Two fatal accidents in Dallas on April 5

Two people were killed in separate accidents the night of April 5 in Dallas, according to a report by WFAA 8 on April 5.

Twenty-year-old Paul Miltenberger was attempting to cross the north side of East Mockingbird Lane in the 5500 block, which is across the street from the DART station. There was no crosswalk where he attempted to traverse the six lanes of the street, and Miltenberger was hit by an oncoming black Dodge Charger at around 2:20 a.m. The truck driver did not stop to check on the man or render aid after the pedestrian accident, according to a statement by police spokesperson Officer Juan Fernandez.

Another fatal accident under investigation occurred the same night. The driver of a Dodge Ram pickup truck, whose name has not been publicly released, lost control of his vehicle at a curve on the corner of Pine Street and Malcolm X Boulevard. Missing the curve, the driver crashed into a light pole before coming to a stop at a metal fence.

Fatal Benbrook accident may have involved speeding, racing

A 17-year-old Benbrook girl was killed in a car accident while on lunch break from school, KDFW reported on December 12.

The accident allegedly involved three vehicles, all within the 6000 block of Highway 377 in Benbrook, Texas. One of the vehicles was not involved in impact, according to police. Esperanza Contreras was a passenger in an SUV driven by one of her schoolmates from Fort Worth Western Hills High School. Three others were also injured in the accident, including a friend of Contreras, and they were transferred to a local hospital.

Although the police did not confirm their comments, Contreras’ family conjectured that speed or racing could have been an element of the accident. The police did, however, ascertain that alcohol did not appear to have played a role in the incident. The accident remains under investigation by authorities.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter extend their deepest thoughts to the friends and family during this difficult time.

Austin crash resulted in serious injuries

A two-vehicle crash at Cameron Road and Highway 290 East in Austin caused the hospitalization of five people, two of them children, KEYE TV reported on September 7.

The Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the scene of the accident, which involved a passenger car and a sport utility vehicle. Two people were reported as unconscious when the responders arrived. Three of the victims were transported to the University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin while the two children were taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center.

In critical condition were the 1-year-old passenger of the SUV and the 60-year-old male driver of the passenger car, while the three other victims were listed as under serious condition.

Vehicle accidents are common all over Texas, and often result in serious injury and expense. Take legal action against those responsible for your personal injury accident in Dallas or other areas in Texas with the help of our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter. Call us at (214) 457-1668 to discuss your situation today.

Cameras for high traffic Round Rock areas to be installed

Traffic engineers in Round Rock are considering new ways to monitor traffic flow in the city to lessen traffic accidents, and one of the steps they will undertake is the installation of 12 new “point-tilt-zoom” cameras throughout the city, the Austin-American Statesman reported on July 25.

Traffic engineers will be capable of viewing and monitoring a live stream, but they said there is no way to search back through video and find a singular incident captured on camera. Despite this, this measure is expected to help identify public safety issues related to traffic.

The first camera was installed on the southeast intersection of the Ranch to Market Road 620 and Interstate 35, while others will be set up at major arterial roads like Gattis School Road, Palm Valley Boulevard, and University Drive.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter know that car accidents are common and often result in expensive costs for victims. If you have experienced a car accident in Dallas through no fault of your own, our legal team may help you pursue the funds you need from the responsible parties. Call our offices at (214) 457-1668 today to learn about your legal options.

Direct collision in Austin kills two

At around 5:40 a.m. on June 21 along the 12000 block of West U.S. Route 290 in Austin, two vehicles collided head-on, KXAN News reported.

The accident occurred near the line between Travis and Hays County in southwest Austin. Two men, each the driver of the cars involved, died as a result of the collision, while the two passengers involved were seriously injured. The critically injured female adult was brought to the University Medical Center-Brackenridge from the accident site, while the child was immediately transported to the Dell Children’s Hospital in serious condition.

Police investigators are still in the process of sorting out the details surrounding the incident. Authorities are investigating the wide range of potential factors that could have contributed to the tragic occurrence of this fatal two-vehicle collision.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter are deeply sorry for this loss and send their sincere condolences to the friends and family suffering from this accident.

Tractor-trailer hits van, kills two

Seventy-one-year-old Alvarado resident Imelda Medinademacias and 44-year-old Chicago, Illinois local Silvia Macias died on the evening of June 2 when the 2000 Chrysler Town and Country they rode in was hit by a tractor-trailer, the Crowley Star reported.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Dub Gillum, the women’s van was headed east on Farm to Market Road 917 when it was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer owned by 3-Star Daylighting, a Cresson-based trucking company. The van had slowed down in order to turn left, and the driver of the truck, 32-year-old Wesley Lopez, was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. The speed limit of the road was 60 mph.

The driver of the Chrysler, 20-year-old Crystal Medina, sustained serious injuries in the incident and was brought to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. At the time of the report, she was in stable condition.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter send their condolences to the friends and family suffering from this tragic loss.

Woman killed in Dallas car collision

A two-vehicle accident in Dallas on Thursday, February 27 resulted in one death.

According to a spokesman from the Dallas Police Department a maroon Dodge Durango ran a red light and collided with a blue Chevrolet Impala.

Kiara Lewis, a passenger of the Impala, was pronounced dead after being rushed to a nearby hospital. Doctors administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation but it wasn’t effective.

Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman, Jason Evans, said the other adult and two children in the Impala were in stable condition. Police investigators are still investigating factors that may have contributed to the crash.

The driver of the Durango is facing a criminally negligent homicide charge.


One person dies in Fort Worth collision

On Saturday, January 19 a collision near the Fort Worth Texas Motor Speedway killed one person.

A Dodge four-door vehicle ran a red light around 5:30 p.m. and hit a Honda. The Honda, occupied by four people, flipped into a ditch near Highway 114 and Champion Parkway. The impact instantly killed a 47-year-old occupant.

The other occupants of  the Honda are all currently in critical condition.

The three teenagers in the Dodge didn’t sustain any serious injuries. Fort Worth police are holding them for questioning. A local authority said that the case will be reviewed by the Denton County District Attorney’s Office.

The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter extend our condolences to those affected by this unfortunate accident.

Safety measures tailored to elderly drivers

The federal government is looking at adopting a “silver car” rating system that would protect elderly drivers and their passengers from car accidents.

Technologies that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are considering include a device that would warn drivers if their vehicle is out of the correct lane and smart headlights that adjust in brightness based on distance of traffic.

Federal government officials noted that, while fatalities in car accidents have declined over the years, a significant portion of accidents involve aged drivers. In 2012, 5,560 people over the age of 65 died in car accidents and 214,000 aged drivers sustained injuries from car accidents.

Victims of car accidents can face expensive hospital bills and extensive recovery periods. If you have sustained an injury due to someone else’s reckless driving, you could be eligible for financial compensation. If you are looking for legal representation in the Dallas area, contact the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter. Call (214) 457-1668 today to find out how legal representation can benefit you.

Five members of musical cast killed in Panhandle area vehicular accident

Five members of a popular summer musical production, Texas, were killed in an auto accident north of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle area on Monday, August 12. Three of them were West Texas A&M University theater students.

The deceased were identified as 21-year-old Fort Worth resident Eric Harrison, 20-year-old Amarillo local Clinton Diaz, 20-year-old Wichita Falls native Andrew Duncan, 20-year-old Timonium, Maryland resident Amanda Starz, and 24-year-old Haltom City resident Julian Arredondo.

The driver, Diaz, allegedly ran a red light, causing the vehicle to be broadsided on the passenger’s side when it pulled in front of a southbound 18-wheeler. The truck was attempting to turn onto U.S. 287 near Dumas, about 40 miles north of Amarillo, according to Public Safety spokesman Christopher Ray.

Thirty-year-old Houston resident Timothy Johnson, who sat directly behind Diaz, was brought to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, where he was critical condition.

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