2 Killed in Car Racing Accident

A racing accident gone wrong leaves 2 dead, multiple injured, and a 7 car pile up.

The incident happened early tuesday on the southbound 35E interstate. Witnesses say that a Chevrolet Chevelle and another car begin racing and swerving throughout the lanes of the freeway. A red Cadillac had inadvertently got in the way of the racers causing a fiery wreck that split the Chevelle in two as it hit the back of a big rig. Seven cars got caught in the wreckage as the other car involved in the race is believed to have gotten away.

Unfortunately the two passengers in the Cadillac were killed. Those in the Chevelle were rushed to the hospital to be treated for serious injuries. Officials are not releasing any information as to the driver of the vehicle, but are saying that alcohol may have been involved and that the driving will most likely be facing murder charges for his involvement.

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in an automobile accident, contact a personal injury or wrongful death attorney immediately. While nothing can truly help with the pain or grief you may be feeling after an accident, holding individuals accountable for their actions can obtain you any financial compensation you are entitled to and make sure the guilty never harm another family again.

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.

Traffic Fatality Rate Drops in Texas, but State Remains Above National Average

Traffic Fatality Rate Drops in Texas, but State Remains Above National Average

Texas traffic fatality rates have dropped nearly 15% since 2006, according to a state audit of the Texas Department of Transportation released on Wednesday.

Improvements in roadway conditions and vehicle safety have contributed to this decline. Public awareness campaigns regarding drug and alcohol use, and the infamous “Click-it-or-Ticket” seat belt campaign have helped educate drivers about hazards that they can avoid. Improved enforcement like red-light cameras and higher frequency of sobriety checkpoints have made Texas roads safer.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration uses a formula that compares the number of traffic fatalities to hundred million miles driven. In 2006 in Texas there were 1.5 deaths per 100 million miles driven, and in 2010 the ratio dropped to 1.29 deaths per 100 million miles driven. However, national figures show a more dramatic difference as well as lower numbers. In 2006 there were 1.42 deaths per 100 million miles, and in 2010 there were 1.11 deaths per 100 million miles. Although numbers are down both statewide and nationwide, these numbers beg the question as to why Texas remains above the national average.

Doug Shupe, a spokesman for AAA Texas, says “Drinking and driving, distracted driving, speeding, red-light running, drowsy driving and not wearing seat belts are among the most common factors for traffic fatalities in the state and the nation.” A bill last year that would have banned texting while driving was vetoed. “Although we may be moving in the right direction in some areas, there are still far too many people dying on our roadways,” Shupe added.

The Dallas auto accident attorneys at Parker McDonald, P.C. have many years of experience practicing injury law and handling a wide range of different automobile accident cases.  These accident lawyers specialize in the following types of cases:  Car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful deaths, and more.  If you or someone you love have suffered serious injuries in an accident caused by the negligence of someone else, contact an experienced injury lawyer for a free legal consultation.

Liability in a Texas Sports Injury

Liability in a Texas Sports Injury

Sports Injuries and Liability

Playing some sports is inherently dangerous, and injury might be reasonably expected as a result. Other sports, however, don’t appear to carry an obvious risk of injury, and sports injuries might catch participants by surprise. Whether you’re prepared for an injury or not, the question of sports injuries and liability can be very murky. Things like damage wavers, professional contracts, the circumstances of the injury, where it occurred and the long-term consequences can all play a role in determining liability.

Sports Injuries and Wavers of Liability

To participate in many sports, you may be required to sign a waver of liability. This basically says that you understand that participating in the sport might be dangerous, and you agree not to hold the named parties liable if you’re injured. Wavers of liability may protect the coach, the organization or school, or the location or venue.

While the specifics vary from state to state, a waver of liability is usually enforceable, meaning you may not be able to recover if you were injured after signing a waver. However, in some cases, a waver may be invalid for one of several reasons, including: illegal content or format, fraud or misrepresentation, gross negligence or recklessness or products liability. If you have signed a waver of liability, you should consult an experienced Dallas injury attorney at Parker McDonald to determine if it’s enforceable or if you may still hve a right to recover.

Contact vs. Non-Contact Sports

Under most circumstances, sports are considered to carry an inherent degree of danger. When you participate in sports, you agree to assume that danger, and accept liability in the event of an injury. However, courts have made a distinction between contact and non-contact sports. Participation in contact sports involves a certain amount of assumed risk, meaning you expect you might get injured by participating in contact sports. However, when you participate in non-contact sports, injury may not be reasonably expected. In these cases, if you are injured, there may be a liability case.  The most important thing to do if you or someone in your family has suffered a serious injury is to seek proper medical attention. 


Dallas Watercraft Accidents

Personal Watercraft Accidents

With over a million personal watercraft in use today, the number of personal watercraft accidents is at an all time high. Fun activities and water sports such as waterskiing, wake-boarding, swimming, jet skiing and using a personal water craft have become extremely popular pastimes on the nation’s waterways. Unfortunately, with so many people using these devices, many of them inexperienced or intoxicated, roughly 5,000 personal watercraft accidents happen every year; involving over 2,000 injuries and close to 100 deaths. What are your rights in personal watercraft accidents?

Liability in Personal Watercraft Accidents

First and foremost, you have a right to operate your personal watercraft or boat safely in our nation’s waterways. You shouldn’t have to worry about inexperienced or intoxicated individuals causing personal watercraft accidents by crashing into you, causing you to tip over or be literally mowed down in the water.

Unfortunately, the laws relating to watercraft vessels are extremely complex. They require an intensive knowledge of specific state laws governing boating accidents, and they also require expertise with maritime law and international waterway laws. Determining liability and legal action if you’ve been injured in a personal watercraft accident requires the expertise of a savvy lawyer.  Visit the Dallas personal injury attorneys at Parker McDonald, P.C. website for more information on what to do if involved in an accident.

Jet Ski Accidents and Other High Speed Personal Water Crafts

Jet skis and other high-speed personal water crafts are small, fun, fast and inexpensive. As a result, they’ve been adopted by more and more people annually as a fun pastime. These quick, nimble watercraft can be extremely dangerous in the hands of an inexperienced, negligent or intoxicated driver. Jet Skis make up only 6.5% of boating vessels owned in the United States, but they’re involved in 55.6% of collisions and 33% of overall accidents. This is a disproportionate number given the quantity of Jet Skis to boats.

A Jet Skier is 7.2 times more likely to get hurt than a motor boater, and the injuries can be severe. Jet Skiers face the risk of drowning, carbon monoxide poisoning, burns, hypothermia, amputation, disfigurement, head injuries, soft tissue injuries and broken bones. People operating a Jet Ski have a duty of care to exercise caution and operate their equipment responsibly, and if they cause an accident, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against them.  If you have suffered a serious injury in a watercraft accident in the state of Texas make sure to visit the Texas Medical Center for information on recovery and rehabilitation.

Texas Aviation Accidents

Aviation Accidents

Statistically, flying is one of the safest forms of travel. There are far fewer accidents than driving every year, and fewer fatalities. However, due to the nature of aviation accidents, when they do happen, they’re usually catastrophic. Most airplane accidents result in the fatalities of everyone onboard. Some aviation accidents strike without warning, but many accidents are negligence-related.

Failure to properly maintain an aircraft, failure to respond appropriately to an aviation emergency, poor training and pilot error can all cause fatal aviation accidents. Preventable aviation accidents form the basis for liability, and may warrant personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits against the airline and responsible parties.  Contact a Parker McDonald, P.C. Dallas attorney with extensive experience handling accident cases for a free legal consultation if you or someone you love have suffered serious injuries in a personal injury accident.

Causes of Aviation Accidents

Airplane accidents may be caused by many things, some of which are unfortunate tragedies and some of which are preventable. Aviation accidents aren’t common, but there are many common factors in the accidents that do occur:

  •  Collisions with other aircraft;
  • Engine problems, including detached engine and engine failure;
  • Damage to the wings;
  • Collisions with mountains or other fixed objects;
  • In-flight fires;
  • Terrorist bombings;
  • Erroneous military action.

In many of these cases, aviation accidents could have been prevented. Collisions with other aircraft and fixed objects is often the result of pilot error. Engine problems may be preventable with proper maintenance. In some cases, the causes of aviation accidents is external, such as terrorist bombings or erroneous military action. However, in each of these actions, you have a right to a recovery on behalf of your deceased family members.

Liability in Aviation Accidents

Liability in aviation accidents can be a very difficult thing to determine. Liability can rest with the airline, a third-party responsible for design or defective products, or even a third party who took direct action against the airplane to cause a crash. In cases such as terrorist bombings, the airline could also share liability due to a failure to prevent the terrorist act from occurring. Aviation accidents fall under a completely different set of laws than most personal injury law, so if you’ve got a loved one who was injured in an aviation accident, it’s important to consult an experienced aviation attorney.  The state of Texas has many experienced and knowledgeable doctors who specialize in handling serious injuries.

Depuy Hip Replacement Lawsuits

Depuy Hip Replacement Lawsuits

Depuy Hip Replacement

A Hip Replacement is a major surgery in which the entire hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant. It is designed to restore motion in the hip joint and allow patients to become more active with release from chronic joint pain.

Johnson & Johnson’s pain and joint company DePuy, has issued a global recall of its metal hip replacement due to early failure in a significant amount of patients.These implants can cause pain, discomfort, and swelling of the area long after the healing process from the original surgery is done and implants can completely fail as early as two years after replacement.  It is important to get into contact with an experienced Texas hip replacement surgeon if you have been affected by a DePuy Hip Replacement.


• Constant Pain in the Hip

• Swelling

• Problems Walking

• Pain while sitting

These symptoms are normal if occurring right after hip-replacement, but should diminish shortly after surgery. However, if symptoms remain, or come back it is important to contact both your medical physician and a personal injury attorney for an evaluation. You may have a personal injury case against Depuy. There are currently many Depuy hip lawsuits against the manufacturer.

Head Injuries from Dallas Car Accidents

Auto accident victims who have suffered serious brain or head injuries require extensive rehabilitation and personalized treatment. In most circumstances, a lifetime of nursing care is required.  Your that Dallas personal injury lawyer that specializes in handling brain injury cases will consult with medical specialists, long term care specialists, life planners, accountants and others in order to prepare the most comprehensive case possible.

Personal Injury Compensation:

A personal injury claim will seek compensation for damages and injuries, often including:

  • Intensive care expenses
  • Lost income from the time of the accident
  • Hospital bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Future medical treatment
  • Medical treatment incurred
  • Automobile repair or replacement
  • Punitive damages, when applicable
  • Projected lost income

Car accidents can cause serious brain and head injuries to the victims of the auto accident. When the brain injury is really serious, it can also be called a catastrophic injury. These serious or traumatic brain injuries include but not limited too:

  • Brain hemorrhage
  • Seizures
  • Brain stem injury
  • Closed head injury
  • Concussion
  • Occipital lobe injury

Most serious or traumatic brain or head injuries need expensive, long term, medical treatment and immediate attention.  A serious head injury not only alters the life of the victim but also of the victim’s friends and family.  Sometimes extensive treatment and rehabilitation can help the victim and the victim’s family’s future but not always.  If you have suffered a brain injury it is important to get on the road to recovery.  Visit the Texas Brain Injury Recovery Center for more information on brain injury recovery.

Liability in a Dallas Birth Injury

Birth Injury Liability
Birth injury liability is a blanket term that covers several types of birth injuries: cerebral palsy and erbs palsy, brain injuries from birth, labor and delivery negligence and other types of birth injuries. The common factor in these injuries is that they occur as a result of negligence on the part of the hospital, nurses or delivering doctors. Birth injury liability language states that doctors, nurses and hospitals owe patients a reasonable duty of care. If these individuals fail to deliver this reasonable care, they may be liable for certain birth injuries.

Determining Birth Injury Liability
Medical professionals and hospitals can only be held liable for birth injuries if it can be demonstrated that they failed to act with a reasonable duty of care. For example, if a birth injury can be proven to have been caused in utero, before the delivery, the medical professionals responsible at the birth may not be liable for the injury. On the other hand, if a doctor could have reasonably been expected to spot a problem in utero during the pregnancy, and failed to treat it, the doctor could be liable for the injury.  If this is the case, contact your Dallas attorney that specializes in birth injuries for a free legal consultation.

More commonly, though, birth injury liability refers to injuries that occur at the time of the birth. Birth injuries that may be the result of negligence include things like:

• Failure to remove the child from the birth canal in a timely manner, resulting in lack of oxygen to the brain;
• Failure to recognize and treat seizures;
• Failure to notice a prolapsed cord, and respond appropriately;
• Improper use of equipment during a birth;
• Failure to respond to changes in fetal heart rate;
• Failure to diagnose and treat jaundice in a timely manner.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of birth injuries, but lists a few of the most common birth injuries that mothers and children encounter during the delivery process. The type of injury and the responsible party determine birth injury liability.  For more information on birth injuries visit http://www.lpch.org/diseasehealthinfo/healthlibrary/newborn/ncomnjry.html.

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