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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.


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.


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.


El Paso man arrested for vehicular accident that caused death of 33-year-old woman

El Paso, Texas resident Gonzalo Pasilla II was arrested on Wednesday, July 6 and charged with accident involving personal injury or death in relation to a two-vehicle collision on March 2, 2016 that resulted in the death of 33-year-old Ruth Naomi DeSoto.

According to police reports, DeSoto was driving a 2007 Jeep Liberty when it veered off the roadway on U.S. Route 54, crashed into the center divider cables, and flipped over. She was thrown out of her vehicle and into the southbound lanes. Passersby tried to stop oncoming traffic as she was sprawled on the ground, but a dark-colored car, allegedly driven by Pasillas, ran DeSoto over.

Court records showed Pasillas was arrested on Friday, July 1 for drunken driving. Pasillas posted a $600 bond and was released on Saturday, July 2. He was re-arrested on July 6.

When a loved one is injured or killed in an accident caused by a negligent driver, it is essential to hold the party responsible for their actions. Our legal team at The Benton Law Firm work diligently for our clients so that they may receive compensation for their emotional and financial burdens. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident in Dallas or other areas of Texas, please contact our office today for an initial free consultation by dialing (214) 219-4878.


Two vehicle collision near Edinburg kills one

A collision last Sunday, May 29, between a Ford Explorer and a Mazda SUV on State Highway 107 near the intersection with Cesar Chavez Road in Hidalgo County, resulted in the death of one individual.

According to preliminary investigations made by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the driver of the Ford crossed the median, entered the westbound lane, and crashed into the Mazda, causing the death of its driver, 53-year-old Edinburg resident Sylvia Espericueta Flores. Flores was declared dead at the scene of the accident while the driver of the Ford, who was not identified publicly, sustained minor injuries during the crash.

The attorneys at The Benton Law Firm see countless victims of unexpected car accidents and know how tragic car accidents can be for families, both emotionally and physically. Our thoughts and condolences are with the friends and families of the victim as they mourn the loss of a loved one.

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