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Texas Man Charged with DUI After Scooter Crash

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

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

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.

Harley-Davidson Recalls 238,380 Motorcycles for Clutch Defect

Harley-Davidson announced Tuesday plans to recall roughly 238,300 motorcycles due to clutch problems that could result in an increased risk of crash.

Details of the Harley Davidson Clutch Recall

According to USA Today, the recall affects all model year 2017 and 2018 Harley Davidson Touring, Trike, and CVO Touring models as well as certain 2017 Harley Davidson Softails.

The National Highway Traffic Safety and Transportation Administration (NHTSA) says that the faulty clutches can leak fluid to the point that the clutch does not have enough life to disengage the bikes from gears. The agency says this can cause riders to lose control and crash.

Dealers will install a new secondary clutch actuator piston assembly to resolve the issue. Repairs will be made at no cost owners.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to the Insurance Information Institute, 5,286 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2016 with roughly 61 deaths occurring for every 100,000 registered motorcycles. An additional 88,000 motorcyclists are injured in accidents every year.

Among the leading injuries sustained my motorcyclists are:

Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Recall Attorney

If you or a loved one were injured due to a recalled or defective motorcycle, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experienced vehicle recall lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Our team of legal professionals are ready to take immediate action on your case. You may be entitled to compensation if a manufacturer’s negligence lead to your injuries.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. Call us today for a free legal consultation.

Jacksonville Shooting Survivor Killed In South Texas Crash

A car crash that occurred in South Texas on Sunday killed a 25-year-old Robstown man, who was a survivor of a mass shooting that occurred during a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida last month.

Details of the South Texas Accident

According to Sgt. Nathan Brandley, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, Ryen Aleman died in a single-vehicle accident on Sunday.

Aleman was driving west on Highway 44 and lost control of his 2008 Nissan Altima near the Violet Road exit, at about 3:45 a.m., roughly three miles west of Corpus Christi.

“For unknown reasons the driver veered off the right of side of the roadway and overturned multiple times, striking the railroad tracks,” Brandley said. “The driver was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and was ejected upon impact onto the railroad tracks.”

Aleman died at the scene. DPS Troopers will begin an investigation for the crash, said Brandley.

Grieving friends and family of Aleman have been posting heartfelt messages and condolences on Facebook. Some friends commented on a photo he posted the night before that read “RIP” and “I can’t believe (you’re) gone.”

Monica Rivera, Aleman’s mother, has started a GoFundMe account for funeral expenses.

She writes on the page, “He was a survivor of the Jacksonville shooting at the Madden tournament and we were beyond blessed that he was okay and still here with us, but not even a month later, our Lord decided to call him home. He was loved by his family and his friends, the happiest, funny, and most easy person to get along with … We are hoping to raise money to give him a proper burial that he deserves.

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.

KUSI Reporter David Davis Dies In Texas Crash

Damaged car from an accident with responding ambulance

David Davis, a former KUSI anchor and reporter who had just recently retired from the television station, was killed in a car crash in Texas.

About the Fatal Texas Crash

According to FOX 5 San Diego, David Davis was on a cross-country road trip when he was killed in a traffic accident near Dallas, according to a report released by KUSI on Wednesday night. The time of the occurrence is unclear.

Davis joined the KUSI team in January of 2003. He has anchored in four states and won several awards for his work, including coverage of the Jeffrey Dahmer capture and week long 9/11 reports from New York, said KUSI.

He attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he earned his degree in communications. According to KUSI, he was married and had two children.

KUSI released a statement about Davis’s passing, saying the following: “We pass along our condolences to the Davis family and all those he touched here in San Diego.”

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 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.

 

Texas Teenager Dead After Crash In New Mexico

A black car and white car damaged in a crash

A Texas teenager had died after a head-on collision in New Mexico, authorities say.

About the New Mexico Crash

New Mexico State Police identified the victim’s body on Monday as 19-year-old Fabian Mendoza of Denver City.

According to the KWTX, Mendoza was driving on U.S. 62/180 on Saturday, when he crossed into another lane of traffic, crashing head-on with a pickup truck southeast of Hobbs.

Mendoza was rushed to a Lea County hospital, and he later died of his injuries from the crash.

State Police have also released that there was a passenger in Mendoza’s car at the time of the crash, who suffered serious injuries, and the driver of the pickup truck was also brought in for medical treatment.

Authorities have said that the cause of the crash is still being investigated.

Highway Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 37,150 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2017 (down about 0.8 percent from 2016)
  • This decrease is the first decline in traffic fatalities since significant increases were recorded in 2015 and 2016
  • Vehicle miles travelled is projected to have increased about 1.2 percent
  • The fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles travelled is projected to be 1.17 (down from 1.18 in 2016)

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 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 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.

5 Biggest Car Recalls from August

August was a busy month for auto recalls with more than 250,000 individual vehicles being called back for defects. Below are the five largest auto recalls from August.

Top Five Auto Recalls Issued in August

  1. 154,000 Dodge and Jeep Vehicles

August saw only 11 new car recalls, and only 6 included a number of vehicles over 4 figures. Fiat Chrysler had the largest recall of August, involving more vehicles than any of the other recalls combined. Dodge Grand Caravans and Journeys, Jeep Compasses and Cherokees had insufficient coating on the rear brake caliper pistons. This could lead to air pockets and less effective rear brakes.

  1. 2012-15 Ford Focus Electric, 2013-15 Fusion Energi, C-Maz Energi

Ford recalled about 49,000 Ford Focus Electric, Fusion Energi, and C-Max Energi electric cars. Each vehicle was equipped with 120-volt convenience charge cords that, unfortunately, catch fire when used with an AC outlet that is not a dedicated circuit, or is corroded, or damaged. You should bring in your Ford for new charge cords, which includes a thermistor that identifies overheating.

  1. 12,800 Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram Vehicles

An issue concerning the powertrain control module affected almost 167,000 FCA vehicles. A chip in the module may fail, causing the vehicle to stall, or not start. You can bring your vehicle in to a dealer and they will replace the powertrain for free.

  1. 2018 Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG, GLS-Class

About GLE and GLS-Class SUVs from Mercedes were recalled in August. These Mercedes vehicles are affected by a very similar to the FCA vehicles. The rear brake caliper pistons weren’t correctly coated, which again causes gas to be released temporarily into the rear brake hydraulic circuit, reducing braking abilities. And as with FCA, Mercedes dealers will bleed the rear brakes for free.

  1. 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, 2017-18 Passat

About 84,000 Volkswagen vehicles also had brakes issues with the brake caliper mounting bolts. The work for dealers, however, is a lot more complicated here for this issue.  The fix includes everything from inspecting the brake-caliper bracket bolt tightness, replacing and re-torqueing the bolts to checking calipers, fasteners and bleeder valve components to inspecting the parking brake cable for Passats specifically.

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 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.

 

Lawsuits Filed in Fatal Antascocita Drunk Driving Accident

Glass of dark liquor on a table next to a car key.

Two families are filing lawsuits in the name of their 16-year-old daughters, both of whom were killed in a car crash believed to be the result of drunk driving.

Details of the Fatal Drunk Driving Accident

The families have filed wrongful death lawsuits by the families of Chloe Robinson and Salma Gomez.

According to the authorities, the two Antascocita High School students got in the car of 17-year-old Jagger Smith who was drunk. Both girls were killed in the car crash that ensued.

Smith was sold alcohol at a convenience store in Humble a few hours before the crash, according to investigators. The store clerk is also implicated in the lawsuit for selling alcohol to a minor. Smith’s mother, and the parent company to the convenience store where Smith was sold alcohol are also named in the lawsuit.

Smith’s mother, Shelly Smith, is included in the lawsuit because Jagger Smith is a minor, and therefore cannot be sued.

He store clerk, Gumaro Campos, is known to sell alcohol to minors, says the Robison family’s lawyer Randy Sorrels. The store clerk, also known as “Romeo,” is facing charges for selling alcohol to minors.

Texas Texas 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 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 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.

Two Dead After Texas Train Crash

According to authorities, a passenger train crashed into a dump truck in Fort Worth on Saturday and at least 2 people are dead.

Details of the Train Crash

Arlington Police responded to a call just before 12 p.m. on Saturday. The crash occurred on Calloway Cemetery Road between a Trinity Railway Express train and a commercial truck. The two people that died were in the truck.

A Fox 5 report also revealed that 11 people on the train were injured in the crash and have been hospitalized. 2 of them were reported to be in critical condition while 3 others sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

According to The Dallas Morning News, train passengers were brought to a local strip club to use the restrooms, and then a shuttle bus arrived to take them to Fort Worth.

The cause of the crash is still unclear.

Texas Train Collision Statistics

  • According to statistics from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), 2,105 highway-rail grade collisions occurred in 2017.
  • About 64% of all 2017 railroad collisions occurred in only 15 states.
  • Texas was ranked #1 in 2017 in railroad collisions at 232 collisions and #3 in fatalities at 13 deaths.

Contact an Experienced Railroad and Train Injury Lawyer

Injuries caused by railroad and train accidents are oftentimes severe and in some cases deadly. Medical bills, lost wages, and other damages can be obtained by suing the negligent parties involved, which may include the train or railroad company. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries. If you or a loved one were injured while riding on a train or while outside of a train, contact Thomas J. Henry.

Experienced train accident attorneys are available to take your call and evaluate your claim 24/7, nights and weekends. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

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