Police say 5-car crash started with speeding wrong-way driver

A Texas car accident involving five vehicles left one person dead and three injured. The crash was caused by a van that was speeding and going the wrong way on Trinity Boulevard in Fort Worth. The accident started when the maroon van hit a white Chevy Malibu. The Chevy was sent into the median, and the van then hit a black Suburban. The Suburban was then rear-ended by a Volkswagen, and as the van was rolling, it was hit by a fifth vehicle.

A woman who was a passenger in the Suburban was pinned inside the vehicle and died. Three other people involved in the crash were injured and were taken to hospitals. One was transported by helicopter and the others by ambulance. Fire officials said that the accident left several people trapped in their cars, and they had to be extricated.

Police did not believe that drugs or alcohol were involved in the fatal car accident. A man who lives in the area where the crash happened said that many drivers there disregard the 40-mph speed limit.

When someone is killed in an accident, their loved ones may be entitled to compensation if it can be proven that another party’s negligence was a contributing factor. Through a wrongful death lawsuit, the family of the woman who was killed in the accident might receive funds that cover a number of damages, including lost financial support and final expenses. A persona injury lawyer who is familiar with fatal car accident cases could help the woman’s family develop a case that demonstrates the at-fault driver’s negligence and liability.

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Motorcyclists Face Serious Risks

Houston’s mild climate makes it possible for residents to ride motorcycles for most of the year. This benefit, however, also comes with risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 429 people died in Texas as a result of motorcycle accidents in 2010, accounting for a disproportionate 14 percent of all vehicle accident deaths in the state. Thousands more motorcyclists are injured in motor vehicle accidents.

State and federal highway authorities promote annual safety campaigns advising car and truck drivers to watch out for motorcyclists. Motorists in cars and trucks are warned to “share the road,” but the rate of accidents involving motorcycles remains high. Too many still drivers fail to operate with a standard of care that could prevent collisions with motorcycles.

Common Accidents Involving Cars And Motorcycles
Motorcycles have a smaller vehicle profile than cars and trucks. As a result, other motorists routinely fail see motorcycles and often strike riders in traffic.

Motorcycle accidents commonly involve:

  • Cars making a left turn. This type of accident frequently happens when a motorcyclist is trying to pass or go through an intersection. Operators of cars and trucks, unaware of motorcyclists, turn into bikers.
  • Head-on collisions. In head-on collisions, a car or truck strikes a motorcyclist in the front of the bike. Given the lack of safety features on a motorcycle, like a car’s seat belt or air bag, these accidents typically project a biker into the air and often result in his or her death.
  • Collisions from the rear. This type of accident occurs when the driver of a car or truck fails to see a motorcycle and strikes it in the back. A motorcyclist may well be thrown from the bike and sustain serious injuries.
  • Drivers of cars and trucks are supposed to look twice for motorcycles. When passing, motorists in larger vehicles are expected to make sure that a motorcycle has an entire lane in which to operate. Unfortunately, these and other rules often go unheeded by car and truck drivers, severely endangering motorcyclists.

Recovering From A Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents can be among the most severe to happen on the road. Given that motorcycles offer very little in the way of protection during collisions, these crashes very often kill bikers. Accidents that are not deadly frequently leave riders with catastrophic medical conditions such as spinal fractures or traumatic head injuries. That’s not to mention the scratches, bruises, broken bones and other less-critical injuries that motorcyclists often sustain in collisions.

If you have been injured on a motorcycle in a car accident caused by another party, or tragically lost a loved one in a crash, you may be eligible to receive personal injury compensation. This can be a critical step in recovering from a crash. A monetary award can be used to cover current and future medical expenses as well as the lost wages of a family provider who is no longer able to work.

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Texas accident claims motorcyclist’s life

A 40-year-old man from Waco died in an accident involving a motorcycle on April 27. Law enforcement officials said the man was driving his motorcycle east on Lake Shore Drive and came to the intersection at Gholson Road at approximately 1:50 a.m. A Mercury Marquis was traveling west and turned in front of the motorcycle. The motorcyclist crashed into the side of the Marquis and the biker was thrown to the pavement.

Officials believe that there was a passenger in the Mercury when the collision occurred. However, the passenger reportedly fled the scene of the motorcycle accident prior to police arrival. The 40-year-old was taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, but he later died of his injuries shortly after 6 p.m. the same day. The Marquis driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and the current condition of that person is unknown.

The investigation is ongoing, and police say that they have not yet determined the cause of the accident. They also reported that the 40-year-old was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. No information was available about the passenger or whether that person has been found. Sources say that the motorcyclist’s body was sent for an autopsy in Dallas.

Family members of the deceased victim might consider seeking financial compensation for the loss of their loved one. They could do so by consulting with a personal injury attorney who may assist them with filing a wrongful death lawsuit. He or she could examine the details of the case in order to prove negligence. The family may be able to pursue compensation for funeral expenses and lost wages of the decedent.

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Woman charged in connection with fatal crash on Texas interstate

A 26-year-old woman was drunk when she abandoned her crashed vehicle on a westbound lane of Interstate 30, which led to a fatal motorcycle crash, according to the Grand Prairie Police Department. The motorcycle accident took place at about 2:00 a.m. and left a 35-year-old motorcyclist dead, police reported.

Allegedly, the 26-year-old woman was driving westbound on I-30 when she lost control of her vehicle in the vicinity of Belt Line Road and struck the highway’s center barrier. The woman and two passengers from the sedan then left the wrecked car in the left westbound lane of the highway with no lights on to warn approaching motorists of its presence, police said.

The motorcyclist struck the disabled vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. One of the two passengers was reportedly transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries suffered during the collision between the sedan and the center barrier. Police stated that the 26-year-old woman was impaired at the time of the incident, but it was not reported how officers arrived at that conclusion. Police detained the woman and charged her with intoxication manslaughter.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 429 people were killed in motorcycle accidents during the year 2010. Reckless and negligent drivers are often the cause of fatal motorcycle accidents. When that is the case, the victims’ families may be entitled to file a wrongful death suit against the drivers responsible for the incident. Through this type of civil action, victims’ families may receive financial compensation for damages suffered as a result of the fatal accident, including loss of inheritance rights, loss of gifts that the decedent had promised to bestow, loss of income and financial support contributed by the decedent and even loss of companionship.

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