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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 22, 2017 – Plan While You Can is a campaign designed by the TxDOT to encourage drivers to plan a sober ride home. Although it is aimed at the holiday season, the message resonates year round. The inspiration for this campaign comes from the death of a 9-year-old girl who was killed by a drunk driver while she was on her way home from her birthday party, three years ago. Every day since then, her family has been reliving the devastating loss. The man responsible for the fatal crash was arrested, charged and jailed […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 12, 2017 – A high school student and his mother died in a recent wreck on SH 71. According to police records, this accident was the result of a recklessly driven 2015 Subaru traveling west on SH 71. In the inside lane, heading east, was a 2015 Ford Focus followed by a 2012 Volvo truck, in the outside lane. The speeding Subaru failed to negotiate a curve on SH 71, causing it to cross over into the inside lane of highway directly in front of the Ford Focus. The Subaru slammed into the front […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2017 – Crossing the road in Texas can be a deadly endeavor. Pedestrian fatalities have been on the rise for a number of years. Texas holds the record for: the highest number of DWI deaths in the country and a shocking number of pedestrian deaths. California, Florida, Texas and New York accounted for 42 percent of pedestrian deaths between January and June of 2015. Other states with the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 residents were Florida, 1.35; Arizona, 1.27; Delaware, 1.27; South Carolina, 1.12; Mississippi, 1.07; Oregon, 1.04, District of Columbia, […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2016 – People take photos of some unusual things, not the least of which are erotic selfies. However, taking nude pictures while driving is not a good idea. A low impact crash happened in Bryan, Texas when a student was arrested on a misdemeanor DWI charge. This DWI case could have had a different outcome, but the 19-year-old female driver did not sustain any injuries. The facts of the story were revealed by a local television station and involved a police officer initially responding to a call about a disturbance. While the officer […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2016 – A 64-year-old Texas man was sent to jail for 99 years to keep the community safe from him habitually driving while drunk. Courts do not issue sentences like this one often, they prefer to allow DWI offenders to redeem themselves through education, community service and other approaches such as using an ignition interlock device. However, occasionally a case comes along where the prosecutor asks for a very long sentence to keep someone off the roads permanently. Recently a man on his eighth DWI conviction was handed a 99-year jail sentence at […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 7, 2016 – Athletes are held up to higher standards because of their fame. When fame and alcohol mix, the results are not always good. It is never a great idea to drink and drive. It does not matter if the person drinking is a famous movie star, football player, a television personality or well-known politician. The laws apply to them and anyone else drinking and driving, or thinking about DWI. A recent DWI arrest for reckless driving created a great deal of embarrassment for the Texas Rangers and their player who was stopped […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2016 – A young Austin woman was out for a bike ride when a man hit her with his truck, dragging her several blocks. He fled the scene. Cyclist Elizabeth English was dragged almost a half-mile by a driver behind the wheel of a truck. Witnesses at the scene described the victim screaming as she was dragged along the pavement and the driver did not respond. English was taken to hospital in critical condition. Thanks to sharp-eyed witnesses who were able to provide police with a description of the truck, the Austin Police […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 24, 2016 – An off-duty police officer with the El Paso Police Department was the proximate cause of a recent horrific accident. Officer Alan Dieguez, with three years of service, was involved in a fatal accident recently that resulted in one death and numerous injuries. Dieguez was driving while intoxicated on I-35 near Jarrell when the crash happened. According to local police reports there were four vehicles — three big rigs with trailers and Dieguez’s Hyundai Velocitor— involved in the accident. It was shortly after 2 a.m. when Dieguez, who was allegedly speeding and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 21, 2016 – Whether a car accident is a single rollover due to an inebriated driver or two vehicles were involved in a collision in which one or both drivers were intoxicated, the incident is not a victimless crime. Drinking and driving is a crime. It is illegal. It kills and maims. It sends people to jail. It ruins people’s lives. Everyone knows they should not do it, and yet they still do, thinking nothing will happen to them and that they will not get caught. In Texas in 2015, DPS troopers arrested 270 […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 7, 2016 – It was yet another drunk driving accident that took the life of Dickinson resident 43-year-old Troy McNeil on Bay Area Boulevard. Mr. McNeil and his long-time partner were heading south on the Gulf Freeway. Their vehicle, a Dodge Durango, was sideswiped and whipped out onto the highway. McNeil and his partner were hit by another vehicle. Both McNeil and his partner were alive and not badly hurt at that point. However, when McNeil climbed out of the Durango to check on the damage, a Toyota Camry driven by Saul Arrendondo hit […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2016 – David West was riding his motorcycle one recent Sunday when a 2004 Dodge Dakota swerved into his lane, hitting him head-on. He died on impact. On the day of the fatal accident, the 2004 Dakota was heading south on Farm Road 4, just north of Granbury. The driver behind the wheel was 36-year-old Ladonna Welch. According to eyewitnesses, her vehicle suddenly swung into the oncoming lane of traffic, plowing into 53-year-old David West’s 2012 Yamaha. Welch was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and texting while driving (distracted driving). The Texas […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 1, 2016 – Mississippi wants their proposed Scarlet Letter Tag bill to ride herd on repeat drunk driving offenders. A second-time DUI offender would be issued a yellow license plate and scarlet red tags, and have to live with the shame of being publicly labelled for one year. Despite research done in other states with laws similar to the proposed Scarlet Letter Tag bill that show such punishment does not significantly reduce DUI deaths, Mississippi may push the bill through to gauge the number of repeat offenders on the road. Lawmaker Gary Chism indicated […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 22, 2016 – Gut Fermentation Syndrome, an extremely rare syndrome that causes the gut to ferment ingested food, has afflicted only a handful of people in recent decades. It’s an unusual disease and those living with it have difficulty trying to explain to law enforcement they have not been drinking and driving even when their Breathalyzer results seem to indicate otherwise. In Texas in 2013, a 61-year-old man seemed to be drunk all the time despite not drinking. No one believed him until his wife, a nurse, started administering Breathalyzer tests. Even if he […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2015 – Trucker Russell Staley says something in the cab of his truck distracted him before he plowed into a small bus carrying college softball players. It was early evening on September 26, 2014 when 54-year-old Russell Staley wandered over the center line in his Quickway Transportation Inc. rig and hit the small bus, flipping it and shearing off one side. The collision killed four of the women onboard. Speculation at the time suggested he may have been impaired but police never charged him with DWI. The police inventory of items found at […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2015 – This San Antonio, Texas crash left one vehicle split in half, two dead and three seriously injured. Marijuana may have played a role in the accident. “Impaired driving can refer to being impaired by drugs,” said Austin, Texas car accident attorney, Brooks Schuelke of Perlmutter & Schuelke, PLLC. “It was later at night, about 11:30 p.m., when the 19-year-old driver of a red Lexus lost control of his vehicle. He was heading south on Highway 281 and the accident happened near 281 and Sonterra Blvd.” According to police and eyewitness reports, […]


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Broward County, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2015 – During a compelling one day trial that occurred on June 15, 2015, justice was served by a jury of four women and two men when, after approximately twenty-five minutes of deliberation, they rendered a verdict awarding $844,566,000 to the family of Timothy Blaikie. Two years ago, Blaikie, then forty-nine-years-old, was struck and killed in a highway accident by a drunken driver, twenty-five-year-old Chris Morena-Vega. On May 18, 2013, Chris Morena-Vega rear-ended with Timothy Blaikie, who was riding his scooter on South Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Blaikie’s spine fractured […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2015 – Alix Rice’s death remains shrouded in mystery almost 4 years after DWI driver Dr. James Corasanti hit her on his way home from a golfing event in 2011. “The driver in this case, Dr. James Corasanti, was acquitted in 2012 of manslaughter, evidence tampering and leaving the scene of an accident,” explains Michigan-based Litigation Funding Corporation representative, Daren Monroe, “but was convicted of misdemeanor drunken driving and served eight months of a one year sentence in jail for this accident.” According to the civil trial evidence, Alix Rice was skateboarding on […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2014 – In November, Greene County announced that no-refusal DWI checkpoints will be created throughout the county, allowing police to compel DWI suspects to give blood samples through the use of warrants. As the holidays approach, it is likely that other Missouri counties will follow suit. For New Year’s Eve 2013, St. Louis police declared the whole city a no-refusal zone, and then made the policy permanent throughout the city beginning January 1, 2014. “People really need to understand how the no-refusal policy works and what their rights are, because these tests […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2014 – This year, Florida was working on a possible new category of driving impairment: driving under the influence of a physician-recommended intoxicant, such as cannabis for medicinal purposes. But the idea failed at the polls. The passage of such a law in Florida would have depended on Amendment 2’s success. Amendment 2 failed, even though polls suggested that the public supported medical marijuana use by almost 90 percent. The poll was close, but not close enough. Florida requires a supermajority of 60 percent or higher in favor. The Amendment came in with […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 9 , 2014 – A hit-and-run driver was apprehended less than an hour after fleeing the scene of a fatal accident. “Donald Mooney of Port Washington merely stepped away from his job as a dispatcher to get a cup of coffee across the street from where he worked. A 2010 Ford Fusion hit him on the way to the coffee shop. The driver of that vehicle, 34-year-old Cosmin Florea, was later apprehended by police,” explained Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation representative. Although Mr. Mooney made it to the hospital alive, he died while in […]


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