June 11th, 2013|
June 11, 2013
A Dallas Car Accident that occurred last week was responsible for claiming the lives of two motorists. Reports indicate the incident occurred at approximately 6 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, along the I-35 access road near Continental Avenue.
According to CBS-DFW News, the green SUV involved in the crash was approaching the exit ramp from I-35 when the vehicle’s tire blew out. The loss of air pressure caused the driver of the SUV to lose control and the vehicle began to veer off the road. The driver was unable to steer the SUV back onto the road and crashed through a stop sign before colliding with a large pole.
The impact of the crash forced three of the passengers, who were each properly restrained with a seat belt, to be ejected from the vehicle. The SUV then crossed the median and several lanes of traffic before coming to a halt along a sidewalk.
Two of the ejected passengers were declared dead at the scene, while paramedics rushed the driver and third passenger to a local hospital for treatment.
While faulty equipment on the vehicle may be to blame for the accident, others point to faulty highway designs as a potential contributing factor to the crash as well.
The Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to send their deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this tragic accident.
February 19th, 2013|
February 19, 2013
According to statistics provided by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Texas sees more drunk driving fatalities annually than any other state in the nation. In response to the problem, the organization is attempting to persuade lawmakers to adopt more stringent driving regulations on convicted drunken drivers.
MADD claims that in 2011, 1,213 lives were lost in Texas Auto Accidents involving drunk drivers, which also cost taxpayers in the state approximately $5.7 billion. NBC-DFW 5 News stated these numbers prompted the organization to lobby state lawmakers to enact a policy that would require all convicted drunk drivers, even first time offenders, to have ignition interlock systems installed on their vehicles. Ignition interlocks are devices which are wired into a vehicle’s ignition system and require a person to blow into a tube connected to the device to have a breath sample tested for alcohol before the vehicle will start. Studies have shown laws requiring the devices in other states have been effective in reducing rates of drunk driving.
The organization is also calling for laws that will allow law enforcement to conduct traffic checkpoints aimed at catching drunken drivers in the act. The 38 states that have enacted such laws have seen a 20 percent decline in drunk driving accidents since implementation.
The Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough hope the measures, if adopted, will help eliminate drunk driving and provide safer highway environments for motorists.
February 5th, 2013|
February 5, 2013
With Texas ranking among the worst states in the nation for highway safety, the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety are continuing to push the state to adopt legislation that would make the state’s roadways less dangerous.
News Channel 10 explains that the group recently issued a report that concluded roughly 10 percent of the nation’s traffic fatalities occurred in Texas. This resulted in a seven percent increase in Texas Auto Accident fatalities from 2011 to 2012.
Experts believe the high number of deaths could be attributed to the state falling behind on implementing measures to promote highway safety. One of the examples given was the state adopting one of the highest speed limits in the nation on a portion of toll road that was recently opened. Drivers can now legally travel at speeds up to 80 mph.
The advocacy group also pointed out the state lacks several key components in the law books that would stiffen restrictions on teen drivers, and therefore, create a safer driving environment for these at-risk motorists. Officials added Texas should adopt a law requiring ignition interlock systems to be installed in the vehicle of anyone who is caught driving drunk.
The Dallas Personal Injury Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are hopeful these conclusions will be used to promote improving the safety of the state’s roads through tougher legislation and better public education about dangerous behaviors behind the wheel.
December 11th, 2012|
December 11, 2012
A 25-year-old Dallas Cowboys football player is dead, and another is facing charges in connection to the death, following a drunk driving accident that occurred late last week. CBS News says the crash happened around 2:20 a.m. Saturday in Irving, Texas.
Police reports indicate the driver of a Mercedes Benz, Dallas player Josh Brent, was speeding when he suddenly lost control of the vehicle. The car skid out of control and flipped before coming to rest and catching fire. Brent pulled the passenger in the vehicle and his teammate, Jerry Brown Jr., from the burning wreckage as rescue crews arrived and extinguished the flames.
Brown was rushed to a local hospital but died shortly after arrival. Meanwhile, officers conducted a field sobriety test on Brent, which he failed, and transported him to a hospital for toxicology testing before placing him under arrest for intoxication manslaughter.
This wasn’t Brent’s first DUI though. He was convicted in June 2009 on the charge and received a 60-day jail sentence, along with two years of probation, 200 hours of community service, and a $2,000 fine.
The Drug Injury Lawyers of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough point out that drunk drivers are not only putting their own lives at risk, but also that of everyone else around them. That is why the firm’s team of Dallas Auto Accident Lawyers would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the victim.
October 16th, 2012|
October 16, 2012
A 25-year-old Grand Prairie, Texas, man remains behind bars today after causing a drunk driving accident that claimed the lives of two people and injured three others. According to MYFOX-DFW News, the crash occurred at the intersection of Davis Street and Glipin Avenue in the Dallas suburb of Oak Cliff just before midnight Sunday.
Police reports indicate a GMC Terrain carrying five people was stopped on Davis Street at a red light, when a Hyundai Santa Fe, driven by the intoxicated man, smashed into the rear-end of the SUV.
While two 57-year-old backseat passengers in the GMC were killed upon impact, the driver and front seat passenger, along with a child in a safety seat, were all seriously injured and rushed to a local hospital for treatment.
Upon investigating the scene of the Dallas auto accident, police were able to determine the 25-year-old driver had been consuming alcohol in the hours prior to the accident and placed him under arrest Monday morning on two counts of intoxication manslaughter. Officers added more charges against the driver that are pending the conclusion of their investigation.
The Dallas auto accident lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough know that drunk driving is one of the leading causes for motor vehicle accidents in the United States today. That is why the firm asks that we each do our part to keep Texas’s roadways safe by never drinking and driving.
September 25th, 2012|
September 25, 2012
A 35-year-old Dallas, Texas, man claims he was seriously injured in a car accident after repeated calls to 911 went unanswered. According to The Dallas Morning News, the man’s injury occurred September 8 at 11:50 p.m. as he stood next to Interstate 45.
Reports indicate the victim was involved in a Dallas auto accident when another vehicle rear-ended his car. He was standing next to the highway as he attempted to call 911 four times. The first three times, he said he got a busy signal. On the fourth try, he got a message saying all responders were busy at the moment. The victim then attempted to flag down another vehicle for help, but was instead struck and suffered serious injuries, including a broken arm and bruised leg. Luckily, a witness was able to get through to 911 and called for help.
The city of Dallas later released a statement saying that although cellphones can be invaluable in emergency situations, the 911 emergency response system was not set up to handle calls from cellphones and, therefore, may not be a reliable way to communicate in an emergency.
The Dallas drug injury lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough understand the frustrations that may come with being injured in an accident such as this and are here to help if you have been hurt in an accident that was no fault of your own.
August 7th, 2012|
August 7, 2012
A Dallas, Texas, bus driver has been fired after causing a seven-vehicle pile-up on a highway off-ramp last month. According to KRISTV 6 News, the accident happened on June 29 at the exit for Harry Hines Boulevard off of I-35.
The driver had worked for the company with a clean record for 11 years and video shows the driver was not violating cellphone regulations before the crash; however, the driver may have become distracted when an expensive sports car zoomed by the bus. The driver failed to notice a line of cars that had built up on the off-ramp and plowed into the rear vehicle, setting off a chain reaction crash that seriously injured several motorists. One of those victims remains hospitalized with a fractured skull, shattered hip, and several broken ribs.
Reports from officers who responded to the scene of the Dallas auto accident say that the bus’s driver never hit the brakes and attempted to slow down prior to the crash. Ken Westbrook, a spokesman for Veolia Transportation, who operates the bus, stated that this was the reason for the driver losing his job. He added, “Safety must always be our highest priority.”
The drug injury lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough ask that motorists help to avoid this type of preventable collision by focusing on driving at all times behind the wheel and eliminating any distractions that may take that focus from you.
January 31st, 2012|
January 31, 2012
With laws changing to require longer waiting periods and more training for teen drivers licenses, a growing number of teens are choosing to wait until they are older to get their license. According to reports from CW 33 News, a study from the University of Michigan found that in 2008, only 31 percent of 16-year-olds had a license as compared to 46 percent in 1983; for 18-year-olds the numbers were 65 percent in 2008, down from 80 percent in 1983.
These numbers compare two different generations with two completely different sets of laws. In 1983, a teen only needed to be 16-years-old and able to pass a driving test in order to get a license.
Now, although teens can begin a graduated licensing program at age 15, it requires extended classroom and driving hours that can take up to two years to complete. Because of the increased time commitment required, many teens today are choosing to wait to get their license at 18, when requirements are less stringent.
While many feel waiting may make help teens make wiser decisions, others feel that teens need experience on the road to become better drivers.
The Dallas car accident lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to hear your opinion on whether or not teens waiting to get their license will make better drivers. Tell us your thoughts on our Facebook page.