he watched helplessly as careless pickup driver “gunned” her engine and made a turn into his friend’s lane. The driver hoped that she could slip across the highway before Carl Barnett, the man driving the oncoming motorcycle, crossed her path.

 

Tragically, Carl Barnett was closer than she realized and, as a result, slammed into the side of her pickup truck. What adds insult to injury in a situation like Barnett’s is that the driver of the F-350 rolled the dice and took the risk – and the motorcyclist paid the price. As of earlier this week, Barnett was in a Houston-area hospital, fighting for his life.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

With the economy sluggish and prices on the rise, it’s understandable why many motorcycle drivers would elect to purchase limited coverage motorcycle insurance. However, that’s a risky strategy, given that you can’t always control the risks – such as careless F-350 drivers – that others take.

 

More than 50,000 Americans are involved in motorcycle accidents every year, according to reports from the National Center for Statistics & Analysis, including thousands of Texans. Although some accidents cause only scrapes and bruises and many fit within the limits of the driver’s insurance policy, a surprising and meaningful number of accidents involve serious injuries and occur in ways not clearly covered by the insurance company. The result is unfortunate: drivers are left fighting for their lives and the financial support of their insurer when they are literally on their backs, recovering from injury.

 

Fears | Nachawati protects the victims of motorcycle accidents. Whether you need an attorney to get tough with the driver who caused your accident or a negotiator practiced at working with your slow-to-pay insurer, we’re ready to handle your case. Call 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

Dallas Hospital Hosts Australian Motorcycle Accident Victims

Neil and Leslie Craddock left their home in Thirroul, Australia, with the dream of coming to Texas and riding the endless backroads of the American southwest on the back of a Harley-Davidson. Instead, the Craddocks have spent nearly all of their vacation to Texas at Parkland Hospital, recovering from a motorcycle accident that caused severe injury and has required several surgeries.

 

Less than five miles from the store where they rented their Hog, the Craddocks, experienced motorcyclists, collided with a truck. Although the precise cause of the accident remains unclear, the effects have been abundantly apparent: Neil suffered a broken shoulder and compound leg facture and Leslie is now recovering from a broken ankle and rib as well as a cracked pelvis. 

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

The expert, dedicated personal injury attorneys at Fears | Nachawati have considerable experience representing motorcycle accident victims. With years in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, we know the questions to ask and the law that applies to motorcycle injuries like yours. Although all motorcycle accident victims need effective representation, injured riders like the Craddocks, cyclists who aren’t Texas residents, are in particular need of our knowledge of Texas law and local rules.

 

Were you injured on your motorcycle while passing through Texas? Do you have questions about your rights and potential recovery under Texas law? You deserve competent, experience, and vigilant representation. Give us a call today to find out how our expertise can benefit your legal rights and financial interests.

 

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

Did a Defective Product Cause Last Week's Motorcycle Fatality?

Jim McNeil, a famed and experienced motorcycle stunt rider, died last weekend during a practice run prior to his performance at Fort Worth’s Texas Motor Speedway.

 

Although some observers initially assumed that driver error or the inherent danger of trick riding caused the accident, people familiar with the fatal accident broke their silence earlier this week, suggesting that mechanical failure – specifically, engine trouble – may have caused the tragic wreck. The fact that Mr. McNeil came up short of his landing zone corroborates this theory.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

Is riding a motorcycle dangerous? You bet. Every time a motorcycle rider gets behind his hog, crotch rocket, or chopper, he knows that he’s riding with his life in his hands. And he knows he’s responsible for the risk.

 

However, a motorcycle driver isn’t responsible for mechanical failures associated with a defective product. Motorcycle manufactures should provide consumers with a motorcycle that’s fit for the purpose for which it was purchased. A defective engine, bent handlebars, leaky gas tank or any number of flaws may make your ride unnecessarily – and inappropriately – dangerous. If that’s the case, you should give the committed legal professionals at Fears | Nachawati a call immediately.

 

You may be entitled to complimentary repairs and other remedies. And if you’ve suffered a personal injury, you may be entitled to much more. Ready to find out whether we can provide you with the justice and financial recovery you deserve? Call for your free consultation 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

Lone Star Motorcycle Rally Marred by Deaths

Nearly 500,000 motorcycle riders converged on Galveston this weekend in what was intended to be a celebration of motorcycling in America. The event had tragic consequences for three riders, however. In each of these wrecks, none of the reckless riders wore a helmet—and all of them paid the highest price for their love of this dangerous and potentially lethal pastime.

 

The deadly accidents that occurred at the Lone Star Motorcycle Rally are indicative of the hundreds of accidents that happen across Texas every year. One driver lost control of his bike, struck a school bus, and perished when he became trapped under the bus’s undercarriage. Two others were killed when their motorcycle, travelling at an excessive rate of speed, struck a curb and flung them from their bike. Another man was placed in critical condition at a nearby hospital after he ran a stop sign, causing a serious accident.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

The dedicated attorneys at Fears | Nachawati are committed to providing justice to victims of motorcycle accidents. Although most drivers don’t realize it, motorcycle accidents often raise unusual factual and legal issues. Lawyers unfamiliar with these nuanced realities put their clients’ legal interests and financial future at risk. Fortunately for you, we have the experience and technical expertise to effectively protect your rights. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, you should contact our specialists immediately!

 

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

Fastest Motorcyclist in the World Crashes in Texas

238 miles per hour is a pretty good clip for a small airplane. On a motorcycle, it’s insanely fast. Nevertheless, 238 miles per hour was exactly how fast Bill Warner, the current holder of the land speed record for motorcycles, was travelling when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed. Amazingly, Mr. Warner survived the accident, sustaining “just” four broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a lacerated liver, and extensive cuts and bruises on his body.

 

The risks associated with riding on a motorcycle are real. At the time of his accident, Mr. Warner was one of the most skilled, experienced riders in the country and was wearing the most cutting-edge safety gear. It didn’t matter to the pavement: losing control of his bike caused serious personal injury – and could have taken his life.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

The men and women who ride motorcycles are unique, and the accidents that they’re involved in often require unique legal expertise. Whether it’s dealing with insurance companies that assess motorcycle-related risks, questioning motorists about whether they contributed to a motorcycle accident, or investigating whether a manufacturer’s product caused a crash, you need an attorney who understands the unique fact patterns associated with motorcycle accidents. You need the skilled, experience representatives at Fears | Nachawati.

 

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

18-Wheeler Accident Wrecks 10 Cars, Delays Hundreds of Drivers

If you’ve travelled in Texas, you probably know that the stretch of Interstate 35 between Dallas and San Antonio is one of the most crowded, dangerous roads in the United States. Just last week, an 18-wheeler driving through Waco and pulling an oversized load slammed on his brakes in the middle of the highway, causing a ten-car pile-up that injured two and causes hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage.

 

On the surface, the wreck appears to be the result of an 18-wheeler driver paying attention to his surroundings: he came to a sudden stop because he realized that he wouldn’t be able to fit his oversized load underneath an overpass. The reality, however, as an investigation by the Department of Public Safety has revealed, is that the accident would have never happened had the driver continued on his specified route on Loop 340.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

Careless 18-wheeler drivers cause thousands of accidents across Texas every year. As last week’s Waco accident reveals, a cursory glance at an accident doesn’t necessary reveal which driver is legally liability for the accident. If you’ve been involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, you need legal counsel who understands how to reconstruct an accident, how to effectively depose the truck driver and the managers who instructed him, and how to apply the state law governing commercial truckers to your accident.

 

In other words, you need the expert advice of the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.705.7584 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com.

 

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

Laredo Motorcycle Police Officer Hit in I-35 Accident

Jose L. Reyes, a 29-year veteran of the Laredo Police Department, won’t patrol the streets of Laredo, Texas, tonight, thanks to a driver’s recklessness Saturday morning. Instead, Officer Reyes will continue to fight for his life in a San Antonio hospital.

 

Office Reyes’ patrol down Interstate 35 was violently interrupted on Saturday when a vehicle struck his motorcycle, flinging him onto the highway. Images of the accident reveal evidence common to motorcycle accident: skid marks on the highway, the motorcycle on its side, pressed up against the concrete retaining wall, and a driver notably absent, already flown to a nearby hospital for life-saving medical procedures.

 

Fears | Nachawati has considerable experience investigating what contributed to the cause of motorcycle and automobile accidents and understanding how the facts of an accident alter the type of legal recovery that victims can receive. If you’ve been in a car or motorcycle accident, you need more than a fervent attorney. You need someone who understands the nuances of the law and the experience to win justice for you. We have the understanding and experience you need. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.705.7584 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com. Let us fight for you.

Motorcyclist, Samuel Torres of Bedford, tragically passes away in 18 wheeler crash

Motorcyclist, Samuel Torres, a well-respected school teacher, tragically passed away in a crash with an 18 wheeler.  It is always difficult to comprehend as a wrongful death lawyer what the family is going through after a tragic event.  In every death case I handle as a lawyer, I lose sleep at night thinking about the people I represent and how I am going to make it my priority to ensure that the at fault party, in this case possibly the trucking company, will be held accountable to the fullest extent of civil law. My hope is that the family realizes our law firm's efforts are to ensure, to the extent possible, that no one in the future passes away in a crash that perhaps could have been prevented.  This motorcycle crash occurred as Mr. Torres was on his way to teach school at around 6:15 a.m. on a ramp on the eastbound ramp of Highway 183.  My law firm's condolences go out to the family of this young man.

Legal Commentary - Majed Nachawati - Author

Frequently, the grieving family starts at a disadvantage legally because as they are dealing with the grief of the loss of a loved one, the owner of the 18 wheeler corporation is busy at work at the scene trying to do "damage control" and attempting to do everything in its power to ensure that fault is placed solely on the motorcyclist. Insurance policies for 18 wheelers are typically $1,000,000.00.  Oftentimes, the insurance company's goal is to play nice with the family and offer a small amount  to avoid the possibility of the family speaking with a lawyer who may inform the family of their true legal rights. When this amount of money is on the line, of course, the only thing an insurance company is concerned with is minimizing or eliminating what it may have to pay out.  On the other hand, to the family, nothing can replace their loved one.  However, while the insurance company has accident investigators on the scene working for them, often the families wait until it is too late to hire a lawyer. By that time, the accident scene is altered, the evidence is destroyed or not useable and the true facts about what happened rest solely on what the insurance investigators collect.  The first think my Law Firm does when retained is hire independent investigators to ensure the evidence at the scene is recorded. We also obtain witness statements from all eye witnesses and the officers that investigated to ensure nothing is missed.  I hope the family in this case gets legal help and recovers from this devastating event.

About the Author

Attorney, Majed Nachawati, who grew up in the DFW metroplex, is 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.  Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email mn@fnlawfirm.com or by phone at 1.866.705.7584. His legal background is featured below:

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

Motorcycle Accident Takes Life of Lubbock Judge

The Texas legal community is mourning the loss of Lubbock County Judge Rusty Ladd. Judge Ladd was on his way to court last Friday when another vehicle slammed into his motorcycle, sending him to the hospital where he died a few hours later. Judge Ladd’s final acts were in keeping with his long-standing commitment to the fair and efficient administration of law. Fighting through intense pain, Judge Ladd instructed hospital personnel to contact his court so that litigants would know of his absence from court.

 

Judge Ladd’s accident is tragic, but it’s not as uncommon as many would like to think. Motorcycles are dangerous – and reckless car drivers make motorcyclists particularly prone to catastrophic accidents. Whether you’re dealing with an insurance company or a recalcitrant litigant, it’s important to hire an attorney who fully understands the legal challenges you’re facing. Fortunately for you, Fears | Nachawati specializes in motorcycle accidents and the law that governs these accidents. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.705.7584 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com. We’re ready to fight for you!

Motorcyclist on San Antonio Highway

Last night a motorcyclist in San Antonio died when he lost control of his ride. The 40-something year-old man was cruising along Canyon Golf Road when his motorcycle a curb, bouncing him against a guardrail post and back onto the road. The rider died as a result of his injuries.

 

Have you been hurt in a motorcycle accident? Has your loved one died as a result of a motorcycle accident? There’s a lot of things to do, but there’s only one thing you need to do first: call the accident experts at Fears | Nachawati. We can help you sort through what your next steps should be. Need someone to negotiate with your insurance company? We’re prepared to do that. Need to recover from the driver that forced you or your loved one off the road? We can do that, too.

 

We provide solutions to the problems your facing. Let us help you solve your problems today. For your free consultation, call us at 1.866.705.7584 or email mn@fnlawfirm.com.

San Antonio Motorcyclist Dies in High-Speed Crash

A 28-year-old motorcyclist flew—almost literally—through the streets of a sleepy San Antonio in the early hours of yesterday morning. Exceeding speeds of 100 miles per hour, the driver entered a curve on U.S. 281 when he lost control of his motorcycle, slamming into a guardrail. Although the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, the tragic reality is his speeds were so excessive that it didn’t matter. The young man died at the scene of the accident.

 

Have you or a loved one been injured in a motorcycle crash? A motorcycle accident victim’s legal needs are unique. They require a firm with experience and expertise in the law governing motorcycles. Fears | Nachawati is the expert, battle-tested law firm you need! For your free consultation, call 1.866.705.7584 or email info@fnlawfirm.com

San Antonio Motorcyclist Seriously Injured

Last week, a San Antonio motorcyclist travelling at excessive speed clipped a car, lost control, and crashed. Unfortunately, the motorcyclist’s injuries were life-threatening, made much worse by the fact that he wasn’t wearing a helmet. Thanks to an Air Life helicopter ride to University Hospital, the driver had a chance to survive.

 

Driving a motorcycle is dangerous. Tragically, that danger was amplified by the motorcyclist in San Antonio because of risky choices like speeding, not wearing a helmet and travelling too closely to a car.

 

Despite its danger, however, motorcycle accidents are often reported as if the risk of driving a motorcycle is the cause of the wreck. In many cases, that’s not the case. Inattentive motorists frequently fail to look for motorcyclists. The result can be catastrophic. Moreover, some insurers are highly critical of motorcyclists’ claims, presumptively acting as if the motorcyclist was responsible.

 

If you’re a motorcyclist, you should remember two things. First, be safe. Motorcycles are considerably more dangerous than cars. You should take extra precautions. Second, if you’re in an accident, talk to the personal injury experts at Fears | Nachawati. We understand that inattentive motorists and critical insurers are real a problem. We can help you! For a free consultation, call 1.866.705.7584 or email info@fnlawfirm.com

Motorcyclist killed in far north Dallas hit and run

A motorcyclist was killed in a recent far north Dallas hit and run accident.  Investigators say that the motorcyclist, Bennie Dee Barr, was killed near the intersection of Preston Road and Frankford Road.  The victim was traveling north when a slow-moving car cut in front of him suddenly.  Barr tried to stop, and skidded for 20 feet before striking the right front side of the car.  Barr was thrown over the hood of the car and landed 40 feet away.  Barr was taken to Parkland Hospital where he later died from severe head trauma.  The car's driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.  Police are continuing to search for the car's driver.

Fears | Nachawati represents individuals who have been hurt, and family members of those who have been tragically killed, in motorcycle, car, truck and other accidents.  If you could benefit from our services, please do not hesitate to call us at 1.866.705.7584.  We'd be happy to speak with you at your convenience. 

Prominent Texas burn surgeon killed in motorcycle crash

Dr. Gary Purdue, chief of the burn section at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and co-director of the Parkland Memorial Hospital burn unit, was killed this weekend in a motorcycle crash at the age of 65.  Authorities say that Dr. Purdue was riding his motorcycle in north Dallas when a car struck and killed him.  Authorities are continuing to investigate the crash, and are trying to determine whether the car's driver was under the influence.

Fears | Nachawati represents the victims and families affected by tragic car, motorcycle and truck accidents.  If you or someone you love has been in an accident, call us for a consultation at 1.866.705.7584. 

Motorcyclist killed in Fort Worth wreck

A motorcyclist was killed in a recent Fort Worth wreck.  Investigators believe that a car failed to yield at the intersection of East Northside Drive and North Main Street, and struck the motorcycle during a left turn.  The motorcyclist, Luis Ruiz, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver fled the scene but was caught in his home about a mile and a half away.  He has been arrested on suspicion of intoxicated manslaughter.

If you have been injured, or if a loved one has been injured or killed, the attorneys of Fears | Nachawati are here to help you understand your legal rights.  Call us for a consultation today at 1.866.705.7584. 

Motorcyclist killed in wreck on North Central Expressway

A motorcyclist was killed early Sunday morning in a wreck on North Central Expressway.  The accident occurred near the Walnut Hill Lane exit.  A witness says that the rider was traveling at a high rate of speed when the motorcycle struck a car from the rear.  The motorcyclist went through the back window of the car and into the car's passenger compartment.  The motorcyclist did not survive this accident.

Fears | Nachawati represents the victims and surviving family members of those injured or killed on the roads of the DFW Metroplex and all of Texas.  If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident, call us today at 1.866.705.7585.  

Motorcycle crash kills one

A motorcyclist was killed early Sunday morning after he lost control of his bike, hit the back of a vehicle and was run over by a second vehicle.  The accident occurred in the 6000 block of East Loop 820 in Fort Worth.  The motorcyclist apparently lost control, drifted into the right shoulder lane, and steered back into the roadway, striking the back of a vehicle.  Witnesses report that the rider was thrown from his bike and his by a second vehicle.  The motorcyclist died at the scene.  Neither vehicle stopped.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle wreck, the attorneys of Fears | Nachawati can help you sort through your legal rights and get justice.  Call us today at 1.866.705.7584. 

Man injured in Mesquite wreck

A motorcyclist was injured today in a wreck near Town East Mall in Mesquite.  Authorities report that the man was riding a motorcycle in heavy traffic when a car swerved into his lane.  The motorcyclist lost control of his bike and went down onto the pavement.  Inclement weather may have played a part in this accident.

Fears | Nachawati represents motorcyclists and drivers who have been injured on Texas roads.  If you have been hurt in an accident, call us today at 1.866.705.7584 to find out how we can help you.

Recent Keller schools graduate dies in motorcycle accident

A recent graduate of the Keller school district died yesterday in a motorcycle accident in north Fort Worth.  Authorities say that Austen Ussery, 18, died very early Tuesday morning as a result of blunt force trauma he sustained in the motorcycle wreck.  Ussery was ejected from his motorcycle, which he was riding in the 3500 block of Keller Hicks Road near the intersection of Alta Vista Road.  Authorities are continuing to investigate the cause of this tragic accident. 

Fears | Nachawati represents the victims and families of people injured or killed on Texas roadways.  If you've suffered a tragedy, call us today at 1.866.705.7584 to find out how we can help you. 

Motorcyclist killed in hit and run accident in Lewisville

A motorcyclist was killed early Sunday morning in a fatal accident in Lewisville.  Authorities report that a SUV collided with the motorcyclist near the intersection of Business 121 and Bellaire Boulevard.  The SUV drove away from the scene, and authorities are seeking that vehicle's driver and passenger.  The SUV was a late-model dark gray or black Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban, and should have significant front-end damage.  The motorcycle driver was killed at the scene, and a passenger was taken to an area hospital for treatment. 

If you have been hurt in an accident, the attorneys of Fears | Nachawati can help you protect your legal rights.  Call us today at 1.866.705.7584 for a free consultation. 

Child hurt in motorcycle crash

An infant was injured in a motorcycle crash today in the 9000 block of Lake June Road in Dallas.  Authorities say that a 12 year old was holding the infant while riding a small motorcycle on a public road.  The boy lost control of the motorcycle and crashed it into a curb.  The infant was taken to an area hospital and listed in serious condition.  The boy was slightly injured and was treated at the scene.  The adult who was responsible for the infant was inside a nearby apartment when the accident occurred. 

If your child has been injured in a motorcycle wreck, car wreck, or while in the care of another person, the attorneys of Fears | Nachawati can help you sort through the debris and determine your rights.  Call us today at 1.866.705.7584.  

Motorcyclist killed in accident withcar

A motorcyclist was killed in Tarrant County Friday when his vehicle collided with a Nissan Cube.  The accident occurred on Bonds Ranch Road in Fort Worth.  Authorities say that the driver of the Cube was pulling away from a stop sign on the northbound feeder road of 287 when the collision occurred.  Witnesses say that, after striking the Cube, the motorcycle continued approximately 120 feet down the roadway until it crashed and burst into flames.  The driver of the motorcycle died at the scene. 

The attorneys of Fears | Nachawati are here to help all victims of accidents, including motorcycle crashes.  If you have been injured, call us today for a free consultation at 1.866.705.7584.

Motorcyclist dies in wreck with SUV

A 24 year old man died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with an SUV in Grand Prairie.  The man was not wearing a helmet when the crash occurred.  The motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Main Street when he collided with the SUV, which was turning from the westbound lane onto SW 14th Street.  The motorcyclist was taken to Methodist Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. 

If you have been involved in a car or motorcycle accident, the attorneys and legal professionals at Fears | Nachawati would be honored to put our team to work for you.  Call us for a free consultation today at 1.866.705.7584. 

Common road hazards for motorcyclists

The roads are a far more dangerous place for motorcyclists than for those in cars. A road condition that might have little effect on a car could be a serious hazard for a motorcyclist. As a motorcyclist, here are some potential dangers you should be on the lookout for while on the road:

Rough road: Roads can be rough and bumpy because of construction work or lack of repair. Unexpectedly hitting a bump in the road can throw you from your bike.

Slick surfaces: Motorcycles are less stable than cars, making slippery surfaces a far greater danger. While ice and oil are obvious dangers, you should also be on the lookout for less obvious but still potentially hazardous types of debris such as leaves. Even painted surfaces, such as crosswalks, can cause the road to be slippery.

Objects in the road: Watch out for foreign objects in the road, such as parts that have come off of a car or cargo that has fallen from a truck.

Gravel on the road: Gravel on pavement is particularly dangerous when cornering. Gravel can keep your bike from riding smoothly, and it can also fly up and strike you in the face, legs or arms.

Railroad tracks: The wheels of a motorcycle can get stuck in railway tracks. Also, the metal or wood from which the tracks are made can be slippery when wet, so use extra caution when crossing railroad tracks in inclement weather.

Edge breaks: Edge breaks are when two lanes of traffic are different heights. While edge breaks are typically not a problem for cars, they can be a serious danger to a motorcyclist, particularly one traveling at a high rate of speed on a freeway.

Expansion joints and open bridge joints: These connecting pieces create uneven surfaces that can be difficult for a motorcyclist to navigate.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should see the immediate advice of a Texas personal injury attorney.

Did Texas make a deadly mistake in repealing the motorcycle helmet law?

In 1997, Texas repealed its mandatory motorcycle helmet. A new study begs the question: Did Texas make a deadly mistake?

According to a study published in the January edition of the Southern Medical Journal, overall motorcycle deaths increased by 30% in Texas after the state changed its mandatory helmet law.

Al Vabon, a University of Arkansas professor and co-author of the study believes the study shows that repealing the law was bad public policy. According to Vabon, motorcyclists who aren’t wearing helmets are having an overall negative effect on highway safety in Texas.

Mandatory helmet laws were common fixtures during the period when the federal government reduced transportation funding for states without such laws. Once the federal policy changed, Texas was one of the first states to repeal its mandatory helmet.

After the mandatory helmet law was repealed, helmet use by motorcycle riders decreased to 36%.

The study used data on Texas motorcycle fatalities from the period of 1994 to 2004 to analyze trends before and after the helmet law was changed.

A month-by-month breakdown indicated a sudden increase in fatal motorcycle accidents that coincides with the exact month the helmet law was repealed.

The chairman of the Texas Motorcycle Rights Association refutes the study by pointing to preliminary Texas DOT numbers that indicate a decrease in fatalities in 2009. He believes that accident prevention – not helmets – is what really saves lives.

The apparent decrease in motorcycle fatalities in 2009 may be misleading if taken at face value, however. Gonzalo Ponce, program manager of the Texas DOT’s traffic safety section, attributes the decline in fatalities to a decreased ridership due to the poor economy.

For more on this fatal motorcycle accident study, click here for the complete article.

Motorcycle accident statistics

While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the overall number of people injured in motor vehicle accidents has declined over the past 10 years, the number of motorcyclists injured in crashes has increased. In fact, the number of motorcyclists injured in traffic accidents has increased 110% from 1998 to 2007.

In 2007, 103,000 motorcyclists were injured in motor vehicle crashes, which is a dramatic increase from the 49,000 injured in 1998. Of those injured, 48% were in single-vehicle accidents and 52% were in multi-vehicle accidents.

Ninety percent of the injured victims of motorcycle crashes are the riders themselves. Only 10% are passengers.

The vast majority (85%) of all motorcyclists injured in accidents are male, and the age group with the largest number of injured motorcyclists is the 20 to 29 age group.

The NHTSA data shows that most accidents happen during the daytime, and more accidents occur on weekends than on weekdays. More than two-thirds of the motorcyclists were injured in crashes that took place during the months of April through September.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Texas personal injury lawyers of Fears | Nachawati today for free legal advice. Simply email us or phone us on our toll free number at 1.866.705.7584.

Texas motorcycle accident statistics

According to the latest information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 375 motorcyclists killed in Texas in 2007. Of those killed, 60% were not wearing helmets. Also, 39% of the Texas motorcyclists killed in 2007 had a blood alcohol content of greater than .08.

Overall, the NHTSA report shows that both motorcycle accident deaths and injuries are on the rise across the nation. In fact, on a per mile traveled basis, a motorcycle rider is about 35 times more likely to be in an traffic accident than someone in a passenger car.

The most common type of motorcycle accidents are those involving another motor vehicle, which accounts for 50% of all motorcycle accidents.

Alcohol plays a major role in motorcycle safety, with 41% of motorcyclists who died in a single-vehicle accident in 2007 having had a BAC level of .08 or greater.

Helmet use is another critical safety issue. The NHTSA estimates helmets to be 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries, which means that for every 100 motorcyclists killed in an accident while not wearing a helmet, 37 of them would have survived if all 100 had worn helmets.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a Texas motorcycle accident, contact Fears | Nachawati today for free legal assistance. Simply email us or phone us toll free at 1.866.705.7584 to speak with one of our experienced Texas motorcycle accident attorneys.

Waco man killed in motorcycle accident

A Waco, Texas, man was killed early Sunday morning in a motorcycle accident. The accident took place in the 1200 block of Eichelberger Crossing near Lake Waco.

The victim, Billy Edward Wright Jr., 25, lost control of his motorcycle after he failed to navigate a turn. Wright was ejected from the motorcycle after it veered off the road and crashed into a ditch.

Wright was not wearing a helmet, says a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman.

The motorcycle accident occurred at 1:53 a.m., and Wright was pronounced dead at the scene less than an hour later.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Click here to read more about this Texas motorcycle accident.

If you or someone you love has been hurt in a motorcycle 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.

Texas woman killed in motorcycle accident

A Texas woman was killed in a car accident on Interstate 35 East in Dallas early Thursday.

The victim, 22-year-old Ashley Ramirez, was a passenger on a motorcycle being operated by Erik Delgado-Pereira. The accident occurred when the motorcycle was headed southbound on I-35E, which is the area of the Interstate that passes over Trinity River.

The motorcycle struck a wall, ejecting both Ramirez and Delgado-Pereira. Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene. Delgado-Pereira was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition.

Investigators believe that speed may have contributed to the accident.

Delgado-Pereira now faces charges of intoxication manslaughter. He was “remote booked” while he was in Methodist Medical Center receiving treatment for his injuries.

For more on this Dallas, Texas, motorcycle accident, click here for the complete story.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the personal injury lawyers of Fears | Nachawati today. To receive free legal assistance,email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584.

Preventing motorcycle accidents

Motorcycle riders are at a far greater risk of suffering a serious injury in an accident than someone riding in a passenger motor vehicle. A motorcycle has none of the protective features that help keep those in a car safe – a metal frame, windshield, seatbelts and airbags.

Because motorcycle riders face an increased risk of injury, they should practice vigilance and caution when on the road and take proactive measures to avoid accidents. Here are some of the things motorcycle riders can do to avoid accidents and minimize the risk of serious injury if they do get into an accident:

  • Never drink and drive
  • Be sure your bike is in good repair and working condition
  • Keep watch in your side mirrors for approaching vehicles
  • Make yourself visible at night with reflective clothing
  • Always wear a helmet
  • Wear other protective gear such as gloves, eye protection, long pants, boots and a riding jacket
  • Follow all of the rules of the road
  • Maintain a safe speed
  • Exercise extra caution when passing through intersections
  • Be mindful of how inclement weather affects visibility and road conditions
  • Make sure that other drivers can see you at all times

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact Fears | Nachawati today. You will receive free legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer. Justemail us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584.

Two dead, one injured after accident involving three motorcycles

Two motorcyclists were killed and a third was seriously injured after an accident on the Eastex freeway. The motorcycle accident took place on the northbound side of the freeway in the early morning hours last Thursday.

 

According to witnesses, the three motorcyclists were traveling at a high rate of speed and popping wheelies as they traveled down the freeway. One of the motorcyclists rear-ended a van, causing the other two motorcycle riders to lose control of their bikes and crash.

 

Two of the motorcyclists, 19-year-old Cru Marlowe and 21-year-old Jacob Holmes, were pronounced dead at the scene. The identity of the third cyclist, a 19-year-old man, has not been released. He is reported to be in serious condition at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital.

 

The driver and occupants of the van were not hurt.

 

For the full article on this tragic Texas motorcycle accident, click here.

 

Fears | Nachawati is a Texas personal injury law firm that represents the victims of motorcycle accidents in seeking financial compensation for their injuries. For free legal advice about your Texas personal injury lawsuit, contact us today at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free helpline 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.

 

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.

 

Teenage girl dies from injuries suffered in motorcycle accident

A 16-year-old girl died from the serious injuries she suffered in a motorcycle accident earlier this week.

 

The accident took place at around 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, about 6 miles east of Temple, Texas. The victim, Stephanie Ann Wingard, was the passenger on a motorcycle being driven by 20-year-old David Lavon Miller.

 

Miller was traveling westbound on FM 3369 when he veered into the eastbound lane while rounding a curve in the road. Miller swerved back into his own lane upon spotting an oncoming vehicle, but he lost control of his motorcycle. He left the road and drove into a ditch, hitting a culvert. Both riders were ejected upon impact. Miller was wearing a helmet; Wingard was not.

 

Miller suffered only minor injuries.

 

For more on this Texas motorcycle accident, click here for the full story.

 

Contact Fears | Nachawati today if you or a loved one has been injured in a Texas motorcycle accident. You will receive a free legal consultation from a Texas personal injury lawyer. Simply email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free helpline at 1.866.705.7584.

 

Two injured in Texas motorcycle accident

Two people were injured in a motorcycle accident on FM 309 in Navarro county on Saturday afternoon. The two victims were 53-year-old Donald Galloway and his passenger, 52-year-old Martha Dudley.

Galloway suffered serious head injuries, and Dudley, says a DPS trooper, possibly broke her arm.

The accident took place when the two were riding their motorcycle on FM 309, approaching the Highway 278 intersection. Investigators believe the motorcycle was traveling too fast for the curve, and the driver of the motorcycle realized too late that he was approaching a stop sign.

As a result, the motorcycle ran off the road, barreled through the intersection and eventually came to a stop on the side of the road.  Neither Galloway nor Dudley was wearing a helmet.

This most recent motorcycle accident comes only one week after the horrific crash during a charity bike ride that left three motorcyclists dead.

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

Contact Fears | Nachawati today if you or a loved one has been injured in a Texas motorcycle accident. You will receive a free legal consultation from a Texas personal injury lawyer. Simply email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free helpline at 1.866.705.7584.

Truck kills three after plowing into motorcycle fundraiser

Three people are dead after a pickup truck swerved head-on into a group of motorcycle riders. The motorcyclists were participating in a charity ride to benefit the dance team of Corsicana High School in Navarro County, Texas.

The three victims killed in the accident were Corsicana High School science teacher, Leslie Tahamia McCluney, 34, her 61-year-old father Terry Paul Nelson and 54-year-old real estate agent David Edmond Coley.

The driver of the truck was 54-year-old Will Jack Lindsey, Jr. Lindsey was driving his Ford pickup eastbound on FM709 when he swerved into the westbound lanes, colliding head-on with Coley and Nelson’s motorcycles. McCluney was riding on Nelson’s motorcycle when the accident occurred.

After striking the two motorcycles, Lindsey’s truck overturned, striking two more motorcycles in the process.

What caused Lindsey to swerve into the westbound lanes remains unclear.

More than 30 motorcycles were participating in the 90-mile charity ride when the accident occurred on Saturday morning.

Fears | Nachawati is a law firm of Texas personal injury lawyers that represents the victims of motorcycle accidents. To receive a free legal consultation from a Texas personal injury attorney, email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free helpline at 1.866.705.7584.

 

Rider and passenger killed in Texas motorcycle accident

A motorcyclist and his passenger are dead after colliding with an SUV on Tuesday night in Clute, Texas. The two victims were 24-year-old Alexander Reyes and 23-year-old Erin Anthony.

The accident occurred at 10pm when a 2002 Ford Escape SUV pulled in front of the motorcycle’s path. Reyes struck the SUV, and both he and Anthony were ejected from the motorcycle. Neither Reyes nor Anthony were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.

The SUV was being driven by a 75-year-old woman from Lake Jackson, Texas. She was driving eastbound on Plantation Drive when she turned left in front of Reyes’ motorcycle. The woman was taken to a hospital for her injuries where she was treated and released.

Authorities say the driver of the SUV will likely receive a citation, but they are not yet sure what the citation will be.

Together the Clute Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety will recreate the accident, and then the case will be referred to a grand jury, say police.  To read more on the story click here.    

The Texas personal injury lawyers of Fears | Nachawati represent victims of motorcycle accidents in bringing personal injury lawsuits. To find out if you may have a case, email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584 for a free legal consultation.

 

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.

Truck driver strikes motorcyclist, flees with victim dying in truck bed

The 17-year-old driver of a pickup truck struck a motorcyclist then fled the scene of the accident with the injured victim in the bed of the truck.

The black Chevrolet pickup truck struck the motorcycle from behind, which caused the motorcyclist to flip and land in the truck bed. The truck driver then immediately fled from the scene while the motorcyclist lay dying in the back of the truck.

After leaving the scene of the first accident, the driver then struck three more vehicles, including a furniture store truck. Police say the scene was “chaos.”

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at McAllen Medical Center. At least four other people had to be taken to local hospitals for treatment. Two are in critical condition. The suspect was among those taken to a hospital. He is in stable condition.

The driver of the pickup truck could face charges of failure to stop and render aid and fleeing the scene of an accident.

To read more about this Texas motorcycle accident, click here.

Fears | Nachawati represents victims of Texas motorcycle accidents in personal injury claims. In tragic cases such as these, our firm can represent the victim’s loved ones in bringing a Texas wrongful death lawsuit.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a car accident, contact us today for free legal advice about a potential personal injury claim. You can reach us by email at info@fnlawfirm.com or by phone at 1.866.705.7584.

Man killed in hit-and-turn motorcycle accident

A motorcycle rider who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident died at a fire station before he could be airlifted to a nearby hospital.

The motorcycle accident victim was 38-year-old Juan Antonio Contreras. Police found Contreras lying next to a 2008 Harley Davidson with serious injuries. The accident took place shortly after 11pm on Sunday night.

Contreras was transported to the fire station by ambulance where the Southwest Medivac service would have airlifted him to a hospital.

El Paso, Texas, sheriff investigators believe that the motorcycle collided with a vehicle, which may have been a pickup truck. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene of the accident.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the motorcycle accident is asked to call Crime Stoppers of El Paso at 566-8477.

Click here for more on this Texas motorcycle accident.

Fears | Nachawati represents victims of motorcycle accidents in bringing personal injury lawsuits against the responsible party. Contact us today to receive a free legal consultation from a Texas motorcycle accident lawyer. You can reach us by email at info@fnlawfirm.com or by phone at 1.866.705.7584.

Head-on collision kills motorcyclist

A head-on collision with an SUV killed a motorcycle rider. The accident took place on FM 2483 in Morgan’s Point on Saturday morning.

The motorcyclist was 55-year-old Alan McClure of Temple, Texas. According to police, it appears that McClure was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

The accident was caused by the driver of the SUV turning left onto FM 2483 and into the path of the oncoming motorcycle. The motorcycle and the SUV collided head-on.

McClure later died of his injuries at Scott & White Hospital.

The driver and two passengers in the SUV have not been identified. None of the three were injured.

The fatal motorcycle accident remains under investigation. Police say the driver of the SUV will be charged with failure to yield right of way.

To read more about this Texas motorcycle accident, click here for the full story.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle or car accident, contact the attorneys of Fears | Nachawati today. You can receive a free legal consultation with one of our Texas personal injury lawyers simply by emailing us at info@fnlawfirm.com or calling our toll-free helpline at 1.866.705.7584.

Three fatal motorcycle accidents in Fort Worth under investigation

Three separate deadly motorcycle accidents that took place on Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas, are under investigation.

 

The first accident involved Dustin Cox, 25, of Forth Worth, Texas. Cox, who did not have a motorcycle license, was killed in a one-vehicle accident. The accident took place in the early hours of Sunday morning in the 6000 block of West FM455.

 

The second accident resulted in the death of 26-year-old Daniel Reed, also of Forth Worth. Reed was traveling northbound on I-35E in the HOV lane along with another motorcyclist when the two came upon a single vehicle accident. Reed was unable to stop and struck the vehicle. The second motorcyclist was not involved in the accident and left the scene.

The third accident took place Sunday afternoon, leaving 38-year-old Brian Mitchell of Fort Worth dead. Mitchell was riding his motorcycle east on FM455 when he crossed over the center line and collided with an oncoming vehicle. Mitchell was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

For more on these three Fort Worth motorcycle accidents, click here.

 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the personal injury attorneys of Fears | Nachawati. You can contact us by email at info@fnlawfirm.com or by phone on our toll-free helpline: 1.866.705.7584.

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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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

 

 

Governor of Texas injured in bicycle accident

Texas Governor Rick Perry broke his collarbone on the night of Tuesday, June 9th while riding his bicycle near his home. Perry, age 59, also suffered minor abrasions to his right elbow.

Perry was treated and released from Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Perry has stated that the accident occurred while he was heading down a hill on a familiar biking trail. For reasons that are not completely clear, Perry went over the handle bars, landing on the backside of his right shoulder.

Perry’s injuries have delayed his trips to Corpus Christi, Galveston and South Padre Island to sign bills related to windstorm insurance reform and supplemental funding for the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

For the full story on Governor Perry’s accident, click here.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you need sound advice from a knowledgeable Texas personal injury lawyer. Contact us today for a no charge, no obligation consultation with one of the attorneys of Fears | Nachawati. You can email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call our toll-free helpline 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. 

 

Facts about Texas motorcycle accidents

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the number one cause of motorcycle accidents is the failure of other motorists to see the motorcycle. Driver failure to detect motorcyclists accounts for more than half of all Texas motorcycle accidents, says the Department.

Two likely reasons accounting for this problem is the fact that drivers typically aren’t looking for motorcycles, as well as the fact that motorcycles in general are not as visible as cars. A third factor is the driving habits of motorcyclists, who must respond differently to road conditions, traffic and inclement weather.

Drivers are urged to be aware of motorcycles because approximately two thirds of Texas motorcycles accidents are caused by automobile drivers. Even when the only vehicle actually involved in the accident is a motorcycle, a driver of a car is responsible 10% of the time.

The most high risk situations, says the Texas Department of Public Safety, involve an automobile driver making a left turn in front of a motorcycle at an intersection. More than 40% of Texas motorcycle accidents take place in intersections.

Other risk factors include a car’s blind spot, hazardous road conditions, inclement weather, strong gusts of wind and large vehicles blocking a driver’s view.

If you were involved in an accident when riding on a motorcycle, it is possible that you have a Texas personal injury claim. In order to ensure that your claim is not barred by the statute of limitations, it is wise to seek the immediate advice of a Texas personal injury lawyer.

Fears | Nachawati will provide you with a free consultation about your Texas personal injury claim. Simply email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free helpline 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.

Motorcycle accident kills one, injures three

A Houston, Texas, firefighter was killed when his motorcycle collided with an SUV on Wednesday, May 27th. The firefighter, whose identity has not yet been released, lost control of the motorcycle. He crossed the center line of FM 1486 near State Highway 105 when he then struck the SUV head on.

Also riding on the motorcycle was the firefighter’s girlfriend. She was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital in critical condition.  The driver of the SUV and an 8-year-old girl riding in the car suffered minor injuries.

For the complete story, click here.

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Houston teen killed in Mother's Day motorcycle accident

Mickey Cohen, Jr., 14, was riding on a motorcycle with his father, 34-year-old Mickey Cohen, Sr. when it struck an SUV. The driver of the SUV, 46-year-old Lisa Rogers, was critically injured in the collision. Cohen’s was one of five motorcycles reported to have been driving at high rates of speed about an hour before the crash. Four of the five motorcycles drifted into the oncoming lane of traffic, swerving to the left of the SUV. Cohen’s bike, the second to cross into the lane, collided with Rogers’ vehicle. For more on this story, click here. Motorcycles offer little protection, making motorcyclists far more likely to be injured in an accident than someone riding in a car. Fears | Nachawati handles motorcycle accident claims, representing victims in pursuing compensation for their personal injuries. To discuss your motorcycle accident case with us, simply complete the contact form or call us at 1.866.705.7584.

Teenagers Killed in Motorcycle Accident

Two teenage motorcyclists were killed early Friday when they ran off a highway ramp.

They were identitified as Robert Wright of North Richland Hills and Derek Smith of Bedford, both 18.

Irving police said both riders were on the ramp from the President George Bush Turnpike to Highway 161 when one of them hit a wall.

The Dallas Morning News reported, the second rider then ran up on the first, sending both motorcycles flying over a 40-foot embankment.

 

Motorcyclist Killed by 18 Wheeler

A 28-year-old man was killed Wednesday morning on the city's northwest side when he was run over by an 18-wheeler.

The San Antonio News reported, witnesses told police the motorcyclist was weaving through traffic by driving in between lanes, when he lost control in front of the truck at Loop 1604 and La Cantera Parkway at 10 a.m.

Police said there was not much the driver could do to avoid the motorcycle.

"The motorcycle just got under him," said Sgt. Greg Brooks of the San Antonio Police Department. "There was nothing he could do to avoid it."

Despite the crash, the motorcycle barely had a scratch.

The eastbound lanes of Loop 1604 were closed from Hausman Road to Interstate 10 while the crash was cleaned up.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Fort Worth

A man died early Friday when his motorcycle crashed into a sign near the intersection of Trinity Boulevard and Norwood Drive in northeast Fort Worth, police said.

The Fort Worth News reported, the man’s name was unavailable early Friday.

Police were called the wreck at 2:21 a.m., said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman. The area is near the Bell Helicopter plant.

The man was riding a 2005 Harley Davidson Road King eastbound on Trinity Boulevard when he lost control and crashed into a sign and median in the center of the road, Henderson said.

A MedStar ambulance was sent to the scene, a dispatcher for the agency said. However, the man died at the scene, Henderson said

Motorcycle Fatality

A Montague County man died Monday at a Fort Worth hospital after his motorcycle wrecked Sunday afternoon during a police chase in northwest Wise County, according to reports.

Randle Skinner, 27, of Bowie died Monday afternoon at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

The Fort Worth News stated, the chase began around 4:30 p.m. Sunday at a four-way stop intersection in Chico, a community in northwest Wise County, said Lt. John Thompson of the sheriff's office.

Skinner was being chased by the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, Thompson said.

Thompson said he did not know why Skinner was being chased. DPS troopers were unavailable for comment Tuesday morning.

Thompson, however, said Skinner was followed out of town on Farm Road 1810 where his red motorcycle hit a power pole.

"It knocked the pole completely in half," Thompson said. "It broke the motorcycle completely in half."

Skinner was taken to Harris where he was pronounced dead at 1:13 p.m. Monday, the medical examiner reported.

Check back for more details.

Motorcycle Safe: Driving Tips

Learn: More than 90% of riders involved in accidents had no formal training. Take a Motorcycle RiderCourse to develop good basic riding techniques.

Get Licensed: Nearly half of all motorcycle riders involved in accidents are unlicensed or improperly licensed.


Prepare:  Wear appropriate gear for comfort and protection.

Be Seen:  Stand out. Wear bright clothing and use retroreflective material.

Be Awake:  Fatigue and drowsiness can impair a motorcyclist's ability to react.

Plan:  When riding in a group, determine your route in advance and coordinate it with the other riders.

Inspect: Conduct a safety inspection of your motorcycle before each ride.

Ride Sober:  Alcohol and other drugs affect judgment and do not mix with motorcycling.

Obey the Law:  Don't speed; know the local traffic laws and rules of the road.

Be Courteous:  Be considerate on the road; show courtesy and respect to other drivers.

Improve: Take an Experienced RiderCourse® to sharpen your street-riding strategies and accident-avoidance skills.

Courtesy of the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program

Motorcyclist in Wreck with 18-Wheeler

According to the Houston Chronicle, an accident occured early this morning involving a motorcycle and an 18-Wheeler truck.  

A motorcyclist died in an accident with an 18-wheeler on Interstate 45 north of Houston, the Harris County Sheriff's Department reported.

The accident occurred in the northbound lanes of the freeway near its intersection with the Hardy Toll Road, deputies reported. The accident was reported at 2:54 a.m.

The name of the victim was not released.

The investigation continued with traffic slowed in the area, the department reported.

If you or a family has been injured in an auto accident, contact one of the Houston personal injury lawyers of Fears & Nachawati for free consultation.