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.

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.

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.

Accident kills one Plano teen, wounds another

A one-vehicle accident claimed the life of a teenager and injured another just before 2 a.m. last Sunday, July 26 in Plano, Texas.

Plano police officer David Tilley identified 18-year-old Alger Ben Baker III as the individual who was killed in the incident. The passenger of the vehicle, 18-year-old Daniel Mushock, suffered a serious leg wound.

According to preliminary investigations, Baker was driving his 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe along Preston Road in Plano when, for reasons unknown, the vehicle veered off the roadway and crashed into a traffic light pole at the intersection of Preston Road and Tennyson Parkway. The vehicle erupted into flames soon after the collision.

Witnesses to the accident were able to pull Mushock, the passenger, out of the vehicle, but before they were able to help Baker, the vehicle became fully engulfed with flames, causing Baker’s death at the scene of the accident.

Drunk driver in fatal accident sentenced to 15 years

Dallas resident Ivan Garcia Esparza, 23, pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter on June 1 in relation to the drunk driving vehicular accident that caused the deaths of a married couple, according to the Dallas Morning News.

24-year-old Danny Reed, Jr., and Chantae Reed were killed in 2014 when Esparza struck the Reeds’ SUV along I-635 at I-35E. The SUV struck a concrete wall and caught fire.

Esparza, who had a blood alcohol level of .271 at the time, will serve 15 years in prison for this crime.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas understand all too well the devastation that drunk drivers can cause. In this situation, our compassionate legal team may provide aggressive representation on your behalf in court. To learn more about how we may help you pursue financial compensation for medical expenses, funerary costs, as well as pain and suffering, call our offices at (214) 457-1668 today.

One killed in motorcycle crash on the Dallas North Tollway

One person lost his life in a traffic accident that involved one car and two motorcycles on the Dallas North Tollway, the Dallas Morning News reported on April 26.

According to a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety Lonny Haschel, a maroon Nissan Sentra was heading south on the ramp to the President George Bush Turnpike in Far North Dallas when its driver lost control of the wheel, causing the vehicle to crash into the retaining wall and flip over.

When this happened, two motorcycles traveling behind the car crashed into it at around 5 a.m. One motorcyclist was reported dead at the scene of the accident while the driver of the other motorcycle was transported to Baylor Hospital in Plano for the treatment of his critical injuries. The female driver of the Nissan sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to the Medical Center of Plano.

Haschel added that investigators have yet to ascertain what factors could have caused the driver to lose control of her vehicle in the first place.

Dallas three-vehicle accident kills two

Two individuals, a man and a woman, lost their lives in a three-vehicle accident in the early hours of December 26, at approximately 2:30 a.m. along Interstate 30 at Dalrock Road in Dallas, Texas, WFAA reported.

According to a member of the Dallas Police Department, Senior Corporal DeMarquis Black, the three vehicles were all heading west on Interstate 30 when the crash occurred. The victims were identified as Robert Nicholl White, 61, and Betty Nicholl White, aged between 85 and 90 years old.

Local government and police officials did not divulge any further information as to the conditions of the other people involved in the accident or what caused the fatal crash in the first place.

Police said the incident is still under investigation to determine the details of the case.

The attorneys of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter offer their sincere condolences to the friends and family affected by this tragic accident.

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