Posts Tagged ‘Garland Car Accident’

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Garland and Mesquite Above National Average for Likelihood of Having an Auto Accident

July 24, 2009

According to the Star Community Newspaper, drivers in Mesquite, Garland, and much of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex are more likely to get into a car accident than the national average, according to a two year study compiled by a major insurance company.

Allstate compiled and analyzed the average vehicular crash rate and ranked the 200 largest cities in America according to the relative likelihood of being in a collision. Mesquite ranked No. 167, with drivers 36 percent more likely to be in a crash than the national average.

Twenty-one Texas cities were included in the 2009 Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report. Other Dallas-Fort Worth area cities are Fort Worth at No. 133, Plano at No. 162, Grand Prairie at No. 165, Carrollton at No. 166, Dallas at No. 173, Arlington at No. 177, Garland at No. 178 and Irving at No. 183.

Mesquite’s rank fell slightly on the Allstate list. In 2008, Plano ranked No. 150. Sioux Falls, S.D., took the top honor with drivers 26 percent less likely to be in a crash than the national average.

A common sense approach is that any time you put more cars on the same amount of roadway, you increase the probability of a crash.

Since 2005, Allstate ranked America’s 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers. Every year, Allstate actuaries conduct an in-depth analysis of company claim data to determine the likelihood drivers in America’s 200 largest cities will experience a vehicle collision compared to the national average. Internal property damage reported claims were analyzed over a two-year period, from January 2006 to December 2007, to ensure findings would not be impacted by external influences, such as weather or road construction, according to the survey report.

Auto crashes in general have declined over the last few years, but crash fatalities still average about 40,000 every year despite technological advances according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Allstate offers the following safe driving tips drivers should consider:

  • Minimize distractions – Engaging in any other activity while driving – talking on your cell phone, text messaging, changing a radio station, putting on makeup – is a distraction.
  • Be aware of road conditions – Ice, snow, fog, rain – all of these weather conditions require extra caution and slower speeds.
  • Leave a safe distance between your car and others around you – Maintain at least one car length space between your car and the vehicle in front of you for every 10 miles per hour of speed.
  • Steer clear of road rage – Reduce stress on the road by allowing plenty of time for travel, planning your route in advance, and altering your schedule or route to avoid congested roads. Remember not to challenge aggressive drivers and stay as far away from them as possible.
  • Maintenance matters – Ultimately, safety also depends on the maintenance of one’s car. Ensure that car brakes, exhaust system, tires, lights, battery, and hoses are in good working order.

Please be safe as you venture out on our local Dallas Fort Worth roadways.

Attorney Scott Edgett is a civil trial attorney with the Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm in Garland, Texas. Mr. Edgett is licensed to practice law in Texas and Florida. Over the last decade, Mr. Edgett has emphasized on providing superior client representation in a professional and ethical manner, while experiencing high job satisfaction and trying to make the world a safer place for all. Mr. Edgett has been representing families and consumers whose lives have been devastated by reckless drivers, dangerous products, and other negligent tortfeasors. When a tragedy occurs because of the irresponsible behavior of a tortfeasor, an insurance company, or a corporation, Mr. Edgett and the firm of Humphreys & Peterson are advocates for the people and will help pursue justice for all. To speak directly to Attorney Scott Edgett, please feel free to contact him at (866) 259-0661, via email at Scott@TexasJusticeForAll.com, or visit our website at www.TexasJusticeForAll.com for further information regarding our law firm.

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Garland Attorney On High Speed Police Chase Results In Serious Garland Accident

July 7, 2009

According to the Dallas Morning News, a man whom Dallas County constables tried to pull over for speeding led them on a winding chase Monday that lasted about 90 minutes, as he sped up and down highways, skidded across medians, mowed over a stop sign and rammed through a train crossing. It culminated in a violent T-bone crash that played out on live television.

The suspect, a 29-year-old felon named Shane W. Michel, was taken to Baylor University Medical Center in critical condition. The driver of a pickup that collided with Michel’s gray Nissan walked away from the crash without serious injury – but unhappy that his safety was jeopardized.

However, Constable Michael Gothard defended the chase, saying that authorities learned during the pursuit about a felony warrant for Michel’s arrest.

The chase started about 1 p.m. in the Mesquite area near where interstates 30 and 635 intersect. A constable saw Michel speeding. Authorities say Michel got onto I-635 and drove north around Dallas to Interstate 35E, where he headed south. His path from there was full of skids and U-turns that took him in and around Dallas, until finally about 2:30 p.m. he was northbound on Plano Road into Garland and Richardson. As Michel approached the intersection of Plano and Buckingham roads, his Nissan passed a group of cars at a red light and tried to squeeze through. But a pickup slammed into his left side, crumpling his car and hurtling it across the pavement.

 Other motorists found their tires slashed by stop sticks meant for Michel. It was not clear to which agency the stop sticks belonged. Garland police and Dallas County sheriff’s deputies both assisted with the chase.

 Michel’s criminal history includes arrests for drugs, burglary and resisting arrest. In 2006, Mesquite police arrested him on a charge of evading arrest, for which he later pleaded guilty. The active warrant that constables learned about during the chase was for a charge of forgery. But Gothard said even Michel’s flight from the speeding violation was reason enough to chase.

 Dallas police did not get involved in the chase, except to briefly lend help from a helicopter. With one of the most restrictive chase policies in the nation, Dallas officers can pursue offenders at high speeds only when they are suspected of committing violent felonies. Last year, after a 10-year-old boy was killed and an officer seriously injured in separate high-speed situations, Dallas police commanders added even more restrictions.

With a high speed chase, you might only hear those police sirens for a few seconds before the cars come whizzing by you on the street. Sometimes, maybe not even long even to property move over to the curb – or at least get partially out of the way! Too often, however, those high speed police chases cause accidents and injure the innocent drivers on the road. The courts were then faced with having to decide whether, or to what extent, a police officer could be liable to an injured driver for causing an accident as a result of a high speed chase. I mean, if regular drivers who speed through the streets and intersections cause and accident, they’re liable to those they’ve injured. Why shouldn’t the police be liable for causing the same accident?

But the line has to be drawn somewhere. Some might argue that all high speed chases endanger the innocent other drivers on the road – that the police act in “reckless disregard” for the safety of the public on the roadway when they conduct a high speed chase. Even further, sometimes the way in which a high speed police car pursuit is conducted actually “shocks the conscience” of the community. For instance, would a high speed chase in excess of 100 mph along neighborhood streets in front of an elementary school be okay in pursuit of a minor traffic offender? If a 6-year old girl was killed by the police car while she crossed the street to go home… well, we might then look at that high speed chase and determine that it not only was in “reckless disregard for public safety,” but that it does in fact “shock the conscience.”

Attorney Scott Edgett is a civil trial attorney with the Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm in Garland, Texas. Mr. Edgett is licensed to practice law in Texas and Florida. Over the last decade, Mr. Edgett has emphasized on providing superior client representation in a professional and ethical manner, while experiencing high job satisfaction and trying to make the world a safer place for all. Mr. Edgett has been representing families and consumers whose lives have been devastated by reckless drivers, dangerous products, and other negligent tortfeasors. When a tragedy occurs because of the irresponsible behavior of a tortfeasor, an insurance company, or a corporation, Mr. Edgett and the firm of Humphreys & Peterson are advocates for the people and will help pursue justice for all. To speak directly to Attorney Scott Edgett, please feel free to contact him at (866) 259-0661, via email at Scott@TexasJusticeForAll.com, or visit our website at www.TexasJusticeForAll.com for further information regarding our law firm.

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1 Killed, 2 Seriously Injured in One Car Accident In Garland

January 26, 2009

According to ABC 8, a one-vehicle wreck in Garland Thursday night, January 22, 2009, killed one person and seriously injured two others.
Police believe the pickup truck was speeding northbound on Saturn Road when it slammed into a utility pole at Briarwood Drive shortly after 10 p.m. The impact actually broke the pole in half.

Based upon the preliminary investigation, the driver died at the scene and two passengers were critically injured and taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital and Dallas Methodist Medical Center for treatment.

I would respectfully request that you please keep these accident victims and their families in your prayers during these difficult times.

I would be personally interested to see the results of the investigation into this truck accident to see if the driver was at fault for the accident or if the vehicle was defective. Additionally, it is important to see if alcohol or drugs were involved in this auto accident. Finally, it would be interesting to see if any other vehicles played a role in this accident.

It is important that these automobile accident victims and their families immediately contact a highly qualified auto accident attorney to protect their legal options. We would urge the family of these victims to seek the counsel of an experienced auto accident attorney, who is well-versed with defective product accident cases as well. A skilled personal injury lawyer will be able to look into the various factors that played a role in this horrific crash and immediately notify all parties who could be responsible for this devastating auto accident that injured these victims in Garland.

Attorney Scott Edgett is a civil trial attorney with the Humphreys & Peterson Law Firm in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Edgett is licensed to practice law in Texas and Florida. Over the last decade, Mr. Edgett has emphasized on providing superior client representation in a professional and ethical manner, while experiencing high job satisfaction and trying to make the world a safer place for all. Mr. Edgett has been representing families and consumers whose lives have been devastated by reckless drivers, dangerous products and other negligent tortfeasors. When a tragedy occurs because of the irresponsible behavior of a tortfeasor, an insurance company, or a corporation, Mr. Edgett and the firm of Humphreys & Peterson are advocates for the people and will help pursue justice for all. To speak directly to Attorney Scott Edgett, please feel free him at (866) 259-0661, via email at Scott@TexasJusticeForAll.com, or visit our website at http://www.TexasJusticeForAll.com.