Speeding Driver Crashes Into Police Vehicles

On Saturday morning, September 11th, a 56-year old man driving a Buick LeSabre crashed his vehicle into a police squad car on E. Northwest Highway. According to reports provided by police, the driver of the LeSabre “failed to control his speed and impacted into the back rear of the squad car”, which subsequently pushed the vehicle into the back of the next squad car.

Car accidents in Dallas such as these can easily result in serious injuries or fatalities, particularly when a vehicle crashes into stationary vehicles. Fortunately, none of the police officers involved in the incident were injured, although the police officer sitting in the parked car which was initially impacted by the driver was taken to the hospital out of precaution.

Learning More About the Recent Car Crash Accident

At the time of the initial reporting, the name of the speeding driver had not been released to the public. Incidents such as these remind all of us how important it is to always practice defensive driving and situational awareness, even in moments where vehicles are stationary and / or parked.

Car Crash Lawyers Who Are Ready To Help

At Montes Law Group, we help individuals who have been involved in car crashes and car accidents get the support they need. If you have been involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, now is the time to seek out the help you deserve. Rachel Montes and her team of legal professionals will do the hard work needed to make sure that their clients get their lives and finances back on track.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Woman’s Death In Winter Storm

The winter storm which rocked Texas in the early months of 2021 left a wake of destruction and, unfortunately, death. Following the devastating power outages across the state, many vulnerable individuals were left in precarious predicaments. Unfortunately, loss of life occurred. Some Texas residents have decided to use the legal system to demand justice for loved ones who suffered during these unprecedented times.

Colinda Meza, a resident of Austin, has filed a lawsuit against Austin Energy and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), claiming damages of $1 million after her mother, Connie May Richey, died during the freeze. According to Colinda, Connie’s urinary catheter froze during 4-days of power loss. According to statements from Austin Energy made during the freeze, power outages would not exceed 40 minutes.

Gross Negligence and Wrongful Death

Colinda Mesa’s attorneys have claimed that Austin Energy and ERCOT exhibited “gross negligence” during their handling of the storm. Although lawyers fro Austin Energy and ERCOT have not issued their own statements, it seems likely that we will be hearing more about this lawsuit as it unfold.

In total, over 210 individuals died during the Texas freeze. Not all of these were due to exposure to sub-freezing temperatures, however. Vehicle accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning, and falls are just a few of the other tragic accidents which led to loss of life during this devastating weather event.

If a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident that wasn’t their fault, Rachel Montes and the team at Montes Law Group are here to help. You can call Montes Law Group at 214.522.9401 for a free case consultation.

A Brief History of Labor Day

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Labor Day is tomorrow, and many Americans across the country are settling in for a day of rest and quality time with loved ones and friends. While it’s easy to get swept up in the appeal of a rare “free Monday” away from work, it’s also very worthwhile to take a moment to understand just how exactly Labor Day came to exist!

It all began with a street parade in New York City in September of 1882. That year, a number of labor unions in the city came together as an act of solidarity and to call awareness to the challenges and triumphs of the labor movement in America. Although the event started quite small (it is estimated that it began with roughly 200 attendees) it blossomed to well over 20,000 people marching near City Hall in Manhattan.

From Street Parade to Federal Holiday

By 1894, Labor Day was officially a federal holiday! Since then, a wide variety of changes have been made on both a federal and state level as part of an effort to further codify the rights of workers in the United States. Many elements of modern work that we take for granted – a five-day work week; 40 hours of work being equivalent to full-time employment; paid time off – all of these are byproducts of continued support of labor and working class rights in the United States.

Now, we tangibly celebrate the efforts of past advocates by stepping away from work on Monday. That being said, it is always humbling to remember just how much work it has taken to get this far, and how much work is left to go for all workers in America!

From the entire team at Montes Law Group, we wish you a Happy Labor Day!

Single Car Crash in Grand Prairie Results in One Fatality

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The Dallas Morning News is reporting that a single-vehicle crash in Grand Prairie late Friday resulted in the death of one 17-year old passenger. According to the information provided, the accident occurred when the driver of the vehicle collided with a guard rail near State Highway 161. Four additional individuals were in the vehicle, all of whom sustained injuries requiring hospitalization. That being said, none of the other injuries have been reported as life-threatening.

At the time of the initial reporting, no names of the injured vehicle occupants were released. Investigators have also not provided much additional information relating to how or why the crash occurred. Regardless, this tragic accident should act as a grave reminder how important it is to practice the highest level of safety while operating a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, catastrophic accidents can happen all too quickly.

Car Crash Attorneys in Irving

Rachel Montes has helped car crash victims across the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex get the help they deserve following car accidents. If you or a loved one have had your life turned upside down by a car accident or a collision with a semi-truck, we are ready to help. Contact us as (214) 522-9401 for a free case consultation!

TxDOT Takes Aim At Drunk Driving

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In an effort to help spread awareness about the dangers of drunk driving, the Texas Department of Transportation has released a new “Faces of Drunk Driving” campaign. According to an official from TxDOT, the campaign is primarily designed to put “real faces” behind drunk driving statistics and help people realize that the dangers posed intoxicated drivers can have a very real impact on their lives.

Not only does the campaign focus on victims of drunk drivers, but it also highlights drivers themselves who have made poor decisions in the past related to driving while intoxicated. Given the fact that the Labor Day holiday weekend has typically been a time when the frequency of drunk driving accidents increases, the release of this new campaign should help spread awareness at a much-needed time.

Learning More About the Drunk Driving Campaign

The campaign will include a wide variety of testimonials in the form of videos, written content and other featured events. Additionally, all of the material produced as part of the campaign will be available in English and Spanish.

As TxDOT quickly reminds us all, a Texan dies in a drunk driving accident every nine hours. At Montes Law Group, we help individuals who have been injured in accidents with drunk drivers get the help, support and compensation they deserve.

3 Must-Read Facts About Drunk Drivers

We all know that drunk driving is a serious problem. No one doubts the danger that drunk drivers pose to other drivers and pedestrians in cities and communities across the country. The truth is, however, that drunk driving is a far more serious problem than any of us can possible imagine. In fact, on a daily basis, 28 Americans die in drunk-driving crashes. If you break down the math on that, that means that someone dies in a drunk-driving related crash every 52 minutes.

Knowledge is always one of the best ways to help protect the people you care about, so here are a few facts about drunk driving that you should know.

Over 250,000 People Are Injured In Drunk Driving Accidents Each Year

Believe it or not, over a quarter-million individuals get hurt by drunk drivers every year. In fact, according to the NHTSA, that number was nearly 290,000 in 2020. This is a breathtaking statistic that should cause every driver to pause. Simply put, you should ALWAYS be on the lookout for drunk drivers.

Almost 10,000 People Are Killed By Drunk Drivers Annually

The CDC has reported that over 10,000 Americans are killed every year by drunk drivers. 10% of those are children. This is not a datapoint to simply read and forget. These 10,000 aren’t just individuals driving drunk. They include sober drivers, passengers, and even pedestrians.

Over 25% of all Auto Accidents Involve Drunk Driving

At least one out of every four vehicle accidents involve a drunk driver. Accidents ranging from casual fender-benders to loss of life are fueled by drivers who are impaired. Yet again, it’s possible to see just how widespread and damaging drunk driving can be for everyone on the road.

If you are the victim of a drunk driving accident, Rachel Montes and the team at Montes Legal Group can help. Our personal injury attorney experience and dedicated professionalism will ensure that you get the support you need every step of the way.