Earlier this month, a California appeals court held that Apple Inc. was not liable for a fatal automobile accident involving a driver who was using the FaceTime application on his iPhone at the time of the crash. The accident occurred on December 24, 2014 on Interstate 35W in Denton County, Texas. Bethany and James Modisette along with their two daughters were stopped on the highway due to police activity when Garret Wilhelm crashed into the Modisette's vehicle at a high rate of speed. Wilhelm reportedly told police that he was using the FaceTime application on his Apple iPhone 6 Plus at the time of the collision. The entire Modisette family sustained injuries and one of the daughters, aged five, subsequently died in the hospital.
Last week, two Florida teens were killed and another was injured when their Tesla Model S vehicle went off the roadway, struck a concrete wall and burst into flames. The single-vehicle crash happened in a residential neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a posted speed limit of 35 mph. Both the driver and the front passenger, who was ejected from the vehicle, died at the scene. The rear passenger was also ejected from the vehicle and transported to the hospital following the crash. Although the incident is still under investigation, early reports from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Tesla indicate that the vehicle's speed, rather than the partial self-driving Autopilot system, was the key factor in the crash. According to Tesla, if the Autopilot system had been engaged, the vehicle's speed would have been limited to 35 mph or less in the residential neighborhood, which is inconsistent with eyewitness statements. Following the crash, the NTSB announced that they were sending four officials to investigate the fire that broke out after the vehicle hit the concrete wall.
On the night of January 23, 2017, Thomas "Tommy" Ketterhagen was reported missing by his family in Georgetown, Texas. He was last seen cycling on the shoulder of the road along the 2300 block of Patriot Way. After searching for him all night, his mother found his body and parts of his bicycle in the grass on the side of the road the next morning.
On early Sunday morning, April 9, 2017, the driver of an SUV entered I-45 at Richey and headed north in the southbound lanes, causing a fatal head-on collision. The incident occurred on the northbound and southbound lanes of I-45 around 5:45 a.m. The impact caused the driver of the SUV's vehicle to spin and catch fire trapping them in the vehicle. The driver of the SUV died on impact, and the driver of the other vehicle was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital by helicopter in serious condition.
On the evening of September 11, 2016, Bertha Lazcano was making her way down U.S. 290 in Houston, Texas. Meanwhile, Orlando Reyna-Principal at Houston Independent School District's Madison High School-was also driving down U.S. 290, heading home after leaving Brick House Tavern. Mr. Reyna lost control of his truck and struck a construction barrier that sent his vehicle airborne. Unfortunately, the truck landed directly on top of Mrs. Lazcano's Toyota RAV4. The impact of this collision led to Mrs. Lazcano's instantaneous death.
On October 10, 2016 a mother of two was struck and killed after pulling over to check on an odd noise that was coming from her vehicle. When she got out of the car and closed her door, a semi-truck sideswiped her and kept driving. Her mother and two children were inside the vehicle and witnessed the tragic events unfold. She was a working mother who was loved by her children, friends, and was passionate about her profession as an esthetician. Investigators are still looking for the driver that never stopped.
This case arises out of a fatal, near head-on, automobile crash that occurred in January of 2013 in Texas. On January 9, 2013, a father and his son were traveling home from work in their Ford truck. At the same time, another man, while in the course and scope of his employment, was traveling in the opposite direction on the highway in his Dodge truck.
BAM! You were suddenly involved in a car wreck that was someone else's fault and you are injured. What do you do? Well, other than seeking medical treatment, most people know that you should get the other person's insurance information if you are able to, in order to make a claim. However, there could potentially be two issues that arise with this: 1) the at-fault driver may not have liability insurance to pay for your injuries, or 2) the at-fault driver may not have ENOUGH liability insurance to pay for your injuries. What can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones?
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are to pay a record $105 million for mishandling 23 separate recalls. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 11 million vehicles have been affected, and Chrysler has admitted to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) that they had violated federal safety laws. Over the years, the automaker has been criticized for their lagging response over handling recalls. It has been announced by the NHTSA that Chrysler has agreed for the next there years to "submit to rigorous federal oversight" as well as hire an independent, 3rd Party monitor.
News accounts report that, on Sunday evening, suspects believed to have stolen a vehicle in the northwest portion of our county began to flee from police. Evidently, the vehicle was stolen from a fast food restaurant. A deputy constable spotted it, and then tried to pull it over. At that, the driver, with two passengers, began to flee. The suspect was chased by the deputy in his patrol car, and he was assisted by a helicopter and a K-9 unit. The good news is that the chase was brief, two suspects were apprehended, and no one was injured during the chase (though the escaping suspect was reportedly bitten by the K-9 dog, as was one of those arrested).