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During assessing a crash that had just happened, the crews onsite got a call about another crash that had just occurred. This crash occurred at around 1 a.m. on a Monday on Highway 151 access road. In this crash, the female driver of the vehicle was driving on Loop 410 when she suddenly could no longer control her car, and it, unfortunately, rolled over. Because her vehicle rolled over, it trapped her inside, and she was unable to escape on her own. When the firefighters arrived and the scene, they managed to cut the woman out of the vehicle. Her injuries sustained in this single-vehicle accident were severe enough to be considered life-threatening. She was immediately brought to University Hospital for medical treatment. 

It is frightening and dangerous when a vehicle rolls over, and the driver and passengers involved may sustain devastating injuries. Unfortunately, rollovers are more likely to happen when SUVs and trucks are involved in the accident. Understanding the kinds of automobiles that are most likely to roll over in a crash and how to reduce your chances of getting into a rollover accident can help you make better choices while driving.

According to vehicle safety tests, the Cadillac Escalade and the Chevrolet Tahoe are among the most likely vehicles to roll over. Even so, it is essential to note that any automobile can roll over regardless of make and model under the correct conditions. Those who have sustained injuries in rollover accidents may be entitled to compensation. Rollover crashes can be minimized by taking certain steps.

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An accident that led to injuries sustained by two individuals occurred early on a Monday morning on the city’s Southeast Side. The crash happened at roughly 1 a.m. on SE Military Drive near South W.W. White Road. Initially reported, the female driver and one passenger were heading down SE Military when the driver couldn’t control the car, and it rolled over numerous times off the road.

The police stated the driver was able to escape the car. However, the passenger, unfortunately, had to be extracted by firefighters. They were both hastily transported to Brooke Army Medical Center. While the driver is listed as stable, the passenger is unfortunately in a more severe condition.

The injuries and damages sustained can be extremely severe when rollover accidents occur. Not only are you in danger of sustaining injuries, but other vehicles on the road are as well. There are many different types of injuries you could suffer in these types of accidents. Some of these include Head trauma, Brain damage, Soft-tissue injuries like whiplash, Concussions, Spinal cord injury, Paraplegia / Quadriplegia, Amputations, Burns, and Scars from glass or flying debris.

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(April 20, 2022) On Monday, April 18, 2022, a head-on collision on the far East side of Bexar County left one person dead at the scene, as reported by News4SA. The accident happened Monday night at around 10 PM on Loop 1604 near Farm-to-Market 1346. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, and deputies reported that a red pick-up truck crashed head-on with a black Sedan. It is unclear who is at fault at this time. One person was pronounced dead at the scene, and another was transported to the hospital with a broken leg but no life-threatening injuries. More information will be provided when it becomes available.

Who is at fault in an auto accident in San Antonio?

Personal Injury and Negligence law varies widely between States. Texas is an “At-Fault” State, as opposed to a “No-Fault” State like Florida or Pennsylvania. This means that any driver who is either completely or at least 50% responsible for an accident must take legal responsibility for it. To recover damages from the responsible party, the plaintiff must prove that the other party is at least 50% responsible for the accident. That is why it is important to call the police, or if the police cannot come to the accident site, to go to the police station and file a report if you have been in an auto accident in San Antonio. Our experienced attorneys at the Law Office of Carabin Shaw have nearly 30 years of experience dealing with big insurance companies here in San Antonio. If you think you have a personal injury claim, it’s important that you contact a reliable firm as soon as possible.

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On April 13, 2022, a major accident on I-10 near De Zavala resulted in two people being hospitalized, with one man dying from his injuries as reported by KSAT News. The crash was apparently caused by a blown tire on an 18-wheeler causing it to swerve to the left. It crashed into two vehicles, a Toyota Corolla and a Jeep latitude. The Corolla was driven onto a nearby median, where it slid until it was slammed into a metal pillar, and there it erupted into flames. The driver, a man, was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he later succumbed to his injuries and tragically lost his life. He was 55-year-old Johnny Rodriguez Jr. of Boerne, as identified by Bexar County medical examiner. The driver of the Jeep was also taken to the hospital with non-critical injuries. The condition of the driver of the Jeep and the driver of the gravel rig is unknown at this time. The accident happened just after 5 P.M. and resulted in a major traffic pileup, as reported by fire officials attempting to clear the scene. 

A fully loaded gravel rig can weigh up to 20,000 pounds. This tremendous weight combined with Interstate speeds often results in devastating accidents like this one. Because of this, even though trucking accidents only account for roughly six percent of total accidents in the United States, they have destructive consequences. Nearly 28 percent of trucking accidents result in serious injury, and over 11 percent result in fatality. This means that 107,000 people are injured, and 4,415 people are killed every year in an accident with an 18-wheeler. 

Have you or someone you love been injured by an 18-wheeler in San Antonio or the surrounding area? Call Carabin Shaw Today.

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(Monday, March 28th) A fatal single-vehicle rollover crash occurred leaving a 4-year-old child deceased at the scene. The Boerne police were dispatched at 2:13 p.m. The accident happened on eastbound I-10 near mile marker 539. An initial investigation revealed that the driver of the black SUV was unable to control the vehicle and overcorrected, causing the SUV to roll repeatedly. 

The SUV had three passengers and a driver, the driver was an adult female, and the passengers were an infant, a 2-year old child, and a 4-year-old child. The Initial investigation revealed the children possibly weren’t appropriately restrained in their child safety seats. Unfortunately, all of the children were ejected from the car when the crash occurred, some of them suffering fatal injuries. The 4-year-old was declared dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Michelle Van Stavern of Precinct 1. The other three who sustained injuries were rushed to University Hospital in San Antonio for medical attention. 

When the right conditions exist, any vehicle can rollover; however, SUVs and vans are most likely to suffer from these types of dangerous collisions. In the United States, SUVs are being bought at a higher rate than any other type of vehicle. In a city like San Antonio, where there is a high concentration of traffic, such a crash can cause multiple injuries or even death if one of these big vehicles flips or rolls over. 

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(Sunday, March 27th) Just after midnight near SE Military Drive, a deadly accident occurred involving an intoxicated driver, as reported by Fox News. Police reported that the driver of the 2006 Chevy trailblazer swerved into oncoming traffic, striking a 2004 Buick Rendezvous. As a result of the head-on collision, the driver of the Buick, a woman, was ejected from the vehicle. Unfortunately, she was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the chevy had to be cut from the vehicle by the local fire department and was taken to the hospital in critical condition. It was there that he was found to be intoxicated, and the police reported that he would be booked by proxy for intoxication manslaughter. There was a passenger, another woman, in the now-deceased woman’s Buick. She was injured but in stable condition at the hospital. The road had to be blocked off for several hours during the investigation and clean-up. 

Drunk Driving in Texas

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 29 people die every day due to an intoxicated driver in the United States. This is the equivalent of one death every fifty minutes. The State of Texas has some of the highest rates of accidents involving impaired driving in the country. The Texas Department of Transportation reported 813 fatal crashes and 914 fatalities caused by impaired drivers in 2020. Drunk driving comes with serious consequences and affects thousands of people every year. The law office of Carabin Shaw has been representing the drivers of San Antonio and the surrounding area for nearly 30 years. We have the tools and expertise to help. Contact our firm today.

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(March 18, 2022) Early Friday morning on the far west side of San Antonio, a woman was killed, and a man was injured following a single-vehicle rollover accident. The accident occurred on Loop 1604, Southbound near the Medina Creek area. The vehicle swerved off the road, crashed into a barrier, then fell 60 feet down an embankment. Officers reported that the car erupted into flames after flipping multiple times. They are unsure whether alcohol or extreme speed were involved. The driver was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, and the passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

That same Friday morning, March 18, a woman was severely injured in another single-vehicle rollover accident on I-35 near San Pedro Avenue. For unknown reasons, the woman driving the white sedan lost control of her vehicle and plummeted onto a lower level of I-35. Emergency responders extracted her from her car and transported her to University Hospital.

(March 17, 2022) Late Thursday night, a man and woman were injured and their 5-month-old baby following a two-vehicle rollover accident. The crash took place at around 10:30 p.m. near the intersection of Culebra and Ingram Road on the Far West Side of San Antonio. The family was struck by a sedan attempting to turn onto Ingram. The force of the collision caused their vehicle to flip onto the sidewalk, injuring all three passengers. They were rescued from the vehicle and transported to University Hospital in stable condition.

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On Saturday night, an individual driving a Dodge Ram was drinking and driving on the road. This individual’s actions led to an accident on the Northwest side that ended in the tragic loss of a woman’s life and severely injured four individuals. This event happened at around 6 p.m. on Saturday at the intersection of Culebra Road and Zarzamora Street. The individual driving a Dodge Ram was heading east on Culebra when he ran a red light and collided with a Chevrolet Silverado heading south through the intersection. The force of the collision sent the Chevrolet Silverado through the intersection and into a Jeep Patriot that was stopped in the right northbound lane of Zarazomora. The drunk driver was charged with manslaughter and intoxication assault.

The 53-year-old woman who tragically lost her life was seated in the rear of the Chevrolet Silverado. The police stated that she was not wearing a seatbelt. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the San Antonio Fire Department. There were three other passengers in the Chevrolet Silverado that were transported to University Hospital because they sustained severe injuries. In addition, an occupant in the Jeep was taken to Brooke Amy Medical Center due to severe injuries. 

Police stated, the individual driving the Dodge Ram was transported to University Hospital after sustaining minor injuries. The police determined that the Dodge Ram driver, who was not identified, was intoxicated.

pexels-kampus-production-6300862-300x200San Antonio, Texas:  It’s back to school and back on the roads in Texas, make sure your children are safely buckled up or strapped in for trips in the car.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children. While most people believe their children are properly buckled up, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) points out that 59% of all car seats are misused. The best way to keep young children safe in your vehicle is to make sure they’re properly buckled up in a car seat. That means selecting a car seat that’s appropriate for a child’s age and size and installing it correctly.

“We encourage parents to take advantage of car seat safety checks available during Passenger Safety Week (September 19-25th).  With proper car seat, car seat installment, and seat belt placement, children are far safer during a motor vehicle collision,” said Carabin Shaw Attorney Carla Dixon. “Knowing the guidelines for height and weight for your children is also extremely important to ensure your child is in the proper car seat or booster seat.  Serious injuries can be greatly reduced as well if we place children rear-facing car seats until ages 2-4.”

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