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Speeding is a huge problem for Culebra

(September 19, 2022) On February 17, 2020, a 19-year-old girl named Jasmine Marie Goudeau was driving home down Culebra Road just after midnight. She was driving through an intersection just one block away from her home when a suspected drunk driver ran a red light, T-boning the vehicle and killing her. On March 5, 2022, two pedestrians were killed on the same night, one of whom was crossing Culebra Road. Deadly accidents on Culebra are not uncommon. In fact, a report by San Antonio Express-News compiled data provided by the Texas Department of Transportation and found that Culebra is the deadliest frontage road in San Antonio. In this article, we’ll look at why this road is so dangerous and what to do if you’ve been in an auto accident on Culebra.

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Texas Hit-and-Run Accidents on the Rise

(August 22, 2022) Two hit-and-run accidents a week apart left two San Antonio drivers severely injured and in the hospital. So, what do you do if you’ve been hit by a vehicle and they just drove away? In this article, we’ll take a closer look at these two accidents, and then we’ll discuss what to do if you’ve become a victim of a hit-and-run accident.

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Two cars burst into flames following the accident

(August 9, 2022) Asherey Ryan, 23, and five others, including her unborn child and eleven-month-old son, were killed in a horrific accident caused by a Texas nurse in Los Angeles, California, on Thursday, August 4, 2022. The nurse’s attorney claims she had suffered from severe mental health issues in the past. Authorities have not determined whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

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Children in rural areas commonly learn to drive young

(August 1, 2022) On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, a thirteen-year-old boy stole a car and live-streamed the event before crashing into a pole and killing his passenger, according to On Your Side News.

Officials reported that the oldest person in the vehicle was fifteen, and there was a thirteen-year-old driver and passenger, as well as one fourteen-year-old, for a total of four children. Authorities were alerted by concerned parents that their child was driving a stolen vehicle toward the Dallas area while live-streaming on social media. The stolen vehicle was spotted leaving the scene of a convenience store robbery before being found in a hotel parking lot at around 4 a.m. Police reported that the boy hit the patrol vehicle before speeding off into a light post, ejecting his thirteen-year-old passenger and critically injuring himself and the other passengers. The children were transported to the hospital, where the ejected passenger died from his injuries. It is unclear whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

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(July 26, 2022) A thirty-one-year-old man tragically lost his life this morning, Tuesday, July 26, 2022, when struck by an 18-wheeler on the Far West Side. The accident happened on the eastbound lanes of Culebra Road just out front of the Harlan Highschool. The Bexar County deputies diverted traffic to Tally Road, and Culebra was shut down as they evaluated the scene.

How did this happen?

San Antonio Express-News reported that the thirty-one-year-old man who tragically lost his life this morning was a passenger of a seventeen-year-old driver of a KIA SUV. Deputies told San Antonio Express-News that the girl attempted a left turn on a blinking yellow light in front of the big rig. The driver of the tractor-trailer was unable to stop in time and collided with the small vehicle, killing the passenger and injuring the driver. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not reported to have sustained any injuries, and the seventeen-year-old driver of the KIA SUV was transported to the hospital for her injuries. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, and deputies asked that traffic avoid the area while the investigators cleared the scene.

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An accident that left a man in his 60’s suffering injuries occurred on Tuesday night at a West Side intersection in San Antonio. According to the reports, the accident involved two vehicles, and it happened at the intersection of New Valley Hi Drive and Loop 410 access road. This accident took place at roughly 2:15 a.m. Although the reasons the vehicles collided are unknown, the initial reports reveal a passenger van and a small sedan crashed into each other. The force of the collision caused the van to roll over. When emergency responders arrived at the scene, they took the male driver of the van to the University hospital in a stable condition. After the collision, the female driver of the sedan did not suffer any injuries.

When auto accidents happen, there are two types of general damages. One of them being personal injury and the other property damage. Property damage claims can take time due to the insurance companies processing the claim at a slow pace. However, these types of claims are typically resolved fairly quickly. Some types of property damage and costs include the following:

  • Damage to your vehicle.

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(June 30, 2022) On Wednesday, June 29, 2022, a portion of Interstate 10 was shut down after a fatal collision, according to KSAT12. The accident happened at around 11:00 a.m. and left one unidentified driver dead. According to police, a white truck carrying a heavy load of lumber and bags of cement pulled over to the left shoulder of the Fresno exit after experiencing a stalled engine. The driver exited the vehicle in an attempt to discover the issue when a white sedan collided with the back of the truck. The driver of the white sedan was pronounced dead at the scene. This fatal accident resulted in the closure of all eastbound lanes between Fresno Street and Hildebrand Avenue, just northwest of downtown San Antonio. The driver of the truck and his passenger sustained no injuries. The police described the incident as a tragic accident and did not expect to file criminal charges at the time of the accident.

Why are rear-end collisions so common on Interstate Highways?

Rear-end collisions account for twenty-eight percent of all traffic accidents in the United States, according to the National Highway Safety Administration. This makes them one of the most common accidents in the United States. However, of those twenty-eight percent, only six percent of all rear-end collisions result in a fatality, as in the above case. But why are they so common, especially on Interstate Highways?

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(June 28, 2022) Yesterday on June 27, 2022, three 18-wheelers collided with each other on I-35 South. The accident occurred Monday morning at roughly 11:22 a.m., on the southwest side of San Antonio on 1-35 South and Fischer Road, near Loop 410. The accident backed up traffic for hours, though it is unclear at this time what caused the accident, according to KSAT12. Images show one of the big rigs completely detached from its trailer, while another was rolled over on the side of the road. The final was a cattle trailer, which had jackknifed. There were no reports detailing injuries.

Accidents with 18-wheelers can be devastating. The sheer size and weight of a big rig can – and usually does – completely devastate a passenger vehicle. The injuries sustained as a result of an 18-wheeler accident are usually very severe and can include head trauma, broken bones, spinal fractures, and brain damage. Additionally, damages to the vehicle are usually very devastating as passenger vehicles are easily crushed by the immense force of a tractor-trailer. Unfortunately, accidents with 18-wheelers are not uncommon for Texans, especially along I-35. With the recent and rapid industrial growth of San Marcos, the “Innovation Corridor” meets San Antonio on its South and moves through Austin to its North. This has increased the number of 18-wheelers in that area – and subsequently, the number of accidents involving them. Accidents with commercial vehicles can be caused by numerous factors, including overloaded vehicles, distracted drivers, or traveling at unsafe speeds without the appropriate following distance (speeding and reckless driving). If negligence can be proven to be the cause of the accident, then there may be an opportunity to find mechanics and companies at fault as well as the driver. If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle due to the careless actions of the driver, you and your family may be entitled to legal compensation. Our law office has thirty years of experience representing the victims of 18-wheeler accidents in San Antonio.

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(June 27, 2022) An off-duty Somerset police officer was injured, and one driver was killed in an accident in Bexar County on Sunday, June 26, 2022. The accident occurred on 1-35 South and Benton City Road at around 4:15 a.m. It is unclear what caused the accident, and the investigation is still ongoing. One vehicle had flipped over, trapping the unresponsive driver inside. Emergency Medical Services attempted to rescue the driver, who had not been identified, but they were sadly pronounced dead at the scene. The off-duty officer suffered a broken leg and a blow to the head and was transported to University Hospital for treatment in stable condition. 

An hour earlier on the same night, a man was taken to the hospital in critical condition after a brutal two-vehicle accident on the North side of San Antonio. The crash happened on Blanco and Basse at around 3 a.m. Sunday, June 26, 2022. For unknown reasons, a woman driving near the Allena Village shopping center broadsided a pickup truck. The force of the impact sent the pickup through a rock wall and into the shopping center’s parking lot. The driver of the pickup was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition. It was not reported whether the woman was injured, and police are investigating the accident.

Common Injuries from Texas Car Accidents

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(June 27, 2022) An off-duty Somerset police officer was injured, and one driver was killed in an accident in Bexar County on Sunday, June 26, 2022. The accident occurred on 1-35 South and Benton City Road at around 4:15 a.m. It is unclear what caused the accident, and the investigation is still ongoing. One vehicle had flipped over, trapping the unresponsive driver inside. Emergency Medical Services attempted to rescue the driver, who had not been identified, but they were sadly pronounced dead at the scene. The off-duty officer suffered a broken leg and a blow to the head and was transported to University Hospital for treatment in stable condition. 

An hour earlier on the same night, a man was taken to the hospital in critical condition after a brutal two-vehicle accident on the North side of San Antonio. The crash happened on Blanco and Basse at around 3 a.m. Sunday, June 26, 2022. For unknown reasons, a woman driving near the Allena Village shopping center broadsided a pickup truck. The force of the impact sent the pickup through a rock wall and into the shopping center’s parking lot. The driver of the pickup was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition. It was not reported whether the woman was injured, and police are investigating the accident.

Common Injuries from Texas Car Accidents

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