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6-Year-Old Killed, Two Others Injured When Rear-Ended by Speeding Pickup Truck

A Toyota Corolla sedan was rear ended by a Dodge Ram pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer. After the collision, a 6-year-old girl who was in the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the sedan and a 12-year-old passenger were hospitalized.

Bus Driver Charged After Fatal Impact

Drivers know to stop for school buses, and the law mandates it, but what about for city buses? Should city buses be required to wait for the bus ahead of them to move before pulling around the stopped bus? A city bus driver is now facing criminal charges after he killed a woman who was exiting the bus in front of him. The incident occurred while he was executing an illegal right turn. The passenger had exited a city bus which was stopped ahead of the impacting bus and the negligent driver pulled widely around the stopped bus while turning right. He then struck and killed a disembarked passenger who was crossing the street onto which the driver was turning. The driver swung so wide that he traveled into the oncoming traffic lane and was stopped there after impacting the deceased.

California Jury Awards Over $6,000,000 in Wrongful Death Suit

In March of 2016, a pedestrian was struck by a car at the Whittier Uptown Association's Farmers Market. The driver of the vehicle was a vendor at the market, and she struck the pedestrian while backing out of her parking spot. The death was ruled an accident, but the family of the pedestrian sued both the driver and the Whittier Uptown Association.

Texas Supreme Court: Owners of Totaled Vehicles May Now Claim "Loss of Use" Damages

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.

Motorcyclists Fights for Life After Wreck

On September 17, 2015, a 22-year-old motorcyclist rammed into a Ford pickup truck as the truck was making a U-turn on Loop 1604 in San Antonio. The young man flew off the motorcycle, slammed into the Sea World 151 sign and severed both of his legs. He was flown to the hospital. Fault has yet to be determined, but preliminary details released by the police department indicate that the truck may have made an unsafe lane change and cut in front of the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist, who is still in critical condition, is lucky to have survived the crash.

School Bus Accidents: Not an Uncommon Occurrence

Accidents involving school buses in and around Houston are not an uncommon occurrence. This unfortunate truth was evident on Monday, April 13th. Shortly after school let out, two HISD school buses carrying children from Elmore Elementary and Burris Elementary in Houston collided. The accident occurred on a narrow, two-lane road. The impact caused one bus to be pushed into a ditch. Thirteen children and one bus driver were transported to the hospital.

Drunk Driver Kills Mother and 2 Children

Recently, a family of four near Kilgore, Texas suffered a tragic car accident when a drunk driver collided with their vehicle. The accident claimed the life of Heema Patel and her two children, six year-old Ryera Patel and twelve year-old Trish Patel. According to local news, the Patels were struck by a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road on Highway 259.

Jury Awards Over $36 Million for 18-Wheeler Crash

In Riverside County, California, a jury awarded Jaishree and Prakash Sheth over $36 million for an 18-wheeler crash that left Jaishree Sheth with a fractured spine. According to the evidence at trial, Mrs. Sheth suffered fractures at C5-6 and was completely paralyzed upon admission to the hospital. She underwent two emergency surgeries, suffered respiratory failure and was hospitalized for over two months subsequently. According to the pleadings, she still requires 24-hour attendant care. The Sheths filed suit against Schneider National, a multi-national trucking company, for the negligence of its driver in causing the catastrophic collision.

Supreme Court Upholds Verdict for Crash Victims

The Texas Supreme Court last week upheld a jury's verdict in favor of a woman and her injured child. The case is Arvizu, et al. v. The Estate of George Puckett d/b/a Puckett Auto Sales, ___ S.W.3d ___ (Tex. 2012)(3/30/12). In this case, a company claimed it should not be responsible for driver who was delivering a vehicle on its behalf.

Volvo Introduces World's First Pedestrian Airbag

Volvo has always been known as an innovator when it comes to driver safety and now this commercial car builder is also creating technology designed to protect pedestrians. According to recent reports, more than 47,700 pedestrians were killed and more than 688,000 were injured last year in collisions with automobiles. In an effort to decrease these numbers, Volvo introduced the world's first pedestrian airbag system last week at the Geneva Motor Show.

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    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

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    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

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