Tourist Loses Leg Due to Road Rage Incident

On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, a British tourist was run over by a taxicab driver severing her leg. The accident first started due to a road rage incident between the taxicab driver and a cycling messenger. The 23 year-old was enjoying a hot dog by a fountain near the Rockefeller center on the first day of her vacation. That is when the taxicab driver accelerated during his road rage and ran over the young lady.

Witnesses of the accident came to help save her from a plumber to a hotdog stand worker. The plumber used his belt as a tourniquet to save her life while the hotdog stand owner put her foot into a bucket of ice. Television’s Dr. Oz came to the rescue as well and rushed to her aid. During the entire accident, the woman was conscious, but unable to speak. Half of her leg is missing while the other is mangled. Doctors worked desperately to reattach the leg, but were unable to.

According to the bicyclist, the accident occurred due to a road rage spat. Moments prior to the accident, the bicyclist reported telling the cab driver to slow down. Then the cab driver accelerated and the bicyclist landed onto of the cab and the cab rammed into the woman after losing control. The cab driver’s story conflicts with the bicycle rider. However, the cab driver has a history of driving violations and tickets.

The Dangers of Road Rage Accidents

Road rage incidents like the one described above can lead to accidents and injuries for innocent pedestrians and motorists nearby. When people are enraged, they are unable to think clearly and make aggressive decisions. It is best to always keep your calm while driving and refrain from doing anything you may regret.

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If you or someone you know was injured in an accident by a road rage driver, contact a personal injury attorney immediately. A personal injury attorney will work to earn you monetary compensation for your pain and suffering caused by the accident. Contact us today for a free review. 

Seven Relatives Killed in Collision with Big Rigs

Seven relatives have died after their Jeep SUV was crushed by two big rigs. The accident occurred in Indiana during a traffic backup on Thursday, August 15, 2013. According to police officials, there were three adults and four children in the vehicle.

The accident occurred when the Jeep stopped behind a tractor-trailer near a work zone. Then another tractor-trailer behind the Jeep failed to stop. The trailer rammed into the Jeep, causing the front portion of the SUV to be plowed into the front semi truck. Consequently, the Jeep burst into flames and caught the trucks ablaze.

The car was so severely mangled and burned that it had to be sent to the fire department to remove the victims. According to news reports, the victims are all related to each other, but the exact relation is currently unknown. Alcohol or drugs do not seem to be a factor in the accident. One truck driver was injured while the other one was not. The ages of the victims range from 3 years to 49.

The Dangers of Trucking Accidents

Trucking is a major industry all over the nation. You will constantly see large vehicles like big rigs and semi trucks on the road. Unfortunately, these vehicles are a huge safety concern for drivers everywhere. When a truck driver fails to brake on time or runs a red light, a severe accident can occur.

In the story described above, the truck driver failed to stop on time and consequently, killed 7 people. When an 80,000 pound truck rams into a 2,000 pound car, the chances of the passengers being injured are great. As a result, truck drivers need to be safer and operate their vehicles in a manner that protects the lives of others.

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If you or someone else were severely injured in a truck accident, you should consult with a personal injury accident attorney immediately. A personal injury accident attorney will work to earn you monetary compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact us today for a free consultation. 

Drunk Driver Causes Terrifying Rampage

In San Antonio, Texas, a white pickup truck driver was driving into anything and everything. Witnesses saw the driver was even doing donuts during rush hour traffic. One witness reported that the driver looked like he was trying to kill anybody. Some employees for a nearby restaurant caught sight of the incident.

Then, the driver of the pickup truck slammed another truck into a Blockbuster Video store. According to one witness, the driver slammed it three times until the truck finally rammed inside of the store. The owner of the truck that was being rammed into was inside the blockbuster along with her family. In total, the driver of the white pickup truck slammed into several cars, a sign, a tree, and the video store.

One witness said that truck driver made eye contact with her and drive toward her, but she moved out of the way. The car finally stopped when it was too damaged and could not move any further. The truck driver finally waited in his car for police to arrive and arrest him. The driver was taken to a nearby hospital for a broken collar. According to police, he was under the influence of prescription narcotics. The driver was charged for driving under the influence.

The Dangers of Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence does not just consist of alcohol; it also consists of prescription drugs. Drugs can be truly detrimental to one’s brain and cause the same disorienting effects as alcohol. People should not drive after taking prescription medications that may affect their focus or cause them to be sleepy. Talk to your doctor about your medications if you are unsure if they are safe to drive with.

Speak to a Personal Injury Accident Attorney

It may be in your best interest to speak to a personal injury accident attorney if you were injured by an impaired driver. A personal injury accident attorney will work to win you a large lawsuit settlement in order to compensate for all your financial and physical losses including lost wages, pain, and medical expenses. Contact us today

Party Bus Driver Faces Multiple Charges After Fatal Collision

In Palo Alto, California, a party bus driver caused an accident on Sunday, August, 11, 2013. The accident killed one person and took place around 10 PM. The accident happened when the 43 year-old driver veered off the freeway near Alphine Road. As a result, the driver hit a tree. The impact was so strong that a part of the vehicle sheared off. The vehicle was a Chevrolet 3500 van that was transformed into a party bus.

One of the passengers who was wearing a seat belt was found dead. The driver of the van fled the scene after the accident. He later wandered the area and officers took him to a nearby hospital to check for injuries. They later found that he was the driver of the bus.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Police officers and investigators are still trying to piece together what happened. However, the driver does face multiple charges including manslaughter and felony driving under the influence.

Drunk Driving and Fleeing the Scene

Today, party buses are a popular form of transporting a large group of people who are celebrating. Unfortunately, this method of transportation is extremely dangerous as it has been the cause of numerous accidents. Sometimes, people will be intoxicated on the bus and fall out during heavy traffic. Other times, the loud music and drunken banter from passengers can distract the driver and cause an accident.

In the story described above, the driver took part in the festivities on the bus and endangered the safety of the passengers. Numerous injuries and accidents can occur on a party bus and passengers and drivers should be aware of the dangers involved.

Speak to a Personal Injury DUI Attorney

Criminal charges can be held against the bus owner when injuries occur. If you were injured while on a party bus or injured due to a drunk driver, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. You may be entitled to a large settlement award for your pain and suffering. Contact us today for a free and confidential review of your case. 

School Bus Driver Arrested for DUI

On Thursday, August 8, 2013, police officers received a report about a school bus that was swerving on the road. Shortly after, police officers left to investigate the scene. The intoxicated bus driver caused an accident as he drove a bus into a boat while four students were seated in his vehicle.  

The 74 year-old man was heading to their school at around 7 am. When the officers found the bus, they initiated the bus to stop. The driver attempted to pull over, but ended up hitting a trailer and a boat.  The police department notified the parents of the students about the incident and had them transported to school.

While the accident does not appear to be related to alcohol, the police officers do believe he was under the influence of an intoxicant. The driver failed a sobriety test and was arrested. He was later released after posting bail. Police are still investigating the incident. Many are thankful to the citizens who contacted the police as a greater accident could have occurred had they not stepped forward and informed officers.

Bus Driving Accidents

Bus driving accidents take place frequently and leave many in danger. Surprisingly, a common cause of bus accidents is human error. Sometimes the bus driver will make poor decisions and accidently run a red light or stop too late and accidently rear-end another vehicle. In other instances, the bus driver may be under the influence of alcohol or medication and fail to properly pay attention to the road.

In recent news, one bus driver caused an accident as he was texting on the phone at the same time and caused an accident that killed a nine-month old baby girl. Many bus drivers may act irresponsibly and their actions cause accidents and injuries.

Speak to a Personal Injury Attorney

If you or someone you know was recently injured by a negligent bus driver, you should consult with a personal injury accident attorney immediately. With the help of a personal injury attorney, you may be awarded a large settlement for your pain and suffering caused by the accident.

A Pileup of 41 Vehicles Leaves 10 People Injured

In Lexington, Virginia, a two car accident escalated to a pileup with 41 vehicles. The accident was caused by a combination of factors including torrential rain and speed. The accident left as many as ten people injured. Of the accident were 6 tractor-trailers.

The accident first occurred when one vehicle was blocking the median and another vehicle was partially blocking one lane. Due to the downpour, it was very difficult for cars to see ahead of them. The rain limited drivers’ inability to see past 20 feet. To make matters worse, cars may have been speeding making it more difficult to stop on time.

Due to the accident, traffic was backed up for several hours and all lanes were closed. None of the injuries were life-threatening, but two of the ten injured had to be transported to the hospital via helicopter. According to police officers, some truck drivers veered off the road and overturned in order to avoid hitting other vehicles. This maneuver helped saved lives as an 80,000 lb. truck ramming into a 2,000 lb. car can leave serious injuries for the passengers in the vehicle.

Common Car Accident Causes
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Drowsy or fatigued driving
  • Distracted driving that may include texting or talking on the phone, browsing the web, applying makeup while driving, or doing anything that takes your attention off the road
  • Taking drowsy medication before driving

Injuries That May Be Sustained
  •           Broken bones and fractures
  •           Cuts and scrapes
  •          Traumatic brain injury and head trauma
  •          Spinal cord and back injury
  •          Whiplash and neck injuries
  •          Bruises

Speak to a Personal Injury Car Accident Attorney

If you or someone you know was recently injured in a car accident by an irresponsible driver, you should contact our personal injury attorneys today. Our personal injury attorneys will work to earn you monetary compensation for your pain and suffering caused by the negligent driver. For a free and confidential consultation, call our law offices today. We will work to maximize your settlement award. 

Family Wins $1.75 Million for Excessive Force Personal Injury Lawsuit

Due to a federal civil rights lawsuit the city of Seattle will have to pay one family $1.75 million. The lawsuit was filed by the father of a mentally ill man who was mistreated by the Seattle police. The man suffered severe head trauma as the police held him down, made him choke on his own vomit and blood and handcuffed and gagged him. The settlement is one of the largest the city has ever paid for excessive-force claims. The second largest settlement was $1.5 million that was given because a police officer fatally shot another man.

The accident occurred when the parents of the mentally ill man called police. The schizophrenic man was having a mental break down so his parents called police officers in order to calm him down. However, the officers decided to arrest him due to an outstanding misdemeanor warrant that the man had. According to officers, the man was cooperative. When the officers grabbed the man, however, a brawl ensued and several officers arrived to get a hold of the man.

The 45 year-old mentally ill man suffered severe injuries from police. He was elbowed in the face, tased twice, and handcuffed. The police officers even placed a mesh over his head to prevent getting bodily fluids on the officers. At one point, several officers held him face-down onto the floor to the extent that the mesh filled with blood and vomit. According to the family’s attorney, several officers knelt on the man’s chest making it impossible for him to breathe.

Witnesses at the scene said that the police officers’ actions were very excessive. One even said that the officers threw him face down on a backboard. It is estimated that after 20 minutes of the struggle, the man stopped breathing. He was hospitalized for several weeks at a nearby medical center.

Speak to a Personal Injury Attorney

According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s reports, the police department often used excessive force when handling mentally ill or intoxicated individuals. If you suffered excessive force or injury from a police officer, security guard, or any individual, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement for your pain and suffering. Contact us today.