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Traumatic Brain Injuries: What You Need to Know

by Texas Christian Injury Lawyer, Tim O’Hare

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Traumatic brain injuries are caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. A traumatic brain injury can occur as the result of a fall, sports or work-related injury, car crash, assault or any number of other ways. More than half of all traumatic brain injuries are caused by falls, while nearly 20 percent are caused by auto accidents.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can range from mild (a concussion) to severe and may require extensive medical care or surgery. In the United States, traumatic brain injury is a major cause of death and disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control, TBIs contribute to more than 30 percent of all injury-related deaths, while thousands of other victims will experience permanent disability due to traumatic brain injury.

A majority (75 percent) of traumatic brain injuries are mild injuries or concussions. Signs of a mild brain injury include:

  • Brief unconsciousness or confusion
  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating

One-quarter of all traumatic brain injury cases are severe. Individuals who have experienced a severe traumatic brain injury may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Unconsciousness lasting more than 30 minutes
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Abnormal or slurred speech
  • Serious Cognitive issues

Medical care for a traumatic brain injury, as well as long-term care is expensive and for the injured and their families, these expenses can be crippling.

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a fall, an automobile, truck  or motorcycle accident, or a job injury, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. Our personal injury lawyers in Dallas have extensive experience working on brain injury cases. We will help you receive all due compensation for your injury or loss.

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By : Tim O'Hare /December 05, 2018 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Reading This May Save a Child’s Life. Please Share.

by Distracted Driving Lawyer, Tim O’Hare

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It has been a tragic week for families across the country as five school-aged children lost their lives in a string of accidents at school bus stops.

The first accident on Tuesday morning killed 6-year-old twins, Xzavier and Mason Ingle and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia. Their 11-year-old neighbor was airlifted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

On Wednesday, 9-year-old Dalen was killed after being hit by a truck at his Mississippi school bus stop.  In Kentucky, two young brothers were hit while crossing an intersection.

In Pennsylvania on Thursday, a school bus driver arrived at a bus stop to find a 7-year-old boy who had been killed in a hit-and-run while waiting for the bus. On the same day in Tampa, five children and two adults were hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle at a bus stop.

These tragic accidents highlight the dangers our children face while getting on and off a school bus. According to the National Safety Council, each year, about 120 fatalities occur at school bus stops across the nation. Many of these accidents are the result of distracted driving.

The laws regarding school bus stops are much the same in most states. According to Texas law, drivers in all lanes must stop when a school bus is stopped with it’s “stop” arm extended or flashing red lights are on. If there is a median or barrier in the road, traffic on the other side of the road from where the bus is stopped does not have to stop.

As daylight savings time comes to an end this weekend, it’s important to take extra precautions as more children will be getting on school buses in the dark. Put away distractions and focus on the road, especially during your morning commute when children are out waiting on their bus to take them to school.

If you are a parent, take some time to review these important school bus and school safety tips with your child.

1. Always get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is due to arrive.
2. Never run across the road to catch the bus.
3. If you have to walk on roads where there is no sidewalk, walk against traffic. Try to stay off the road as much as possible.
4. When crossing the street to get to the bus, always look left, then right, then left again. If cars or other objects are obstructing your view, go to the nearest corner crosswalk.
5. When the bus approaches, stand at least three large steps from the curb.
6. Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says it’s okay to board before stepping onto the bus.
7. Never walk behind the bus or close to the side of the bus. You could be in the driver’s blind spot.
8. If you drop something near the bus, don’t pick it up until you tell the bus driver or he/she may not see you.
9. Pay attention while crossing the street. Don’t rely solely on the crossing guard for safety; be sure to always look both ways before crossing.

If you or your child has been hurt as the result of a school bus or transportation-related accident, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with a Dallas car accident injury attorney.

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By : Tim O'Hare /November 04, 2018 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

We Pursue Drunk Drivers with Every Resource We Have – What You Need to Know About Suing a Drunk Driver for Your Injury or Loss

by Dallas Car Accident Lawyer, Tim O’Hare

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Texas leads the nation in traffic fatalities and distracted driving and drunk driving are the two biggest factors in fatal crashes. Anyone who drives while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be criminally prosecuted and may face jail time, fines, community service and/or could have their license suspended or revoked. If a drunk driver causes an accident, the severity of his or her sentence may be dependent on whether or not injury or death resulted from the crash.

Drunk drivers who cause injury to another individual can face intoxication assault charges, and could spend up to 10 years in prison. Drunk drivers who cause an accident in which a victim dies face intoxication manslaughter charges and could spend up to 20 years in prison. (Read more about Texas drunk driving laws and penalties here.)

Though drunk drivers may face criminal charges, those consequences do little for the victim or the victim’s family, other than ensuring another drunk driver was taken off the road. If you have lost a loved one, been injured, or your property was damaged as the result of a drunk driving accident, you have the right to be compensated for your losses.

These losses may include:

  • Hospital bills
  • Expense of ongoing medical care
  • Repair or replacement of damaged property
  • Physical and mental therapy
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of life

If you have been the victim of a drunk driving accident, or have had a loved one killed in a car crash caused by a drunk driver, you have the right to sue the drunk driver. In Texas, under the Dram Shop Act, victims of drunk driving accidents can even sue the bar or restaurant who served the drunk driver for their losses.

Ultimately, we know that there is no monetary compensation that can ever replace the loss of a loved one, but it is important that the victim’s family does not bear the financial burden of medical and funeral costs alone.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a Drunk Driver or a Distracted Driver, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to fight for you. We know how to handle these types of cases and will work to maximize your financial recovery. Contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare.

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By : Tim O'Hare /October 12, 2018 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Monsters of the Road: The Dangers of Trucking Accidents

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by Dallas and Carrollton Truck Accident Lawyer, Tim O’Hare

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Sharing the road with commercial trucks, such as tractor-trailers and semi-trucks is a necessity in today’s world, but it doesn’t come without risk. These trucks weigh tons and travel at high rates of speed on the highway. When involved in an accident with a smaller vehicle, the results can be catastrophic.

The sheer force of the impact of being rear-ended by a semi-truck can cause life-altering injuries and even death. Traumatic brain injury, fractures, broken bones, internal injuries, soft tissue injuries, spinal cord injury and paralysis are all very real possibilities if you are ever involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler or other large commercial truck.

Not only could being hit from behind by a semi-truck cause you to come to a sudden stop, resulting in serious injury from the sheer g-forces involved, in some cases, a large truck could completely crush a smaller vehicle.

Every year, there are more than 450,000 trucking accidents on U.S. roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 5,000 motorists are killed in accidents involving large trucks and an estimated 140,000 are injured. In an accident involving a passenger vehicle and a semi or commercial truck, 74 percent of those killed are passengers in the car.

Dangerous and deadly trucking accidents may be attributed to driver negligence, distracted driving, fatigue, speeding, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, inexperienced driving or improperly loaded or overloaded cargo in a commercial truck.

Not every accident is avoidable, but there are tips you can remember to help protect yourself and your passengers from serious injury or death in a trucking accident.

Treat trucks differently than other cars. Big rig trucks weigh as much as 30 times more than a passenger car. Due to their sheer size, it is nearly impossible for semi trucks to come to a sudden stop. For example, a semi truck that is moving at 55 miles per hour can take the length of a football field to come to a complete stop. The size of an 18-wheeler also makes it difficult for the truck driver to change lanes. Never pull out in front of a semi truck and avoid situations where you may need to suddenly stop in front of a large truck.

Keep yourself visible. Driving next to a semi or directly behind one can make it very difficult for the truck driver to see you. Do not follow too closely or stay directly next to a semi truck. A general rule is that if you cannot see the truck’s side mirrors, the driver cannot see you.

Never stop on the side of the road. Pulling onto the shoulder of a busy highway could cost you your life. If you have a flat tire or are having trouble with your car, if at all possible, pull completely off the road, either onto the grass or onto a side road or into a parking lot. Drivers of large trucks like 18-wheelers may have a hard time seeing a car stopped on the side of the road until it is too late — especially at night. If you do stop on the side of the road, do not stay in your car. Watch for traffic and carefully get you and your passengers out and move as far away from traffic as possible until help arrives.

Always wear your seatbelt. Proper driver and passenger restraint in a vehicle is absolutely necessary in order to reduce the effects of g-forces on the body in any accident. The seatbelt will protect you from being thrown into the interior of the vehicle, such as the dash or another seat and can prevent ejection in an accident. The extra “stretching” of a seatbelt can also help reduce the amount of g-forces put on your body in an accident.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one as the result of a trucking accident, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare today. We will help you receive all due compensation for your injury or loss.

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By : Tim O'Hare /October 05, 2018 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Do You Know What to Do If You’re in a Car Accident?

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by Dallas car accident injury attorney, Tim O’Hare

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Nobody woke up this morning planning to be in a car accident today, yet every day on Texas roads, one reportable car accident occurs about every 59 seconds, according to TXDOT. In 2017, 254,853 people were injured in car accidents (one injury every two minutes and four seconds) and 3,794 people lost their lives (one every two hours and 21 minutes) on Texas roads.

Though the fatality rate on Texas roadways decreased slightly (2.86 percent) from 2016 to 2017, even one death is one too many. Each of us can do our part to make Texas roads more safe by following driving laws, and eliminating factors such as distracted driving and drunk driving.

But even so, the reality is that every driver, no matter how experienced, should always be prepared for an accident to happen. If you are involved in a car accident, do you know what to do? Being prepared in the event of a car wreck can certainly save you some headache, but it may even mean the difference between life and death.

Here are nine steps to take if you are involved in a car accident. Take time to review these steps with every driver in your household.

Turn your car engine off and turn on hazard lights. Leaving your car running increases chances of a fire sparking. Hazard lights should be used to warn other drivers. If available, place caution triangles or set out flares to warn oncoming traffic, especially at night.

Do not leave the scene of the accident. Stay calm and avoid arguing with or accusing anyone else who was involved in the accident. It’s also important that you not make any admission of blame in the accident. If possible, move your vehicle to the shoulder of the road to get it out of the way of oncoming traffic. Get all passengers out of the vehicle and stand as far off the roadway as possible.

Call 9-11. Report any injuries immediately and ask for a law enforcement officer and EMT to come to the scene. When a law enforcement officer arrives, get the officer’s name, badge number, police station address and phone number. Ask how you can get a copy of the accident report and when the report will be filed.

Seek Medical Attention. If you are injured, seek prompt medical attention. Call a reputable personal injury lawyer before speaking with any insurance company representatives.

Exchange information. After an accident, exchange name, address, phone number, insurance company, policy number, driver’s license number and license plate number with any other drivers involved in the accident. Be sure to note the relationship between the individual driving and the owner of the vehicle if their names don’t match. Also, get complete contact info from any witnesses who saw the collision.

Photograph and document the accident. Make note of the year, make, model and color of all cars involved in the collisions. Use your camera to document any damage to all vehicles, as well as position of cars and context of the accident.

Do not accept offers to settle on the spot. Individuals who are not carrying car insurance or have another reason to avoid legal trouble may attempt to get you to settle by offering cash payment on the scene. Do not accept any settlements on the scene as you may be liable for the damages to your car later on.

Always carry an emergency kit in your car. This kit should include a pen and paper for taking notes, a disposable camera if you don’t have your cell phone and information about medical allergies or medical conditions that emergency responders may need to know about. A flashlight, first aid kit, and caution triangles are also important items to keep in your emergency kit.

Keep a list of contact numbers in your phone and in your car. Designate an ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact in your phone. Enter your emergency contact into your phone book with ICE before his or her name.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in a car accident, contact  The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare to speak with a Dallas car accident attorney today.

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By : Tim O'Hare /September 07, 2018 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Two Killed in Fiery Train-Car Collision; Could This Accident Have Been Prevented?

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by Dallas – Ft. Worth Car Accident Attorney, Tim O’Hare

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Two people lost their lives and 11 others were sent to the hospital after a fiery crash involving a passenger train and a dump truck in Ft. Worth.

Reports indicate the westbound Trinity Railway Express (TRE) train was traveling under the speed limit, moving at about 74 mph, when it struck the dump truck, blowing out windows on the train and instantly igniting the truck on fire. According to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), the crossing arms were down when the crash occurred, indicating the driver of the truck allegedly drove around the crossing arms as the train approached.

Tragically, both the driver and passenger in the truck were killed. Dozens of train passengers were evaluated at the scene, and 11 were taken to area hospitals, two of whom were in critical condition and three others have serious but not life-threatening injuries.

According to statistics from Operation Lifesaver, in 2017, more than 2,100 train/car collisions occurred at railway crossings, resulting in 274 fatalities and more than 800 injuries. Calculations from NHTSA reveal that motorists are nearly 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than a collision involving another motor vehicle.

While train/car collisions are certainly less common than other car accidents, even a single fatality is one too many. Take some time to review these safety tips and facts from Operation Lifesaver.

  • Not all trains travel at fixed times, and schedules can change. Always expect a train at each highway-rail crossing and look carefully before crossing.
  • The average freight train traveling at 55 mph takes more than one mile to come to a stop. Trains simply cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision with a vehicle or pedestrian.
  • Trains always have right of way over emergency vehicles, police, cars and pedestrians.
  • Never race a train to a crossing. Even if you tie, you lose.
  • Trains are closer and moving faster than you think. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to pass before proceeding across the tracks.
  • Never drive around lowered gates. Not only is it illegal, it’s also deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the emergency number posted on the crossing signal or notify your local law enforcement agency.
  • If your vehicle stalls on the tracks, get out immediately and move away from tracks, even if you do not see a train coming. Once you are safely away from the tracks, locate the emergency notification system sign and call the number provided.
  • When you need to cross tracks, whether driving or walking, always cross at a designated crossing area and look both ways.

Visit Operation Lifesaver at www.oli.org for more safety tips.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one as a result of a car, truck or train accident, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with an award-winning car accident Personal Injury attorney.

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By : Tim O'Hare /August 28, 2018 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

8 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe on Their Way Back to School

by distracted driving lawyer, Tim O’Hare

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School is back in session! As parents everywhere rejoice, it’s important for adults everywhere to be reminded that school zones are active again, so drivers should pay close attention when driving in school zones, as well as near school buses on their morning and afternoon routes.

According to NHTSA, about 18 school-aged children die in school transportation-related crashes each year. Twelve of those are pedestrians crossing the street on their way to or from school.

Texas school zone law, under HB 347, prohibits the use of a cell phone when driving through an active school zone. This includes driving on property of a public elementary, middle or high school. Vehicles that are stopped, drivers using hands-free devices or those making an emergency call are all exempt from this law.

The speed limit in an active school zone drops to 20 m.p.h. Speeding through a school zone also means higher fines and court fees for drivers. But remembering the laws that apply to an active school zone isn’t just about avoiding fines. It’s about keeping kids safe.

If you are a parent, take some time to review these important school bus and school safety tips with your child.

1. Always get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is due to arrive.
2. Never run across the road to catch the bus.
3. If you have to walk on roads where there is no sidewalk, walk against traffic. Try to stay off the road as much as possible.
4. When crossing the street to get to the bus, always look left, then right, then left again. If cars or other objects are obstructing your view, go to the nearest corner crosswalk.
5. When the bus approaches, stand at least three large steps from the curb.
6. Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says it’s okay to board before stepping onto the bus.
7. Never walk behind the bus or close to the side of the bus. You could be in the driver’s blind spot.
8. If you drop something near the bus, don’t pick it up until you tell the bus driver or he/she may not see you.
9. Pay attention while crossing the street. Don’t rely solely on the crossing guard for safety; be sure to always look both ways before crossing.

As adults, it is our responsibility not only to teach our children to be safe, but to make a habit of always practicing safe driving, especially in school zones. Put away distractions when driving through school zones, observe the posted speed limit and watch for children crossing the street. If you are unsure if a school zone is active, always assume it is.

If you or your child has been hurt as the result of a school transportation-related accident, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with a Dallas car accident injury attorney.

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By : Tim O'Hare /August 15, 2018 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Is Your Job a Killer? 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

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by Texas Christian Injury Lawyer, Tim O’Hare

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In 1970, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) to set and enforce safety standards in the workplace. Since that time, workplace fatalities have dropped more than 50 percent, but no matter how many standards and regulations are put into place, some jobs are simply more dangerous than others.

Most of us work in a relatively safe environment and mistakes made on the job rarely result in bodily injury or death. But in some professions, accidents and mistakes can cause great harm and even be fatal.

According to OSHA,  5,190 workers were killed on the job in 2016. On average, that’s more than 99 deaths per week or more than 14 deaths every day. OSHA considers the “Fatal Four” work related accidents to be: falls, electrocutions, struck by an object and caught in or between something.

Which jobs are most dangerous? That depends on how you look at the numbers. One metric used by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics is to look at fatal work injuries calculated per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers — this is the fatal work injury rate. Based on this rate, here are the top 10 most dangerous jobs in America. Is your job one of them?

10. Grounds Maintenance Workers: 17.4 fatal work injury rate; 217 total fatalities.
9. Supervisors of Construction Workers: 18.0 fatal work injury rate; 134 fatalities.
8. Farmers, Ranchers and Agricultural Managers: 23.1 fatal work injury rate; 260 fatalities.
7. Truck Drivers and Other Drivers: 24.7 fatal work injury rate; 918 fatalities.
6. Structural Iron and Steel Workers: 25.1 fatal work injury rate; 16 fatalities.
5. Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors: 34.1 fatal work injury rate; 31 fatalities.
4. Roofers: 48.6 fatal work injury rate; 101 fatalities.
3. Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers: 55.5 fatal work injury rate; 75 fatalities.
2. Fishers and Related Fishing Workers: 86.0 fatal work injury rate; 24 fatalities.
1. Logging Workers: 135.9 fatal work injury rate; 91 fatalities.

If you have suffered an injury at work, you may be entitled to financial damages. Monetary damages you may be able to recover include any medical expenses you incurred as a result of the workplace injury, including doctor and hospital bills, medications, therapy and other related medical expenses as well as expected future medical expenses. You may also be entitled to receive payment for pain and suffering, mental and emotional anguish, lost wages and benefits, future earnings and diminishment of enjoyment of life due to your injury.

In cases where a workplace injury was the result of gross negligence on the part of another individual or entity, such as an employer or manufacturer, you may be able to collect punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer and to prevent the misconduct from being repeated in the future.

If you have suffered an injury while on-the-job, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. We will help you receive all due compensation for your injury or loss.

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By : Tim O'Hare /June 12, 2018 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

7 Tips for Safe Summer Driving

by Dallas Car Accident Attorney, Tim O’Hare

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Driving during the summer months can feel deceptively safe. After all, there’s no ice on the roads. The weather is hot and dry, keeping roads relatively dry. But statistics actually show that summer is a riskier time to be on the roads. In fact, according to the Insurance Information Institute, August is the deadliest month on U.S. roadways.

What makes summertime more hazardous for drivers? Here are a few factors that can increase summer driving dangers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

Road construction. Not only are there more drivers on the roads during the summer, there is generally more road work being done during the dry summer months. Each year, nearly 700 fatality accidents occur in construction zones. If you’re driving through a work zone, stay alert, pay attention to signs and slow down.

Tire blowouts. Hot weather causes hot air inside your tires to expand. The older and more worn the tires, the higher the risk. Regularly check your tires for signs of wear and tear and have them replaced as needed. If brand new tires aren’t in the budget, many tire shops offer discounts on lightly worn tires that may be in much better shape than your existing tires.

Teen drivers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that 38 percent more teenage driver deaths occur during the summer (June to August) than the preceding three months. During the summer, teens may spend more time driving than during the school year, and because they are less experienced drivers, teenage drivers are at an increased risk for accidents.

More motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists. The warm summer months draw people outside, which means there are more pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists on the road. Share the road, keep your eye out for pedestrians and leave plenty of distance between your vehicle and motorcycles.

Keep yourself and your family safe on Texas roads this summer with these tips:

1. Get your car ready for summer. Test your battery, check your tires, have fluids checked and make sure brakes and lights work properly.
2. Wear sunglasses when driving to avoid the hazard of sun glare.
3. Avoid driving in flip flops, which can easily get caught under the pedals.
4. Evenly distribute weight in your car when packing for a road trip.
5. Avoid distractions including cell phone use and eating while driving.
6. NEVER leave children or pets in a car unattended. Temperatures inside a vehicle can quickly climb to dangerous levels in a few short minutes.
7. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination when traveling, and take rest breaks as needed.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one as a result of a car accident, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with an award-winning Dallas car accident  attorney.

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By : Tim O'Hare /May 24, 2018 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Texas Mom Killed by Drunk Wrong-Way Driver


by Dallas Car Accident Attorney, Tim O’Hare

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Last week, a 31-year-old intoxicated driver killed a young Texas mother after he drove the wrong way on Interstate 20 in Duncanville. A witness captured much of the incident on camera, including good Samaritans who rushed to the woman’s aid in an effort to save her life.

Amberly McCray was just 23 years old and leaves behind a 9-month-old son.

Sadly, this was not the first time the driver who took Amberly’s life has been accused of driving while intoxicated.

Every year, more than 300 wrong-way crashes occur on Texas roadways. The National Transportation Safety Board estimates that wrong-way driving accounts for about three percent of all high-speed highway accidents. Wrong-way crashes on highways are particularly deadly, as they involve a head-on collision between two vehicles traveling at high rates of speed. According to Federal data, approximately 350 people die every year as the result of a wrong-way accident.

Although some of these deadly car accidents can be attributed to driver confusion or medical conditions, many times drugs or alcohol are to blame. A 2012 NTSB special investigation report states that nearly two-thirds of wrong-way drivers in fatal collisions were driving under the influence of alcohol, and at least 57 percent had a blood-alcohol level above .15 percent.

While there is never an excuse for drunk driving, there are things we can do to reduce our risk of becoming the victim of a wrong-way crash:

Drive in the right lane. Most drivers drive in the right lane, which means someone who is driving the wrong way is more likely to be traveling in the left lane of oncoming traffic (the lane to the wrong-way driver’s right).

Avoid driving late at night. Many wrong-way and drunk driving accidents occur in the late hours of the night or early hours of the morning. Whether you are on a road trip or simply traveling home from an evening out with friends, make a point to avoid driving late at night.

Report wrong-way drivers. If you see somebody driving the wrong-way, call 911 immediately. The sooner law enforcement is notified the greater the chance the wrong-way driver will be stopped before causing a deadly accident.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one as a result of drunk driving or a wrong-way car accident, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with a Dallas car accident  attorney.

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By : Tim O'Hare /April 27, 2018 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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