Reckless Driving in Bad Weather


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

Winter has just started here in Texas just yet and it has been a rainy season.  We are all so distracted while driving on a normal day with texting, adjusting the radio, checking to see who is singing the current song, dealing with screaming, hungry, or fighting children.  I have even seen people in Austin reading a book, or putting on makeup while driving!  This is all very dangerous behavior.

About 25% of all car crashes occur in bad weather, and most of those occur when the road is wet. Many drivers recognize that snow and ice can cause them to lose control of their cars, but most underestimate the dangers that rain can pose. For this reason, more people travel in wet weather, and do not realize the need to adjust to lower speeds when traveling on wet roads. Following cars less closely is also a strategy that provides drivers with more time to react if something dangerous occurs in their path.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A CRASH? The laws of physics say that an object in motion will stay in motion, with the same speed and direction, unless it is acted upon by an outside force. So if you are traveling at 60 MPH and your car hits a solid wall and comes to an immediate stop, your body will continue going at 60 MPH until it is stopped by, say, a seatbelt, airbag, or, at worst, a windshield. If the car has a rigid body, the rapid deceleration caused by the impact will produce injuries and fatalities.  The force on the passengers is very high because the stopping time is only a split second.

According to www.Weather.com, it is best not to drive in bad winter weather at all if it is avoidable.  If you must drive, then be prepared for winter weather.  After having a certified mechanic give your car a “checkup,” make sure you have an emergency kit prepared.  An emergency kit should include, a cell phone or spare battery, jumper cables, a bag of sand or salt (even kitty litter can be used) for traction if you are stranded, blankets, extra gloves/mittens and hats, nonperishable foods such as nuts or protein bars and hard candy to keep your mouth moist in case you do not have any water, and a candle and matches in a waterproof container.

Once you have winterized your car and prepared for a disaster, you must practice safe driving.  To be safe in bad weather, slow down, increase driving distance between you and the driver in front of you, turn on your headlights, avoid lane changes, when possible, approach intersections with caution, and keep windows clear.

Following these safety tips will hopefully prevent personal injuries and property damage to your vehicle.

Drive Safely!!!

In the event that someone else was not practicing safe driving during bad weather, and you are involved in a car accident in Texas, then call the personal injury lawyers at The Traub Law Office for a free consultation at (512) 343-2572.

Pickup crashes into car, killing 3 in Conroe


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

Three people died when a pickup ran a red light and slammed into a car at an intersection Friday, morning, police said.

The crash happened about 10 a.m. Friday in Conroe. Conroe police Sgt. Bob Berry says witnesses reported seeing the truck moving quickly in and out of traffic before slamming into the car, killing all three people in it.

Police identified the victims as Craig Rector, 50, Freedom Fitch, 24, and Felicia Hicks, 20. The pickup’s driver, Casey McKinley, 18, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on three counts of vehicular manslaughter, authorities said.

Crash kills ex-death row inmate in Fort Worth


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

A death row inmate freed after an appeals court overturned his capital murder conviction has died in an East Texas pickup wreck.

Michael Roy Toney, 43, died at 11 a.m. Saturday in Cherokee County when his truck veered off FM 347 and overturned. He was ejected and crushed, the Department of Public Safety said.

Toney had spent nearly 10 years on death row in the 1985 bombing deaths of three people in a Lake Worth trailer. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in December that the prosecutor withheld evidence that might have helped Toney at his 1999 trial.

Woman and her unborn child killed in head-on crash in Elgin


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

A pregnant Elgin woman and her unborn child were killed in a head-on collision late Friday, according to Texas Department of Public Safety officials.

Lisa Page, 35, was driving west on FM 969 about 11:15 Am. when her vehicle collided with one driven by Rex Easley, 17, of Manor, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety report. Page, who was six months pregnant, died at the scene.

Easley sustained two broken legs and was hospitalized in serious condition.

Two passengers in Page’s vehicle were injured an 18-year-old woman who was transported to a hospital in critical condition and a 1-year-old boy who was in stable condition.

Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt, but the other passengers were, according to the report.

Department of Public Safety officials are investigating the crash.

Man charged in fatal crash


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

Austin police have filed murder charges against a 23-year-old man in connection with a fatal collision Monday at Airport Boulevard and Bohn Road.

Jaime Bonilla Alvarado could face up to life in prison if convicted on the first-degree felony charges.

Robert Joel Benn, 64, who had come to Austin from Tennessee on business, died after his rental car was struck by a “Lincoln Navigator. Police said officers were attempting to pull over the Navigator on suspicion that the driver was intoxicated, but the driver accelerated and ran a red light, striking Benn’s vehicle.

Tire blowout kills two in head-on crash


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

A wreck that killed two truck drivers and spilled hundreds of gallons of raw sewage onto a Bastrop County highway Wednesday was caused by a tire blowout, officials said Thursday.

Department of Public Safety officials said that George Center, 37, of Austin was driving a UPS truck south on Texas 95 and that Larry Goodwill, 52, of Bastrop was driving a sewage truck north at 4:45 p.m. about four miles south of Elgin. A tire blew out on the front passenger side of the UPS truck, causing Center to lose control and enter the northbound lane, where the two trucks hit head-on, killing both men.

Raw sewage, oil and fuel spilled onto parts of the two-lane highway, causing it to be shut down for about five hours Wednesday evening.

The wreck damaged up to 3,000 square feet of the highway and surrounding area, said John Hurt, a spokesman with the Combined Transportation Emergency and Communications Center in Austin. He said that about 300 gallons of raw sewage was spilled. Some liquid quickly soaked into the ground, he said, but a residue that remained on the ground should be cleaned up by today. Hurt said UPS could be responsible for the cleanup cost, which has not been estimated because officials have not finished investigating the damaged area.

Center had been a fill-in UPS driver for about four years, said Susan Rosenberg, a company spokeswoman. She said the delivery company has begun its own investigation into the wreck.  “Certainly it is a loss to the UPS family, and we have made outreach to his family,” Rosenberg said.

Goodwill owned Larry’s Septic Tank Service and also was the volunteer pastor at Church of the Risen Savior in Bastrop, said his daughter, Wendy Goodwill Christian.  She said he was married for 33 years and known for his hard work and integrity.

One man killed and three hurt in wreck on Texas 195 in Williamson County


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

A man was killed and three others were injured in a head-on collision on Monday on Texas 195 about a half mile north of Florence, said Tom Vinger, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Rodrigo Enriquez, 47, of Killeen died in the 5:30 a.m. crash on the two-lane road, Vinger said.

Louis Hirsh, a 21-year-old soldier from Hutton, was driving a Honda Accord north on Texas 195 when it crossed the center line and hit the Chevrolet Prism that Enriquez was driving.

Hirsch was injured in the crash as were Enriquez’s passengers Vladimiro Alvarado, 46, and Junior Alvarado, 23.

Drunk Driver Crash Head On


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

Drunk Driver Crash Head On
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A stupid ass drunk driver crashes head on into this car. Crazy video.

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Un estúpido trasero conductor ebrio se estrella en la cabeza en este coche. Crazy video.

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How much more likely is a drunk driver to crash than a sober driver?

between 40%-80% depending on how drunk! Every one reacts different to alcohol.

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New Mexico Drunk Driver Strikes Again


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

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A recent drunk driver crash in San Juan County, near Waterflow, New Mexico has claimed the life of a Corrales man. The accident occurred when a drunk driver,

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Un reciente accidente conductor ebrio en San Juan, cerca de Aguas, Nuevo Mexico se ha cobrado la vida de un hombre Corrales. El accidente se produjo cuando un conductor ebrio,

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When a drunk driver and a cellphone driver crash into each other (with their cars) WHOSE FAULT IS IT?

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Local Heroes Douse Truck Fire and Save Driver


Last Updated on July 31st, 2017

Richard Slack, a 47-year-old former volunteer firefighter in New York, was working at a Lube Pit Stop at about 4:45 p.m.  in Southwest Austin on February 12th when he heard a boom.  There was no screeching tires before he heard the crash, which are common along the stretch of U.S. 290 just east of William Cannon Driver where the shop is located.

Hearing that the truck was on fire, Slack immediately ran to the scene where he saw a Ford Ranger pickup and a Subaru Outback had collided head-on.  Both drivers were pinned in their vehicles and the Ranger was on fire.

Along with several other bystanders and passers-by, Slack helped put out the flames before emergency crews arrived, saving the life of the pickup driver, said Harry Evans, a battalion chief with the Austin Fire Department.  Slack used a fire extinguisher from a school bus driver to put out the flames.

Both accident victims were taken by STAR flight to University Medical Center at Brackenridge.

“Only involve yourself when you can add value,” said Evans.  “Accident scenes are difficult, and we don’t want people becoming more victims.”