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Tire Blowout Causes Fatal Texas Rollover Accident

Posted on November 30th, 2012 No Comments

Early Friday morning on SH 130, a rollover accident claimed the life of one person, and injured three others. The accident occurred after a tire blew out on a Ford F-250 pickup truck around 7:00 a.m. The pickup truck was hauling a trailer when a rear tire on the truck blew out. The tire blow out caused the vehicle to roll, landing on a median in between the northbound and the southbound side of the highway.

State troopers that responded to the scene of the accident stated that the accident could have been prevented if the driver of the truck would have maintained his tire pressure. The driver became entrapped in the vehicle after the accident, and was able to survive the accident, but suffered critical injuries. There were three passengers in the truck at the time of the accident, two sustained serious injuries, and one died as a result of the rollover accident.

The impact of the accident caused the southbound lanes of SH 130 to be closed for several hours. Traffic on the south side of the highway was forced to exit at Elroy Road. An investigation into the fatal accident is underway, and it is unknown at this time whether or not the passengers of the vehicle were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident.

Please contact the car accident lawyers of Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers by calling (210) 999-9999 today if you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident due to a defective tire.

Judge awards veteran $1.25 million in medical malpractice suit

Posted on November 29th, 2012 No Comments

A federal judge in Miami has awarded an Air Force veteran $1.25 million in the man’s medical malpractice suit against a United States Veterans Administration Hospital. The 69 year-old veteran claims he contracted Hepatitis C from the hospital after receiving a colonoscopy with improperly sanitized medical equipment.

The Air Force veteran is only the first of many other lawsuits the Miami VA Hospital is facing. The man was tested for Hepatitis C after he received a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs two years after his colonoscopy that stated he should be tested for blood borne illnesses after officials discovered the equipment was not properly sterilized between patients. Other victims have contracted Hepatitis B and HIV.

The judge determined that the veteran contracted the illness from the hospital after tests he had in 2006 came up negative. An investigation led by the Department of Veterans Affairs found that approximately 11,000 veterans were exposed to improperly cleaned colonoscopy equipment between 2004 and 2009 at VA hospitals in Miami; Augusta, Georgia; and Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

If you or someone you love has been injured by improperly sanitized medical equipment as a result of hospital negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your pain and suffering. Hospital negligence is dangerous and unacceptable, and you should not have to suffer for someone else’s mistake.

Actress convicted of vehicular homicide in New Jersey

Posted on November 28th, 2012 No Comments

Former “Melrose Place” actress Amy Locane-Bovenizer was convicted earlier this week of vehicular homicide after she fatally hit a car while she was intoxicated. When the 40 year-old actress was arrested in central New Jersey, her blood alcohol content was almost three times the legal limit. She initially was charged with aggravated manslaughter but was acquitted.

Before fatally injuring a 60 year-old female passenger and seriously hurting the driver, Locane-Bovenizer rear-ended an SUV and fled the scene. The driver of the SUV followed Locane-Bovenizer, knowing she was intoxicated. The driver pursued the actress, both of whom were going the speed limit, for about four miles before the deadly accident occurred. However, evidence shows that Locane-Bovenizer sped up before slamming into the car.

Witnesses who testified at the trial say that the actress had begun drinking at two different events that night. Many saw her drinking at a cast party before she left with her family to go to a barbeque, where she was also seen drinking. Locane-Bovenizer faces between five to ten years in prison for vehicular homicide and must serve 85 percent without the chance of parole. She also faces three to five years for injuring the driver of the car.

Infant Travel Beds Recalled After Death Reported

Posted on November 27th, 2012 No Comments

After an infant’s death was reported from the use of a portable sleep tent, the safety equipment manufacturer announced the recall of nearly 220,000 units.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission along with KidCo. Inc made the announcement after it was determined that a child may become entrapped between the fabric siding of the sleep tent and the air mattress bedding.

When placed upon the floor, the child’s head may become lodged between the bed and fabric and suffocation may result. There have been nine reports of entrapment occurring and recently, one fatal incident.  The recalled childcare product is named the Pea Pod Travel Crib and features an air mattress enclosed by a a domed-shaped tent that can be closed by a zippered pocket.

According to officials, a 5-month-old child from New York City was placed in the tent with his twin sister in order to take a nap in December 2011. KidCo Inc. makes natural feeding products as well as home safety products.

This is the first recalled product from the company and they are offering kits that will correct this danger. The kit includes a thinner mattress and supports that will strengthen the sides of the tent in order to reduce the risk that a child will become trapped.

As consumers, we rely on the notion that products purchased are safe for our family to use. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, if you or a loved one has been injured by a defective childcare product, you need representation that can help you receive the compensation you deserve. While financial compensation cannot erase the incident, it can help ease the burden that comes from expensive medical bills. Contact the San Antonio defective childcare product lawyers of the Chris Mayo Law Firm today.

NTSB: Investigation into Parade Float-Train Collision Still Underway

Posted on November 20th, 2012 No Comments

Last week in Midland, Texas, a Union Pacific train struck a parade float killing four veterans and injuring multiple overs. The injured veteran, who was driving the float at the time of the collision, is still receiving medical treatment.

The 50-year-old veteran was a Smith Industries Inc. employee who served in Iraq as well as Afghanistan. Official close to the case have stated that the man is currently “not in good shape.” Investigators are currently looking for details in the case in order to determine what happened.

For some reason the flatbed trailer truck failed to make it through the railroad crossing and was struck by the train that was traveling over 60 mph at the time.

Police officials have stated that the man had a valid commercial truck driver’s license and that his employer, Smith Industries has donated drivers and trucks in order to help the Show of Support’s Hunt for Heroes parade since it began in 2004. The company manufactures and sells equipment used in the oilfield.

The man’s flatbed float was the last one in the parade and it was escorted by police officers. Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board stated that their preliminary investigation shows that the man drove into the railroad crossing just seconds after the warning bell and lights went off.

The cab of the truck made it over the tracks, but flags attached to the trailer struck the crossing arms that were descending and this may have caused the vehicle to get stuck. Twelve veterans and their spouses were seated in this area at the time.  Sixteen people total were killed in the accident.

Toyota recalls 2.77 million vehicles worldwide

Posted on November 15th, 2012 No Comments

Earlier this week, Toyota announced that it will be voluntarily recalling 2.77 million vehicles worldwide concerning possible issues with power steering and water pump systems. An estimated 670,000 older Prius models sold in the United States are affected by the recall. Prius hybrid models of 2004 to 2009 are being recalled, some for both steering and water pump replacements.

According to the Washington Post, all Prius hybrids will be recalled to repair power steering problems that could possibly cause the steering gear box to erode over time. In some cases, this could cause a slowed steering response. Toyota estimates it will take approximately an hour to install and repair. The Japanese automaker says it has not received any reports of crashes or deaths related to this defect.

About half of the 670,000 recalled vehicles will also need a electric water pump replacement. The defective water pump may stop working, causing the hybrid system to stop working while in operation. Replacing the pump could take up to two hours, Toyota estimates. Prius owners will receive notification letters next month.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident caused by a car defect or malfunction, you may be eligible for financial compensation for your pain and suffering. A lawsuit handled by an experienced attorney can bring the guilty to justice and get you the help you need.

Bill banning texting while driving filed for second time

Posted on November 14th, 2012 No Comments

A bill that aims to ban texting while driving was submitted to the state legislature earlier this week by former Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick. This is not the first time a law banning texting and driving has been brought in front of the legislature; in 2010, the state passed a law that banned texting while driving, but it was vetoed by Gov. Rick Perry.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, Perry vetoed the bill because he considered it government overreach. Craddick, however, is determined to have the law passed. HB 63 is not a universal ban on texting while driving and allows the use of dialing numbers, using GPS, and voice-operated technology on hand-held as well as hands-free technology.

The only time reading or sending a text message is allowed under the bill is when the car is fully stopped at a stop sign or traffic light. San Antonio ordinances do not allow drivers to send or read text messages at any time, even while stopped, and state law bans drivers under the age of 18 from using a cellphone at all while behind the wheel.

Texting or talking on a cellphone while driving is a dangerous and distracting activity. This kind of behavior not only puts the driver at risk, but all motorists in its vicinity. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact the car accident attorneys at the Chris Mayo Law Firm to learn about your legal options.

85 MPH Toll Road Sees First Death

Posted on November 13th, 2012 No Comments

The stretch of highway that has received national attention in Texas has seen its first death in the form of a fatal car accident. State Highway 130 is a 41-mile portion of highway that connects Austin to Seguin. The speed limit for this section of highway is the highest in the country, at 85 miles per hour.

This high speed limit has gained several critics, stating the high speeds are directly correlated to more traffic deaths. The first death on the new toll road, which opened last month, took place on Sunday afternoon. Around 2 p.m. in the afternoon, a 60-year-old woman was attempting to enter the southbound lanes of the highway, when she was hit by a Chevrolet Tahoe.

The Tahoe was also traveling south on State Highway 130 when the accident unfolded. It is unknown at this time whether the speed played a direct factor in the collision, but a representative for the Governor’s Highway Safety Association stated that when “speeds go up, deaths unfortunately go up.” Authorities investigating the fatal accident claim that the car may have been traveling upwards of 70 miles per hour at the time because it was already on the 85 MPH part of the highway.

Paramedics arrived on the highway, and pronounced the 60-year-old Lockhart woman dead at the scene. The driver of the Tahoe was transported to a nearby hospital to be evaluated, but was said to not have sustained serious injuries. An investigation surrounding the causes of the car accident is still ongoing at this time.

3,000 Dog Bite Cases Are Reported Annually in San Antonio

Posted on November 12th, 2012 No Comments

Each year in San Antonio, Texas approximately 3,000 people report being attacked by a dog. Despite this number being so large, only 33 canines have been classified as dangerous in both 2011 and 2012. Residents in San Antonio have voiced concern over this low number, saying that the city of San Antonio should be doing more to keep these dangerous dogs off of the streets.

Dogs that attack humans can be labeled as dangerous, and dogs that attack other canines or animals can only be labeled as aggressive. In 2011 and 2012, 28 dogs were labeled as aggressive in San Antonio. One dog owner is speaking out about this small percentage, saying that more should be done to protect people, as well as other canines, from these types of dogs. 

This San Antonio dog owner who is speaking out has been left with extensive medical bills after her dog was attacked for a second time by the dog that lives next door. The aggressive dog escaped from its yard, and brutally attacked the innocent animal who was unable to defend itself in the attack. The city reviewed her case, and determined that there wasn’t enough evidence to list the dog as aggressive.

If you were attacked by a dangerous dog in the San Antonio area, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. Please contact the dog bite lawyers of the Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers by calling (210) 999-9999 today.

Home Daycare Fire Trial Nears End

Posted on November 9th, 2012 No Comments

The murder trial surrounding a home daycare fire that took the lives of four children in Texas is nearing an end. Officials close the case have stated that the testimony portion was completed earlier this week and the closing arguments are set for Monday.

The prosecution in the case alleges that the woman left hot oil on her stove and then left the children unsupervised in her home while she went to Target. While she was gone, a fire ignited that left four kids dead and three other children injured.

The woman’s defense claims that she had no intention to hurt the children. An engineer also testified on the woman’s behalf in order to explain why he thought that the stove was off when the fire ignited. The prosecution brought an engineer to the stand to counteract this testimony by stating the the stove was indeed on.

A state investigator also testified that the woman admitted to leaving a pot on the stove. The woman allegedly told police that she was home when the fire started, but a video system at Target showed that she was shopping when the fire erupted.

A Target employee also testified that she had a conversation with the woman discussing the fact that she may have left the stove on. The 24-year-old woman has been charged with four counts or felony murder and faces life in prison if found guilty.

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