Evenflo issues recall of 56,000 child seats due to harness problem

Miamisburg, Ohio-based children products manufacturer Evenflo Co. Inc. has recently issued a recall for 56,000 child safety seats due to the danger of children being able to loosen the seat’s safety harness, which could possibly lead to injury in an accident.

The Transitions Three-in-One Combination Booster Seats manufactured between Dec. 18, 2014 and Jan. 29, 2016 are involved in the recall due to the accessibility of the adjustment button, which releases the harness, to children. According to Evenflo, the danger of accident is only possible when the seats are used as forward-facing harnessed boosters.

Evenflo became aware of the issue in late January 2016 upon analysis of consumer feedback. The company is undergoing the process of notifying owners of the recall and sending them a kit with a new seat pad and front adjuster assembly.

Pursuing legal action to obtain justice and financial compensation for the injuries you or a loved one have suffered from a defective product can be difficult while recovering. With the help of our attorneys at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, you can find the resources and expertise you need to make a strong claim while working together in a supportive environment. Call us today at our Dallas offices by dialing (214) 457-1668.

Deadly two-vehicle accident closes I-35 in Burleson

A woman lost her life in a two-vehicle collision along Interstate 35 near Renfro Street in Burleson, Texas on Sunday, January 24 at around 10:00 in the morning. The victim was identified as 36-year-old Rendon resident Autumn Leigh Rawlinson.

According to preliminary investigations, Rawlinson had been a passenger in a 1994 GMC Sierra truck operated by 47-year-old Paul Christopher McDonough. McDonough’s vehicle rear-ended another truck traveling in the northbound lanes of I-35, causing the truck he hit to be pushed into the guardrail. The impact of the collision caused the Sierra to spin around and come to a rest facing the wrong way in the lanes of traffic on the interstate. The force of the spin caused Rawlinson and McDonough to be thrown from the vehicle. Rawlinson was declared dead at the scene of the accident while McDonough was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

The northbound lanes of Interstate 35 were temporarily closed to public traffic to make way for accident reconstruction and maintenance cleanup crews. The highway was reopened after five hours.

Robert Hilliard accused of brokering deals with GM

Lance Cooper, a lawyer who played a major role in uncovering the defective ignition switch of Michigan-based automaker General Motors Co., filed a motion on Wednesday, January 27 in which he claimed that Texas personal injury attorney Robert Hilliard, the lead attorney of the multidistrict litigation against GM, brokered a sweetheart deal with the company. Cooper accused Hilliard of agreeing to minimize the automaker’s liability exposure in exchange for selecting his cases as bellwether trials in the ignition switch litigation, thereby increasing his legal fees.

On behalf of his clients in nine cases, Cooper has asked United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York Jesse Furman to take back a deal in which Hilliard and GM settled 1,380 cases for $575 million on September 17, 2015. GM has asked Judge Furman to dismiss this request.

If you are considering taking legal action after being injured in an accident, contact the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter Texas to speak with a personal injury attorney about your options. Call us today at (214) 457-1668 to learn more.

Video game player gets hit by car inside own apartment

Ben Rose was sitting at home, playing his new video game, when suddenly an automobile came hurtling out of nowhere and crashed into his living room in Irving, Texas on Sunday, December 13. The Hyundai Sonata crashed through the wall of his apartment and caused Rose multiple injuries.

In an interview with CBS 11 in Dallas, Rose said: “Everybody asks, were you walking in a parking lot? Or were you in your car? What do you mean she drove through your apartment?”

While the shock of the incident is a major factor for Rose, what could be even more upsetting is the fact that the driver of the vehicle had no insurance with which to pay for the victim’s injuries. The driver was cited for her failure to provide proof of insurance, but her actions are not considered to be criminal as it is believe that the woman simply mistook the acceleration pedal for the brake. Now Rose is left to deal with the financial burden of his injuries as a result.

At Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our personal injury attorneys represent clients who have suffered as a result of the actions of other people. We serve victims who seek compensation to help alleviate the cost of medical treatment and repairs caused by negligent individuals. To learn more, call (214) 457-1668 today.

Two women, three boys die in Crystal City collision

A two-vehicle collision that happened on Monday, December 14 at around 1:15 a.m. near the Maverick and Zavala County line in Texas has resulted in the deaths of five people. According to preliminary investigations by Texas State troopers, a Dodge Charger collided head-on with a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck along Highway 57.

The Charger was occupied by two women and two young boys. Both women and one of the boys died in the wreck. The two women were sitting at the front of the vehicle – one was a driver, the other was a passenger – while the boys were in the backseat. The surviving boy was taken to a San Antonio hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The Chevrolet Silverado was carrying three women and two boys from Eagle Pass. Both boys were killed in the collision, while the women were rushed to a San Antonio hospital.

Police have yet to report on the conditions of the three hurt victims, and their identities have not been released pending notification of the families.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is handling the investigation along with the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office.

Witnesses save driver’s life after fiery crash in Lake Highlands

A two-vehicle collision involving a garbage truck and a sedan on Wednesday, Nov. 25 trapped the driver of the sedan as flames rose from the hood of his car. A couple delivering cookies to the nearby Walmart inadvertently became the first responders and helped call 911 and extinguish the flames from the vehicle.

According to preliminary investigations,  garbage disposal truck driver had struck the BMW sedan as it was coming from the opposite side of Northwest Highway, and as the truck driver had been trying to make his way into a parking lot from the same highway.

Dallas Fire-Rescue search and rescue crews were able to extinguish the fire, separate the garbage truck from the car, and get the victim out of the burning car.

At Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our Dallas personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping victims of car accidents pursue the negligent party responsible for your damages. Call our Dallas offices today at (214) 457-1668 to learn more about how an experienced member of our legal team can assist you today.

Texas leads the nation in wrong-way crashes

Wrong-way vehicle accidents remain prevalent throughout the state of Texas, as there has been a jump in the number of drivers causing vehicle accidents by going the wrong-way on a street such as a one-way. In fact, Texas now leads the nation in the number of wrong-way crashes.

Most wrong-way crashes happen at night or early in the morning and also involve drugs and alcohol.

According to a University of Texas student that had her own close call with a wrong-way driver, it might help to make street signs larger and more visible to drivers. The North Texas Tollway Authority lowered signs at certain intersections on Dallas tollways to three feet, and this led to a significant drop in wrong-way incidents.

If you have been hurt in a car accident caused by another driver in the Dallas area, contact Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter for experienced legal representation. A skilled attorney can help you pursue financial compensation for any damages, medical bills, and other costs that accrued as a result of the accident. Call (214) 457-1668 today to get in touch with an attorney today.

Driver involved in 2 separate crashes in Dallas

A driver is now facing at least two charges of intoxication assault after being involved in two separate crashes on early Wednesday, Oct. 28. The second instance was a violent collision in downtown Dallas sent four people to the hospital.

The series of events began with a camo-colored truck sideswiping an SUV and then continuing down the street. The driver of the SUV alerted the police about the incident and the details of the truck. Shortly thereafter, police found the second crash scene.

Police reported that the driver of the truck ran a red light on the eastbound side of the Woodall Rogers Freeway service road near the intersection with Akard Street and collided with an SUV carrying three people inside. This second accident was just a few blocks away from the first one.

All four people involved were taken to the hospital. The 25-year-old driver of the SUV is in critical condition, while a 15-year-old passenger is in stable condition and a 48-year-old passenger was determined to have no injuries. The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital but refused treatment.

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas, our attorneys can help you find financial compensation for your injuries and damages if a third party’s reckless actions caused your accident. To discuss the particulars of your situation with a member of our legal team today, please call our Dallas office at (214) 457-1668.

Judge rules lawsuit against Trinity Industries valid

United States Judge Rebecca Smith of Virginia denied a motion made by Dallas, Texas-based rail transport company Trinity Industries Inc. to throw away a lawsuit filed by Jose and Victoria Evans in which the company is accused of intentionally hiding changes made to the guardrail that posed a threat to drivers. The pair was involved in an accident in 2011 during which the guardrail head, a feature that is supposed to absorb impact, failed to operate correctly and punctured their vehicle, causing serious injuries to both individuals.

Trinity’s motion was denied on Tuesday, September 29. Judge Smith ruled that the plaintiffs’ accusations were valid and that the statute of limitations had not yet run out as the couple could not have known of the company’s fraudulent concealment within the two-year limit.

If you have suffered from injuries during an accident that was caused by defecting roadways or vehicles, our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas want to help you fight for justice. Call our offices to speak to a representative about your situation.

GM agrees to pay $575M in settlement for defective ignition switch lawsuits

Detroit, Michigan-based automaker General Motors Co. has agreed to pay $575 million in order to settle hundreds of civil lawsuits- including personal injury and wrongful death cases- which have been filed against the automaker over defective small-car ignition switches that have been linked to at least 124 deaths across the country.

The company announced on Thursday, September 17 that it has reached an agreement with Texas personal injury lawyer Robert Hilliard to settle the combined 1,385 death and injury cases that were filed in connection to vehicular accidents caused by the faulty ignition switches.

The money will also be used to settle a 2014 class action lawsuit launched by shareholders who alleged that GM’s negligence over the defective ignition switches lowered the value of their stocks.

Companies that grow and get large by profiting off of dangerous or defective products should be held liable for their actions. Launch a product liability suit or personal injury suit in Dallas by hiring the legal expertise of our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling our offices today.