A jury in Texas County, Texas returned a $33 million verdict against Goodyear Tire in late February, 2019 after a three-week trial. The trial surrounded the death of Ramiro Munoz, who was killed in an accident in 2013 when a cement truck allegedly lost its tread, causing its driver to lose control and collide with Mr. Munoz's vehicle and crush Mr. Munoz to death.
Three siblings - a sixth grader, an eighth grader, and a junior in high school, died in a wreck on March 29, 2019 in Bastrop, Texas. Their friend, a 2018 Huntsville High School graduate, also died in the wreck. The siblings' mother survived the wreck but is now in critical condition.
A California driver going the wrong way on Texas 183 Highway in Irving collided with another vehicle in late February 2019. The wrong-way driver caused the collision by travelling eastbound on the westbound side of the highway. The wrong-way driver was the lone occupant in that vehicle. The other vehicle included the driver and a passenger.
Workplace violence is unfortunately more common these days. Many employers have taken measures to protect their employees. Recently, a warehouse in New Mexico owned by Ben E. Keith company was the scene of a mass shooting. An off-shift employee entered the unsecured facility and opened fire on co-workers in the warehouse, injuring three people. Two are still listed in critical condition, while one has been upgraded to stable. The suspected shooter was later found dead beside his truck some distance away. The suspected shooter had recently been working for Ben E. Keith Company in Houston, where on August 20 of this year, another workplace shooting had claimed the life of Francisco Reyes and left another injured. Lack of security onsite was also responsible for allowing that workplace violence to occur. Now, yet another episode of violence has unfolded with three people seriously injured and the shooter dead.
A collision between a privately-owned vehicle and a Maryland Transmit Administration (MTA) bus sent 17 people to the hospital on the afternoon of May 20, 2017. According to MTA officials, the accident occurred at 3:54 p.m. at the intersection of St. Paul Street and East North Avenue in central Baltimore.
Two bus crashes made today's news.
After an individual has been involved in a collision or been the victim of some other incident where they have received personal injuries, it is normal for the injured person or his/her family to be contacted by an insurance company very soon afterwards. It is important to understand that these insurance representatives have adverse interests and are agents of a profit-motivated insurance company. It is common for the insurance adjusters to suggest that the injury victim not contact a lawyer and that people are better off dealing directly with the insurance company. This is all in an effort to try and get the injury victim to settle quickly for an inadequate amount. For the reasons stated below, it is strongly suggested that injury victims ignore any quick settlement offers or advice from adverse parties.
The result from a report by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has shown that headlights of many vehicles did not perform as well as expected. The IIHS is well known for crash-testing vehicles to evaluate how well passengers are protected in a collision. Headlight illuminations of 31 new 2016 midsized vehicles from various models were tested at dusk and night. According to the IIHS nearly 50 percent of all accidents occur during this time period. Overall 82 different headlight configurations were tested and more than half of the variations received a "poor" rating at best.
Toyota recalled nearly three million RAV4 sport utility vehicles worldwide. This recall includes 1.33 million units in North America, 625,000 in Europe, 434 in China, and 177,000 in Japan. Uncovering a defect in the rear seatbelts resulted in the automaker's recall. In the event of a frontal collision, the seatbelts could be damaged or completely severed, leaving passengers unprotected. The automaker said in an email that the lap-shoulder seatbelts in the vehicles' second-row seats could come into contact with the metal seat cushion frame causing it to cut off. "There is a possibility that, in the event of a high-speed frontal collision, the seatbelt webbing could contact a portion of the metal cushion frame, become cut and separate," stated the company. "If this occurs, the seatbelt may not properly restrain the occupant, which could increase the risk of injury to the occupant."
In a triumph of common sense over legal formalism, the Texas Supreme Court held for the first time that the owner of wrongfully destroyed property may recover damages for the loss of the use of that property. This decision brings Texas in line with the majority of jurisdictions that have rejected the traditional rule limiting the owners of totally destroyed property to a recovery only of the market value of the property.