Gulf Freeway gets shut down after early morning collision that causes the driver to become severely injured. The Accident involved a Nissan Altima that was heading northbound around the 7800 block of the Gulf Freeway around 3 A.M.. The driver crashed their vehicle into the concrete retaining wall riding the wall, bouncing off and then crashing back into the all a second time. This caused the vehicle to facing the oncoming traffic after the vehicle spun around.
Another vehicle also traveling northbound struck the Altima with such force that it caused both vehicles to be destroyed in the collision. Both vehicles were inoperable and it caused the police to shut down traffic for the interstate for an hour, and impacted the traffic for several hours delaying many. The driver of the Altima was not wearing a seatbelt and was seriously injured from the collision. They were taken to Ben Taub General Hospital and are listed as in serious condition. The Gulf Freeway was shut down to all traffic from 7:30 am to 8:30am. Witnesses said that the traffic from the Freeway closure did not resume until at least 9:45 am on parts of the freeway.
While this accident seems to have had multiple issues that could impact its ultimate outcome. It is sad to hear that the driver was not wearing their seatbelt. While not mentioned in this story it is often that many accidents that occur around 3 am in the morning involve alcohol. The news article did say that the other driver fled from the scene and has not been found.
Following an accident of this nature one can expect large hospital bills and other medical bills to incur. Car accidents can cause serious injuries and even lead to death in some cases. The driver of the Altima is lucky to be alive after an accident of this severity, especially considering that the driver did not use a seatbelt. If you or a loved one has been involved in a Car Accident you may have legal rights and options available to you. Call a Galveston Car Accident Lawyer to discuss your legal rights if you have suffered personal injury from an accident.
Galveston, Texas - A horrific fatal car accident occurred on the Galveston Seawall last Thursday night and tragically kills a woman in the crash. The auto accident occurred around 11:36 P.M. Both vehicles involved in the accident went over the seawall and were on the sandy beach below. The Galveston police department responded from a 911 call that described the incident as a major accident at the 4100 block of the Galveston Seawall BLVD. Upon the police officers arrival, they noticed that each vehicle still has its driver inside in need of help. Galveston Fire and EMS arrived and had started to extract and assess their injuries and need for medical attention. Sadly, the 54 year old woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Galveston police obtained a search warrant for Mr. Flores’ blood because of the suspicion of this accident being a drunken driving accident that involved the use of alcohol or other intoxicating substance. The results of the test are still pending. However, the police arrested, Gerado Flores, age 34, and he has been charged with manslaughter for the crash that killed the other party. After being arrested he was transported to the John Sealy Emergency Room for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. After his release from the hospital he will be taken to the Galveston County Jail and will be held on a $75,000 bond. An investigation of the accident took place by the Galveston Police Accident Reconstruction team, with the participation from detectives from the Criminal investigation Division and the Crime Scene Unit. The investigation units concluded that “Flores was traveling westbound in [a] Impala on the Seawall Blvd but was driving on the eastbound lines. Witnesses said that [the other party] was legally parked in a parking spot on the south side of the seawall, facing east, and was seated in the vehicle. Flores [traveling the wrong lane of traffic] drifted over into the parking lane and struck the [woman’s vehicle], head on, causing both vehicles to be ejected of the seawall.
If you have been in a car accident, suffered an injury, or someone you love has been injured or killed in a vehicle accident, let our Galveston Car Accident Attorney at the Pascoe Law Firm help you to understand your legal rights and options available. Your consultation is free and we take injury cases on a contingency fee arrangement. Our we service the areas of League City / Galveston. Our Galveston Personal Injury Lawyer at the Pascoe Law Firm has experience representing Texas drivers and passengers who have been injured in a car accident.
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On January 13, 2015 Marathon Petroleum had a release occur of white powdery substance from the Galveston Bay refinery which they own. This white sand like powder can be very dangerous and was released into the Bayou Vista, La Marque, and Texas City areas. It covered cars, houses, and the locate area making it look like it had snowed. This substance which is being referred to as a “catalyst” was released at about 8:25 am on Tuesday. It was released from a fluid catalytic cracking unit located at the refineries facilities. It is made up of aluminum, silica and small amounts of nickel.
This white powdery substance could cause cold and flu like illnesses and can be dangerous if exposed to large amounts of it. If you feel it after being exposed to this substance it is best to seek immediate medical attention by your medical doctor. Additionally, it can cause skin, eye or lung irritation. It is primarily silica sand and aluminum oxide. No shelter-in place order was issued at this time.
If you have been exposed to this substance please do not sign any release of liability until the full scope of your injuries can be determined. Some feel the area near the Texas City location is a ticking time bomb that could explode at any point. Many residents in the area expressed concern about their safety and health following a release of this nature. It seems that releases like the white powdery substance that occurred at the Galveston Bay Refinery happen with a surprising regularity and that is alarming. After an incident like the one mentioned above it is best to speak with a personal injury lawyer to discuss the full scope of legal options that you have available.
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18 Wheeler Accident Involving School Bus occurred today. The 18 Wheeler accident occurred today and it involved an Aldine ISD school bus. The accident occurred on Friday afternoon around 3 o’clock. The 18 wheeler was turning wide when the bus hit the rear of the 18 Wheeler. There were 19 students on the bus at the time of the 18 wheeler accident. Luckily, at this time none of the student’s injuries are thought to be life threatening, 9 students were transported to the hospital after this 18 wheeler accident. Aldine ISD is saying that its bus driver is not at fault for the 18 wheeler accident.
A second bus accident also occurred Friday afternoon involving a Nimitz High school bus. It is being reported that 25-30 students from the school were on the bus at the time of the accident. The facts of the second accident are still developing and being reported as the media finds out more. It is being reported that the students were taken to the hospital as a precaution according to school officials. However, none of the bus accident injuries at this time appear to be serious or life threatening. As mentioned above, the details of this accident are still under investigation.
Bus accidents and 18 wheeler accidents are serious and occur more frequently during the recent rainy weather. It is lucky at this time none of the injuries appear to be life threating. However, that does not mean that injuries could not have occurred from the accident. Even small impact car accidents can create injuries to one’s body. One considers how large and powerful a school bus or 18 wheeler trucks are it is lucky that nothing more traumatic occurred. Injuries form motor vehicle accidents can have long lasting impact on one’s physical movements. The old nursery rhyme about the how every part of the body is connected is absolutely correct. 18 wheeler accidents can have catastrophic injuries associated with the accident.
Injury victims may see a neck injury, back injury, fractured bones, or even brain damage. While it does not sound likely that any of these students will face the above mentioned injuries, it is still important to seek medical attention immediately if you do start to experience any of soreness or injury occur. Many might feel fine immediately after the accident due to the increased adrenaline following an accident. However, as the body winds down from its fight or flight response many may notice sore neck, back stiffness, or even a tingling feeling in their arms or legs. If any of these symptoms occur please speak with a doctor or chiropractor to see what options you have available. If you have been injured and would like to speak with a Personal Injury Lawyer about any questions you may have involving your legal options available following an 18 Wheeler Accident, please feel free to contact the Pascoe Law Firm.
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Plant Accident kills a worker at the Alcoa’s aluminum manufacturing plant. This plant accident took place in Point Comfort, TX which is south of Houston and Galveston, TX. The 42 year old worker was hurt in the industrial accident on Tuesday afternoon. The industrial worker was hit by a door that was being installed with a crane on a tank. The man suffered Catastrophic Injuries from the accident and was rushed to the emergency room. Tragically, this worker was not able to recover and passed away from the Fatal Work Accident. The name of the victim has not been released at this time.
This is the third plant accident that has taken place within the past week in the Galveston and Houston area. Recently mentioned in two other blog articles, there was also a Chemical Leak that caused four workers to pass away from being exposed to a toxic chemical and a fifth that was hospitalized from the chemical leak in La Porte, TX. Additionally, this past Friday there was a massive 6 alarm fire at an asphalt facility and that Plant Explosion took some time for fire fighters to get the flames under control. With all of these fatal work accidents taking place it is important that our Texas industrial works try to be extra cautions. Industrial workers have difficult jobs and are often faced with the possibility of physically injury. If you or a loved one has suffered Personal Injuries from a Chemical Leak, Plant Explosion, or Plant Accident please know that you have legal options available to you.
After an accident it is best to contact a Personal Injury Lawyer who can fight to protect your legal rights. Personal injury lawyers work on your behalf to protect your rights while you are trying to recover from the accident. A lawyer will contact any insurance companies and negotiate on your behalf to make sure that you are not being taking advantage. If you loved one passes away from the industrial injuries the surviving family should consider filing a wrongful death action. While a wrongful death lawsuit will never bring back your loved one it does help bring closure to the situation for some. If you need to speak with a Personal Injury Lawyer in Galveston County, please feel free to contact the Pascoe Law Firm.
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Texas chemical leak turns fatal, a Chemical Exposure Accident occurred at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte, TX. The hazardous plant accident occurred when gas started leak. Unfortunately, this industrial accident killed four workers and severely injured a fifth who is at the hospital. The chemical gas that was exposed to the workers thought to be Methyl mercaptan. This substance is mixed with odorless natural gas to give it its characteristic rotten-egg smell. The company was able to contain the leak and it is said that the fifth worker was not seriously injured. However, the worker will be hospitalized overnight for observations after being exposed to this deadly chemical.
The chemical leak caused a rotten egg small across the community of La Porte. While La Porte is an industrial town, the company said it posed no hazard to the community. “A spokesman for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an independent agency, said a team of experts would arrive in La Porte on Sunday to search for the cause of the accident. DuPont’s 600-acre La Porte plant employs 800 workers and produces a variety of products, including Teflon, environmentally friendly refrigerants, pesticides and plastics for auto safety glass and consumer packaging.”
The leak began when a valve on the methyl mercaptan supposedly malfunctioned. The chemical leak and resulting chemical exposure took place in an operating unit that produces additives for fertilizers. “It was unclear, however, why the workers were overcome. The plant’s risk-management plan, dated September 2011, states that all employees are trained to recognize potential chemical hazards and instructed in several ways to report emergencies and secure help. A separate emergency-response team has been extensively trained in ‘fume and vapor suppression’ and in emergency medical care, it states. The La Porte plant kept 122,000 pounds of methyl mercaptan on hand at the time the plan was released.”
This is the second Plant Accident that occurred over the weekend. Likewise on Friday, an asphalt facility had a Plant Explosion occur causing a massive fire occur that took six fire departments to respond and put out the blaze. The fire was able to finally be able to be put out through the use of a foam substance to smother out the flames. Industrial Accidents are often fatal and the loved of those who passed may wish pursing a wrongful death claim for their loss. The worker who survived should also contact personal injury lawyer to fight for your legal rights after an accident involving chemical exposure. If you or a loved one has been injured or passed away from a fatal work accident involving a Chemical Plant Accident, Plant Explosion, or Chemical Leak or Spill, please contact a personal injury lawyer to protect your legal rights. At the Pascoe Law Firm, our Personal Injury Lawyer fights to protect the rights of his clients.
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Plant Explosion causes serious injuries and sends two workers to the hospital. The plant explosion occurred at an asphalt plant near the Houston / Galveston area. The explosion created a huge fire and that burned and seriously injured the two workers. One of the men was taken to the hospital by helicopter. The other was taken to the hospital by ambulance. The fire was so severe that it closed down part of the high way while fire fighters worked to get the blaze under control. Six fire departments responded to help get the fire put out. The fire fighters had a difficult time getting the fire under control due to the lack of fire hydrants in the area. Eventually the plant explosion was able to have the fire put out by using a form to snuff out the flames. “Shortly before 4:30 p.m., fire erupted at American Materials, an asphalt manufacturer, located at 2122 Highway 90A.” Fire fighters remained at the location to make sure a hot spot did not occur and reignite the flame. Public safety officials say that the public is not any danger at this time.
Plant Explosions and accidents can severely injury workers who might be near the blast. These injuries can have a serious impact on the long term health of the worker as well as create large medical bills as they try to recover. Explosions and fires like the one at this industrial facility that produced asphalt can be dangerous in many ways. For example, the individuals could suffer severe Burn Injuries like the two workers mentioned above. Additionally, many workers have suffered shrapnel injuries, broken bones, and other physical injuries form the explosion. After being in a plant explosion or Plant Accident, it is important to document your injuries and financial damages as best as possible. The next thing one injured should do is to contact a personal injury lawyer to protect your legal rights after an accident. By documenting the injuries and financial damages you have suffered it will allow a personal injury lawyer to hopefully recover the maximum amount of compensation available to you. A Catastrophic Accident like a plant explosion can be complex cases and the first thing a lawyer should do is to establish the liability of the case. If a personal injury lawyer can prove that the explosion occurred due to poorly maintained machinery, a disregarded safety protocol, or because of the negligence of another party, then your cause of action would appear quite strong. If you or a loved one has been injured in a plant explosion and wish to speak with a Personal Injury Lawyer please feel free to contact the Pascoe Law Firm.
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Galveston is expecting thousands of motorcycle riders to visit the island this weekend for the Lone Star Rally. As a result, the Galveston DA has announced that this weekend will be a no refusal weekend down in Galveston County. Police will have a judge on at their location point ready to issue warrants for suspected drunk drivers. While police have stepped up security down on the island they do not any issues. The rally has started to become mainstream event having people of all types interested in showing off their bikes. The linked news article even goes as far as saying it is a family friendly event.
One reason for the no refusal weekend could be because of the recent high levels of fatal car accidents that involved motorcycle riders and alcohol. “Even though motorcycles account for only about 3 percent of registered vehicles on the road, motorcycle riders are dramatically overrepresented in fatal crashes involving alcohol.” League City is included in Galveston County and could be within the designated DWI check point for this weekend.
Texas has been stepping up DWI enforcement and with the holiday season quickly approaching many expect an increase in DWI arrests. DWI’s can be very expensive and this is why the public awareness groups have the slogan – DWI, you can’t afford it. “A DWI arrest and conviction in Texas can cost $17,000 or more: fees include car towing and impound fee, bail, attorney fees, court costs, hearing and fees to regain and retain a driver’s license, DWI fines, probation costs, fees for extended proof of insurance, plus insurance rate hikes.”
So if you plan on drinking this weekend stay at home, call a sober friend, or call a taxi cab so that you can get home safely. Our Galveston Personal Injury Lawyer routinely sees the damage that can occur from a Drunk Driving Accident and Motorcycle Accidents. Recently, there have been two police officers who lost their life as the result of intoxicated drivers in Texas. Additionally, just the other day an intoxicated driver crashed his car into a police car almost hitting the officer who was luckily out of his vehicle and avoided injury. If you would like to speak with a lawyer because you have been injured, contact our Galveston Car Accident Lawyer at the Pascoe Law Firm for a free initial consultation.
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A drunk driver causes car accident by crashing into Galveston Police Car and gets arrested for DWI. A car accident is something that most people try to avoid. After a car accident many have been told “it could be worse.” However, almost hitting a Galveston Police officer and then crashing your car into his police cruiser while intoxicated is probably toward the top of the “it could be worse” category. The accident occurred on Monday night near the intersection of 51st Street and Avenue J around 7:35 at night in Galveston, TX. The individual was arrested and charged with “driving while intoxicated, driving while license invalid, and two counts of possession of a dangerous drug.” Click Here To Continue Reading.
Car accidents involving drunk drivers are thought to be on the rise in the next couple of months with the holiday season quickly approaching. Last night 2 where arrested following a car accident that took place down in south Texas. One of the drivers of the car accident was arrested for driving while intoxicated. The accident was pretty severe and caused the police and emergency responders to shut down the four lane highway for about an hour. While the freeway was closed the police noticed another vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed toward the accident. Apparently, a female driver had disregarded the emergency vehicles trying to block the road for the car accident to be investigated and cleaned up. After pulling over the female driver the noticed that she appeared intoxicated and charged her with DWI (driving while intoxicated). Click Here To continue Reading.
Unfortunately, car accidents involving drunk drivers can lead to a Fatal Car Accident. Last night the Houston Chronicle updated a story involving a Harris County Precinct 1 deputy constable who had been severely injured in a car accident with a drunk driver while off duty. Sadly, the officer lost his fight and passed last night succumbing to infection from his injuries. The driver in the accident was charged within intoxicated assault and has entered a plea agreement and will serve 20 years in jail. This tragic news occurring only a week after another Harris County Sheriff's Office Deputy was killed in a car accident involving an intoxicated individual. Click Here to Continue Reading.
After a Fatal Car Accident the family’s or their estates are not without legal action. After a fatal auto accident like the above mentioned, the families should seek the counsel a lawyer who can file a wrongful death claim. While taking legal action will never bring back their loved one it does help provide closure for some to know that the individual is being punished and will be held accountable for their actions. Hopefully, you or a loved one will never have this happen to you. However, if it does please do not hesitate to call a lawyer and learn what legal options you might have available. A Galveston Personal Injury Lawyer can help guide you through the process after a car accident. This allows you to focus on your recovery or on the grieving process. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact our Galveston Car Accident Lawyer at the Pascoe Law Firm.
Car Accidents maybe on the rise in the League City, TX and across the nation due to distracted drivers. A new study just released says that everyone seems to know how dangerous it is to text and drive; however, many drivers are still doing this dangerous combination. Texting and driving has been compared to being as dangerous as drinking and driving. This is because both cause individuals to not be able to immediately respond to what is occurring on the road leading to a collision of the motor vehicles.
The study says that, “98 percent of motorists who own cellphones and text regularly said they were aware of the dangers, yet three-quarters of them admitted to texting while driving, despite laws against it in some states. Two-thirds said they have read text messages while stopped at a red light or stop sign, while more than a quarter said they have sent texts while driving.” Many might feel that they can do several things at once while behind the wheel of a car. However, this is a common misconception that many fail to realize puts themselves, passengers, and others on or near the road in danger and leads to a motor vehicle accident to occur. Many need to learn to put the phone down break away from their technology addiction while driving.
AT&T is who put on the study in part of its anti-texting and driving campaign to help spread the word of the dangers of the activity and to help gain research on what many drivers are really doing behind the wheel. AT&T is working to expend the availability of a free app that it has for phones that will silence text messages and alerts when someone is moving 15 miles per hour or faster. This issue seems to be about educating the public and breaking free from the perception that it is okay to text and drive.
In Texas, it used to be common place to have open alcoholic drinks while driving on the roadways. Many people would not think twice about drinking some beers while coming home from work or while on a road trip. There was even an old joke that starts with one person asking how for it is to some other city. The other person would respond oh… about a 6 pack. Thanks to MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, and several others, it’s now uncommon for a punishable offense to drink and drive with an open container. Likewise, society needs to shift toward away from its acceptance of texting and driving.
Some of the common reasons while drivers said they text while driving in the study include:
So as a society let’s all put down our phones together and not text while driving. If you are in a car and see someone doing this dangerous activity please ask them to stop. Car accidents can happen in the blink of an eye or the glance of a text message. After a car crash many can suffer personal injury from to the collision. There have even been several unfortunate cases where individuals die from fatal injuries from texting while driving car accidents. If you have been injured by a distracted driver in a car accident, please contact a League City Personal Injury Lawyer who can fight to protect your legal rights.
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