Archive for April 2010

A Criminal Conviction For A Trucking Accident

I often tell our clients that one of the purposes of the civil justice system is to help hold wrongdoers accountable  (thus the name of our book).  And many times, the civil justice system is the only way to hold wrongdoers accountable.  But sometimes the criminal justice system does its part, as it did in…

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What Is A Wrongful Death Claim Worth?

Earlier this week, I wrote a post asking “What Is The Typical Personal Injury Settlement When Someone Gets Hurt?”  In the post, my basic conclusion is that there is no “typical settlement.”  Each personal injury case has its own unique facts and must be evaluated on its own merits.  If a lawyer tells you he…

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Are The Risks Of A High Speed Police Chase Acceptable?

Earlier this week, Eliot Alfred Carvajal, was allegedly driving drunk and led Austin Police Department officers on a police chase (with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour) that started in North Austin on I35 and ended in a fatal collision in South Austin near Brodie Lane.  As the car neared Brodie, Carvajal lost control of the…

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Single Vehicle Wreck Kills One

An I-80 car wreck near San Francisco Bay continues to baffle authorities as the lone survivor doesn’t recall the details of the wreck. “This case turned out to be a bit of a mystery in more ways than one. It seems the single vehicle wreck killed the driver and seriously injured a passenger. When EMS…

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What Is The Typical Personal Injury Settlement When Someone Gets Hurt?

This is another post based on a search that someone used to reach our website.  In this series of posts, I normally try to answer  the question that the person asked.  But I’m adamant that an attorney that tries to give you an early answer to this question is doing you a disservice.  There are simply too many variables…

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Another Austin Wrong Way Driving Wreck

For the second time in less than a month, Austin has experienced a traffic fatality from a driver driving the wrong way on a highway.  Early Saturday morning, a woman in her twenties was killed as she was driving the wrong way in the northbound lanes of the I35 lower deck.  The wrong-way driver hit two other vehicles and was killed after…

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Even with Icy Roads, Drivers Should Adjust Their Speed Accordingly

Slick roads cause accidents. Drivers need to drive according to the weather conditions. Just recently in Fort Worth, Texas, there were two deadly accidents attributed to the icy road conditions. It had just snowed, and the roads were particularly dangerous. The police were busy that night responding to the two wrecks, one on the East…

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How Safe Is Capital Metro's Rail System?

Today, the legislative Sunset Advisory Commission released its staff report on the Capital Metro Transportation Authority.  Unfortunately, the report raises a number of questions about the safety of the new Capital Metro rail system.  The first real safety issue involved the bridges along the rail system.  The report notes: Most of the 200 bridges on…

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Work Zone Safety — Give Your Undivided Attention In Roadway Construction Zones

  This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week.  I’ve written about it before, but  perhaps the most dangerous part of any  roadway — for both motorists and for construction workers — is a construction zone.  In 2008, 720 workers and motorists were killed in highway work zones nationally and more than 40,000 were injured.  Eighty-five…

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