2 Killed, Dozens Injured in Bus Crash Near Dallas

2 Killed, Dozens Injured in Bus Crash Near Dallas

In the area of Irving, just east of Dallas Texas, there has recently been a tragic charter bus collision. A bus from the Cardinal Coach line was driving down the North Texas Highway in the Dallas area on Thursday April 11, when it suddenly flipped over onto its side. The bus was in route to Oklahoma to visit a casino before the crash occurred. Witnesses report that the bus abruptly merged across the lanes of the highway before it collided with two concrete blockades and then tumbled over the center divider.

The charter bus was carrying around 45 passengers at the time of the collision and people were heard screaming and shouting in panic. There were two killed in the crash and more than 40 others were hospitalized for serious injuries, such as fractured bones. After the bus careened across the highway and toppled over, there was a massive emergency response and members of the rescue crews fought tirelessly to reach to the passengers inside the wreck. The injured passengers were then sent to three nearby hospitals including Baylor Medical Center, Las Colinas Medical Center and the Parkland Memorial Hospital. The passengers with very mild injuries were taken via Dallas Area Rapid Transit buses to seek medical attention.

Passenger Daniel Risik, age 73, was interviewed after the incident and he told the Dallas Morning News that, “People were piled on top of each other…. A lady had pinned me. Rescue got there and started pulling people out of a roof emergency hatch. People were hollering, screaming, there was blood all over the place. It was unbelievable.” Ladders were also used by emergency personnel to pull survivors out of the broken windows of the bus. Since the wreck occurred near highway interchange, traffic was backed up for several miles.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Cardinal Coach bus company ,which has five running buses and seven licensed drivers, has no other reported crashes in the last two years that involved any passenger injuries or loss of life. The main offices for the Cardinal Coach Line are in Mansfield, Texas, just south of Dallas. When they were contacted about the accident, the employee on the phone said that he was not able to talk at the moment because he was gathering information about the Irving incident. The incident is still be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

If you or a loved one were injured in the Irving bus crash, please do not hesitate to contact a Houston personal injury attorney from our office. We can help you recover fair compensation for your injuries and maximize your personal injury claim. Schedule a free consultation with our attorneys at Mukerji Law Firm today by calling.

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Deadly Car Accident in Texas Kills Two & Injures Five

Deadly Car Accident in Texas Kills Two & Injures Five

On Saturday evening, March 23, 2013, there was a fatal car accident in College Station Texas. Two young victims have lost their lives, while five others had to be hospitalized for serious injuries. Investigators are speculating that the accident occurred as one pickup was backing out of the driveway of a home when another pickup came along and crashed into the vehicle. The vehicle pulling out of the driveway was carrying six people, the driver being Taylor Leonard of Houston. Leonard, the 19-year-old driver and one of his passengers, 20-year-old Nathan Hardcastle of Cypress, were the two that lost their lives in this tragic accident. At the time, Hardcastle was a sophomore student at Texas A&M University. The driver of the second pick and the four other passengers in Leonard’s vehicle all had to be transported to the local hospital. As of Monday March 25th, all the accident victims were said to be in stable condition.

The investigation of this tragic auto accident continues as the families grieve for the two lost victims. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of accidental death in the Unites States. In fact, in 2009 alone there were more than 33,808 traffic fatalities in the U.S., out of those 3,071 deaths occurred in the state of Texas. There are many different distractions that could cause a car accident such as cell phones, radio, GPS, grooming and eating. Car accident can also be caused by pure negligence and misconduct like in cases where drunk driving or drugs are involved. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a serious traffic accident, then you may be eligible for monetary compensation. Let a Houston personal injury attorney help you file a claim and assist with the financial recovery process. Here at Mukerji Law Firm we can help maximize your personal injury claim. Call us today for a free case evaluation at.

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Crime Victims Recover Compensation from State Fund

Crime Victims Recover Compensation from State Fund

Are you the victim of a crime or has your loved one been injured or killed as a result of a criminal act? If you answered yes to either question, then you may be eligible for compensation under the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund. In Texas, criminals have to pay for their crimes, this means that when the courts collect costs from convicted offenders the money goes into the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund. The funds are then awarded to certain crime victims and the compensation goes towards the following types of expenses that were incurred as a result of criminal acts:

  • Medical expenses
  • Psychiatric care or counseling
  • Lost wages due to medical treatment
  • Care for a child or a dependent
  • Loss of support
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Crime scene cleanup
  • Replacement for items seized for evidence and rendered unusable
  • Attorney fees for assistance obtaining benefits from the CVC
  • Lost wages due to travel to seek medical treatment
  • One-time relocation costs for victims of sexual assault or domestic violence who were attacked in their own homes

For those victims who suffered a permanent disability (catastrophic injury), they may be eligible for additional benefits that may cover making their home or vehicle accessible, job training or vocational training, home healthcare, training in how to use special appliances, and reimbursement for lost wages.

Victims may receive benefits for up to $50,000; these funds are either paid directly to the victim or the claimant, or to the service providers on behalf of the victim. In cases of catastrophic injuries that created a total and permanent disability, the victim may receive an additional award of $25,000 (for crimes occurring between September 1, 1997 to August 31, 2001), or $50,000 (for crimes occurring between September 1, 1997 to August 31, 2001) or $75,000 (for crimes occurring on or after September 1, 2001). These funds may be used to pay for things that directly assisted the victim such as lost wages, making their home or vehicle accessible, job training or vocational rehabilitation, training in using special appliances or home healthcare.

Victims may also be eligible for emergency awards if the victim or claimant would suffer undue harm or hardship if the award was not expedited. In cases such as these, the award limit is $1,500 and the amount would be deducted from any future awards.

Please note that losses sustained due to property damage, theft or property crimes are not eligible for reimbursement under this program. Additionally, before reimbursement can be paid under the CVC, reimbursement must be first sought from other resources. Any other available resources would have to pay before the CVC would make any payment under the program.

Another benefit of the CVC is that attorney fees may be awarded for legal services rendered in the Crime Victims’ Compensation process. The attorney fees are only paid if the victim obtains compensation and those fees are limited to the lesser of $300 or 25% of the awarded benefits. If the claim is appealed then the attorney may be entitled to 25% of the claim.

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At Mukerji Law Firm, one aspect of our practice that makes us unique from other law firms is that we are familiar with the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund. If you or someone you love is a crime victim, we urge you to contact our firm at once to find out if you might be eligible under this program. In many cases crime victims have no idea that they are entitled to compensation under this program, and in effect they are forced to shoulder the losses incurred from the crime, which can amount to tens of thousands of dollars in losses over time.

To find out if you maybe entitled to compensation under the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund, or to find out if you’re eligible to file a personal injury claim and seek compensation from another source, please contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys today!

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