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Liberal Man Killed in Texas Trucking Accident

Jarod Cassidy2 weeks ago

A man from Liberal, Kansas is dead following a trucking accident in Hansford County Texas on Sunday.

About the Fatal Texas Trucking Accident

KSCB News reports Joshua Winkler, 24, of Liberal, Kansas, was driving a 1999 International truck towing a trailer east on SH-15 near Spearman when his vehicle was struck by a 2002 Peterbilt driven by Chad Cramer, 46.

Preliminary reports say Cramer failed to yield right of way to Winkler when attempting a left turn onto SH-15. Cramer’s truck traveled into the path of Winkler, causing the collision.

Winkler was pronounced dead at the scene. Cramer was transported to the Hansford County Hospital where he was treated and released.

The accident 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 result 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.

NHTSA Updates Car Seat and Booster Seat Recalls

Jarod Cassidy2 weeks ago

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has updated information on several existing recalls of booster and child car seats impacting thousands of products from several manufacturers.

Diono Car Seat Recall

Diono, formerly known as SUNSHINE KIDS JUVENILE, has issued a recall for 519,052 convertible and booster car seats due to an increased risk of chest injuries in the event of a collision when the seat is used with a lap belt.

The recall covers the following convertible and booster car seats:

  • Radian R100
  • Radian R120
  • Radian RXT
  • Olympia
  • Pacifica
  • Rainier

All the recalled car seats were manufactured between November 25, 2013 and September 5, 2017.

Britax Car Seat Recall

Britax Child Safety, Inc. has recalled 207,037 child seats because defective chest clips may break, posing a choking hazard to the child occupant. NHTSA says affected units have a center tab on the chest clip labeled “ABS” that may break.

Among the car seats included in the Britax car seat recall are:

  • B-Safe 35
  • B-Safe 35 Travel Systems
  • B-Safe 35 Elite
  • B-Safe 35 Elite Travel Systems
  • BOB B-Safe

Britax will notify owners and provide a replace clip free of charge.

Harmony Juvenile Products Car Seat Recall

Harmony Juvenile Products has issued a recall for 148,165 Big Boost Deluxe booster seats because the seat belt “may cause excessive force to be applied to the restrained child’s chest” in the event of a collision.

A remedy for the recall is still under development.

Graco Car Seat Recall

Graco is recalling certain My Ride 65 convertible child restraints because the seats may not adequately restrain the child in the event of a crash. The recall affects 25,494 seats with the following model numbers:

  • 1871689
  • 1908152
  • 1813074
  • 1872691
  • 1853478
  • 1877535
  • 1813015
  • 1794334

Contact an Experienced Car Seat Failure Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys are experienced in defective child car seats and recalls. Your choice does matter. If your child has suffered because of a defective car seat, contact Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys immediately. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Major Accident Stalls Traffic on Corpus Christi’s Harbor Bridge

Jarod Cassidy2 weeks ago

A major accident in Corpus Christi caused serious traffic delays on the Harbor Bridge Monday evening.

Details of the Harbor Bridge Accident

KIII-TV reports that a black SUV was traveling northbound on the Harbor Bridge towards Portland when it overturned and landed upside down. Police responded at around 5 pm and closed down the right two lanes of the highway as they cleared the scene.

Traffic was backed up for more than a mile with drivers waiting up to 40 minutes to make it across the bridge.

The accident remains under investigation, but police did say no one was injured in the accident.

Texas Auto 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 Corpus Christi Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced Corpus Christi 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 AntonioAustin, 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.

 

2.7 Million GM Pickups and SUVs Under Investigation for Faulty Brake Issues

Jarod Cassidy2 weeks ago

Federal regulators are investigating more than 100 complaints of defective brakes in General Motors pickups and SUVs, including nine reports of crashes and two injuries.

About the Defective GM Vehicles

According to FOX News, the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating brake vacuum pumps equipped in 2.7 million GM vehicles that the agency says can deteriorate over time. The deterioration can result in increased braking effort and longer stopping distances.

NHTSA says it has receive 111 consumer complaints involving 2014 through 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups as well as Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade SUVs.

The regulatory authority will determine how often the problem occurs and whether a recall is necessary.

20 Percent of Vehicles on the Road Under Recall

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

Contact an Experienced Vehicle 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.

Man Killed in Corpus Christi Motorcycle Accident

Jarod Cassidy2 weeks ago

A 20-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle accident on Ocean Drive near Ayers Street Saturday evening.

Police Cite Failure to Yield as Cause of Fatal Corpus Christi Motorcycle Crash

According to the Corpus Christi Caller Times, Jake Herrera, 20, was traveling on Ocean Drive around 7 pm when he collided with a car.

Police say the motorcycle was traveling at a fast speed when a Jeep failed to yield and caused the collision. Emergency responders performed CPR on Herrera before taking him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the Jeep, a 60-year-old, remained at the scene and was cited for failure to yield.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

The following information regarding motorcycle accidents is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 4,976 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015 — an increase of eight percent from 2014.
  • Motorcyclists injured in crashes decreased in 2015, with an estimated 88,000 sustaining injuries in motor vehicle wrecks compared to 92,000 in 2014.
  • Although motorcycles accounted for a mere three percent of all registered vehicles in the United States in 2014, motorcyclist fatalities accounted for 14 percent of all traffic crash deaths.
  • In 2015, one-third of all motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding.
  • Florida lead the nation in motorcyclist fatalities (616) followed by California (462) and Texas (443).

Injuries Often Associated with Motorcycle Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), per vehicle mile traveled in 2014, motorcyclist fatalities occurred nearly 27 times more frequently than passenger car occupant fatalities in traffic crashes. Motorcyclists were also five times more likely to be injured in a crash. Several factors can cause motorcycle accidents, from speeding and objects in the roadway to mechanical issues and alcohol use.

Common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents include:

Speak to a Corpus Christi Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Following a motorcycle accident, it is important to seek immediate medical treatment and file a police report. After you or your loved one’s well-being is taken care of, call Thomas J. Henry. We’re available 24/7 to take your call and discuss your case at no charge. For more than 25 years, our motorcycle accident attorneys in Corpus Christi have helped injured victims receive the justice and compensation they deserve.

Ford Recalls Nearly 2 Million F-150 Pickups for Seat Belt Defect Causing Fires

Jarod Cassidy4 weeks ago

Ford Motor Company has announced a recall for nearly 2 million pickups to fix a seat belt defect that could cause vehicle fires.

Details of the Ford F-150 Seat Belt Defect and Fires

According to USA Today, seat belt pretensioners equipped in F-150 pickups  can generate excessive sparks when they deploy. When sufficient, these sparks can ignite gases exhausted inside the lower portion of the B-pillar causing components, insulation, and carpet inside the vehicle cabin to catch fire.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into the defect in August, after receiving five reports of vehicle fires. This included three instances in which vehicles were completely engulfed in flames and destroyed.

The seat belt pretensioners in the trucks were manufactured by either ZF TRW or Takata. Takata is the same parts manufacturer behind a massive recall of airbags that can explode upon deployment. Both airbags and seat belt pretensions rely on volatile, combustible materials to deploy.

Vehicles Included in the Ford Seat Belt Fire Recall

According to NPR, The recall affects certain Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab pickups from the 2015 through 2018 model years:

  • 2015-18 Ford F-150 pickup trucks built at the Dearborn, Mich., Assembly Plant from March 12, 2014 through Aug. 23, 2018
  • 2015-18 Ford F-150 pickup trucks built at the Kansas City, Mo., Assembly Plant from Aug. 20, 2014 through Aug. 23, 2018

Ford’s F-series trucks serve as the automakers flagship product and have been the best-selling trucks in America for more than 40 years and the best-selling vehicle of any type for more than 30 years.

Ford sold almost 2.5 million F-series trucks from 2015 through 2017 and more than 500,000 trucks through July 2018, with five months to go. If all F-series trucks in the four years were to be recalled, the total number of vehicles involved would be close to 3.5 million.

Contact an Experienced Vehicle 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 AntonioAustin, 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.

 

Texas Man Charged with DUI After Scooter Crash

Jarod Cassidy1 month ago

Police have charged a 30-year-old man with driving while intoxicated after he crashed a scooter outside of a sushi restaurant in South Austin.

Details of the Scooter Drunk Driving Charge

According to the Austin American-Statesman, 30-year-old Travis Walker has been charged with driving while intoxicated after crashing a stand-up scooter. He is currently being held at the Travis County Jail on a $12,000 bail, jail records show.

An affidavit states that police responded to Namami Sushi Bar and Grill at 9001 Brodie Lane where Walker had shown up on a gas-powered red Viza Viper 33cc stand-up scooter with bloody elbows. Employees of the restaurant believed Walker had previously crashed his scooter.

Police performed a sobriety test on Walker and determined he was intoxicated.

Walker has at least two previous drunk driving conviction, both in Harris County in 2010 and 2012.

Accidents Commonly Associated with Electric Scooters

When it comes to electric scooter accidents, it is important to remember that riders are not the only was at risk. Pedestrians, cyclists, and even motorists can be injured in an electric scooter accident. Additionally, accidents may not be the result of negligent behavior as cases of scooter defects and malfunctions have been reported.

The following reflect some of the accidents associated with Bird, Lime, and Blue Duck electric scooters:

  • Scooter accident caused by potholes, debris, fallen branches, and obstructions.
  • Scooter accidents caused by a rider trying to avoid a car, cyclists, pedestrian, dog, or another scooter rider.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists struck by a negligent or reckless scooter rider.
  • Scooter accident caused by a rider colliding with an opening car door or moving vehicle.
  • A motorist crashing into a structure or another vehicle in an attempt to avoid a negligent or reckless scooter rider.
  • A scooter rider that is injured due to a malfunction or defect in the scooter, including defective brakes, tires, throttle, stem, or handlebars.
  • A scooter rider who loses control after being chased by a doc.

Who Can Be Sued for an Electric Scooter Accident?

Who can be sued for an electric scooter accident is dependent on the type of accident that occurred and who was responsible for that accident. It is important to remember that there is no source of liability insurance when it comes to electric scooters, so legal action against the responsible party is often the only means of financial recovery.

Depending on the circumstances of your electric scooter accident, you may be able to seek compensation from:

  • The Rider: If your injures were the caused by a negligent or reckless scooter rider, then the rider can be held legally accountable for you injuries.
  • The Scooter Company: If a defect, design flaw, or malfunction contributed in any way to your accident and injuries, you can seek financial from the scooter’s manufacturer.
  • Motorists: If you injuries were the result of an accident caused by a negligent driver, you could seek compensation from the driver involved.
  • Pedestrian at Fault: If the actions of a pedestrian caused your accident – for example, they suddenly stepped into the path of a scooter rider – then you may be able hold the pedestrian accountable for your injuries.
  • The City: If a pothole or road defect caused your scooter accident, you may be able to seek financial recovery from the city.

Contact an Experienced Electric Scooter Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in an electric scooter accident, call Thomas J. Henry today. Our experienced San Antonio electric scooter accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to hear your claim. Scooter accidents can cause great physical and financial harm to an individual and their family. We can help you address medical bills and living costs, letting you focus on healing while we take care of the ongoing legal processes. It is our goal to ensure our clients are taken care of while our injury attorneys fight relentless to obtain the real result you need.

Don’t wait — contact Thomas J. Henry today for a free legal consultation. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, El Paso, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

2 Pedestrians Hit, 1 Dead Near Corpus Christi International Airport

Jarod Cassidy1 month ago

Pedestrian crosswalk signal with walk illuminated

One man is dead and another is in critical condition after being hit by a truck near Corpus Christi International Airport Thursday night.

Details of the Corpus Christi Pedestrian Accident

According to the Corpus Christi Caller Times, the accident occurred on the 700 block of Clarkwood Road where two pedestrians were struck by a truck.

The 22-year-old driver says he was driving on the dark road when “two men suddenly darted out into the road.” When officers arrived, they performed CPR on both victims.

One of the pedestrians, 23-year-old Richard Cruz, died at the hospital. The second pedestrian has been hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

The driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with police. No charges have been filed.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 5,376 pedestrian were killed in traffic accidents in 2015. Also in 2015, about 129,000 pedestrian victims of traffic accidents were treated in hospitals for non-fatal injuries.

Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passengers to be killed in car crash.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 14,217 serious injury crashes in 2016. 17,602 people sustained serious injuries in those crashes.

51.51% of all Texas traffic fatalities occurred in rural areas.

27% of all Texas traffic fatalities involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol

Contact an Experienced Automobile Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced auto 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.

 

Sentencing Begins for Driver in Fatal Texas Church Bus Crash

Jarod Cassidy1 month ago

The driver convicted in a church bus crash that left 13 dead in Uvalde, Texas last year will facing sentencing after pleading no contest to 13 counts of intoxication manslaughter.

Details of the Fatal Texas Bus Crash Conviction

According to US News, 21-year-old Jack Dillon Young, of Leakey, pleaded no contest in June to 13 counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault. He now faces up to 270 years in prison.

Prosecutors state Young was under the influence of a prescription antidepressant and had smoked marijuana before colliding with a church bus on U.S. Highway 83 about 75 miles west of San Antonio. Young’s defense attorney did not contest Young’s involvement in the accident or drug use, but did say Young’s doctors did not properly monitor the man’s prescription drug use.

Young’s sentencing began Wednesday and is expected to last at least through the week.

Texas Auto 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 Auto Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced Corpus Christi 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 AntonioAustin, 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.

Subaru Recalls 400,000 Vehicles for Stalling Issue

Jarod Cassidy1 month ago

Subaru has issued a recalls for nearly 400,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix two issues that can cause vehicles to stall.

Details of the Subaru Engine Stall Recalls

According to the Star Tribune, the automaker has issued two recalls covering vehicles that can stall while being operated.

The first recall covers 229,000 Outback and Legacy vehicles from the 2018 model year. Recall documents say a software glitch can stop the low-fuel warning light from illuminating and cause the miles-to-empty display inaccurate. This can cause drivers to run out of fuel and stall, possibly resulting in crash.

The second covers 166,000 2012 to 2014 model year Impreza, and BRZ, XV Crosstrek, and Toyota Scion FR-S from the 2013 model years. Reports say engine valve springs can fracture, causing the engines to malfunction or stall.

For both recall, owners can expect to be notified starting this month.

Millions of Vehicles Recalled Every Year?

In 2016, a record high 53.2 million vehicles were recalled in the United States. More than 50 million cars have been recalled in each of the past three years, a stunning fact considering auto recalls over the previous two decades have ranged between 10.2 million and 30.8 million. Many of these recalls were associated with two prominent defects:

  1. Faulty ignition switches equipped in General Motors vehicles (linked to approximately 124 deaths)
  2. Faulty airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation (linked to approximately 16 deaths)

These two recalls have been linked to hundreds of injuries and dozens of deaths, and both have been the subject of congressional hearings and federal investigations. The number of total recall campaigns (927) was also record-breaking in 2016. Sadly, government action came too late for those adversely affected by these defective products.

What Are the Most Common Vehicle Defects?

While the General Motors and Takata recalls have garnished the most attention, it is important to remember that safety defects can occur in any vehicle. Among those most commonly cited by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and automakers are:

  • Defective steering components
  • Door latch failures
  • Defective gas tanks and fuel lines
  • Seat belt failures
  • Defective child seat anchors (LATCH System anchors)
  • Defective airbags
  • Tire defects
  • Weak vehicle structure

Cars, trucks, and SUVs are not the only vehicles that experience recalls. Recalled motorcycles and ATVs have caused many severe injuries and deaths due to manufacturer defects as well.

Contact an Experienced Vehicle Defect 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 AntonioAustin, 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.

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