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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.


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.


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.


Hot air balloon crashes south of Austin, kills 16

A hot-air balloon operated by Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides crashed into high-tension power lines before coming to a violent landing in a pasture about 30 miles south of Austin on Saturday, July 30. The Lockhart accident resulted in the death of 16 individuals.

The hot-air balloon’s pilot, identified as 49-year-old Alfred “Skip” Nichols, moved to Texas from St. Louis, Missouri in 2014. Despite the negative press the pilot is receiving, his roommate, Alan Lirette, had nice things to say. “That’s the only thing I want to talk about, is that he’s a great pilot,” Lirette said. After the accident, police collected 14 personal devices, including cell phones and cameras. The police will use their findings to investigate the accident. As of yet, the victim’s identities have not been revealed.

At the Benton Law Firm, we see how difficult it is to recover from tragedies such as this one. Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of the victims in this accident.


Mother of girl with rope burn to neck sues school

Waco, Texas resident Sandy Rougely filed a personal injury claim against Live Oak Classical School, where her 12-year-old daughter is enrolled, after the girl returned from a school-sponsored camp out with an injury to the front half of her neck.

School trustee Jeremy Counseller said in a statement that the student injured her neck accidentally after an accident with a rope swing. He added that Rougely’s attorney was taking advantage of the incident for financial gain. Counseller also argued that the girl immediately received first aid from a parent chaperon who is also a physician, and that “she was able to enjoy the remainder of the field trip, which lasted through the next day.”

The girl recalled a different set of events. She said she was watching other classmates pull a rope to move the swing when she felt a rope wrapping around her neck from behind and being pulled against her neck. She said none of her classmates helped her, and when she removed the rope from her neck, she saw three boys who were known to be bullies standing behind her.

The personal injury team at The Benton Law Firm does everything possible to hold those who commit wrongdoings against others accountable for their negligent and irresponsible actions. Seek our legal advice and representation by calling our office at (214) 219-4878.


15% of adults living in residential care homes are injured from falls

A study conducted by the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, headed by Samuel Towne, Jr., PhD, discovered that 15% of people living in residential care homes suffer from an injurious fall every year.

More than 700,000 adults live in residential care facilities across the United States, with about 100,000 people at risk of being harmed from a fall.

According to Towne’s study, African American adults are less prone to injurious falls as compared with other racial groups at 5.5%, followed by Asians at 11%. Caucasians are the most susceptible to injurious falls at 15.5%.

The study also found that the size of the residential care facility was related to the prevalence of injurious falls – the larger the facility, the more likely it is for an injurious fall to occur. Statistics show that small or medium facilities (4 to 25 beds) had a fall rate of 11% while large or extra large facilities (26 to over 100 beds) had a fall rate of 16%.

As one of the leading causes of injury-related death among the elderly, falls that result from property defects could result in injury, or worse death. Our attorneys and legal staff at The Benton Law Firm are working double-time so that victims of personal injury accidents in Dallas can promptly receive much needed financial compensations. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team today by calling our offices at (214) 219-4878.

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