pexels-matheus-bertelli-799463-300x169Recently, two young men were killed in a fatal Texas car accident. According to a recent news report, the accident occurred in Denton, TX. Evidently, the two men were heading northbound on Sherman Drive when a southbound driver in an F-150 veered out of his lane. The two-vehicle hit head-on. Emergency responders told reporters that both young men were dead upon their arrival.

The accident occurred during a very heavy rainstorm, which authorities believe may have played a role in the accident. Apparently, more than one inch of rain fell over the previous hour, which means the conditions were extremely wet. According to U.S. Government measurements, any amount of rain over about .04 inches an hour constitutes a “heavy shower.”

Authorities in the area are investigating the accident to determine whether there were any other contributing factors. However, investigators noted that both of the accident victims were wearing their seatbelts at the time.

https://www.carabinshaw.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Screen-Shot-2021-06-04-at-10.26.51-AM-300x256.pngRecently, State Representative Dan Huberty was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after allegedly crashing his Corvette into a minivan. According to a local news report, the collision occurred in Montgomery County, TX, in the evening hours.

Evidently, when law enforcement officers arrived on the scene, they discovered Huberty’s Corvette “parked under a minivan.” The three people in the minivan at the time suffered minor injuries, and Huberty was uninjured. Huberty told police that he was on his way back from the legislative session in Austin.

One of the deputies who arrived shortly after the accident heard Huberty explain that the driver of the minivan slammed on her brakes, leaving him no time to stop. However, an unrelated witness to the accident told officers that Huberty ran a red light and that he didn’t apply the brakes before rear-ending the minivan.

https://www.carabinshaw.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Screen-Shot-2021-05-28-at-6.09.47-PM-300x228.pngCarabin Shaw recognizes that last year was tough for everyone due to the pandemic.  Many smaller charities were hit extra hard during 2020.  To help out, Carabin Shaw and Channel 4 news teamed up with the “Pay It 4Ward” campaign to support and create greater exposure for a variety of local community-based charities. The joint effort increases greater community awareness about their missions along with a $1,000 donation to a local charity from Carabin Shaw each month.

Carabin Shaw focused efforts on Covid relief during 2020 with mask giveaways, free Covid Care kits (Oximeters and thermometers) and a $100,000 donation to the South Texas Blood Bank that funded incentives for Covid recovery plasma donations. The firm’s mission is to continue the fight against COVID through major projects and support for targeted community aid efforts helping smaller charities.

Carabin Shaw’s newest community contribution is the PAY IT 4WARD program in partnership with Channel 4 news.  Pay It 4Ward invites viewers and the community to help nominate community-based charities.  More than 70 charities were nominated for the first round.

pexels-alexandr-podvalny-2705879-300x200May 24, 2021 San Antonio, TX – Every summer families head to the beaches, lakes and pools to beat the heat and cool off.  Summer fun also means a serious focus on summer safety. Texas had the deadliest rate of child pool and spa drownings in 2019 for children under age 15.  A drowning can happen anywhere which makes it necessary for everyone to practice water safety. Swimming pool safety lawyer Jesse Guerra, the nation’s leading aquatic litigation pioneer said, “With more parents working from home, we can expect more pool and water accidents and tragic deaths to happen again this summer.”

Just last week a two-year-old toddler died after squeezing through a safety gate and falling into a swimming pool here in Texas and another drowning tragedy involving toddlers occurred in Florida at a day care center.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) drowning is one of the top causes for unintentional deaths for children in the U.S. There are nearly 400 pool-related drownings per year involving children.

In the U.S. drowning takes an average of 3,500-4,000 lives per year. That is nearly 10 fatal drownings per day.  The CDC reports an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings annually in the U.S.  An additional 332 people die each year from drowning in boat-related incidents.

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Last month, an accident involving a construction crane and a pick-up truck claimed the lives of two men. The accident occurred in Jefferson County on Interstate 10, near Beaumont. As is often the case in fatal Texas car accidents, news reports conveyed conflicting information in the immediate aftermath of the collision.

What is known is that two men were traveling westbound on I-10. As they approached a section of I-10 where crews were working on widening the highway, they collided with a crane. Both men were immediately killed in the collision.

Initially, reports indicated that a large commercial vehicle was towing the construction crane, which somehow became dislodged from the truck. As the crane broke free, it collided with the pick-up truck.

https://www.carabinshaw.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Screen-Shot-2021-05-24-at-11.43.13-AM-300x155.pngRecently, two school busses in Texas City, TX, were involved in a collision during afternoon drop-off that injured seven students. The accident occurred when two Independent School District busses were approaching the intersection of Bay Street extension and 25th Avenue North at around 4:30 p.m. Evidently, the first school bus pulled up to the intersection and stopped at a stop sign. The second school bus failed to stop in time, rear-ending the first bus. Authorities have not released the total number of students on board the busses, and the accident remains under investigation.

While law enforcement has not yet released the official details of the accident, preliminary news reports offer conflicting information. Initially, police indicated that seven people were injured in the accident. According to one report, emergency responders took two of the injured students to the hospital, and the other five were released to the care of their parents. However, another report indicated that four students and the driver of the school bus were hospitalized, and two students were immediately released to their parents.

There is no indication of the seriousness of the students’ injuries. However, it appears everyone who was admitted to the hospital was released that same day. All students involved in the accident attended Levi Fry Intermediate School.

https://www.carabinshaw.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Screen-Shot-2021-04-27-at-2.36.36-PM-150x150.pngLast month, two people died when the Tesla Model S they were driving veered off the road and crashed into a tree. After colliding with the tree, the vehicle burst into flames. According to a news report released shortly after the accident, it took firefighters four hours and 30,000 gallons of water to put out the fire. A feat that was complicated by the fact that the vehicle’s electric battery continued to re-ignite.

In the initial aftermath of the accident, authorities believed no one was in the driver’s seat when the collision occurred. However, Tesla representatives also inspected the wreckage, and the company immediately disputed the claim that no one was driving. For example, Tesla initially claimed that the preliminary data recovered from the car’s onboard computer system did not indicate that the vehicle was in Autopilot mode. Tesla CEO Elon Musk also noted that this particular Model S was not equipped with “Full Self-Driving Mode,” an optional feature.

In the weeks following the accident, Tesla continues to claim that someone was driving the car at the time of the accident. According to an article released weeks later, a Tesla representative pointed out that all the seatbelts were unbuckled when emergency response crews arrived, explaining that the Autopilot feature does not work unless all seatbelts are worn. Additionally, Tesla claimed that because the vehicle’s steering wheel was “deformed,” it was likely that someone was in the driver’s seat. In response to Tesla’s claim, law enforcement released a statement that they were 100 percent certain that no one was in the driver’s seat.

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