Category: Car Accidents

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2015 Texas motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Texas Department of Transportation released their annual motor vehicle traffic crash statistics for 2015. We put a few of the statistics into an infographic below!

2015 Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]

Traffic Crash Statistics 2015 Mukerji Law Firm

You can see the full list of crash statistics by clicking the sources listed at the bottom of this post.

 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, please contact us immediately by calling 713-222-1222 and one of our attorneys will speak to you immediately.

 

Sources:

http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/trf/crash_statistics/2015/01.pdf

http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/trf/crash_statistics/2015/a.pdf

NCAA Final Four Basketball - NRG Stadium
A banner hangs over NRG Stadium in preparation of the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

NCAA Final Four Weekend, Drunk Driving, and Being Safe

Drunk driving accidents have been on the rise in the city of Houston. KHOU stated in a recent news article, the number of drunk driving accidents in Harris County has increased dramatically in the past week. In the last seven days, there have been five motor vehicle fatalities where a drunk driver was involved. With the NCAA Final Four coming to Houston this weekend, it’s not crazy to expect the number of drunk driving related incidents to increase.

Alcohol Consumption Increase During Sporting Events

A study published in 2011 by Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research (ACER) found that 40% of attendees at sporting events had a blood alcohol content (BAC) ranging from 0.005 to 0.217. People who tailgated before the game have 14 times the odds of having a BAC greater than 0.08 and separately those who were under the age of 35 had eight times the odds of being over the legal limit. Adversely people who attended Monday night football games were more likely to have BACs below 0.08.

Drunk Driving and Super Bowl Sunday

In 2013, the LA Times stated “Alcohol-related car crashes are 75% greater” during Super Bowl Sunday. This not only includes attendees, but related events like viewing parties at home or at bars, pregame parties, tailgating, and after parties. Between 2002-2011, there were 642 alcohol-related fatal crashes on Super Bowl Sunday.

How to be Safe this NCAA Final Four Weekend

Large sporting events naturally lead to an increase of alcohol consumption. The NCAA Final Four is in town this weekend and the parties have already begun. While no alcohol will be sold at the actual event due to the  NCAA’s strict alcohol policy, this does not extend to private businesses like bars and restaurants that will be showing the games and having viewing parties. If you are attending these events, there are ways to have a good time and still be safe.

Designate a Sober Driver

Everyone at one point has been the Designated Driver. If you are the “DD” be responsible and politely turn down any drinks that may come your way. Your friends are counting on you to get them home safely.

Pay For a Ride

Living in Houston means you have a number of options to pay for a ride home. Uber, Lyft, and Cab services are always waiting to pick you up.  At Mukerji Law Firm we are a huge fan of Uber. We use them to get clients to and from the office all the time. If you’ve never used Uber before, use the code: mukerjilue to get $20 off your first ride this NCAA Final Four Weekend.

Use Public Transportation

If you live inside the loop, public transportation like the Houston Metro Rail is a great option. Besides being safe, you don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot or paying for parking. Your car stays safely at home and you don’t have to worry about someone accidently damaging your car because of the increase in traffic.

Stay Where You Are

If you’re at a friend or family member’s house for a viewing party you can ask beforehand if it’s alright for you to stay the night. If spending the night is not an option one of the many alternatives above are still on the table.

We want you to be safe this weekend and have a good time at the NCAA Final Four Tournament. We want to congratulate all four teams and their fans who have made it this far and we are excited to see who wins on to the NCAA Championship.

If you are in an accident this weekend caused by a drunk driver, please contact us immediately by calling 713-222-1222 and one of our attorneys will speak to you immediately.

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Bridge Collapse: Truck Crashes into Overpass in Salado, TX

Bridge Collapse

A semi-truck driver crashed into a bridge beam on I-35 bridge north of Austin. The accident caused the overpass to collapse and resulted in several injuries and one death.

The highway was under construction before the incident occurred and both lanes were shut down afterwards.  TxDOT did not give an estimate of when the lanes would be opened again. Jodi Wheatley, from the Department of Public Safety, said that the truck was too tall and crashed into a beam.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it’s important to speak with a personal injury attorney who can assess your case. Just call 713-222-1222 today.

2.59 Million Small Cars Recalled after 57 Deaths

Fiat Recall

Fiat Chrysler is now being named in a 2008-2010 class-action lawsuit, which covers the Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country, and Dodge Journey. The Fiat Chrysler is accused of having defective ignition switches, which has been linked to 57 deaths. Chrysler is now recalling 2.59 million small cars. Congress has also added a $35 million fine for delaying the recall announcement.

The defective switch causes the vehicles to stall, lose power and it disables the airbags. The company is now advising consumers to remove all items except the keys from the key ring.

You can read more about the Fiat recall here.

Teen Dies in Go-Kart Accident near Texas Motor Speedway

Teen Dies in Go-Kart Accident near Texas Motor Speedway

A day of fun turned into a tragedy when 14-year-old Kierstin Eaddy failed to stop after crossing the finish line in a go-karting event, went through a fence, and died.
Kiersten is an experienced autocross racer with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). She was racing in a Formula Junior solo race event outside Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on Sunday. After she crossed the finish line, she seemed to accelerate instead of slow down. She smashed into a low fence, which stripped off her helmet and brought the kart to a stop in a field. She was airlifted to Harris Methodist Hospital, where she died from her injuries. The SCCA requires safety helmets for this event. Kiersten was wearing her helmet and safety gear, but it was not enough to save her.

Kiersten was a straight A student who touched the hearts of many people, according to her father. She volunteered at local horse stables and worked with children with autism and other disabilities in her spare time. Our condolences go out to the Eaddy family, and all of Kiersten’s loved ones.

If your child or someone you love has been injured in a go-kart accident, you need an attorney who can is willing to go the extra mile for you. At Mukerji Law Firm, we take care of everything, so you can focus on what is important – the health of your child. Call us today!

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Drinking & Driving Stats to Read before Your 4th of July Party

Drinking & Driving Stats to Read before Your 4th of July Party

There are approximately 26,298 serious or fatal vehicle accidents in Texas every year caused by drunk drivers, and this equates to three accidents every hour. Those who decide to operate a vehicle while intoxicated not only place themselves in danger, but also every person they’re sharing the road with.

Facts about Drunk Driving

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility gathers dozens of facts about alcohol consumption every year so that trends can be observed. A few of the facts relating to drunk driving in the state of Texas:

  • The number of people killed in drunk driving accidents was 1,296
  • There are five fatalities due to drunk driving for every 100,000 people
  • 2.1 of all fatal accidents involved individuals under the age of 21
  • 71.9% of fatal crashes involved drivers with a blood alcohol content over .15
  • Over 50% of fatal crashes involving a driver with a blood alcohol content over .15 were repeat offenders

The good news is that the number of fatal accidents caused by drunk drivers has decreased by 26.2 per 100,000 people over the past 10 years.

Drinking & Driving Fine Amounts

The US has some of the strictest laws when it comes to drunk driving, and Texas laws meet or exceed what is already in place at the federal level. This desire to cut down on the number of drunk drivers has led to punishments that become more severe as the number of offenses rise.

  • First Offense – Drivers face fines up to $2,000, the loss of their driving privileges for a year, and up to 180 days in jail
  • Second Offense – Drivers face fines up to $4,000, loss of their driver’s license for up to two years, and up to a year in jail
  • Third Offense – Drivers face fines up to $10,000, another two year loss of driving privileges and 2-10 years in a state prison

More Severe DWI Penalties

The circumstances that surround the drunk driving case also have the potential to make the judgments more severe. Of these, none often receives more strict punishment than when a drunk driver has a child in their vehicle, as this often brings a coinciding charge of child endangerment. Even if this is the driver’s first offense it can result in fines of $10,000, suspension of the driver’s license for 180 days, and up to two years in a state prison.

Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

Nobody envisions that they will become the victim of a drunk driving accident. But when an accident occurs, it’s important that you have an experienced attorney on your side. Schedule a free case evaluation today by calling 713.766.5400.

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Shocking School Bus Accident Statistics

Shocking Bus Accident Statistics

Accidents involving buses often result in injuries that are severe and sometimes fatal in Houston, as these vehicles commonly aren’t equipped with safety belts to protect passengers in the event of a crash. Cases such as this are especially difficult when the bus in question is used to transport students back and forth to school.

Data about Bus Accidents

There are a number of statistics surrounding bus crashes, and some of these figures provide information that:

  • There are thousands of bus crashes every year, and just under 100 of these of these are fatal
  • School bus accidents account for 39% of all bus crashes
  • 17,000 children are hospitalized every year as a result of being in a bus crash
  • Just under 50% of all children harmed in bus-related accidents sustain their injuries while attempting to get on or off the bus

Primary Causes in Texas

The primary goal of most parents with an injured child in Houston is to try and figure out what caused the accident, and this can often be traced back to an error on the part of the bus company or its employees. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Driver Error – This is when the operator of the school bus fails to adhere to the proper safety requirements put in place to protect children and other drivers.
  • Mechanical Failure – School buses are much like any other vehicle in that they need to be serviced and inspected on a regular basis, and when this fails to happen accidents tend to follow.
  • External Factors – Some factors are beyond the control of the driver, and these factors can include inclement weather, other drivers, and poor road conditions.

Texas Parents who have a child that is injured in school bus crash should consider legal action as a way to ensure problems are corrected before other children are put in harm’s way.

Getting Legal Help

Bus injuries can be very serious, as one bad crash can negatively affect your body for the rest of your life. You may feel aches and pains, or be paralyzed. Whatever your condition, it’s important that you reach out to an attorney today. Just call 713.766.5400 to schedule your free case evaluation.

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6 Largest Auto Recalls in U.S. History

15 Million Ford Vehicles Could Burst into Flames

Buying a new vehicle is a time of excitement for most people, but this enthusiasm quickly fades when owners learn their new vehicle is due for maintenance because of a recall. Automotive recalls often range from benign cosmetic defects to serious dangers that put drivers and everyone around them at risk. Throughout automotive history there have been a series of recalls that have affected millions of drivers, but only a few can be considered the largest automotive recalls of all time.

21 Million Vehicles

This recall was initiated by Ford between 1970 and 1980 and involved 21 million of their vehicles. The recall was one considered serious because it resulted in the drivers being unable to place their vehicle in park.

15 Million Vehicles

This recall is another one that can be claimed by Ford and took place between 1992 and 2003. It was reported that 15 million of Ford’s vehicles had to be recalled because the cruise control ignition would burst into flames without reason or warning. This recall not only affected the cruise control system of the vehicle because the fire could spread and affect other vital systems such as the anti-lock brakes.

7.9 Million Vehicles

Fire once again plagued Ford model vehicles in the years between 1988 and 1993 when ignition switches would produce flames for no apparent reason. The cause was eventually determined to be faulty electrical systems, and Ford took steps to replace the ignition switches they installed in their vehicles.

6.9 Million Vehicles

Ford finally receives a break, as Chevrolet was faced with a 6.9 million vehicle recall between 1965 and 1970. This recall was caused by motor mounts that would break and cause the vehicle to accelerate without any input from the driver. The solution for Chevrolet wasn’t to replace the motor mounts though, but to install a cable that stopped the engine from moving if the motor mount did break.

5.8 Million Vehicles

General Motors also has its share of recalls, such as the one involving 5.8 million vehicles taking place between 1978 and 1981. The lower control arm bolt is essential to the suspension of a vehicle and when it fails, as it did to cause this recall, the entire suspension has the potential to collapse.

5.4 Million Vehicles

One of the more recent recalls has been by Toyota, when between 2004 and 2010 they recalled 5.4 million vehicles due to an issue where the floor mats of their vehicles caused an increase in acceleration that was difficult to correct. This resulted in two recalls in which Toyota corrected the floor mat issue and replaced the accelerator in an effort to ensure the issue was corrected.

Get a Lawyer Today

It’s very difficult to fight large automotive companies without a skilled attorney on your side. Schedule your free case evaluation to see if you have a case. Just call 713.766.5400 today.

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3 Crazy Bus Crashes You Need to Read About!

Bus companies must comply with stringent safety requirements for their equipment and drivers. When these companies fail to ensure safety requirements are met, an accident can easily ensue. Bus accidents can happen in a number of ways, and here are some of the most unusual ones we’ve heard of to date.

3 Crazy Bus Crashes You Need to Read About!1) Senior Citizen Crash in Irving, Texas

A bus full of senior citizens was heading to a casino in Oklahoma when it overturned near Irving, Texas. The majority of passengers had met at a Wal-Mart, and were headed for the Choctaw Casino Resort. The driver, who had more than 30 years of experience, apparently lost control of the bus, causing it to careen into a “crash cushioner” alongside the road. The bus then veered across the highway, striking a concrete barrier before flipping over on its right side. Two people were killed and 41 were hospitalized as a result of the crash. The driver faces at least a dozen civil suits; however, a grand jury refused to bring criminal charges against the man.

2) Failed Brakes in California

In California, eight people were killed in a bus accident that was attributed to failed brakes. This bus was hauling a group of passengers from Tijuana, Mexico into the San Bernardino Mountains, when it collided with two other vehicles. To make matters worse, attending to the victims became even more challenging because of the position of the bus, as it perched “precariously” alongside the road. Some of the survivors had to be air lifted due to the critical nature of their injuries.

3) City Bus Crash, Niagara Falls

A bus operated by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority crashed into two cars near that city’s airport. The first car entered the intersection of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Williams Road on a red light, and was subsequently hit by the bus. That car was then pushed into another vehicle that was already stopped at the red light. Four people were hospitalized because of this accident. Icy roads were thought to be a contributing factor, and numerous reports of unsafe driving habits on the part of NFTA drivers was reported shortly thereafter.

Bus accidents such as these can happen anywhere and at any time. When they do occur, these examples show that they have the potential to be deadly. Investigating a crash to uncover instances of negligence can sometimes be difficult, as operators tend to hide evidence or refuse to answer questions. Passengers who are injured can often get the answers they need whenever they seek help from an attorney.

Getting Legal Help

In order to get the justice you deserve, you need to hire a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. This will help your case as your attorney can begin examining the evidence right away. Schedule your free case evaluation today by calling 713.973.1300.

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3 Bus Crashes You Need to Read About!

Bus companies must comply with stringent safety requirements for their equipment and drivers. When these companies fail to ensure safety requirements are met, an accident can easily ensue. Bus accidents can happen in a number of ways, and here are some of the most unusual ones we’ve heard of to date.

3 Crazy Bus Crashes You Need to Read About!1) Senior Citizen Crash in Irving, Texas

A bus full of senior citizens was heading to a casino in Oklahoma when it overturned near Irving, Texas. The majority of passengers had met at a Wal-Mart, and were headed for the Choctaw Casino Resort. The driver, who had more than 30 years of experience, apparently lost control of the bus, causing it to careen into a “crash cushioner” alongside the road. The bus then veered across the highway, striking a concrete barrier before flipping over on its right side. Two people were killed and 41 were hospitalized as a result of the crash. The driver faces at least a dozen civil suits; however, a grand jury refused to bring criminal charges against the man.

2) Failed Brakes in California

In California, eight people were killed in a bus accident that was attributed to failed brakes. This bus was hauling a group of passengers from Tijuana, Mexico into the San Bernardino Mountains, when it collided with two other vehicles. To make matters worse, attending to the victims became even more challenging because of the position of the bus, as it perched “precariously” alongside the road. Some of the survivors had to be air lifted due to the critical nature of their injuries.

3) City Bus Crash, Niagara Falls

A bus operated by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority crashed into two cars near that city’s airport. The first car entered the intersection of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Williams Road on a red light, and was subsequently hit by the bus. That car was then pushed into another vehicle that was already stopped at the red light. Four people were hospitalized because of this accident. Icy roads were thought to be a contributing factor, and numerous reports of unsafe driving habits on the part of NFTA drivers was reported shortly thereafter.

Bus accidents such as these can happen anywhere and at any time. When they do occur, these examples show that they have the potential to be deadly. Investigating a crash to uncover instances of negligence can sometimes be difficult, as operators tend to hide evidence or refuse to answer questions. Passengers who are injured can often get the answers they need whenever they seek help from an attorney.

Getting Legal Help

In order to get the justice you deserve, you need to hire a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. This will help your case as your attorney can begin examining the evidence right away. Schedule your free case evaluation today by calling 713-222-1222.

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