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Day Care VanAs a parent, when you leave your child with someone else, you expect them to care for your child like they were your own. At the very least, you expect them make sure the basic needs and well-being are being looked after. However, it is far too often that we hear about children being left in hot cars today. It is one thing when a forgetful parent does it. That parent has to live with that pain of knowing they harmed their child for the rest of their life. But when a licensed, professional day care forgets about your child in a vehicle all day, that is another thing entirely.

According to EastTexasMatters.com, a 3-year-old child was reportedly left in a Greenville childcare’s van on Monday. The city of Greenville’s public information officer said that officers were called to the L.P. Waters campus on Carver on reports a child was left inside a local daycare’s van from around 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

It was at around 2:30 p.m., that the driver went back to the L.P. Waters campus to pick up students. The driver reported the van’s side door was open and the child was standing there. The 3-year-old boy was removed and taken into the school where the nurse began caring for him.

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KAUFMAN, Texas — A Tesla Model S being driven in Autopilot crashed on U.S. Highway 175 in Kaufman earlier this month, according to a crash report obtained by inForney.com.
On August 7, 2016, the driver, 44-year-old Mark Molthan of Dallas, Texas, was traveling in the 2000 block of U.S. Highway 175 in Kaufman when the vehicle, while in Autopilot, failed to maintain a single lane of traffic at a bend in the highway and impacted the cable guardrail in multiple areas, according to the report.
In a phone interview with Bloomberg News, Molthan admits he was not paying full attention to the road — having reached into the glovebox to remove a cloth to clean the dashboard.
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Wet Roads TexasEvery year, thousands of drivers around the country are injured in car wrecks where weather played a role in the accident. Dallas-Fort Worth is not an exception to this trend. Especially with the amount of rain we have received over the last two years. Now, after a fairly dry summer, the wet weather has returned and our forecast calls for rain straight through the end of next week.

For local farmers this is exciting news. For most everyone else it means cooler weather. For personal injury attorneys, it means lots of phone calls. Why? Lots of car wrecks occur on North Texas roads when they become wet from the rain.

Under Texas law, “An operator may not drive at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the circumstances then existing.” This means that our State requires drivers to maintain a speed that is safe under the conditions. If you get into an accident in Texas, whoever the police officer believes is at fault will usually receive a ticket for “Failing to Maintain Speed”. If you get into an accident and receive one of these tickets, it is vital to your case against liability to have this ticket dismissed. Your personal injury attorney will usually get you in contact with a ticket attorney to defend the ticket.

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This is a common question when working with an injured victim who was injured as a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a car wreck. At first, it seems like a very simple question that has a very simple answer: the at-fault party. However, the facts of each case do not always play out that way, and for a few basic reasons such as:

  1. There were multiple at fault parties.
  2. The driver of the car they were in was at-fault.
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Stock Accident PhotoPersonal injury cases often involve many different forms of “damages”. As you will see below, when dealing with an insurance company, and seeking a settlement in particular, it is important to account for everything. You do not want to leave any money on the table, simply because you will not be able to get it back later. Many people are concerned about future medical treatment. Others are worried about the time they missed from work or the damage to their vehicle. Below is an explanation of the different types of damages that you should ask for when seeking a settlement from the insurance company.

Medical Bills: This includes services that you have received, prescription medications and any products or items that you have purchased as a result of your injury. This includes:

(1) Hospital and emergency care; subsequent doctor appointments, chiropractor visits, specialists, and even the cost of surgery;

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Ever since Pokemon Go came out, it seems to be all the millennials and news channels want to talk about. When the news talks about it, they say one of two things: They emphasize the craze, or they talk about the crazy accidents that have been happening. People are getting so wrapped up in the augmented reality game that they are falling off of cliffs and walking into streets.

We noticed that there is a Pokestop just down the street from our office because ever since the game was released, we have teenagers swirling around our windows at a never-before-seen rate. One day it even seemed like the zombie apocalypse was actually happening. Instead of zombies, they were 16 year old iPhone wielding Poke-drones. I even saw a car stop in the middle of the street near the Jackrabbit sign, the local landmark in our small town, to get the Pokestop.

Because of this, the accident and injury attorneys here at Guest and Gray decided it would be wise to let people know a few facts about accidents and injuries that may occur as a result of playing Pokémon Go.

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According to Fox4news.com, A test helicopter owned by Bell helicopter has crashed just outside the town of Italy on North Bell Ranch Road. Another Helicopter crash Ellis Countyhelicopter registered to Bell Helicopters landed safely nearby. The crash happened around noon and it is still unknown whether or not there were any survivors.

For more information see: http://www.fox4news.com/news/170202233-story. (Photo courtesy of fox4news.com)

Commentary: Helicopter accidents are much more complicated than a standard motor vehicle crash simply because of the technical nature of the air craft. Quite often, the crash is related to an instrument failure. However, if you look at the picture, you can see that the crash occurred right next to powerlines. So it appears that several variables will be at play: was the crash due to pilot error, or was it the result of a malfunction, or even a mixture of both?

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I-30 WestVia KDFW.com: ROYSE CITY, Texas – Three people were killed Wednesday morning when two 18-wheelers hit head on in Rockwall County.

The crash happened around 5 a.m. on Interstate 30 near the Royse City and Fate areas and apparently an 18-wheeler traveling westbound went across the median into oncoming traffic. It collided with another 18-wheeler head on. A third vehicle was involved.

All eastbound lanes of I-30 between FM 35 and FM 2642 are expected to be shut down for most of the day as crews complete their accident investigation. Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area if possible.

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Dram ShopAccording to the Dallas Morning News, a Richardson bar is being sued after a customer allegedly went on an 8-hour drinking binge and then drove home drunk. As reported, savage arrived around at W.W. Fairfields at around 6:00 pm on December 19th, and the bar continued to serve him until after 2:00 a.m. After leaving the bar, Savage crashed into a concrete dividing wall on Central expressway a little after 3:00 am, which resulted in serious injury. Savage eventually hired attorney Tom Carse to represent him in the matter, and they have filed suit seeking $1 million in damages from the bar.

When stories like this are reported, they have a tendency to cause some outrage from the public. This is especially true in situations like this where the drunken patron sues the bar for their own damages as a result of an accident. I have to admit, it seemed counterintuitive to me when I first studied Texas Dram Shop law. Texas Dram Shop law provides an avenue under Texas Alcohol and Beverage Code for victims of drunk driving accident, as well as patrons who “caused” the accident, to sue a restaurant, bar, or any other establishment licensed by the State of Texas if they serve a customer to the point of obvious intoxication where they knew or should have known that they presented a danger to themselves and others.

Most react this way: why do we even have that law? Are people not responsible for their actions?

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I-30 WestVia NBCDFW.com: One person is dead, and another is in custody after a four car and semi truck pileup Friday night on westbound Interstate Highway 30, according to Mesquite Police.

Mesquite Police Department said that a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe rear ended a 2008 Toyota Corolla, causing a chain reaction crash that involved four vehicles and a semi truck.

According to NBCDFW.com, Mesquite Police said the driver of the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe, 41-year-old Jorge Valdez-Martinez, fled from the scene on foot after the crash, and he was arrested after police determined that he was intoxicated.