Ozona man dies in crash

The driver of a pickup died in a crash Saturday about 4 miles south of Barnhart, officials said.

The crash happened about 4 p.m. when a 2015 GMC Sierra pickup driven by Michael Ybarra struck the rear of a tractor-trailer on State Highway 163, Texas Department of Public Safety stated in a news release.

The tractor-trailer was stopped waiting to make a left turn and Ybarra “failed to control speed and collided into the rear” of the rig.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was treated and released from the hospital.

Ybarra, a 21-year-old resident of Ozona, was not wearing a seatbelt, investigating state troopers noted.

The speed limit in the area is 75 mph. Weather was clear and roads were dry, the news release states.

Two Car Wreck Kills One

Houston, TX : One man died and four people were hospitalized on Saturday, May 27, 2017

27 May 2017
One man died and four people were hospitalized Saturday night after a northeast Harris County car crash.

Around 8:45 p.m., a white Chevy Impala was headed north on Lockwood near North Sam Houston Parkway when the passenger-side tires veered slightly off the road into a deep rut on the shoulder, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver tried steering the car back onto the roadway but overcompensated and swerved into oncoming traffic, hitting an Chevy Trailblazer.

The Impala flipped upside down and the driver and one passenger were taken to the hospital, according to the sheriff’s office. A second passenger, identified as Joseph Wimberley, suffered fatal injuries. The driver is in critical condition.

Wimberley’s mother said he was 23 and visiting Houston for the weekend. Other people in the car, she said, were friends.

Joseph Wimberley grew up in Houston but lived in San Marcos, where he attended Job Corps, an education and vocational training program, she said.

“It’s very devastating for me right now,” Traci Wimberley said.

A 10-year-old and a woman in the Trailblazer were taken to the hospital in stable condition, while the male driver refused treatment.

One Injured In Motorcycle Crash

Decatur, TX : One man was severely injured in a crash on May, Thursday, 25th 2017

25 May 2017
One man was severely injured when he wrecked his motorcycle into a barbed wire fence on County Road 1590 about a mile west of Alvord Thursday afternoon.

A neighbor said the man was westbound when he left the roadway near a driveway and struck a fencepost. The man became tangled in the fence and his bike flipped several times during the wreck, a bystander said. A clear path of tire marks, followed by debris, led from the roadway to the spot where the bike came to rest in a nearby field.

Texas Department of Public Safety Spokesman Sgt. Lonny Haschell later identified the man as Gregory Meier, 21, of Alvord. Bystanders said Meier was passionate about motorcycles and frequently traveled the road.

DPS Investigator Jose Gomez confirmed the story and said the man was taken via air ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
Wise County EMS and Alvord Fire Department responded to the scene.

Big Rig Overturned In Fort Worth

FORT WORTH – A major crash involving a big rig and two other cars led to a highway closure in the southbound lanes of I-35 and Golden Triangle in Fort Worth.

The 18-wheeler carrying powdered milk, overturned and is spread it’s load across all southbound lanes.

It happened around 1:40 Thursday afternoon and the section of highway was closed for about six hours.

Firefighters respond to a crash involving a big rig in Fort Worth.

MedStar said ten people were injured. One person is in critical condition and two people are in serious condition.

Traffic was being diverted off to Keller Hicks until the highway reopened.

What type of financial compensation can I recover for injuries sustained in a bus accident?

If you are injured as a result of a bus driver’s negligence, then you may be able to recover compensation. In the previous section, we outlined the various laws surrounding bus accidents as well as the elements you need to prove in order to be successful at trial. But what is your bus accident case worth? Well, here is exactly what you could recover:

Medical Bills: You should always be able to recover for the various medical bills you incurred as a result of a bus accident. These can include costs for surgeries, consultations, prescriptions, and more that arose directly from the negligent conduct of the bus company or other party.

Property Damage: If any personnel from a bus company damaged your car or other personal property, you should be able to recover for that reduction in value or replacement depending on the type of item.

Lost Wages: If you have to miss work to recuperate for injuries you sustained in a bus accident, the bus company should pay you for the wages you lost as well as any lost investments you missed out on as a result of the incident.

Emotional Distress: Certain events do not allow victims to simply get up and walk away. Instead, they hover around the person like a cloud adding constant pain and suffering to their life where it never existed before. This is true with bus accidents and plaintiffs normally bring actions for this very real and particular type of injury.

Scarring and Disfigurement: Bus accidents are very traumatic experiences. Their sheer force and shock can you leave you severely injured and often times victims are left with more than pain. Sometimes their injuries include scars and disfigurement. This can not only alter someone’s external appearance but also their internal view of themselves. It is completely expected to seek compensation for this type of reduction in your quality of life.

Disability: In many situations, bus accident victims are not able to perform the same activities that they used to be able or at least at the same level they used to be able to following an incident. This is most important when they can no longer work at their job because their new disability prevents them. For this loss and for the general injury of becoming disabled, you can recover.

As you can see, analyzing what type of financial compensation you can recover for injuries you sustained in a bus accident involves many variables and it completely depends on the specific nature of your facts and circumstances. The above factors only provide a starting point. You should contact us so that we can give you a more contextualized estimate of what you could recover in an bus accident case.

How does Texas law govern personal injury claims related to bus accidents?

Generally, if you harmed by someone else’s wrongful conduct then you can bring a negligence lawsuit against that person for your damages. That action requires the following elements:

The person owed you a legal duty.
The person breached that legal duty.
The breach caused you injury.
The injury produced legally recognizable damages.

See Dinkins v. Ebbersten , 234 Ill. App. 3d 978, 983 (4th Dist. 1992); Williams v. Conner, 228 Ill. App. 3d 350, 364 (5th Dist., 1992); Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions Civil 10.01; Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions Civil 10.03; Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions Civil 21.02.

However, bus companies-both public and private- are a different breed of defendants. They are defined as common carriers because they transport people for profit. With this designation comes greater responsibility. Whereas normal defendants only owe others a duty to act reasonable in the circumstances, common carriers owe their passengers and their passengers’ property a duty of the highest care that is practically possible during the transportation. See Sheffer v. Springfield Airport Authority, 261 Ill. App. 3d 151, 154 (4th Dist. 1994); Gaines v. Chicago Transit Authority, 346 Ill. App.3d 346 (1st Dist. 2004). This duty of the higest care was spelled out in Lutz vs. Chicago Transit Authority:

“A common carrier of passengers is required to do all that human care, vigilance and foresight can reasonably do to carry a passenger safely, consistent with the mode of conveyance adopted and the practical operation of its business… It cannot be held liable, however, for negligence unless there is a causal connection between its negligence and the passenger’s injury. For there to be a causal connection, the negligence of the carrier need not be the only cause, nor the last or nearest cause of the passenger’s injury. It is sufficient if it concurs with some other cause acting at the same time, which in combination with it causes the injury.” 36 Ill App 2d 79, 83 (1962); See also Sandy v. Lake Street El. R. R. Co., 235 Ill. 194 (1908); Alton Light and Traction Co. v. Oliver, 217 Ill. 15, 75 (1905).

From this it is clear that courts demand the same negligence requirements from common carriers but also that they protect passengers from any harm that is foreseeable even if it was sparked by another negligent party. This is bad news for bus companies but good news for you because it means they are responsible for a wide range of accidents. Furthermore, the law presumes that a bus company was negligent if a passenger was injured. Dean v. Young, 263 Ill App 3d 964, 967 (1994). This presumption can only be overcome by illustrating that 1) it was an unforeseeable situation or 2) the accident arose from a force outside of its control. Latendresse v. Marra, 49 Ill App 3d 266, 269 (1977). This legal framework gives a lot of flexibility in making your case in a bus accident lawsuit.

What should I do if I am injured in a bus accident?

If you or a loved one has been involved in an bus accident, you need to act quickly to ensure that your case is protected and your recovery is maximized. Follow these four steps to guarantee that those responsible for your injuries do not get away with it:

1. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION: The first thing you should do after a bus accident is to seek medical attention. Your injuries could be more severe than you realize or they may not manifest themselves for some time. Therefore, it is critical that a qualified medical professional examines you so that your condition can be monitored and stabilized. Also, the benefit of seeing a doctor is that he or she can begin to develop a medical record of your bus accident related injuries. This objective, third-party information will be necessary later at trial to demonstrate exactly how the defendant injured you.

2. CONTACT A LAWYER: After seeking medical attention, the best thing you can do is contact a competent bus accident lawyer who has previously handled bus accident cases. He or she will be able to tell you exactly what to do next and at every other point in the subsequent lawsuit as well as explain to you all relevant laws and issues that will affect your recovery.

3. NOTIFY THIRD PARTIES: After you have arranged for counsel to represent you in your bus accident case, the thing you must do thereafter and at all other points during the dispute is not to speak to other parties without your lawyer present. If third parties contact you about issues related to the case, tell them to speak to your lawyer. If you do not do this, and if you speak to others about issues germane to the lawsuit, you run the risk of lowering or completely erasing any chance at recovery that you may have.

4. COLLECT INFORMATION: After you have followed the above steps, you can begin to advance your case as well! One way to do that is by collecting vital records and information such as your medical records, your employment information, the other party’s information, and any evidence you can or did gather from the scene of the bus accident. Nobody will know certain facts about the case as well as you do so it is important that you help your attorney by gathering these items or at the very least informing him or her about their existence. Get photos and videos.