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.

Woman hit by tractor-trailer along Interstate 35E dies

Twenty-four-year-old Johnetta Morgan died after a commercial truck hit her on Interstate 35E near 8th Street at around 6:50 a.m. on June 10, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Reports indicate that Morgan left her vehicle after experiencing an initial car crash. Her car was sideways on the highway. She was only outside her car in the southbound lanes for a few minutes before a tractor-trailer truck hit both her and her car. The truck driver remained at the scene of the accident.

Dallas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Raul Reyna advised motorists who become involved in an accident along the freeway to quickly cross to a median if there are no dangers that would prevent them from doing so. If their car is still working, Reyna said drivers should pull their vehicle safely off the road onto a shoulder. Another option for car accident victims is to remain in the vehicle with their seat belt on while they call 911 to get help from the police.

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.

Official immunity prevents personal injury lawyer from suing Dallas over fire truck incident

The Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas, Texas ruled on Thursday, January 16 that Texas personal injury lawyer Brian Loncar may not sue the city over a fire truck accident, as the city has official immunity.

Loncar filed a lawsuit in September 2009 pursuing damages from the city after suffering serious physical injuries in May 2008 when a fire engine, driven at that time by fireman Paul Ferguson, ran a red light resulting in a collision, causing major damage to Loncar’s Bentley.

According to the judges, Loncar was not able to present evidence that Ferguson’s statements were “riddled with inconsistencies” or that Ferguson displayed a particularly negligent character since Loncar himself admitted that Ferguson slowed when he saw Loncar’s vehicle approaching.

If you or someone you love has been injured in Dallas due to someone else’s negligence, our team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can help you fight to hold these people accountable for their offenses and pursue compensation for your losses. Call our offices today to learn more.

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