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Earlier this month, a fatal crash occurred in south Fort Worth in which several cars were involved. The accident occurred when the female driver of a SUV lost control of her vehicle and ran into a ditch. Two women stopped to help her, and a man also stopped. At that point, a 17 year old male driving a pickup truck struck and killed all four people beside the road. Nine other people were hurt in the accident.

The 17 year old had seven other teenagers in the truck ranging in ages from 15 to 19. The teenagers were at a party earlier in the day where alcohol was served.  The driver had received two other alcohol citations earlier this year, requiring him to take an alcohol awareness class and complete community service. Authorities are still weighing their legal options regarding charges for the 17 year old.

Despite efforts from federal and state governments and many private organizations to educate the public about the dangers of driving while intoxicated, drunk driving is still a major problem in this country. Statistics show that one in three people will be involved in an accident in which alcohol was a factor in their lifetimes. Twenty-seven people in the U.S. die each day as the result of drunk driving accidents. While criminal penalties for drunk driving have only gotten harsher over the past several decades, every day people still choose to drink and then drive a vehicle.

Intoxicated drivers can cause catastrophic injuries or death. Their victims are entitled to compensation, which in some cases will be paid by the driver’s insurance company, his or her personal assets, his or her employer’s assets, or another source. If you were involved in an accident with a drunk driver, you are entitled to compensation. Call the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529.



Research in recent years has shown that it is extremely distracting and dangerous for drivers to type or text while they are driving. However, until recently it was the policy of the Dallas police to allow police officers to text or to type on their mobile dashboard computers while driving.

NBC5 in Dallas did an investigation that lasted nearly a year into police officers driving and typing. In July of last year, the deputy police chief told the news organization that the department had no policy against officers typing while they were driving. The chief later said that typing while driving was banned by police officers, unless the device is essential for the emergency and there isn’t another employee who is available to use the device.

The investigation found that many other Texas police departments have more clearly defined rules about when officers can type and when they cannot. Also, the investigation found police officers in the Dallas area rear ending other drivers and running off the road. There was even one accident where a police officer was typing, crossed the center line and hit another car head-on.

Overall, there have been 17 Dallas police crashes in the last four years that were caused by typing on devices. However, this represents less than one percent of the crashes in Dallas in which the police were involved. There have been discussions about putting safety measures in place in police cars, such as technology that will prevent officers from typing if they’re driving over 15 miles per hour. In some cases, however, the police will need to have the option to type in an emergency.

Although police officers try hard to keep Texas citizens safe, typing and driving at the same time is dangerous. If you have been in an accident with a police officer in the Dallas area, call the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. Our attorneys have years of experience with car accident cases and we look forward to helping you.



A tragic accident claimed the life of one teen and left another teen in critical condition early Saturday morning. The accident occurred at 5:40 a.m. Saturday, when a Lexus sedan that was traveling west on Interstate 20 drifted off the road. The vehicle then crashed into Fish Creek under the interstate.

An 18 year old high school senior was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he died. Another 19 year old high school senior was transporter in critical condition to Baylor University. The driver, who is 19, was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

This tragic accident altered the lives of two families forever. What’s especially tragic is that the accident could have been avoided. Although it’s not clear what caused the accident, there were likely several factors at play. First, statistics show that teen drivers are much more likely to be involved in an accident when there are other teens in the car. Other teens can be extremely distracting to inexperienced teen drivers. In addition, the accident occurred when it was still dark outside – poor visibility often contributes to serious accidents. Finally, fatigue also can play a huge role in serious accidents – the accident occurred at 5:40 a.m., and the teens may have been up most of the night.

It’s important to warn teen drivers in your family of the hazards of inexperienced drivers riding with other teens. If you are the parent of a new teen driver, you may want to set strict limits about who the teen can drive with, and what times the teen is allowed to be on the road.

Have you been involved in a serious accident involving a teen? Do you believe you may be entitled to compensation as a result of the accident? If so, contact the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. We will analyze your case to determine whether you may have a claim for damages. Call us today.



Earlier this week, Dallas police told the Dallas Public Safety Committee that they are intent on getting freeways opened more quickly in the Dallas area after an accident. In addition to making that a priority, they are also figuring out how to do it in a way that keeps workers safe. Another important part of the Rapid Response program will involve getting tow trucks to the scene of an accident more quickly.

As part of the new program, called “Rapid Response”, first responders are changing the set-up of equipment at wreck sites. They will be parking fire engines over several lanes to make safe working areas they call shadows. One reason for taking this approach is that in 2007 a fire truck blocked a semi-truck that was skidding from sliding into people trying to rescue a trapped driver.

During the meeting, Assistant Police Chief Tom Lawrence warned drivers to pay attention and lower speeds around accidents, which can help prevent the situation from turning worse. He said that often inattention while driving through an accident zone can cause secondary accidents, such as when people are talking on the phone or texting instead of paying attention to the flow of traffic around the accidents.

Anyone who’s been stuck on a Dallas freeway because of an accident knows how frustrating it can be and how tempting it may be to whip out the cell phone and check your email or catch up on calls. However, that can exacerbate the problem. With the new Rapid Response program, hopefully accidents will be cleared more quickly, which will lead to less frustration and wasted time by other drivers.

Have you been injured in an accident in the Dallas area? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call the Dallas accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529 to learn more.

 



Tragically, a police chase in theDallas area Monday morning ended in a fatal crash which took the life of an innocent father of three.

The accident occurred after police inGarlandwere called to the scene of a domestic disturbance about 4:30 a.m. When police officers arrived, the suspect was sitting on the driver’s seat of a car, slumping over. Police broke the window, waking him up. The suspect sped off, dragging the officer who broke the window. The police chased the suspect, and he crashed his vehicle into a small truck less than a minute later, killing the driver instantly. The suspect was pulled from his vehicle, which was on fire, and transported him to the hospital in critical condition. He will most likely be charged with murder, among other charges.

Unfortunately, accidents caused by high speed police chases are not uncommon. According to the NHTSA, approximately 400 people each year are killed in high speed police pursuit cases. Approximately 40 percent of all high speed police chases end in collisions and 20 percent end in serious injuries or death. Although the fatalities frequently involve innocent bystanders or the suspects, police fatalities are often a result. On average, approximately one percent of police officers who die in the line of duty do so in vehicle pursuits.

In this accident, there was probably nothing the innocent victim could have done to avoid the accident. He was driving through a green light at a normal rate of speed when the suspect hit him at an extremely high rate of speed. However, there are some steps you can take to avoid being caught in a police chase. Be alert while you are driving. This includes using your rearview and side view mirrors frequently to check the vehicles around you. Don’t use your cell phone or other electronic devices that could distract you from the road. Also, don’t use headphones or any other device that could result in your not hearing police sirens.

If you’ve been an innocent victim of a high speed chase inDallas, contact theDallascar accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 817-527-8833. We will analyze your case to determine if you have a cause of action against one of the parties involved.



Tragically, a woman was killed in Dallas this week when her SUV crashed, rolling over several times. The accident occurred when the woman, who was speeding, clipped the curb with her tires. The SUV traveled about 100 feet, then started flipping. The woman was ejected before the vehicle stopped. She died at the scene. A passenger in the vehicle suffered only minor injuries.

Unfortunately, SUVs have been known in previous years to be susceptible to rolling over. Fortunately, technology changes have made SUVs safer than ordinary cars. According to studies, someone driving a 2009 car is almost twice as likely to die in a rollover accident as someone driving a 2009 SUV.

Emerging technology, primarily electronic stability control, has been the biggest factor in reducing the death rates for SUV drivers. Electronic stability control is a computer system that helps drivers maintain control on slippery roads and during sudden maneuvers. Electronic stability control is now available on all SUVs sold in the U.S. In addition, more stable designs have decreased death rates from SUV rollovers.

Today, SUVs have some of the lowest death rates due to crashes and are considered safer than large cars – only minivans are considered safer in a crash. However, keep in mind that if you have an older SUV without the safety features the newer SUVs have, you could still be at risk during a crash. That’s why it’s particularly important to always wear your seat belt and don’t speed.

If you have been injured in an SUV rollover in the Dallas area, contact the Barber Law Firm. Our personal injury attorneys have significant experience in dealing with automobile crashes and fighting for the rights of those who are injured. Call us today at 972-231-5800.

 

 



A 43 year old woman was killed in Dallas over the weekend after being struck by a patrol car. The woman was leaving her daughter’s home in Dallas at 3 a.m. Sunday morning and attempting to cross the street when she was stuck by a police cruiser.

 The police car did not have its lights on. According to police, the officer behind the wheel was following an ambulance to the scene of a disturbance. The ambulance did have its lights and sirens on. The speed limit on the road where the accident occurred is 35 miles an hour. Police have not publicly said how fast the car was going when the accident occurred, although a witness said it was speeding.

 Although this tragic accident probably could not have been avoided by the victim, there are rules you should follow in order to avoid accidents with police and other first responders. If you are driving and see an emergency vehicle, such as a police car, fire truck or ambulance with its lights or siren on, pull to the right edge of the road and stop, if possible. If traffic is too congested for that to be a safe option, or if there is nowhere to safely stop, slow down and leave a path for the vehicle.

 Have you been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another driver in the Dallas/Fort Worth area? If so, contact the Barber Law Firm at 817-527-8833. Our experienced attorneys will help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and/or damage to your vehicle.



A tragic accident occurred in southeast Dallas on New Year’s Eve. A minivan was waiting to make a turn when a sedan slammed into the right side of the van. An eight year old boy and his seven year old brother were sitting in the cargo area of the van when the accident occurred. When the sedan slammed into the van, it knocked a jack into the head of the eight year old, killing him.

This horrible tragedy illustrates how vitally important it is to use child safety seats. It’s estimated that between 1975 and 2008, almost 9,000 lives were saved by child restraints. Unfortunately, crashes are still the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 3 and 14.

 Under Texas law, anyone under the age of eight must be secured in a safety seat. In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends keeping children in a car seat for as long as possible, as long as they fit the seat’s height and weight requirements. Children under 13 should always ride in the back seat.

 When you are selecting a car seat for your child, choose it based on your child’s age and size, and choose one that fits well in your vehicle. Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or LATCH system, and also consult the car seat’s instruction book. If you are uncertain whether it’s installed correctly, locate a child car seat inspection station. 

 Have you or your child been injured in an automobile accident in the Dallas area? If so, contact the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. Our attorneys will help you pursue your legal options.



Just before midnight last night, a driver failed to see a road construction crew that was working on I-635 just west of Midway Road. At the scene of the construction, there were flares, flashing lights and cones surrounding the area. The driver drove through the construction zone and crashed into an empty police car. No one was hurt in the accident.

At the time of the accident, it was raining heavily and the streets were slippery, which could have contributed to the accident. The police are still investigating the crash.

It’s critical that drivers be alert near construction areas. When driving through construction zones, slow down and proceed with caution. Tragically, road construction workers are killed every year in construction zones. If you have been involved in an accident in a construction zone, call Dallas automobile accident attorney Kris Barber at 972-231-5800.



Tragically, a motorcyclist was killed on Monday afternoon on the ramp that connects US 75 and I-635. The man hit the guardrail on the ramp and was thrown 150 feet to the ground. His motorcycle kept moving for another quarter of a mile before stopping. According to police, it’s unclear what caused the crash.

Motorcycling can be very dangerous, because a small mistake by either the motorcyclist or another driver, or a minor condition on the road, such as a pothole, can be deadly for motorcyclists. Have you been involved in a motorcycle accident due to another driver’s negligence? If so, contact Kris Barber, Dallas motorcycle attorney, at 817-527-8833 to learn more about your legal option.





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