Auto Accident Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 19

Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) July 12, 2011 – A high strung defendant killed himself, rather than go to court to face a wrongful death lawsuit. “Things probably could not get any weirder in this reported case than they were when the dust eventually settled,” said Michael G. Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. The 48-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a woman he was seen arguing with, hit her with his truck, after almost backing up over her, and then dragged her several hundred yards […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2011 – A drunk and distracted-driving accident on the Dan Ryan Expressway left a permanent mark on an entire family this past Memorial Day. The driver ran into the guardrail and was found to have a blood alcohol level two times the legal limit. Eight people were in the car, and none were wearing seat restraints. The accident happened when the driver was attempting to pick up a potato chip that had fallen. The auto driver, 47-year-old Joannie Pittman, had been drinking alcohol at a barbecue earlier in the day. She was arrested […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) July 7, 2011 – Following too close on the highway is obviously a terrible idea. In this case, both truckers involved in this crash were charged. “These two rigs were on the highway, one of them carrying a heavy load of steel beams and the other carrying an unknown cargo, when the unthinkable happened. The trucker hauling steel beams lost control of his rig on snow covered roads. He skidded sideways across the highway and promptly jackknifed,” said Stephen M. Ozcomert, an injury lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia, who practices personal injury, accidents and malpractice law. […]


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New Haven, CT (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2011 – The family of Joseph Borselio is finally getting some closure three years after a deadly drunk-driving accident killed their son. Borselio was fatally struck on his bicycle by Douglas Moore. Moore had been at Dave & Buster’s in West Nyack, New York and was allegedly over served alcoholic drinks. Borselio’s family sought legal representation from Stratton Faxon Law Firm and initiated a lawsuit against Moore and four of Dave & Buster’s restaurant executives. Dram shop laws can make restaurants, bars, and other commercial entities liable for death or injuries that […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 5, 2011 – Loopholes that kill are often found the hard way, when someone dies. That is what happened in this case. “Two young women died in a fiery wreck in 2004. Their mother spent every day during the next five-year period in shock and grief and then, finally anger. She resolved to do something about the loophole that ended up causing her daughters to die needlessly,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. Daughters Raechel, 24, and Jacqueline, 20, met their death when the car they had […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2011 – A charter bus rolled over in Austin, with early reports indicating all passengers onboard are injured and may have catastrophic head injuries. “Brain injuries are one of the worst personal injuries a victim can sustain as the result of an accident,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “Often they are life-altering and the person’s life will never be the same again. In this case, it all happened in the blink of an eye. One minute the bus was on the road, and the next […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2011 – The highways of the nation are crawling with traffic. Just about seven out of every 10 vehicles is a big rig. “It is not much of a surprise that big rigs accidents are quite common, not when you have as many of them on the roads as the statistics indicate – just about seven out of 10 vehicles are 18-wheelers. The more of these big guys you have, the higher your accident rates,” said Michael G. Smith, an Arkansas injury attorney and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2011 – The Third District Appellate Court of Illinois upheld a trial court’s ruling that a tractor-trailer driver and her company’s affiliates were liable for the deaths of two men and serious injuries of another. DeAn Henry was driving a tractor-trailer full of potatoes on Interstate 55 in Plainfield, Ill., when she realized that several vehicles ahead of her were not moving. She tried to stop her truck, but was unable to do so. Henry crashed into multiple automobiles, killing Joseph Sperl and Thomas Sanders, and injuring William Taluc. She was due to […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2011 – It is not rocket science to figure out that bikers will suffer horrendous injuries or death, if they are involved in a wreck. The lack of protection is the main reason. “If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident and actually walked away, albeit in rough shape, don’t think twice about hiring an Atlanta personal injury attorney with experience to help you get compensation for your injuries. You have rights and those rights need to be protected. Most of all, you have the right to claim for compensation for your injuries, more […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2011 – Statistics show that 16-year-olds are six times more likely to get in an auto accident than drivers over 30 years old. The Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection Act (STANDUP) plans to decrease deaths and injuries by setting national teen driving laws for all new teen drivers. Many states already have some form of graduated driver licensing laws, but standardization across the country is shown to save lives and money, say the STANDUP sponsors. “Over the last five years alone, over 40,000 teens have died in motor vehicle crashes and […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2011 – That 18-wheeler on the road takes up a whole lot of space. When small meets large, large wins and it is not pretty. “Did you know that just about every year fatal crashes involving big rigs go up by about 10 percent? Ten percent is a lot of seriously injured and dead people. Think about it. Just about one in eight deaths is caused by these behemoths. Overall, roughly four percent of all injuries as a result of a car wreck are caused by semis. Need I say more?” said […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2011 – Driving while drunk is illegal. It is just that simple. And yet, the number of drunk driving deaths continues to creep up every year. “There are a number of states that have zero tolerance laws when it comes to drinking and driving. That may involve staggering fines, suspended licenses, jail and perhaps community time. And yet, people keep drinking and driving, largely because they think the law does not apply to them, that they don’t have a drinking problem and that they can handle whatever they do drink. Wrong,” said Robert […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 25, 2011 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has started a new safety rating system for 2011 model year vehicles. The ratings involve tougher crash tests and crash warning systems, which provide consumers with one overall safety score. Passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and pickups are all tested. The NHTSA admitted that most vehicles were getting a four or five star rating, so these new, stricter standards will show the differences more easily to the consumer. Four collision tests – frontal, side-impact, rollover and the new side pole collision – will […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 24, 2011 – Wrongful death cases may involve serious personal injuries to other victims. This case is a prime example. “Serious personal injury cases may involve a wrongful death and vice versa,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “Either victim may come to you seeking help in filing a lawsuit, it is just that in one instance the claim would be for damages for personal injuries to pay medical bills, etc., and in the other, it would a claim for economic compensation for the loss or injury […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) May 19, 2011 – Death comes in many different forms. Wrongful death is even more devastating. The young girl involved in this accident was in the wrong place at the wrong time; an accident that should not have happened in the first place but for the negligence of a forklift operator. “The five-year-old girl killed in this accident was hitching a ride on a forklift, along with four other kids. It was intended as a lark, a fun thing to do for the kids. The jaunt was on a private road, and as the 22-year-old […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 18, 2011 – Head injuries are all too common in motorcycle accidents. A warning system would help. “This has been a long time coming,” said Robert W. Lee, an Austin personal injury lawyer of The Lee Law Firm in Austin, Texas. “The possibility of a motorcycle warning system that has the potential to reduce the number of wrecks on the road today. This would be, without a doubt, a godsend to many bikers, as they are highly vulnerable to getting severe and catastrophic injuries affecting their spine and heads.” The latest news is that […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2011 – The Jane Addams Memorial Tollway is getting a long overdue resurfacing and bridge renovation work. But some drivers feel the tollway, also known as I-90, should get a total reconstruction with wider roads. The rehabilitation is estimated to cost $65 million and will last five to seven years. Total reconstruction would cost $1.9 billion, which is unobtainable with current funding deficits. The construction is part of the “Open Roads for a Faster Future” initiative that strives to decrease travel times, convert toll plazas to open road tolling and extend specific highways. […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2011 – Modern medicine is not always as modern as one may think. These days, doctors may make use of an ancient healing method, not for the squeamish. “When you land in hospital after a motorcycle accident, you may be very surprised to find that leeches could be used to help you heal. Yes, leeches, the things you typically recoil from when you see them on a swimmer coming out of the water. Call them blood suckers if you will, but their use in modern medicine is guaranteed thanks to their unique properties,” […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2011 – Drag racing is never a smart move. This head-on crash resulted in critical injuries for one participant, and, remarkably, no deaths. “It appears that a Hyundai Tiburon and a Honda Civic were drag racing, neck and neck at high speeds on a highway, when the Hyundai rammed into the front of a police cruiser. The officer was helping a colleague with a traffic stop,” said Daren Monroe, who writes for Litigation Funding Corporation, Southfield, Michigan. The driver of the Hyundai, Alejandro Ramos, sustained critical injuries, and the officer made it out […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) April 27, 2011 – It is a no-brainer that accidents involving big rigs are catastrophically horrendous. Those who survive will face a monumental struggle with their injuries. “It is a harsh reality that 18-wheeler accidents are just plain horrific. Nothing prepares you to see this type of accident and nothing prepares you for what you may have to deal with if you have been in one. The monumental destruction is overwhelming,” said Michael G. Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. Why do these types of […]


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