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Car collision kills Longview man in Gregg County

A two-vehicle car collision that happened in Longview, Texas resulted in the death of one individual. The accident happened around 12:16 in the afternoon on Wednesday, January 11 in the 3500 block of Gilmer Road, Tucson News reported.

Police identified the victim as 31-year-old Longview resident Brett Alan Crump. According to preliminary investigations, Crump was heading south on Gilmer Road on his 2014 Erik Buell Racing motorcycle. At the same time, 47-year-old Eugene Allen Jones was heading north on Gilmer Road in a 2015 Chevrolet 1500 truck. Jones was trying to turn left onto Wain Drive when he collided with Crump’s motorcycle.

Police pronounced Crump dead at the scene of the accident, a Gregg County Justice of the Peace said. Even though Crump was wearing a helmet as he rode, he sustained critical head injuries after the accident. The driver of the Chevrolet received a citation for failure to yield the right of way.


Lynda Arnold loses life in vehicular accident

Lynda Arnold, 68, former mayor of Northlake and a Denton County justice of the peace, lost her life in a vehicular accident on January 5. Arnold wrote Trails, Trials, and Tears: The Life and Legacy of Texas Lil about her ranch, the Star-Telegram reported.

Her death occurred at approximately 11:20 a.m. on U.S. Route 287 near the Blue Mound Road exit in northwest Fort Worth. According to Fort Worth police Sergeant Marc Povero, another southbound vehicle rear-ended Arnold’s vehicle. A Tarrant County medical examiner declared Arnold dead at the scene of the accident.

Arnold owned a successful tourism business, but she faced arrest on a felony charge of tampering with evidence in 2004. Although a grand jury did not indict her, she went bankrupt after the accident. According to her son, Trace Arnold, “She went the way she would have wanted, quick, painless and not long, drawn-out painful illness.” He added “There are going to be some new boots and hats in heaven today.”


Murphy police chief encourages safety for pedestrians

Murphy Police Chief Arthur “Trey” Cotten emphasized the dangers of crossing the street without paying proper attention. “Serious injuries can result from carelessness and inattention. People crossing streets can be extremely vulnerable,” according to the Collin County cop.

He also commented on the state’s lack of rules criminalizing distracted driving. “Other than in school zones, we do not have what’s become known as a ‘distracted driver’ ordinance on the books. So while it is not against the law to talk on a phone or interact with a mobile device while driving, we strongly encourage drivers to put away their devices or use a hands-free system while behind the wheel.” Cotten further advised motorists: “attention to surroundings, for both the driver and the pedestrian, will go a long way in preventing accidents. Of course, wearing bright colors while walking during the day, and reflective or light colored clothing at night are extremely helpful.”

Our attorneys at The Benton Law Firm provide legal services for our clients in Dallas and other areas in Texas. We handle personal injury accident cases, such as wrongful death and pedestrian accidents, among others. Call our offices at (214) 219-4878 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team about your case.


Friendswood car accident results in one fatality

An individual lost his life after a car accident in Friendswood, Texas on Saturday, November 12 just before 12 a.m.. The Houston Chronicle reported the accident, which occurred in the greater Houston area.

According to preliminary investigations, Joshua Parsons was driving a Camaro in the area when he rushed past a stop sign. Neglecting to yield sent him speeding into a ditch, which caused the vehicle to overturn. Parsons and the front-seat passenger, Tyler Greenig, went to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. The back-seat passenger, identified as Stephen Montgomery, was declared dead at the scene of the accident. Parsons and Greenig both sustained non-life-threatening injuries due to the incident. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office reported Parsons will be facing intoxication manslaughter charges.

At The Benton Law Firm, we see too many tragic accidents like this one. Our sincerest condolences are with the family as they mourn the loss of their loved one.


Fort Worth ISD uncovers lead contamination in drinking water

Fort Worth Independent School District voluntarily tested the drinking water of their schools in June 2016. The investigation occurred after the lead contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan gained notoriety all over the country. Workers started demolishing old water fountains they believe were the source of the lead contamination.

Fort Worth ISD is recommending no more than 15 parts per billion of lead in water samples for schools. That number is much stricter than the standard set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA recommends no more than 20 parts per billion.

A recent lab report that conducted testing of the drinking water in Fort Worth ISD showed that out of 127 schools, 67 schools had all their water samples come back below 15 parts per billion. However, there were 34 schools found to have high levels of lead in their water, one of which was R. L. Paschal High School.

At The Benton Law Firm, we provide personalized attention to every personal injury accident case we handle in Dallas and other areas of Texas. Seek the legal assistance of the qualified members of our legal team by calling our offices today at (214) 219-4878.


Vehicular accident kills mother helping daughter-in-law

A woman killed in a vehicular accident was trying to help her daughter-in-law who ran out of fuel. The accident occurred at the Southwest Freeway and Belfort in Houston, Texas around 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 15.

The daughter-in-law had her 9-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter with her in the vehicle when she ran out of gas. She called her mother-in-law for help. When her mother-in-law came with fuel, and as the two of them were filling up the car, another car driving along the highway crashed into a van. When the car veered off the roadway, it ran into the family’s sedan. The mother-in-law, who was outside the vehicle, died at the scene of the accident. Her daughter-in-law and her grandchildren sustained non-life-threatening wounds.

At The Benton Law Firm, we witness tragic events such as this one far too often. Our condolences are with the family of the victim during this painful time.


Drunk driving accident lawsuit filed against intoxicated driver

A drunk driving accident in Texarkana occurred around 2 a.m. on Sept. 29, 2013 and resulted in the deaths of two people. Another person ended up permanently disabled. The case is now at the center of a personal injury lawsuit, filed in Miller County Court in Arkansas during the last week of September.

Unfortunately, 38-year-old driver Tameka Pavon and 34-year-old Jercarlos Hawkins died in the accident. Twenty-eight-year-old Genaro Camacho, the plaintiff, survived the ordeal. Nevertheless, he sustained critical injuries. Camacho filed a lawsuit primarily against Chad Caldwell, who ran a red light at the intersection of State Line Avenue and 14th Street. Caldwell’s negligence resulted in Caldwell’s vehicle colliding with Camacho’s. Camacho’s complaint claims Caldwell drank at least 20 beers and several mixed drinks at Hopkins, an ice house. Additionally, he says the drinks continued after Camacho was intoxicated.

If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a personal injury accident in Dallas or another area of Texas as the result of the negligent actions of other parties, do not hesitate to ask for the legal help of our attorneys at The Benton Law Firm by calling our offices today at (214) 219-4878.


Intoxication manslaughter charge leaves woman to serve 12 years

Thirty-one-year-old Seadrift, Texas resident Margarita Lissett Galeana pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter and an accident involving personal injury or death. Her sentencing occurred on Thursday, September 15 in relation to the death of 34-year-old Emily Jean Brown. Galeana must serve two 12-year jail terms for the charges; however, she can serve her terms concurrently.

Investigators found Brown’s body in a flipped 2001 Oldsmobile after she drowned in Chocolate Bayou in Brazoria County. In a news release, Calhoun County District Attorney Dan Heard said the women were drinking in Port Lavaca prior to the crash. While navigating home, Galeana drove into the bayou after running a stop sign. She exited the sinking car and managed to hitch a ride back to Seadrift. Once home, she reported the Oldsmobile as stolen. Galeana did not mention to anyone that she left Brown in the sinking car.

If someone you love was the victim of intoxication manslaughter caused by the irresponsible actions of others, you deserve financial compensation. Do not hesitate to get in touch with the personal injury accident attorneys at The Benton Law Firm. Call our Dallas offices at (214) 219-4878 to schedule an appointment with a qualified member of our legal team.


Family of Sandra Bland settles lawsuit for $1.9M

Waller County Jail will pay $1.8 million to settle the wrongful death lawsuit lodged by the family of Sandra Bland. The Texas Department of Public Safety will pay the remaining $100,000. Sandra Bland lost her life while imprisoned in Waller County Jail after a controversial traffic stop and arrest last year.

The jail will also implement changes regarding their operations. In particular, they plan to keep emergency nurses on call at all times and make use of sensors to ensure proper monitoring of inmates. Bland was 28 when police found her dead in her jail cell in July 2015. Authorities found her three days after police stopped and arrested her for a minor traffic violation. The officer responsible for her arrest is Trooper Brian Encinia. Authorities ruled her death a suicide.

The attorneys at the Benton Law Firm go out of their way to help their clients win personal injury and wrongful death cases. We respond promptly to emails and phone calls and make it a point to ensure our clients’ worries and doubts regarding their case are assuaged. Call our offices in Dallas, Texas at (214) 219-4878 to see what we can do for you.


Four of the most dangerous intersections in Texas are in Austin

A new study from the Texas Department of Transportation revealed some of the most dangerous intersections in the state. They included accident sites that had at least 48 collisions within the last four years.

According to TDoT, four of the 279 most dangerous intersections in Texas are in Austin. In particular, the worst intersection in Austin is located at East Riverside and South Valley Road. Sadly, that is the site of 68 crashes, 53 injuries, and no fatalities, Data ranged between 2012 and 2015. Next on the list is the intersection at Lamar Boulevard and Parmer Lane where 56 crashes, 45 injuries, and one fatality occurred. Following are the intersections at Lamar Boulevard and Butler Road, as well as Riverside and Willow Creek Drive

At the Benton Law Firm, we make sure that we commit our undivided attention to your personal injury accident case. We want to walk with you through every step, as we hold people accountable for the harm they caused. Call our Dallas offices today at (214) 219-4878 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.

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