When a motorist is part of a car crash, he/she is expected by law to remain at the scene of the accident. This allows emergency personnel the opportunity to provide medical services and police the chance to make a report. A person who fails to remain at the scene is subject to serious charges. Despite these laws, a Brownsville woman played a big role in a deadly hit-and-run when she fled the scene of an accident.
Cycling can be one of the most exciting ways to stay in shape and explore the streets not many motorists are familiar with. While this fun activity can provide an assortment of benefits, it can also include great dangers. Sharing the road with vehicles of all sizes is intimidating, and knowing that a vehicle can strike at any moment can be outright frightening. Unfortunately, for three cyclists in Pharr, the effects of a collision became a grim reality after they were involved in a hit-and-run accident.
You, like most people, would likely agree that driving involves much responsibility and concentration. You sit inside your vehicle and zoom around town at various speeds, but nothing should go wrong when you stop at a red light, right? Unfortunately, for a group of people from Montgomery County, the “safest” time to be in a car proved to be a fatal one.
Demise at a Light
According to Montgomery County, Texas police, an SUV carrying four people was stopped at a light when a Dodge 3500 pickup truck, driven by a 27-year-old man, rear-ended it at high speed during the early morning hours of April 27th. The force of the impact was so strong that it crushed the SUV and flipped it over while the pickup truck smashed into a utility pole. A 24-year-old woman died at the scene while a 65-year-old man and their two teenagers were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
The 27-year-old was allegedly intoxicated and fled the scene of the crash but was caught after he checked into a Conroe hospital with a broken arm. Police charged him with intoxication manslaughter, intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious injury, two counts of aggravated assault and failure to stop and render aid.
Nothing will ever fill the void left by the loss of a loved one, but you can fight for what is right and seek the justice you and your family deserve. If you have ever experienced the death of a relative at the hands of a negligent or intoxicated driver, a wrongful death attorney is here to help you in the journey to find closure. The death of a loved one can come with medical bills, funeral fees and wage losses, all of which you shouldn’t have to deal with. Our wrongful death attorney can provide you with an effective legal plan to get the compensation you and your family deserve. Act now and find the closure you’ll need in your life.
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You don’t have to fight a legal case on your own. Our team of legal experts and our skilled attorney will take a stand for you and help you through these difficult times. Visit our McAllen location for more information about our wrongful death lawsuit services.
Suspected Drunk Driver Could Face Additional Charges after Victim Dies in Hospital
Losing a loved one can be an extremely painful situation, especially if their death was caused by a hit-and-run accident. Not only will you live a life without this person at your side, but you will have to deal with the stress of medical and funeral fees. A family in Plano may be too familiar with this situation after their loved one, a victim of a hit-and-run accident, died in a hospital after sustaining serious injury.
Danger at the Wheel
The night of April 17th turned tragic when a 22-year-old man drove into four people in a parking lot on northbound Central Expressway. According to witnesses, the man was giving problems to the bouncers at a bar moments before entering his car, seemingly agitated. Sources are unsure if he lost control of his vehicle or purposely drove into the four pedestrians in a fit of anger.
After the accident, the man drove away but was later caught and arrested by police. He was charged with intoxicated driving and causing an accident involving injury but the developing events may bring additional charges. The death of a 23-year-old victim who suffered the most serious injuries, could potentially bring more charges for the alleged wrongdoer to worry about.
The victim’s family, like many others who have lost someone to a hit-and-run accident, will never fill the void left by his death, but they can still seek justice and find the closure they deserve. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a drunk driver or a hit-and-run accident, a team of professionals are ready to provide you with the legal advice you need to find the justice and compensation you deserve.
Our legal offices in McAllen contain everything our attorney needs to craft an effective legal strategy for you. There’s no reason why you should live with the burden of medical bills, loss of wages or funeral fees, so act now and let us help you.
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Man Charged After Injuring 3 Pedestrians in a Hit-And-Run
Hit-and-run incidents have become an unfortunate and regular occurrence in the streets of Austin. Last month, a drunk driver claimed the lives of four people and left many more with injuries during the South by Southwest Festival. Now, another hit-and-run case has left three pedestrians injured with many wondering how the problem can be solved.
Alcohol at the Wheel
The latest of these hit-and-run incidents occurred when a 53-year-old man drove onto the sidewalk and struck three people as he made a turn at the intersection of Cesar Chavez and San Jacinto. While the man failed to stop at the scene of the accident, he was finally pulled over at the 600 block of Cesar Chavez. Upon being arrested, he was found to be intoxicated and now faces three counts of failure to stop and render aid along with a driving while intoxicated charge.
A Recurring Problem
With the agonizing scenes of previous hit-and-run tragedies still fresh in Austin’s mind, this new case has sparked comments from people who are wondering what can be done to solve this very serious problem.
A member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving says the issue isn’t getting any better. According to her, there are plenty of existing public service announcements around to educate and warn people about the dangers of drunk driving, yet they choose to ignore them or simply don’t listen.
Don’t Be a Victim
A car accident can be a very painful and stressful situation to deal with, but these new series of events can leave you frightened to even walk around streets. It’s unfair to live in constant fear when going for a stroll, but know that a team of caring lawyers is behind you in the event of an accident.
Our team of personal injury attorneys will work diligently to give you the justice and compensation you deserve. Medical bills, car repairs and wage losses are all things that you shouldn’t have to deal with and we will make sure everything is done to prevent it from happening.
Legal Support is Here
A hit-and-run accident can be a destructive and painful situation. Serious injury and even death can result from such an event, but know that Texas laws and legal support is here to help you through it all. If you have been a victim of a hit-and-run or a car accident in McAllen, construct your legal plan with us today to begin your recovery.
Brownsville Woman Behind Bars After Hit-And-Run Accident
Authorities arrested a 48-year-old woman after she fled the scene of a crash that left two people injured at the 1900 block of E. 14th Street in Brownsville. While the alleged wrongdoer was able to avoid the immediate repercussions of her actions by fleeing, she was later found and charged for her negligence.
Brownsville authorities found the woman and her vehicle in an alley at the 1600 block of South Frontage Road and immediately arrested her. She was charged with two counts of intoxication assault and two counts of an accident involving injury. The driver of the other vehicle and her daughter suffered minor injuries and were treated by EMS.
Laws Against Hit-And-Run Accidents
In the state of Texas, it is illegal to leave the scene of a crash without providing identification, insurance information and aid for the victims involved. If injury is an outcome of a hit-and-run accident, the person fleeing the scene can be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and up to five years in jail.
There are laws in place to provide victims with justice, but you and your loved ones may need a lot more than that. If you’re the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you could suffer more than just physical pain. You and your family should not live through the stress and despair that an accident can bring.
Seek What You Deserve
The personal injury attorneys of the J. Gonzalez Law Firm will devote the time and patience to provide you with the compensation you deserve. You don’t have to live with the strains of hospital bills and car repairs. A personal injury lawsuit can eventually help you with the stresses of medical bills, funeral bills and loss of income.
You Are Not Alone
You do not have to face the burdens of a hit-and-run accident on your own. If you feel the strains of an accident and are in desperate need of help, don’t hesitate to contact us. With several locations including McAllen and Brownsville, know that a team of highly-dependable personal injury attorneys is available to help. You are not alone in your pursuit to overcome the burden you’ve been dealt.
A North Texas police officer has died after being fatally struck by a drunk driver on the evening of Saturday April 20th. The driver fled the scene. Deputy Chad Key of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department was directing traffic near Highway 82. Ricky Trent Stanley of Whitesboro struck Deputy Key and fled the scene of the accident. Key was taken to an area hospital where he later died. He had begun patrol duty just over two months before his death.
28-year old Trent was later arrested. It was later discovered that he had two previous drunk driving convictions; one in 2002 and the other in 2004. Authorities also stated that he’d been released on a bond of $10,000 after being arrested in August. The results of blood tests to determine Trent’s alcohol level are pending. He faces charges of intoxication manslaughter of a peace officer, failing to stop and render aid, unlawfully carrying a weapon and driving with an invalid license.
If you, or a loved one, has been injured by a drunk driver, contact a highly-skilled personal injury attorney from the law office of McAllen’s J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.6300.6700.
McAllen police have released a statement concerning a hit and run accident that occurred on Saturday, March 23rd. According to the McAllen P.D., 36-year old Mission native Claudia Martinez has been charged with an accident resulting in personal injury or death. The accident occurred during the early morning hours of the 23rd when Martinez struck 23-year old Juan Estrada. Estrada had allegedly been crossing East Expressway 83.
Despite pedestrians not being allowed on the Expressway, Martinez failed to stop and render aid to Estrada. Details of whether Estrada died at the scene or in a hospital have not been released. Witnesses to the accident assisted authorities in identifying Martinez’s vehicle. The charge filed against her is a third degree felony, punishable by a prison term of two to ten years. She is currently being held on a $20,000 bond.
If you have lost a loved one due to a hit and run driver, contact a McAllen personal injury attorney from the J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.630.6700.
Texas Hit And Run Bill Aims To Increase Punishment For Those Convicted
A bill currently working through the Texas legislature may convince those who have committed a hit and run to reconsider their actions. Senate Bill 275 aims to increase the penalty for anyone who fails to stop and render aid following an auto accident. The bill was passed unanimously on April 2nd by the Texas Senate and is awaiting approval by the House of Representatives before being signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry.
The bill was introduced by State Senator Kirk Watson of Austin. Watson’s motivation comes from the death of 30-year old Courtney Griffin after having been fatally struck by Gabrielle Nestande, a legislative aide. In February of 2012, Nestande was convicted of negligent homicide and was sentenced to ten years of probation with a $10,000 fine. Of those ten years, six months must be served in jail. This is not the first bill of this type to be introduced. House Bills 72 and 2229 were both introduced by Congressmen Allen Fletcher and Gene Wu, respectfully.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit and run driver, contact a McAllen personal injury attorney from the J. Gonzalez Law Firm at 956.630.6700.
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