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Bus driver who fatally struck cyclist possibly impaired

A Capital Metro bus driver who struck and killed a cyclist on the University of Texas campus last month was driving erratically and might have been impaired at the time of the crash. According to a search warrant filed in court on Feb. 15, the driver, 40-year-old Mindi Taylor Stafford, failed part of a field... Read More »

Pedestrian deaths reached record levels in 2018

Pedestrian deaths reached record levels in 2018

Pedestrian deaths reached record levels in 2018

Pedestrians made up 42 percent of all traffic deaths in Austin last year — the largest proportion in recent years, according to available police data — and more pedestrians died on Interstate 35 than on any other road in the city according to an analysis by the American-Statesman. In 2018, the city saw 74 traffic... Read More »

First Scooter Death in Austin

First Scooter Death in Austin

First Scooter Death in Austin

A 21-year-old who was riding a Lime scooter when he collided with an Uber vehicle near Sixth Street last week has died, becoming the city’s first traffic death involving an electric stand-up scooter since the devices began popping up in April, according to Dell Seton Medical Center officials and Austin police. The scooter rider, identified... Read More »

U.S. 290 Fatal Semi Crash

3 killed in crash with semi on U.S. 290 Three people were killed Tuesday morning in a collision on U.S. 290 at the intersection with Roy Davis Road, just east of Elgin, authorities said. According to a preliminary investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety, a Chevy Tahoe carrying three people crashed into a... Read More »

Party boat erupts into ‘flash fire’

Three people were hospitalized with burn injuries Saturday night after a fire erupted in a rented party at on Lake Travis, accord to Lake Travis Fire and Rescue. Nine people on board had docked the rented boat on Starnes Island when the boat’s power generator began malfunctioning, a fire official said. A man began working on... Read More »

Fusion Alternative – Artificial Joint Implant

St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center will host a study of a new procedure that could provide patients with alternative to spinal fusions. The Total Posterior Spine System, or TOPS, is an artificial joint implanted into the spine that can help patients with severe back and leg pain. For patients, like those in serious car... Read More »

Study shows brain injuries may increase suicide risk

Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in young adults in the developed world. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24. Though the reasons for any particular suicide are often inscrutable, a new brain injury study published Tuesday in the Journal of the... Read More »

Seat Belt Replacement After a Car Accident

Should you replace the driver’s seat belt after an accident?  Absolutely.  In fact, the seat belt for all occupied passengers should be replaced as well. My daughter was recently rear-ended by a 90 year old woman who could not walk without the aid of a walker.  As a result, we had to get an estimate... Read More »

Austin Traffic Deaths Down in 2017

On Austin roads last year the number of traffic deaths in 2017 fell to 76.  This was the second consecutive year in which there was a decrease, from 79 in 2016, following a record-setting spike in 2015, when 102 people died. Although several of the crashes in 2017 had multiple victims, the total number of... Read More »

New study shows that hits to the head, not concussions, cause CTE

A new study has found further evidence linking hits to the head rather than concussions to the onset of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the neurodegenerative disease traced back to the kind of head trauma experienced by football players, other athletes and combat veterans. “The concussion is really irrelevant for triggering CTE,” Dr. Lee Goldstein, an associate... Read More »