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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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Drunk driving claims hundreds of lives every year in Texas

(September 6, 2022) San Antonio is ranked among the most deadly cities in the United States for drunk driving over the holidays. In an effort to prevent as much tragedy as possible, the TxDOT worked with law enforcement agencies across San Antonio to increase DWI patrols over Labor Day Weekend. Last year, the statewide fatality report due to drunk driving was a staggering 963 persons. Despite the increased efforts of law enforcement, two separate DWI incidents resulted in one pedestrian death in one night, September 3, 2022. Thousands of families are affected by drunk drivers every year, and law enforcement efforts can only do so much to stop drunk driving in Texas. In this article, we’ll talk about driving safely during the holidays and how to report drunk drivers when you see them on the roads.

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Serious injuries can leave you unable to work

(August 30, 2022) The owners of a beloved San Antonio Coffee Shop on the South Side are asking for help after an auto accident left the couple hospitalized and the husband unable to work, according to Kens 5 News. Emilie Herrera posted to Instagram that the couple needed help paying for expenses after the accident since her husband, Tatu Herrera, may not be able to return to work for a month or more. He runs the day-to-day operations of The Folklore Coffee Shop, and his absence could mean trouble for the recently reopened business that had been temporarily closed due to the pandemic lockdowns in 2020. Most people know that they may be able to receive legal compensation for physical injuries and car damages after an accident. However, you may not be aware that in Texas, if your injuries have kept you from returning to your workplace, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages.

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Head-on collisions among the deadliest accidents in San Antonio

(August 16, 2022) A head-on collision with an off-duty deputy landed an unidentified woman in the hospital last night, August 15, 2022, according to KENS 5. Head-on collisions are among the most dangerous and deadly auto accidents that occur, despite the fact that they are comparatively rare accidents.

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Pedestrian accidents on the rise in Texas

(August 2, 2022) The Texas Department of Transportation’s Pedestrian Safety Outreach team suited up and hit the streets of downtown Houston to spread awareness of its “Be Safe. Drive Smart” campaign while auto accidents involving pedestrians are on the rise in Texas. The State of Texas currently stands eleventh in the ranking of deadliest states for auto-pedestrian accidents. These numbers are only getting worse, as the year 2021 saw a fifteen percent increase over the previous year.

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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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Rollover accidents in Texas

(August 1, 2022) A rollover accident shuts down southbound lanes of Highway 281 by St. Mary’s Street today, August 1, 2022, according to KSAT News.

The single-vehicle rollover accident, which left one person dead, occurred around 12:15 p.m. today between St. Mary’s Street and East Josephine Street. The police did not report what caused the accident or if there were any other people injured.

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Motorcycle fatalities on the rise in Texas

(July 28, 2022) A seventy-year-old man is dead following a two-vehicle collision on the Far West Side of San Antonio on Wednesday, June 27, 2022, a little before 2:30 p.m. The seventy-year-old man, whose identity has not yet been released to the public, was driving his motorcycle east on Highway 151 near the Loop 1604 intersection when the collision happened, according to the Nationwide Report. Another driver, a twenty-four-year-old man, was driving westbound on Loop 1604 and made a left turn in front of the motorcyclist, despite the cyclists having a green light. The other driver waited at the scene of the accident until EMS arrived, but the man tragically succumbed to his wounds at the scene. All eastbound lanes were shut down until past 4:30 p.m. as the officers cleared the scene. No criminal charges are pending at this time, as officials reported this as an accident.

 

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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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