Tarrant County Car Accident Results in Fatality

In the minutes before 5 AM on Tuesday, June 28th, two pickups collided with one another near the 12000 block of Old Granbury Road. When authorities arrived to the site of the accident, one of the drivers was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second driver involved the crash was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office was responsible for identifying the body of the deceased driver. Although the accident took place in a highly public area, authorities asked all pedestrians and drivers to avoid the area while an investigation took place into the incident.

It is a tragedy that a life was lost in this accident. Those who are seeking more information about this incident are advised to speak with local authorities.

What To Do If You Have Been Involved in a Car Accident

Rachel Montes and the team at Montes Law Group understand that a car accident can change everything. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a car accident, we strongly encourage you to speak with a legal expert who can help you understand your options. The personal injury attorneys at Montes Law Group can work with you to explore your options and better understand your next steps forward.

Car Crash Statistics You Cannot Ignore

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When we’re on the road, it’s easy to get distracted by many pressing issues: traffic, school schedules for children, e-mails from an employer, and a coffee for the morning commute are just a few examples. However, it’s essential to remember that driving safely on North Texas roads can make the difference between life and death.

The Texas Department of Transportation compiles a series of powerful statistics regarding annual traffic accidents across the state. Some of this data will come as a shock to you, we guarantee!

1.) In 2020, 1 person was killed every 2 hours and 15 minutes on Texas roads.

2.) A car crash that qualified as reportable occurred every 1 minute and 7 seconds across the state.

Perhaps the most staggering statistic is this:

3.) Not a single day went by during the year 2020 where a driver, passenger or pedestrian did not die on a Texas road.

Safety is always your best option and your highest priority. Although it’s incredibly easy to get distracted on the road, take the time to put your phone away and focus on what’s happening around you. It could very well save your life!

Car Accident Attorneys Near You In Dallas Texas

Rachel Montes and the team at Montes Law Group work with clients in Dallas, Arlington, Irving, Fort Worth and across North Texas to help them get the support and justice they deserve after vehicle accidents.

If you’ve been injured, don’t waste another second. Contact us today and let us help you learn more about your options.

Staying Safe On Winter Roads

Ice covered highway in cold weather.

This winter, we’ve had our fair share of icy weather! Although North Texas doesn’t often seem prolonged periods of snow, it’s important to remember that even one day of hazardous weather and freezing temperatures can dramatically increase the dangers of driving. If you absolutely must go out on the roads, staying safe is key. Here are a few tips that can help you keep you, your loved ones and other drivers safe during your commute.

Tip #1: Reduce Your Speed

This may seem like common sense, but believe it or not, it’s quite possibly the BEST strategy for staying safe during freezing road conditions. Driving at reduced speeds will not only help ensure that your vehicle can maintain better traction and control, but it will also allow you to improve your awareness of events going on around you. You will also have time to react in the event that a car accident or other dangerous event occurs nearby.

Tip #2: Avoid Bridges

As you can see in this article from WFAA 8, car accidents are happening frequently in icy conditions. Bridges definitely contribute to an increased level of danger and risk due to the fact that they are more likely to freeze and become slippery than normal roads. If you can find a back route on your commute which doesn’t require driving on bridges, it will be worth the extra minutes it takes!

Tip #3: Allow Yourself Extra Time

No matter how careful you plan on being, you’ll find yourself taking extra risks if you are running behind and trying to beat the clock. If possible, give yourself an extra 30 minutes when you’re planning on driving so that you don’t have to rush and you won’t be come stressed if traffic is worse than expected. Increased stress can quickly impair your judgment and result in unnecessary risk taking. Scheduling ahead could very well save your life!

Even though these three tips are relatively simple and straightforward, we guarantee you will be amazed at how quickly they can be forgotten when you head out to the car. Even repeating these quick strategies before you get behind the wheel can help you remember how to stay safe in the ice and help keep you and others in your vehicle stay safe!

Semi Truck Fatality in Royce City

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A tragic accident occurred this last week in Royce City, Texas which left a semi truck driver dead and several other individuals injured. According to authorities, the semi truck accident occurred at the 75 mile marker in the westbound IH30 slow lane. In total, three vehicles were involved in the accident: two semi trucks and a passenger vehicle.

Understanding the Details of the 18 Wheeler Accident

At the time of the accident, traffic was already moving slower due to a previous accident. One of the two semi trucks involved in the accident was unable to slow down and read ender the other 18 wheeler, causing serious damage to both vehicles. The driver who was unable to slow his vehicle ultimately lost his life.

Of the remaining vehicles, the driver of the rear-ended vehicle was not injured. The individuals in the passenger vehicle which was also damaged were transported to the hospital for injuries. Police are still investing the cause of this particular incident.

18 Wheeler Accident Attorneys Who Stand Up For You

Rachel Montes helps individuals who have been injured in car accidents across Texas and New Mexico. If you have been injured in an accident with an 18 wheeler, contact Rachel Montes today for a FREE CASE EVALUATION.

Fatal Accident Closes Westbound Highway 114 at Belt Line Road/635 to Close

Truck Jumps onto Car, Crushes Passenger’s Seat

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

A fatal car accident forced the closure of westbound State Highway 114 at Belt Line Road/635, causing hundreds of commuters to halt immediately and eventually divert to alternate routes.

These drivers, as well as others involved in similar accidents, often find out that being involved in the accident, being injured, trying to get their property damages to their vehicles repaired, or getting their cars replaced is just the beginning of the nightmare. It is important to realize that the insurance company has a different goal than you do in these situations. The insurance company is not concerned with whether or not you get paid in full. The insurance company simply wants to reduce its exposure to lawsuits and to paying claims.

What Should You Do If  You Are Involved In a Crash?

If you are involved in an accident like this one, you need to get legal advice as soon as possible. In the case of a multi-car crash, it is essentially a race to get your claim paid. In these cases, the person at fault has a limit of insurance coverage. Once those funds have been paid, even if you have a valid claim, you are likely to find that there is no insurance coverage remaining to pay your claim and that the person who caused your wreck does not have enough personal assets to pay your damages.

In 1994, the Texas Supreme Court in the case of Texas Farmers Ins. Co. v. Soriano et al, 881 S.W.2d 312 (Tex. 1994) addressed the responsibilities of a liability insurance company when it is faced with a settlement demand arising out of multiple claims and inadequate proceeds, an insurer may enter into a reasonable settlement with one of the several claimants even though such settlement exhausts or diminishes the proceeds available to satisfy other claims.

It is essentially a first come, first serve rule. The first person to present a valid and reasonable demand is entitled to get paid even if other valid claims are known to exist. Depending upon the unique facts of the case, there are a number of specific requirements that have to be included in the demand to make it a valid demand. If the demand does not include these specific requirements, technically speaking, it is not a valid demand and the insurance company may be forced to pay other people’s claims before paying you. It may even exhaust the policy limits and have no additional funds to pay your claim if you delay or fail to present a valid demand. As a result, if you are involved in one of these multi-car crashes, you should run, not walk, to a lawyer to get immediate legal advice. Do not let yourself end up in a situation where you are victimized twice.

In addition, you need to make sure you report the accident to the police and notify your insurance company of the wreck promptly. You may have coverages under your policy – such as Personal Injury Protection (PIP), Medical Payments (Med Pay), and Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists (UM/UIM) coverages – that will pay for your damages, whether or not the person who is at fault is uninsured or underinsured (they do not have sufficient insurance coverage to pay for your damages).

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Irving, Texas 75063

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SOLDIER TRAGICALLY KILLED IN FORT WORTH CRASH | Dallas, Texas Personal Injury Attorney Blog

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of a young man who had dedicated his life to serving our country in the military. Clinton Young, who had just finished basic training in the U.S. Army was killed Tuesday when he was struck by a car and fell off a highway overpass just miles from his home.

Clinton had stopped along a bridge after his car was side-swiped by a van in a hit-and-run crash, police said. While he was standing near his parked car on the side of the highway, another vehicle then hit him, forcing him over the bridge. He had called his parents after the first accident, and they arrived at the scene minutes later, soon after he was killed.

Friends and family members say that Young, who had always wanted to serve his country, went straight into boot camp soon after he graduated high school in May, and had planned on becoming a military police officer. He had planned to graduate next month at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and was home for two weeks at Christmas. He had recently learned his first assignment would be in Germany.

After his death, the Army notified the parents that their son would still be honored during the graduation ceremony, and they said they plan on attending.

Tragedy can happen. Prepare yourself to be able to take extra precautions if you are in an accident on a busy highway or break down. Build a road safety kit that you can carry with you in your car at all times. The kit should include the following items:

– torch
– reflective triangle road safety signs
– traffic cone
– cell phone
– jumper cables
– a tow rope
– portable air compressor
– raincoat
– first aid kit

If you do find yourself stuck on the side of a busy road, first, DON’T PANIC! If possible, make your way over to the left hand side of the road and do not stop on the right hand shoulder.

Avoid stopping on or near bends in the road. Make sure you are visible from ideally 100 meters in each direction.

Pull over as far as you possibly can. You will be amazed by how many cars get hit when parked beside a road.

If you need to change a tire, do your best to stop on a flat road that is not on an incline.

Stop with your wheels pointing towards the barrier (A very important road safety tip). In the event that your car starts to roll, this way it will roll into the barrier and not into the line of traffic.

Turn on your hazards immediately

Make sure all passengers get out the car and stand at a safe distance from the road.

Open your car hood to show other drivers that you are broken down and not just stopped next to the road, this way road safety officers will also be able to identify you and come to your rescue.

Tying a white cloth or t-shirt to your driver side door handle can help alert other drivers.

Use the road safety cones and reflective triangles that you have in your road safety kit. Place these at a considerable distance behind your car so that oncoming traffic has lots of time to react.

If the problem is serious and you are unable to fix it in a short amount of time, do not try and be a hero, call roadside assistance immediately and get them to sort the problem out as they are better equipped with road safety equipment for these exact situations.

Remember, it is all about being prepared, not just with the correct road safety equipment, but also the knowledge to deal with these situations. Spread the word, distribute this article amongst your friends and family and do as much as you can to stay safe.

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