Early Morning Accident Leaves Two Dead

An early morning car accident in Ward County, TX occurred Monday that killed two Alpine residents and injured four more.

A spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety stated that the two-vehicle crash occurred around 12:15 a.m. on Interstate 20. The driver of a Suburban, Robert Victorino, 59 had missed his exit. Carrying 4 passengers,  He then backed his vehicle in order to make the exit. The other driver, Jose Luis Garcia did not see the Suburban over the hill and tried to avoid the car once he saw it but failed.

Of the 5 family members in the Suburban, Robert Victorino Jr., 18 was pronounced dead at the scene and Maria Botella Victornio, 41 was pronounced dead later at the Ward Memorial Hospital.

The driver along with his younger son and daughter were taken to the Ward Memorial Hospital in ‘fair’ condition. Conditions on the passengers were not immediately available, however they are believed to be in stable condition.

Garcia, the driver that hit the Suburban was fortunately not injured, however his passenger 48-year-old Alejandro Garcia Paz was taken to the hospital and later released.

 No citations have been issued as of Monday

Two Texas Motorcycle Policemen Escape Death in Unfortunate Accident

Two motorcycles officers are currently recovering from a brutal Dallas motorcycle crash after their two bikes were smashed into by a red Camry who claims to have been avoiding another car that stopped suddenly in front of him.

New to the unit and former SWAT officer, Senior Cpl. Michael Keating was being trained by fellow officer Senior Cpl. Wayne Nichols when their motorcycles collided with the Camry heading north on R.L. Thorton Freeway. The officers were transported to separate hospitals with non life-threatening injuries and are now accompanied by their loved ones who are supporting them during their recovery.

As for whether or not the driver of the Camry will be charged with any criminal act, Assistant Chief Charles Cato states, “The investigation is early on, where it’s too early to determine whether the driver of the other private vehicle is going to face any charge or not.  It appears that, at least at this point, it was an accident.”

While being lucky enough to be one of those who never has to experience an accident is anyone’s first choice, it is the way of the world that some accidents just happen, like the aforementioned, and the only decision you have in any of this is how to react to it.

Do not let your future be hindered by the financial challenges that can arise from such a catastrophe if handled improperly. Retain a personal injury who is skilled in this field of law and can make sure that you are fully compensated financially for this unfortunate incident.

These are tough times where the victim needs all the support they can get. A skilled attorney should be one of those supporters.

The Fight Against Distracted Driving Continues Despite Setbacks

It is going to take more than bipartisan support to fight the fast growing problem of distracted driving in the state of Texas.

One strong advocate of the bill is Jeanne Brown, the mother of a deceased 17-year-old daughter who died her senior year of high school in a crash that happened while she was driving and texting on the way to school. Since her daughter’s death, Brown and her family have made it their mission to travel to high schools and share their daughter’s story, hoping to educate the students in a way that prevents them from contributing to the perilous world of distracted driving. Brown understands that this might be an empty effort in some cases, saying “I know some kids will walk away thinking, “it’s never going to happen to me.” Our daughter said that.” Nonetheless, they remain committed to the fight against such driving and will take exotic measures to get their point across.

During the last legislative session, a bill was presented that would ban distracted driving statewide. As the legislators walked into the State Capitol, they were forced to walk by the wrecked turck of Alex Brown, which was placed there by her mother, as a final reminder to why they need to vote in favor of the bill.

Brown’s iconic imagery must have left a mark in the legislators’ minds, as both chambers voted in favor of the bill. However, this was not enough, as Governor Rick Perry ended up vetoing the bill explaining that such a bill would be “a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults.”

Even so, the veto is not the end of the road for such legislation. Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, has filed another piece of legislation on the first day of pre-file legislation that would also ban texting while driving, but differently, this bill would allow:

  • You would still be able to dial a number on your phone
  • Use your GPS
  • Use a hands-free device

Craddick, who named the bill after Alex Brown, believes that that “the Texas Legislature has a responsibility to give our law enforcement officers the tools they need to make our roadways safer.” Already, Craddick’s office reports, 25 Texas cities have laws to ban texting while driving with 39 of the 50 states having statewide laws to do so.

In the meantime, Brown and her family will continue to educate the youth about the dangers of distracted driving and hope that at least a few are impacted. Their words have reached one high school student, who after a visit from Jeanne Brown, said that “I don’t want my siblings to ever have to go through that, and I don’t want my parent’s to ever have to plan my funeral.”

Driving is dangerous enough, with unexpected, but avoidable obstacles constantly presenting themselves. These obstacles become unavoidable when the driver is not paying attention and as a result, is not able to safely maneuver resulting in a crash. Whether the laws exist or not, take it upon yourself to make the road a safer place by placing your phone in a place that makes the distractions it offers inaccessible.

If, unfortunately, you have fallen victim to such negligence, get in touch with an accomplished Dallas attorney who specializes in accident and injury cases and who knows how to successfully litigate in the relative law and can make sure that you are not forced to face financial sufferings on top of the physical and emotional ones.

One Final Act of Courage

Four military veterans are dead after the trailer they were on gets trapped on the railroad tracks as a passing train comes colliding in to them.

As the train fast approached the trailer, which was trapped on the track between multiple cars, Army Sgt. Joshua Michael, of 34, acted heroically one final time as he saved the life of his wife by throwing her off the train seconds before the collision. Michael’s family writes that it was “an ultimate act of courage” that Michael had always exhibited through his two tours in Iraq.

The trailer was part of Midland, Texas’s annual Hunt for Heroes parade that honors military veterans by giving them an expense paid hunting trip. Along with Michael, Army Sgt. Maj. Gary Stouffer, 37, Sgt. Lawrence Boivin, 47, and Sgt. Maj. William Lubbers were also killed during the collision. The trailer was carrying twelve veterans and their wives as well as two helping civilians. Another four were hospitalized and remain in critical condition, including Michael’s wife.

The town of Midland responds admirably to this tragedy, rallying together to remember the lives of those who were lost and providing support for each other and the families of the deceased. It is times like these, when people are forced to be broken down and then built back up, that we need people around us who are willing to help us restart our lives and remember those who are not in them anymore.

The right accident attorney in Dallas, TX can be a part of this rebuilding process, making sure that you are taken care of legally and financially. Be prepared and retain a personal injury attorney who can lighten the healing and help you through these unfortunate times.

Dallas Man Losses His Life in Hit-and-Run

Donnie Jeffrys lost his life early Sunday morning in a hit and run collission.

The accident happened on westbound I-175 near Haymarket Road at about 6:45a.m. The Toyota Corolla Jeffrys was driving was rear ended as he was giving a family friend a ride to work. The unidentified vehicles contact caused the Corolla to spiral out of control and slam into a center divider killing Jeffrys on impact and injury the passenger.

The second car as nearby surveillance video shows that the car continued as if nothing happened and took off from the scene.

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Police are still investigating the tragedy and are asking that if anyone who may have been in the area and have any information regarding the accident to contact officials immediately.

Loosing a loved one can be tough, loosing one to anther individuals negligence and disregard is tougher. If you or someone you know is injured in an accident, contact an injury and Wrongful Death attorney in the Dallas, TX area and get the justice you deserve.

Police Officer Saves Life in Texas

Police Officer Saves Life in Texas

Sarah Beaty, owes her life to a fast thinking Texas police officer Philip Standefer.

The officer from Lubbock, Texas was reportedly investigating a small car accident and getting information from the witness(Beaty) when an alleged drunk driver crashed into a neighboring police car, sending the police car hurdling towards the officers and witness. Standefer explained “I knew that she didn’t see the car coming.”

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Beaty explained her gratitude for the police officer and said “Thank you doesn’t really cover the fact that I’m here and talking,”

After Standefer pushed Beaty out of the way, he barely escaped the hurdling car and suffered minor injuries to his leg including severe bruising and pulled muscles. The police officer stated that he was just doing his job to serve and protect people, and that he was very glad he got an opportunity to do so.

The driver of the accident was arrested on the scene.



Mexican Musical Group Involved in Tour Bus Accident, 7 Injured

Mexican Musical Group Involved in Tour Bus Accident, 7 Injured

After a bus accident on Aug. 31st, 7 members of the popular Mexican musical group Banda el Recodo were injured and taken to the hospital. The tour bus was carrying a total of 21 passengers and was side struck by a car when heading to San Antonio from Dallas.

After the accident, the Latin music community expressed sympathy to the group over social media outlets.

All injured in the accident are in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.

Personal Injury Information

Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property.  The term is most commonly used to refer to a type of tort lawsuit alleging that the plaintiff’s injury has been caused by the negligence of another.  Some types of personal injury torts are below:

  • Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Workplace accidents