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Pedestrian Killed in Austin Hit-and-Run

Jarod Cassidy3 days ago

Austin police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run that left a pedestrian dead in southeast Austin. Police believe the hit-and-run was intentional.

About the Austin Hit-and-Run

According to KXAN, the fatal incident occurred at the intersection of East Oltorf Street and Huntwick Drive around 3:10 pm. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Reports to 911 said a female driver in a red sedan was observed leaving the scene of the crash. The sound of the impact was so loud, it was initially mistaken as a gunshot by people nearby. Police also said it appeared to witnesses that the victim knew the driver.

APD says they have identified a possible suspect and are working to file a warrant to make an arrest.

The victim was 30-years-old.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,773 people were killed in Texas traffic accidents in 2016, marking a 5.45% increase from the 3,578 deaths reported in 2015.
  • 638 of the deaths reported in 2016 were attributed to head-on collision.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 987 traffic deaths, accounting for roughly 26% of all Texas traffic fatalities.
  • An additional 264,076 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2016.
  • Based on reportable data for 2016, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in a traffic accident every 2 hours and 20 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 1 minute and 59 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 57 seconds.

Contact an Experienced Texas Auto Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced car accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work.

Worker Killed After 18-Wheeler Strikes Lift

Cydney Patterson3 days ago

Wednesday, at around 5:00 am, an Indiana construction worker was killed after being struck by an 18-wheeler on Interstate 77 in South Carolina.

Details of the Fatal South Carolina Accident

According to WSOC TV, the worker was on a lift was on roadway as part of a project on a bridge at exit 27 near Blythewood when it was hit. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says 40-year-old Nathaniel Deaton, of Martinsburg, Indiana, died at the scene.

Jones stated that a special team has been investigating the accident to determine if the construction zone was properly marked and if any charges will be issued to the tractor-trailers driver.

The crashed closed the southbound lanes of I-77 about 20 miles north of Columbia for several hours.

Texas Trucking Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 438,000 trucking accidents in the U.S. in 2014.
  • These accidents resulted in 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities with 553 trucking-related deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 recorded deaths.

Contact an Experienced Commercial Trucking Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury after being involved in an 18-wheeler accident, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced commercial trucking injury attorneys are available to respond to semi-truck accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. We will take immediate action on your case.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact us today for a free legal consultation. Attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

20% of Vehicles on the Road Under Recall

Cydney Patterson4 days ago

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 46 million vehicles have been recalled by auto manufacturers this year, which has hit a high in United States history. Currently, 20 percent of vehicles on the road are under recall.

About the High Recall Rate

NHTSA has recently stated that 1 in 5 vehicles on the road now is under recall. In most of these cases, the driver’s don’t even realize that their vehicle may be under recall.

Of the 46 million vehicles recalled this year, more than 37 million were recalled for defective Takata airbags. Government records indicate the defective airbags have killed 23 people worldwide in recent years, and injured hundreds more.

Although airbags are the big issue, they are not the only recall issue involving cars. In the last year there has been recalls with vehicles that include:

  • 4.8 million cruise control issues
  • 1.4 million loose steering wheel problems
  • 350,000 transmission shifter issues
  • 123,000 power steering problems

Government Agencies and Private Business Struggle to Keep Consumers Informed

In light of the high recall rate, the government has mandated that car dealerships send notices informing vehicle owners of open recalls. However, in some cases, the information never reaches the current vehicle owner.

Other organizations are also taking steps to improve recall notification. For example, there is a website created by JD Power allows users to look up open recalls by entering any make and model. Consumer Reports offers a similar car recall tracker, but it requires users to sign up for a free account in order to access it as a member.

NHTSA, the federal agency that’s charged with highway safety, has a website that allows users to look for recalls using car’s vehicle identification number. It goes deep, looking at safety recalls conducted over the past 15 calendar years, and it even includes motorcycles. The U.S. Department of Transportation also has a website that lists not only automobile recalls, but includes recalls for tires, child safety car seats, and even school buses.

If you suspect your car has been recalled please look on any of the websites mentioned in the article and follow the proper steps to stay safe.

Contact an Experienced Product Recall Attorney

Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.

Our experienced defective vehicle lawyers have handled a multitude of injury claims caused by recalled vehicles. We continue to handle cases involving faulty and dangerous GM ignition switches and Takata airbags. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation — our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Lawsuit Filed in Fatal New Jersey Crash

Jarod Cassidy4 days ago

The parents of a student who was injured in a fatal school bus in Mount Olive, New Jersey last month have filed a lawsuit against the Belleville-based owners of the dump truck that struck the bus.

Details of the Fatal School Bus Crash

According to NJ Advance Media, 43 Paramus middle school students were injured and one student and a teacher were killed when a dump truck crashed into a school bus on Interstate 80.

Video of the crash obtained by the Department of Transportation appears to show the dump truck swerving in an attempt to avoid the school bus, which was attempting a U-turn through a cut-through in the eastbound lanes of the interstate.

The 77-year-old driver of the school bus, Hudy Muldrow Sr., was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide for the deaths of Miranda Vargas, 10, and Jennifer Williamson, 51. He has since been released from jail pending indictment.

The lawsuit names Mendez Trucking and seeks damages for “severe, grievous, permanent, and painful enemies” for which the child remains hospitalized. Prior to the lawsuit, the truck driver and the owner of the truck have not faced blame for the collision.

School Transportation Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,344 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes recorded between 2004 and 2013. This averages to 134 fatalities per year.
  • Of the 1,344 fatalities, only 8 percent were occupants of school transportation vehicles.
  • Most (71%) of the people who lost their lives in these crashes were occupants of other vehicles involved in the crashes.
  • Nonoccupants, including pedestrians, bicyclists, etc., accounted for 21 percent of the fatalities.
  • Among the 106 occupants killed in school transportation vehicles between 2004 and 2013, 45 were drivers and 61 were passengers.

Contact an Experienced School Bus Accident Attorney

At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact our offices. Our experienced bus accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends, and can provide you with a free case review.

Fort Worth Man Struck and Killed By 18-Wheeler

Jarod Cassidy5 days ago

Early Saturday morning, a man died in the Texas Panhandle when he ran a stop sign and was struck by an 18-wheeler.

About the Fatal Texas Trucking Accident

Peter Hilton, who was 39, was driving north on Farm Road 2203 in Dumas, about 50 miles north of Amarillo, at around 5:00 am when he drove past the stop sign and was struck by a Peterbilt semi traveling southwest on FM 119.

The Texas Department of Public Safety stated that Hilton was pronounced dead at the scene. The Department of Public Safety also stated that the driver of the 18-Wheeler Salvador Granados-Villanueva, 40 was not injured.

Both of the men had been wearing seatbelts, and no other vehicles had been involved in the crash, which is still under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

National Traffic Accidents Statistics

According National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, 3,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6 percent from calendar year 2015.

The number of vehicle miles traveled on U.S. roads in 2016 increased by 2.2 percent, and resulted in a fatality rate of 1.18 deaths per 100 million VMT – a 2.6-percent increase from the previous year.

The 2016 national data also shows that:

  • Distraction-related deaths (3,450 fatalities) decreased by 2.2 percent.
  • Drowsy-driving deaths (803 fatalities) decreased by 3.5 percent.
  • Drunk-driving deaths (10,497 fatalities) increased by 1.7 per­cent.
  • Speeding-related deaths (10,111 fatalities) increased by 4.0 percent.
  • Unbelted deaths (10,428 fatalities) increased by 4.6 percent.
  • Motorcyclist deaths (5,286 fatalities – the largest number of motorcyclist fatalities since 2008) increased by 5.1 percent.
  • Pedestrian deaths (5,987 fatalities – the highest number since 1990) increased by 9.0 percent.
  • Bicyclist deaths (840 fatalities – the highest number since 1991) increased by 1.3 percent.

Contact an Experienced Commercial Trucking Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury after being involved in an 18-wheeler accident, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced commercial trucking injury attorneys are available to respond to semi-truck accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. We will take immediate action on your case.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact us today for a free legal consultation. Attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

1 Dead, 1 Injured in East Texas Crash

Jarod Cassidy5 days ago

One man is dead and another is injured after following a fiery trucking accident in Panola County.

Details of the Fatal East Texas Trucking Accident

According to reports, the fatal crash occurred around 3:00 am Wednesday on Texas 149 between Beckville and Tatum, Texas.

A preliminary investigation suggests the driver of a tractor-trailer was traveling northbound on the highway when a southbound pickup crossed over the center line and collided with the semi head-on.

The impact cause the pickup to leave the roadway and catch fire. The driver, 34-year-old Kedrick Tramaine Parker, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the pickup was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

The crash remains under investigation.

Texas Trucking Accident Statistics

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 438,000 trucking accidents in the U.S. in 2014.
  • These accidents resulted in 3,903 deaths and 111,000 injuries.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 17 percent were occupants of large trucks
    • 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles
    • 10 percent were listed as nonoccupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Texas led the nation in trucking accident fatalities with 553 trucking-related deaths reported. California followed Texas with 300 recorded deaths.

Contact an Experienced Commercial Trucking Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury after being involved in an 18-wheeler accident, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced commercial trucking injury attorneys are available to respond to semi-truck accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. We will take immediate action on your case.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact us today for a free legal consultation. Attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Two Men Lose Feet in Gobbler Creek Boating Accident

Jarod Cassidy5 days ago

Two men suffered amputation injuries Saturday evening following a boating accident in Gobbler Creek, located between Lubbock and Abilene.

Details of the Gobbler Creek Boating Accident

KXAN reports that two men were near a boat propeller trying to get an anchor to come up for a boat when the boat operator engaged the engine, resulting in amputation injuries to both men. According to an area Game Warden, one man lost both of his feet, and the other lost one foot.

The incident remains under investigation, and the Texas Game Wardens will be leading the investigation.

The names of the injured persons and the operator of the boat have not been released.

Recreational Boating Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division:

  • In 2015, the Coast Guard counted 4,158 accidents that involved 626 deaths and 2,613 injuries.
    • In addition, $42 million dollars of damage was caused to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
  • Where cause of death was known, 76% of fatal boating accident victims drowned.
    • Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 85% were not wearing a life jacket.
  • Excessive speed was the second highest primary contributing factor to recreational boating injuries in 2015

Contact an Experienced Boating Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one was harmed in a boating accident due to someone’s negligence operation, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to take your call and evaluate your claim. Our law firm has the legal resources and experienced team of legal professionals necessary to properly develop your case. Call us today for a free case review.

Audi Recalls 140,000 Vehicles for Airbag Defect

Jarod Cassidy5 days ago

Damaged car with passenger door open and view of deployed airbags

Audi has issued a recall for 139,249 sedans for faulty sensors that may prevent front passenger airbags from deploying in the event of a crash.

About the Audi Airbag Recall

According to Consumer Reports, the issue is caused by wear to the passenger occupant detection system, which is responsible for determining whether someone is sitting in the front passenger seat. If the sensor becomes worn, it may prevent the front passenger airbag from deploying during a crash.

The recall affects vehicles with standard seats. Vehicles that are equipped with upgraded seats are not affected.

The automaker says an airbag warning light will illuminate if a malfunction occurs. Additionally, the passenger airbag indicator light will show the airbag is turned off.

The following vehicles are affected by the Audi airbag recall:

  • 2012 to 2015 A6 sedans built from April 4, 2011, through Dec. 23, 2014
  • 2016 to 2018 A6 sedans built from Oct. 29, 2014, through April 30, 2018
  • 2012 to 2015 A7 sedans built from Jan. 27, 2011, through Jan. 31, 2015
  • 2016 to 2018 A7 sedans built from Oct. 31, 2014, through April 6, 2018
  • 2013 to 2015 S6 sedans built from June 25, 2012, through Dec. 18, 2014
  • 2016 to 2018 S6 sedans built from Feb. 6, 2015, through April 26, 2018
  • 2016 to 2018 S7 sedans built from Feb. 7, 2015, through March 23, 2018
  • 2013 to 2015 S7 sedans built from June 27, 2012, through Feb. 12, 2015
  • 2014 to 2018 RS7 sedans built from July 25, 2013, through April 4, 2018

Common Injuries Caused by Airbag Failure

Injuries caused by a defective airbag include:

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 576 people were killed in automobile crashes where a front airbag did not deploy between 2001 and 2006. Of these victims, 360 would have benefited from frontal airbag protection.

Why Does Airbag Failure Occur?

There are many different causes of airbag failure, and unfortunately, airbag defects are usually only detected after an auto accident.

Airbag malfunctions can be caused by:

  • Design defect
  • Faulty wiring
  • Loss of power prior to collision
  • Manufacturing flaw
  • Sensor failure

Contact an Experienced Defective Airbag Attorney

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a defective or faulty airbag, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced vehicle recall lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free case review. If an airbag or vehicle manufacturer’s negligence caused your airbag injury, you may be entitled to recover damages to cover medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.

Texas Deputy Arrested for Sexual Abuse of Undocumented 4-Year-Old Girl

Jarod Cassidy6 days ago

An off-duty Bexar County Sheriff’s Department deputy has been arrested on a felony charge of sexual assault of a child. The deputy is accused of using the mothers status as an undocumented immigrant to cover for his crimes.

Mother of Abused Child Feared Deportation

According to CBS News, Jose Nunez, 47, who is a detention deputy, has been with the department for 10 years. The sheriff, Javier Salazar, states that the victim’s mother is an undocumented immigrant, and the suspect took advantage of that, due to the mother’s fear of deportation.

Nunez, is being charged with super aggravated assault. This is a charge that is applied when the victim is under the age of six. Salazar says the victim, who is four, cried out to her mother on Saturday. He stated that the mother had decided to report the abuse to a local fire station.

After this occurred, investigators quickly arrested Nunez, at about 3:00 am Sunday. Investigators believe that the abuse could possibly go back months or years. Nunez has been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation. Internal affairs will also be conducting a separate case. Salazar also stated that “When one person or persons individually demonstrate like they did in this case that they’re not worthy to be part of this agency, then we’re going to, quite frankly, get them out of here. Cut them out like cancer.”

Javier Salazar said he encourages undocumented immigrants to continue to report crimes. He said there could be more victims in Nunez’s case.

What to Do if You Suspect a Child Is Being Abused?

Child sexual abuse is a crime that often goes undetected. You have the power to make a positive difference in a child’s life. Here are some tips to follow if you suspect a child is being abused:

  • Recognize the signs, both physical and behavioral:
    • Behavioral signs: Shrinking away from or seeming threatened by physical contact, regressive behaviors like thumb sucking, changing hygiene routines such as refusing to bathe or bathing excessively, age-inappropriate sexual behaviors, sleep disturbances, or nightmares
    • Physical signs: Bruising or swelling near the genital area, blood on sheets or undergarments, or broken bones
    • Verbal cues: Using words or phrases that are “too adult” for their age, unexplained silence, or suddenly being less talkative
  • Talk to the child:
    • Choose a safe space away from the person you may suspect of causing the abuse. Speak to the child in a casual, non-threatening tone to keep the child at ease. Talk to the child directly, using words that the child will understand. Avoid judgmental statements and questions and avoid blaming the child. Be reassuring to the child and let them know that you are concerned for them.
  • Report it to authorities:
    • Before reporting, tell the child you are going to talk to someone else who can help. Make sure the child is in a safe place, and if you are concerned about the child’s safety, be sure to let the authorities know. If you are not concerned that the parents are the ones causing harm, consult with them prior to reporting to authorities.

Contact an Experienced Child Abuse Attorney

If you believe that your child has been the victim of sexual abuse, contact Thomas J. Henry. For over two decades, Thomas J. Henry has been an advocate for sexually abused children across the state of Texas. Our experienced child injury lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to take your call. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.

 

2 Dead, 2 Injured in San Antonio Crash

Jarod Cassidy6 days ago

Two people are dead and two others are injured as a result of a T-bone crash in Northeast Bexar County Tuesday morning.

Details of the Fatal San Antonio Crash

According to KSAT, a Dodge Durango traveling south on Green Mountain Road lost control while attempting to pass a slow driver and slid into oncoming traffic where it was T-boned by a GMC Sierra.

The two occupants of the Dodge Durango died in the collision, and the driver and a passenger in the Sierra were hospitalized. They were listed in stable condition.

San Antonio police are still investigating the crash, but say the streets were slick at the time of the collision due to rain.

Authorities did not identify the deceased individuals.

Texas Automobile Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,773 people were killed in Texas traffic accidents in 2016, marking a 5.45% increase from the 3,578 deaths reported in 2015.
  • 638 of the deaths reported in 2016 were attributed to head-on collision.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 987 traffic deaths, accounting for roughly 26% of all Texas traffic fatalities.
  • An additional 264,076 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2016.
  • Based on reportable data for 2016, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in a traffic accident every 2 hours and 20 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 1 minute and 59 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 57 seconds.

Contact an Experienced Commercial Trucking Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury after being involved in an 18-wheeler accident, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced commercial trucking injury attorneys are available to respond to semi-truck accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. We will take immediate action on your case.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact us today for a free legal consultation. Attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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