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Distracted Driver Crashes Through Yard, Lands in Swimming Pool

Corpus Christi authorities responded to a distracted driving accident on Friday to find that a Toyota FJ Cruiser had crashed through a fence and landed in a backyard swimming pool.

Details of the Corpus Christi Distracted Driving Accident

According to KRIS-TV, the accident occurred Friday evening on the 400 block of Doddridge Road, Santa Fe and Alameda.

Police said the driver of the FJ Cruiser was reaching for his phone, which had fallen to the vehicle’s floor, when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a minivan that was traveling in the same direction. He then careened off the road, through a fence, and finally came to rest in a swimming pool.

Investigators said it does not appear that the driver of the FJ Cruiser braked during the incident. The driver was ticketed for distracted driving, failure to maintain a single lane of travel, and damaging the home.

A passenger in the minivan, an elderly man, was transported to the hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

Perhaps the most astonishing (and troubling) part of the accident is that the owner of the home told reporters the accident was nothing new. In fact, the owner claims this is the fourth time something like this has happened since they purchased the home.

United States Distracted Driving Statistics

  • In 2015, there were 3,196 fatal motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver
    • 3,477 people were killed in those wrecks
  • An estimated 391,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2014
  • Distracted driving is a factor in 10 percent of all fatal motor vehicle wrecks and 15 percent of all motor vehicle accident injuries
  • In 2014, there were 551 non-occupants killed in distraction-affected crashes
  • 322 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver between the age of 15 and 19
  • The average time your eyes are off the road while texting is five seconds
    • At 55 mph, this is enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded

Contact an Experienced Distracted Driving Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident due to the actions of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced auto accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. We can meet you wherever you reside, whether it be at home, at your workplace, or in the hospital. Contact us today for a free case review.

 

 

Wrong-Way Driver Kills Woman in Corpus Christi Crash

Corpus Christi authorities are investigating a fatal head-on collision that killed a woman just after midnight Friday morning.

Details of the Fatal Corpus Christi Crash

According to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the fatal collision occurred near the 6500 block of Interstate Highway 37 at around 12:48 AM.

The woman, identified as Laurie Beth Reynolds, was traveling southbound behind an 18-wheeler when a 12-passenger van driving the wrong direction struck her car. The van caught fire after the accident, but he driver was extracted by officers and transported to Christus Sphohn Hospital Shoreline with minor injuries.

KRIS-TV reports that officers were already in route when the accident occurred, after receiving calls about a van traveling north in the southbound lanes of I-37 near Clarkwood.

The driver of the van, an unidentified 30-year-old male, was determined to have been drinking prior to the collision and has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

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 Christi, San 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.

 

 

U.S. Traffic Deaths Remain Near 10-Year High

U.S. traffic deaths are estimated to top 40,000 for the second consecutive year, remaining at the 10-year high set in 2016.

Policymakers Consider Traffic Deaths a Health Crisis

While the estimates by the National Safety Council are not official federal figures, the report underscores a growing consensus among lawmakers and experts that traffic deaths are a public health crisis which needs to be addressed.

Current estimates put the death toll around 40,100 which would be down about 1 percent from 2016; however, the estimates would still mark a 6 percent increase over 2015.

NHTSA, on the other hand, estimated that car accidents resulted in 37,461 in 2016. Still, this marked a 5.6 percent increase from their 2015 estimates. Variations between the NCS and NHTSA estimates are likely due to the fact that the council includes parking lot, driveway, and private road deaths while NHTSA does not.

National Traffic Accident Statistics

According to the latest available data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35,485 people were killed in auto accidents in the United States in 2016, marking a 5.6-percent increase from 2015.
  • Of those killed in auto accidents in 2016:
    • 22,639 were occupants of passenger vehicles
    • 5,495 were pedestrians
    • 5,029 were motorcyclists
    • 829 were pedalcyclists
    • 665 were occupants of large trucks
    • 235 were listed as other or unknown
  • Injury estimates for the year have not yet been made available.

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.

Crash Near Bartlett Leaves Two Dead

A fiery collision in Williamson County, Texas left two people dead Sunday night.

Details of the Fatal Bartlett Crash

According to KWTX, the crash occurred around 6 PM on State Highway 95 about three miles south of Bartlett.

Early reports indicate Micah Nathaniel Millican was traveling southbound in a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu when he crossed into the northbound lane, colliding with a 2001 Dodge 1500. One of the vehicles caught fire after the collision.

Millican and the driver of the Dodge, Hubert Jude Klepac, 44, both died at the scene. The passenger of the Dodge, Jennifer Klepac, 42, and an 8-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl were seriously injured in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

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

  • 3,773 people were killed in traffic crashes in Texas in 2016. This marks a 5.45-percent increase from the 3,578 deaths recorded in 2015.
  • Alcohol was considered a factor in 987 of the traffic-fatalities recorded in 2016.
  • An additional 265,076 people were injured in car crashes in 2016 with 17,582 people sustaining incapacitating injuries.
  • A reportable crash is estimated to have occurred in Texas every 57 seconds in 2016.

Contact an Experienced Texas Auto Accident Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is a personal injury law firm with offices in Corpus Christi, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Austin, Texas, and Houston, Texas representing accident victims nationwide.

Our attorneys are available to respond to auto accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition, or acquiring, of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact our offices- we are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

One Dead in Bastrop Head-On Collision

Damaged car from an accident with responding ambulance

A head-on collision in Bastrop, Texas claimed the life of a 59-year-old woman on Tuesday.

Details of the Fatal Bastrop Crash

According to the Austin American-Statesman, the head-on collision occurred on Texas 304 Tuesday afternoon.

A preliminary investigation suggests a Ford pickup driven by a 64-year-old man failed to yield to oncoming traffic while attempting a left turn onto the highway. He collided with the woman’s Dodge pickup head on.

The woman was transported to St. David’s Emergency Center-Bastrop where she was later pronounced dead. She has not been publicly identified.

The accident remains under investigation and charges are possible, according to police.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

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

  • 3,773 people were killed in traffic crashes in Texas in 2016. This marks a 5.45-percent increase from the 3,578 deaths recorded in 2015.
  • Alcohol was considered a factor in 987 of the traffic-fatalities recorded in 2016.
  • An additional 265,076 people were injured in car crashes in 2016 with 17,582 people sustaining incapacitating injuries.
  • A reportable crash is estimated to have occurred in Texas every 57 seconds in 2016.

Contact an Experienced Texas Auto Accident Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is a personal injury law firm with offices in Corpus Christi, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Austin, Texas, and Houston, Texas representing accident victims nationwide.

Our attorneys are available to respond to auto accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition, or acquiring, of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact our offices- we are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Two Dead, Infant in Critical Condition After Harris County Crash

A two-vehicle crash in Harris County left two people dead and three others injured Monday afternoon.

Details of the Fatal Harris County Crash

According to Houston Chronicle, the accident took place on Texas 249 just before 12:30 pm when a tan Honda car left the road way near Grant Road and struck a Honda minivan waiting at the intersection. The collision caused both vehicles to overturn with the minivan coming to rest on top of the car.

The passenger of the Honda car died as the scene as did the passenger of the minivan, identified as 19-year-old woman.

Three others were injured, including a one-year-old who was airlifted to the hospital with critical injuries. The infant was restrained in a child seat in the backseat of the minivan. The drivers of the vehicles were listed in stable condition.

Texas Automobile Accident Statistics

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

  • 3,773 people were killed in traffic crashes in Texas in 2016. This marks a 5.45-percent increase from the 3,578 deaths recorded in 2015.
  • Alcohol was considered a factor in 987 of the traffic-fatalities recorded in 2016.
  • An additional 265,076 people were injured in car crashes in 2016 with 17,582 people sustaining incapacitating injuries.
  • A reportable crash is estimated to have occurred in Texas every 57 seconds in 2016.

Contact an Experienced Texas Auto Accident Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is a personal injury law firm with offices in Corpus Christi, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Austin, Texas, and Houston, Texas representing accident victims nationwide.

Our attorneys are available to respond to auto accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition, or acquiring, of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact our offices- we are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Austin Woman Arrested in Fatal Drunk Driving Accident

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

An Austin woman has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after killing a moped rider and dragging his vehicle under her Jeep all the way to her house.

Details of the Fatal Austin Accident

According to the Austin American-Statesmen, Olivia Gruwell, 21, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid following a crash in which she struck and killed a moped rider.

The crash occurred at the intersection of 34th Street and Red River Street around 3 am Friday. An affidavit said the woman left the scene of the fatal accident unknowingly dragging the deceased man’s moped all the way back to her home.

Gruwell admitted to having “six to nine mixed alcoholic beverages” before driving home. She said she “felt a bump” as she was driving home and thought she had hit a raccoon or a possum.

The name of the victim has not been released.

Texas Automobile Accident Statistics

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

  • 3,773 people were killed in traffic crashes in Texas in 2016. This marks a 5.45-percent increase from the 3,578 deaths recorded in 2015.
  • Alcohol was considered a factor in 987 of the traffic-fatalities recorded in 2016.
  • An additional 265,076 people were injured in car crashes in 2016 with 17,582 people sustaining incapacitating injuries.
  • A reportable crash is estimated to have occurred in Texas every 57 seconds in 2016.

Contact an Experienced Texas Auto Accident Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is a personal injury law firm with offices in Corpus Christi, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Austin, Texas, and Houston, Texas representing accident victims nationwide.

Our attorneys are available to respond to auto accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition, or acquiring, of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact our offices- we are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Two Dead in Dallas Drunk Driving Crash

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

Two men are dead following a drunk driving accident that occurred in Northwest Dallas early Sunday morning.

Details of the Fatal Dallas Accident

According to CBS-DFW, the fatal crash occurred just after 2 am on Walnut Hill Lane near Webb Chapel Road.

Preliminary reports indicate that the crash occurred when a Ford Mustang rear-ended another vehicle while traveling at a high rate of speed. The driver of the Mustang, 23-year-old Nicklous Mendoza, was transported to the hospital. The two men in the other vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police determined that Mendoza was driving while under the influence of alcohol and charged him with two counts of intoxication manslaughter. The incident remains under investigation.

Texas Automobile Accident Statistics

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

  • 3,773 people were killed in traffic crashes in Texas in 2016. This marks a 5.45-percent increase from the 3,578 deaths recorded in 2015.
  • Alcohol was considered a factor in 987 of the traffic-fatalities recorded in 2016.
  • An additional 265,076 people were injured in car crashes in 2016 with 17,582 people sustaining incapacitating injuries.
  • A reportable crash is estimated to have occurred in Texas every 57 seconds in 2016.

Contact an Experienced Texas Auto Accident Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is a personal injury law firm with offices in Corpus Christi, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Austin, Texas, and Houston, Texas representing accident victims nationwide.

Our attorneys are available to respond to auto accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition, or acquiring, of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact our offices- we are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

 

1 Dead in 50-Vehicle Crash Involving Dancing with the Stars Bus

One woman was killed and at least six other people were critically injured Monday as a result of a 50-vehicle crash near Poweshiek County, Iowa. Among the vehicles involved in the pile-up was the Dancing with the Stars: Live! tour bus.

Details of the Fatal Iowa Pile-Up

According to ABC News, the deceased was idnentified as Josephina Maw Buffington,21, of Faifax, Iowa. Multiple other people were transported to the hospital with at least six people being listed in critical condition.

Early reports indicate the crash occurred when a semi-truck struck one of three vehicles on the shoulder of Interstate 80 as a winter storm snarled traffic.

The accident remains under investigation and Dancing with the Stars confirmed that all of its cast and crewed escape the wreck without major injury.

National Traffic Crash Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35,092 people were killed in crashes in the U.S. in 2015, marking a 7.2-percent increase from the 32,744 deaths recorded in 2014.
  • The 7.2-percent spike marked the largest percentage increase recorded in nearly 50 years.
  • Of those killed in collisions in 2015:
    • 22,411 were occupants of passenger vehicles.
    • 5,376 were pedestrians
    • 4,976 were motorcyclists
    • 818 were pedalcyclists
    • 667 were occupants of large trucks
    • 227 were listed as other or as unknown
  • An additional 2,443,000 people were injured in traffic accidents in Texas in 2015.

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is a personal injury law firm with offices in Corpus Christi, Texas, San Antonio, Texas and Houston, Texas representing accident victims nationwide.

Our attorneys are available to respond to auto accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition, or acquiring, of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact our offices- we are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Amarillo Man Arrested for Intoxicated Manslaughter

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

A 19-year-old was arrested in Amarillo early Wednesday morning following a fatal crash along Interstate 40. He has been charged with intoxicated manslaughter.

About the Fatal Amarillo Crash

According to KFDA, the fatal crash occurred on Interstate 40 near Pullman Road around 3:30 am. Police say a van was traveling east in the middle lane of the interstate when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck traveling at a higher rate of speed.

The impact from the collision caused the van to lose control, drive of the roadway, and overturn. The pickup collided with a guardrail before going down the embankment.

Two of the 12 family members traveling in the van were pronounced dead at the scene. They have been identified as a 50-year-old man and an 11-year-old girl. Four other passengers have life threatening injuries.

The driver of the pickup, Adam Christian Banbury, 19, was booked on two counts of intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle and two counts of intoxicated assault with a vehicle. The first two charges each carry a two to 20 year prison sentence while the latter two can carry a two to 10 year prison sentence.

Texas Automobile Accident Statistics

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

  • 3,773 people were killed in traffic crashes in Texas in 2016. This marks a 5.45-percent increase from the 3,578 deaths recorded in 2015.
  • Alcohol was considered a factor in 987 of the traffic-fatalities recorded in 2016.
  • An additional 265,076 people were injured in car crashes in 2016 with 17,582 people sustaining incapacitating injuries.
  • A reportable crash is estimated to have occurred in Texas every 57 seconds in 2016.

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is a personal injury law firm with offices in Corpus Christi, Texas, San Antonio, Texas and Houston, Texas representing accident victims nationwide.

Our attorneys are available to respond to auto accidents at any hour, day or night. Our lawyers understand that the immediate acquisition, or acquiring, of evidence is paramount to understanding how the accident occurred. Remember, your choice does matter. Contact our offices- we are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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