Prominent Preacher Killed In Head On Collission With 18-Wheeler
April 28. 2011 10:27 by
Rev. David Wilkerson, founding pastor of Times Square Church in New York City and author of the book
The Cross and the Swtchblade
was killed in a car wreck in East Texas yesterday. According to reports, Rev. Wilkerson was driving east on U.S. 175 towards Jacksonville, Texas Wednesday afternoon when for unknown reasons he moved into the westbound lane of traffic and into the path of a tractor trailer. According to Public Safety Trooper Eric Long, the truck driver attempted to avoid the pastor’s car but was unable to do so, and the two vehicles collided head on.
Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange said, “Wilkerson's car smashed head-on into a tractor-trailer rig after veering into oncoming traffic on U.S. 175 west of Cuney, about 95 miles southeast of Dallas.” Texas Department of Public Safety is reporting that Rev. Wilkerson was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. Gwen Wilkerson, Rev. Wilkerson’s wife, was also in the vehicle at the time of the trucking accident. She was taken to ETMC and is in stable condition. The driver of the 18 wheeler was also taken to the hospital but is in good condition. For more on Rev. Wilkerson’s life and this tragic accident, click
If you or a loved one has been injured in an 18 Wheeler accident, the trucking accident attorneys at Wilson Trosclair & Lovins can help. Call today at 214-484-1930.
Patrol Car Involved In Flower Mound Car Wreck
April 28. 2011 09:09 by
A multi-vehicle car wreck in Flower Mound resulted in injuries to an officer and two others. The car wreck occurred on Wednesday near the intersection of Cross Timbers and Morriss roads in Flower Mound, Texas. The cause of the car wreck is still under investigation, but at the moment it appears that the patrol car collided with a Dodge Ram truck in the intersection, causing the truck to collide with a Honda Civic and Suburban. Three individuals were taken to local hospitals and treated for no-life threatening injuries. For more on this story, click
Fatal Hit And Run Accident Being Investigated In Austin
April 26. 2011 09:46 by
Austin police are currently investigating a fatal hit-and-run car accident that happened around 10 p.m. Friday.
The wreck happened near Decker Lane, in the 9100 block of FM 969. Police currently believe that a motorcyclist and a four-door Buick collided, with the Buick fleeing the scene of the accident. The driver of the motorcycle was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge, where he died. No other details concerning the fatal wreck are known at this time.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call the attorneys at Wilson Trosclair & Lovins today at 214-484-1930.
Another Wrongway, Drunk Driver Fatality in DFW
April 18. 2011 15:02 by
A Plano woman is in critical condition after her car was hit by a wrong-way driver on Highway 121 in Grapevine. The car wreck occurred at approximately 11 p.m. last night, when a Chevrolet SUV driving north in the southbound lanes struck the unidentified Plano woman's Toyota sedan. Both drivers were pinned in their vehicles and required rescuers to remove them. It appears that drunk driving played a role, as the wrong way driver was arrested for intoxicated assault. The unidentified Plano woman remains in critical condition at Parkland Memorial Hospital as of this morning.
Three 18 Wheelers Involved In Accident Near Gilmer
April 14. 2011 16:03 by
Authorities investigated a major trucking accident just north of Gilmer, Texas where Hwy. 271 meets Lantana Road. Authorities believe that around 5 a.m., a tractor trailer carrying potted plants flipped onto its side. It is not clear at this time what caused the t18 wheeler to flip. Two other big rigs carrying rocks were unable to stop in time and hit the flipped truck. All three commercial truck drivers were taken to the hospital, where two were released and one remained hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with an 18 wheeler, the trucking accident attorneys at Wilson Trosclair & Lovins can help. Call today at 214-484-1930.
Another Wrong Way Driver Collides With A Semi-Truck
April 11. 2011 18:12 by
Interstate 40 near Amarillo was shut down for seven hours after an early Sunday morning wrong way collision. The driver of a Dodge Neon entered the east bound lanes of Interstate 40 driving west, where the car crashed into two 18 wheelers
. The driver of the Neon sustained life threatening injuries. One of the commercial truck drivers sustained minor injuries. To no one’s surprise, police say alcohol was a factor in this car wreck.
Alcohol And Speed Contribute To Fatal Car Crash
April 11. 2011 18:10 by
Gabriel Lopez, 38, of El Paso, was killed this morning in a single car accident early this morning. Mr. Lopez lost control of his car and slid into the center barrier before crossing all lanes of traffic and crashing into another barrier. His car then rolled over, ejecting Mr. Lopez from the vehicle. Mr. Lopez was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The police have determined that speed and alcohol contributed to the accident. This accident marks the 20
th fatal accident in El Paso this year.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, contact the attorneys at Wilson Trosclair & Lovins today at 214-484-1930.
While Automobile Accidents Remain The Leading Cause Of Death For Young Americans, The Number Of Non-Fatal Injuries Are Declining
April 11. 2011 18:04 by
Car wrecks remain the leading cause of death for individuals aged five to thirty-four years of age.
Car accidents also account for 2.3 million non-fatal injuries each year, which is approximately 15% of all non-fatal injuries treated in emergency rooms. There has been some improvement, however, in the number of non-fatal injuries sustained in car accidents. According to the CDC, between 2001 and 2009, there has been a 15.6% reduction in the rate of non-fatal injuries sustained in automobile accidents. This means there were approximately 231,000 less injuries in 2009 then there were in 2001. That is certainly good news.
The primary reason for the decline in non-fatal injuries: seatbelts. From 2002 to 2008, there was a self reported increase in seatbelt use of approximately 5%. To no one’s surprise, states with stronger seatbelt laws had higher rates of seatbelt use. This is important because if all states had stronger seat belt laws,
nearly 450 additional lives would have been saved, 12,000 non-fatal injuries would have been prevented, and $1.6 billion in societal costs would have been saved in 2009 alone. This is just one example how smart and simple safety policies can make a big difference.
Protect Your Rights: Texas Courthouses May Soon Be Closed to You (Part 1)
April 5. 2011 17:07 by
“In suits at common law, trial by jury in civil cases is as essential to secure the liberty of the people as any one of the pre-existent rights of nature.”- James Madison (The principal author of our Constitution)
In what world is it fair to put families at risk of paying the bloated attorneys fees of large corporations if they lose a lawsuit but allow these same corporations to deny and defend meritorious claims for baseless reasons without fear of incurring the same type of risk? That world may soon be right here in Texas.
Currently pending in our state legislature is a bill commonly referred to as “Loser Pays.” The name is deceiving, however. A more accurate name should be “Families Pay.” That’s because large corporations and insurance companies are not subject to the harsh provisions of the “Loser Pays” legislation. As written, insurance companies and large corporations will never have to pay the other side’s attorneys fees and litigation costs if they lose. “Loser Pays” only applies to individuals and families that dare to hold businesses accountable for their negligent actions. This legislation is nothing more than an attempt to further stack the deck in favor of large corporations by making it too risky for individuals and their lawyers to seek redress in our court system, while insurance companies and businesses can deny and defend claims no matter how frivolous their basis for doing so.
To be clear, this measure has nothing to do with frivolous lawsuits. Its true intent is to stop people from filing claims that have merit. Courts already have the tools to deal with frivolous claims, such as monetary sanctions to cover attorney’s fees for defending such claims. “Loser Pays” drastically shifts the risks of litigation to families so that they will be reluctant to bring meritorious claims. Think about it- if someone told you there was a 50/50 chance you would win your case (hardly frivolous considering the odds of success), would you be less likely to bring the lawsuit if they also told you that if you lose you will need to pay tens of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees to the defendant corporation or insurance company? My guess is that many people would answer yes to this question, especially if they were also told that if they won their case the other side would not be under the same obligation to pay attorney’s fees and costs. This reluctance is what big insurance companies, multinational corporations, and our Texas Governor are hoping for.
So, if you care about the right to a trial by jury, fairness and equality, and protecting your right to be fairly compensated when the negligence of another injures you or your family, call your elected state officials and tell them to vote against “Loser Pays” legislation. Speak up and protect your fundamental right to a civil jury trial.
“The founders of our nation considered the right of trial by jury in civil cases an important bulwark against tyranny and corruption, a ‘safeguard too precious to be left to the whim of the sovereign.’” Chief Justice William Rehnquist, 1979.
Toddler Injured In Hit And Run Accident
April 4. 2011 11:00 by
An early Saturday accident left a toddler, Hiram Cobos, Jr., with a head injury, broken pelvis, and dislocated foot. The accident occurred after the family's car broke down, and the mother of the child attempted to cross a busy street with her two kids. A truck, described by witnesses as a white two-door GMC or Chevrolet extended cab, struck all three pedestrians and fled from the scene of the accident. The mother was arrested at the scene of the accident for public intoxication. Click on the video below for more on this story.