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Woman dies in truck accident involving 2 commercial vehicles

A Texas woman has been killed in a multi-vehicle accident that left a Denton County road closed for several hours. The woman, age 50, is from Rhome, Texas. She died in a four-vehicle pileup on State Highway 114 on Sept. 8, according to official reports. Authorities say that the truck accident involved a Freightliner, another semi-truck and two other private vehicles.

Investigators say that the two trucks -- one eastbound and the other westbound -- collided at about 6:45 p.m. on the evening of the incident. The Freightliner had reportedly been hauling rocks; it drifted into oncoming traffic. The Freightliner truck then struck a sedan that was driven by the decedent, along with a Chevrolet SUV that was traveling behind the decedent's vehicle. Two occupants in the Chevrolet were treated at the scene; they suffered only minor injuries.

What are some real statistics about motorcycle dangers?

As a rider, you may want to know about the potential to be injured on the roads. Through years of study, the Department of Transportation has been able to give good statistical analysis about the likelihood you'll be hurt on a motorcycle. The latest report from the DOT, marked for 2011, stated that motorcycle deaths and related injuries have been on the rise in the United States. The DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that information collected between 1982 and 2011 has shown shocking numbers and interesting correlations.

In fact, 4,612 motorcyclists were killed in 2011 alone. That's a 2 percent increase over the number of deaths that took place in 2010 NHTSA stated. The figure doesn't only report motorcycles; it includes incidents involving scooters, three wheelers, pocket bikes, off-road vehicles, mini bikes and mopeds.

Who can you sue in the aftermath of your truck accident?

So, you have been involved in a commercial vehicle accident. You may be hurt, confused and concerned about both your physical and financial future. If you have been involved in an 18 wheeler wreck, you may have a variety of legal options -- even if you were partially to blame for the truck accident. No matter the nature of your truck accident, you may be entitled to financial damages; the key is to seek assistance to determine exactly how to proceed.

Truck accident victims are often unaware that a number of parties could be considered legally responsible for their injuries. In many cases, these victims may only believe that the driver should be targeted in civil court. In reality, insurance companies, employers, trucking companies and even the manufacturers of the truck may be held liable for the injurious truck accident. Identifying potential defendants is the first step toward recovering damages for your injuries.

Choose a firm with access to car accident reconstruction experts

When you're in an accident with a car or truck, it's important that an investigation takes place. Evidence must be preserved to help a court or police decide on charges and penalties for the at-fault driver. What kind of evidence is needed? Photographs, videos, and reports about the scene and your injuries will be taken. These help define exactly what happened to cause the accident along with the results of the impact.

When investigators and car accident reconstructionists are at the scene, they're going to look at things like skid marks, the damage to vehicles, debris on the roads and other factors that can determine how fast a vehicle was going or from which direction the impact took place. These evidential pieces are vital to determining the right chain of events.

Patient gets $1.5 million after losing sight from medical mistake

A Texas patient has been awarded $1.5 million after a medical mistake that resulted in serious damage to his eye. The victim filed a medical malpractice suit against a Durham ophthalmologist and hospital, both of which were found negligent during a jury trial. The physician was accused of using the wrong prescription drug during a cataract surgery. That medical mistake led to further damage of the patient's eye.

Official reports show that the physician ordered a special dye that would be used to stain the cataract, allowing it to be safely removed. However, a nurse reportedly brought the wrong drug and handed it to a surgical technician, who then gave it to the ophthalmologist. The nurse told the jury that she had announced the name of the drug when she came into the surgery room, and the surgical technician also announced the drug. However, the physician did not realize that the drug was a toxic substance until it was too late.

Texting: Not banned but still distracted driving in Texas

To understand the rules for texting and driving, you need to know what driving while distracted is classified as in Texas. For instance, distracted driving is any kind of driving done without your full attention. That could mean that you were texting, having a bite to eat or talking on the phone. Even things like carrying on a conversation with your passengers or changing the radio station could be considered to be distracted driving. If you're struck by someone participating in any of those acts, you may be able to seek compensation through a civil lawsuit against them for his or her negligence.

Texting and driving is one of the things police pull people over for in Texas. There are several reasons for that. When you text when you are driving at 55 mph, your eyes are off the road for the equivalent distance of a football field. During that time, drivers are at a higher risk of danger and a car accident.

Texas teen won't be able to sue for medical malpractice

If you've been hurt due to medical mistakes, it's important that you seek out all the necessary legal help you need before you hit a statute of limitations. When that happens, you can no longer file a lawsuit. This is an interesting case involving a teen who cannot sue her doctor in El Paso, Texas, because she waited too long to do so. The teen was born with severe brain damage and had until 2006 to file the lawsuit; she failed to do so until 2011.

The teen has argued that anyone under the age of 18 can't file a lawsuit in Texas. The teen would have to have an adult acting on her behalf to claim medical malpractice. If the parent didn't take the injury to court, then that would violate the teen's right of access to the courts, which is guaranteed by the Texas Constitution.

Young teacher facing long recovery after brutal car accident

A teacher at a Dallas-area high school is facing a long road to recovery after she was involved in a serious collision after her first day on the job. The woman, who is a first-year teacher of family and consumer science, was involved in the car accident on Aug. 14 on U.S. highway 380. The woman remains hospitalized at this time after suffering serious injuries including a punctured lung and fractures to her arms, ribs, legs, foot and hands.

Authorities say that a pickup truck driver was traveling in the opposite direction as the victim when he struck her smaller vehicle. That driver then went on to sideswipe another vehicle, according to initial reports. The victim was transported to nearby medical facilities for treatment, but the at-fault driver also appears to have suffered serious injuries. At this point, that driver is not facing any criminal charges, though that could change.

Woman sues physician for medical mistake with anesthesia

A Texas woman has filed a lawsuit after claiming that she has not fully recovered from a medical procedure in 2012 after a physician botched an anesthetic injection. The woman filed the medical malpractice suit in Galveston County, and she is seeking compensation from a single physician. The woman is looking to receive damages for emotional and physical pain, along with medical expenses and lost earnings, among other civil claims.

The victim says that she sought treatment from the physician in July 2012 because she was suffering serious chronic neck and back pain. The doctor injected steroids and anesthetics into the woman's cervical spine area. During one of the procedures, the woman apparently was so heavily sedated that she lost consciousness.

Teen faces $1.1 million bond for causing wrongful death in Texas

A teen in Texas is facing serious charges after he was involved in a fatal DWI. That accident led to the wrongful death of an elderly woman. The teenager, a 17-year-old, is facing multiple criminal charges for the death of the 62-year-old woman and for injuring at least three others who were in her vehicle at the time of the crash.

At the time of the accident, the 17-year-old teen was reportedly behind the wheel of his Chevrolet pickup truck. At that point, he was driving near Expressway 83 and Victoria Road. It was there that he struck the other vehicle, a Chevrolet Impala, and caused it to roll over.

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