McAllen Woman Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident
The McAllen Police Department has placed a woman under arrest in relation to a hit-and-run accident which occurred on November 16th, 2013. The charges were filed against 23-year old Karla Barrera of McAllen, three days after the incident happened. Authorities stated Barrera struck 79-year old Juana Gonzalez. The accident occurred in the area of 10th Street and Datepalm around 6 p.m. on the evening of the 16th.
Hit-and-Run Charges Brought Against the Driver
Justice of the Peace Rosa Treviño pronounced Gonzalez dead after she was taken to Rio Grande Regional Hospital for treatment. Barrera allegedly failed to stop and render aid after striking Gonzalez with her SUV. It was not until Barrera arrived home that she notified the police of the accident. She was charged with a felony and may face a fine of up to $10,000 as well as jail time. In September, Texas enacted a new law raising hit-and-run death charges as second-degree felonies with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
State Laws Protect Victims of Hit-and-Run Accidents
State laws specify that the parties involved in an accident should immediately stop to render aid for possible victims as well as to contact authorities. It is a common, and unfortunate, occurrence for some drivers to flee accident scenes for fear of prosecution. What these drivers fail to realize is that fleeing an accident scene will serve only to increase the number of criminal charges filed against them.
Victims and Families Can Seek Justice
Being involved in a hit-and-run accident can result in serious injuries, which can be emotionally and financially overwhelming. Through personal injury lawsuits, victims and their families can recover compensation for their financial and medical troubles. A lawsuit can provide monetary assistance to cover the payments of medical bills, funeral expenses, income loss and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a hit and run accident, schedule a consultation with McAllen’s personal injury attorneys of the J. Gonzalez Law Firm by calling (956) 630-6700.
Fatal Accident Caused By Texting and Driving
Every day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1, 060 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver, according to the CDC. More often than not, those distractions involve cell phones. Drivers who read and send text messages are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident.
A McAllen man, Roberto Cortez, Jr., 33, was the victim of a fatal hit and run accident that involved texting and driving early Sunday morning. Rene Claudio, Jr. took his eyes off the road to send a text and struck Cortez’s vehicle from behind causing him to crash into the median and catch on fire. Cortez was burned alive. Claudio was charged with intoxication manslaughter and causing an accident involving injury or death.
Regardless of the city’s ban on texting and driving, there are reportedly 8,000 accidents every year that involve distracted drivers.
If you are involved in an accident with a distracted driver who was being negligent, seek legal counsel from the expert attorneys at Rio Grande City’s J. Gonzalez Firm by calling 956.630.6700.
North Texas Officers at the Center of Hit and Run Lawsuit
The last thing we expect from those serving in law enforcement is to breach the public’s trust. In northern Texas, that trust has allegedly been breached. Two former Benbrook officers are at the center of a lawsuit involving a hit and run. One of the victims, Jeff Panfil, filed the lawsuit after having suffered injuries in the crash and is requesting damages of at least $100,000. The two officers, Sgt. Chad Peabody and Det. Jason Montgomery, were both off-duty at the time of the accident according to the suit.
Peabody and Montgomery struck Panfil’s vehicle with their own, then supposedly fled the scene on foot. A police report has revealed that a red Dodge vehicle ran a red light before striking the victim’s car. Four people were in the vehicle that was struck. Two were treated on-site while a third was taken to a hospital. Panfil’s attorney believes that alcohol may have played a role in the accident due to the police report suspecting the same. The two officers have yet to be charged and the investigation is ongoing.
Hit and runs are not only negligent, but also dangerous. If you have been the victim of a person leaving the scene of a crime and have suffered injury as a result, contact the J. Gonzalez Law Firm of McAllen at 956.630.6700.
Day Of Fun Ends In Tragedy At Six Flags Over Texas
Safety should be the number one concern for any business involving heavy machinery, especially if that machinery is used by customers. That having been said, we were saddened to hear that a mother tragically lost her life while riding a roller coaster, Texas Giant, at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. The incident happened in the early evening of Friday, July 19th while the victim, Rosie Esparza, fell out of her seat. Her son was at her side when the accident happened.
According to a witness on the ride, the victim’s restraint came lose as the coaster made a turn. Another witness on the ride alleges that Esparza informed an employee that her harness may not have been properly secured. Arlington police informed local affiliate WFAA-TV that a criminal investigation would not be pursued. Six Flags Over Texas/Hurricane Harbor communications manager Sharon Parker released a statement saying that the park will not speculate as to what caused the accident and that an investigation will be underway. Some have called for the investigation to be undertaken by an independent party.
If the park has been proven to have been negligent regarding the safety of Esparza, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed. We stress that any accident that has resulted in a death should be dealt with legally.
Any accident or lack of care that has cost you injury or the death of a family member should not go ignored. Contact our professional team of personal injury litigators at McAllen’s J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.630.6700.
Man With Long History Of Alcohol Abuse Causes Tragic Death Of Round Rock Resident
We’ve learned that a tragic accident which occurred in the late afternoon of Thursday, June 6th has claimed the life of Round Rock, Texas resident Rayford Reaves. The 50-year old victim’s Ford F-150 was struck from behind by John Sexton, III who was later discovered to have been inebriated. Sexton, according to police, has a long history of alcohol-related troubles dating as far back as 1984. The tragic accident occurred on U.S. Highway 290 in McDade County. The collision caused Reaves’s vehicle to skid uncontrollably before rolling several times. Reaves died at the scene.
The victim was a New York native, having moved to Texas not long after graduating high school. He was the CEO and founder of FieldPoint Petroleum Company. The business operates 300 natural gas and oil wells across the nation. Sexton was charged with intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony in the State of Texas. It carries a punishment of two to 20 years in the Texas Department of Corrections and a fine not exceeding $10,000. He is currently being held on a $75,000 bail.
Reaves’s widow went on record to say that she wishes for stricter laws regarding drinking and driving, a stance we support. Every year in the United States, hundreds and even thousands are injured and/or killed due to negligence. We do our best to bring peace to those who have suffered the unfortunate effects of drunk driving. There are legal options available for you and for those who have suffered injury or a loss due to this horrible act, know that we can help.
For a professional and highly-skilled legal team specializing in personal injury, contact McAllen’s J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.630.6700.
Lawsuit Strips Club of $10.5 Million
The family of a woman involved in a fatal accident outside of a Dallas-area gentleman’s club was awarded $10.5 million by a jury this past February. The accident occurred in the parking lot of the club where the woman was struck and run over by a monster truck. The driver of the monster truck had a blood alcohol content over twice the legal limit.
In Texas, any accident involving a drunk driver can fall into the Dram Shop Doctrine. This means that a bar, restaurant, or other locales that sell alcoholic beverages can be found liable In the event that the driver was drinking at the location before the accident occurred. This requires that the establishment over-served alcohol to a patron they knew was already intoxicated.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of negligence or a drunk driver and are seeking legal help we can help. Contact J. Gonzalez Law Firm at (956) 630-6700 and set up a free consultation today to review your legal options.
Friendswood, Texas resident Brian Johns was killed in 2012 following injuries sustained from an explosion at a Deer Park Dow Chemical Plant. His mother and son have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company, two employees and a subsidiary. The suit was filed on April 1st, 2013 at the Harris County Probate Court. It is seeking damages for pain and suffering, loss of inheritance, loss of earnings and loss of companionship. The amount being sought has not been made public.
Johns’s death occurred on July 17th of last year when he attempted to replace a filter for an ammonia recycle unit. An explosion occurred, causing caustic chemicals to spill on the victim. He suffered third degree burns on 65 percent of his body. He died a month later. The suit alleges that the company was aware that the filter unit was not in working order and posed a hazard. Also, the defendants allegedly did not provide safety equipment to workers.
If you have suffered work-related injuries or have lost a loved one in a similar manner, contact a McAllen personal injury attorney from the J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.630.6700.
MADD Aims To Limit Drunk Driving With The Help Of Texas Legislature
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is attempting to garner support in the state of Texas to curb drunk driving cases and save lives. Two bills are currently in consideration in the Lone Star State; the first hopes to establish sobriety checkpoints, currently illegal in the state. The second calls for interlock devices to be installed in the vehicle of first time offenders to prove sobriety before the engine can be started. The two proposals have stalled in committee. The organization’s CEO, Debbie Weir, has stated that Texas currently holds the highest number of alcohol-related deaths in the nation.
Weir has expressed concern that drunk drivers receive support for their actions, citing an incident involving State Representative Naomi Gonzalez. Rep. Gonzalez allegedly drove drunk and injured a cyclist. On the House floor, she expressed remorse for her actions, which was met with applause by her peers. Weir stated that victims, their family members and law enforcement officers deserve praise. The organization, according to Weir, is not about punishing drunk drivers, but to prevent alcohol-related incidents. This is the fourth attempt MADD has made to draw support to pass the bills into law.
If you have been injured in an alcohol-related accident, contact a personal injury lawyer from the law office of McAllen’s J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.630.6700.
Study Shows Speech-To-Text Not Safer Than Manual Texting
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute has released a study showing that speech-to-text technology on smartphones is not safer in preventing distractions when driving compared to manual texting. Apple Inc.’s iPhones contain a feature known as “Siri”; software allowing operation of the mobile phone through speech. Android mobile phones also have a similar technology called “Vlingo”. The two technologies were used in the study.
Sponsored by the Southwest Region University Transportation Center, the study was performed with the participation of 43 subjects driving four laps on a closed course while texting. Each individual lap included:
- No distractions
- Manual texting
- Using Apple’s Siri
- Using Android’s Vlingo
Reaction time was based on the driver looking at the road and a blinking light on the dashboard as well as receiving and sending texts. The results revealed that through manual texting, reaction time was twice as slow compared to having no distractions. Time spent paying attention to the road was also limited. The dangers of texting and driving presented in the study reflect the findings of the Texas Department of Transportation.
April has been designated as the National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which informs the public of the dangers of texting and driving. Texas state lawmakers are also considering the passage of a bill that outlaws the act.
If you have been injured due to the negligent driving of another person, contact a personal injury lawyer from the J. Gonzalez Law Firm in McAllen at 956.630.6700.
Irving, Texas Bus Crash Leaves One Dead, Lawsuit Filed
A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 83-year old Tarrant County resident Alice Wilkinson Stanley in relation to a bus crash that resulted in injury and death. The April 11th incident involved a Cardinal Coach charter bus Stanley was riding in destined for Durant, Oklahoma. Witnesses onboard claim to have heard a pop, followed by the bus driver losing control of the vehicle. After hitting a barrier, the bus flipped on its side before striking the center median.
The wreck resulted in two deaths and over 40 injured passengers. Stanley’s injuries included an injured arm, which required amputation, broken ribs, fractured vertebrae and a crushed sternum. Information regarding which specific injury led to her death has not been released. The lawsuit states that the bus’s driver, Loyd Earl Rieve and Cardinal Coach Line Inc. were negligent in maintaining, supervising and operating the bus. The amount sought in the lawsuit remains unknown.
If negligence was a factor in the injury or death of you or a loved one, contact one of the highly skilled personal injury attorneys from McAllen’s J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.630.6700.