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Head-On Austin Car Accident Leaves Two Injured

Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2024 at 12:00 am    

Two individuals were injured in a head-on collision in Austin on March 22. Head-on collisions are among the most dangerous types of crashes, and there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood that you’ll be involved in this sort of hazardous accident. Keep reading to learn more about the Austin car accident and how to avoid head-on collisions from the team at Ramos James Law, Austin car accident lawyers.

The Southwest Austin Head-On Collision

According to Austin authorities, a head-on crash in southwest Austin on Friday, March 22, left two people injured. The crash happened at around 7 a.m. on Thomas Springs Road near the Blue Hill Drive intersection. The collision resulted in a vehicle catching on fire.

One of the two adult victims suffered critical life-threatening injuries in the crash, and the other suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Both were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Further details regarding the cause of the crash or the vehicles involved are not available at this time.

The Top Causes of Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions can be especially dangerous due to the nature of the forces involved. Thankfully, these aren’t the most common type of crash. The top causes of head-on crashes include the following:

  • Speeding
  • Driving while distracted
  • Driving under the influence
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Improper passing
  • Reckless driving
  • Poor weather or visibility

In most cases, head-on collisions occur when a vehicle temporarily moves into the path of another, oncoming vehicle. Incidents in which one vehicle is traveling the wrong way down a one-way street are less common.

How To Avoid Head-On Collisions

The best way to avoid a head-on collision is to practice safe driving techniques. This can mean simple things like driving the speed limit or more complex things like learning the proper time and place to pass other vehicles. Help keep yourself safe and prevent head-on collisions by following the tips below:

  • Drive the speed limit
  • Pass with care
  • Avoid driving in poor visibility
  • Never drive under the influence
  • Always drive carefully
  • Get proper rest before driving
  • Don’t use your phone while driving

As you can see, there are plenty of big steps you can take toward avoiding head-on collisions, but sometimes accidents occur even when we do everything we can to avoid them. In those cases, it’s important to stay calm and stay protected. Call for emergency assistance as soon as possible, and wait for police before talking to other people on the scene. If someone is injured, avoid moving them until emergency assistance arrives, unless they’re in the way of oncoming traffic.

Once emergency responders arrive, you can exchange contact and insurance information with the other parties involved, and gather any relevant evidence.

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Source: CBS

Pedestrian Killed in East Travis County Hit-and-Run

Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2024 at 12:00 am    

A pedestrian was killed in an accident that is being investigated as a hit-and-run in East Travis County on February 7. Pedestrian accidents can be incredibly dangerous, but there are steps you can take as a driver to help prevent them. Keep reading to learn more about the Travis County car crash and tips for avoiding pedestrian accidents from the team at Ramos James Law, Austin car accident lawyers.

The Travis County Car Accident

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported on Wednesday, January 7, that an accident had occurred in East Travis County resulting in one death. The accident happened in the 900 block Farm-to-Market 969 near Bantom Woods Bend at around 3:30 in the morning.

According to emergency responders, a vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian before fleeing the scene. The deceased had not been identified as of Wednesday evening.

Following the accident, FM969 was closed for several hours while the scene was processed. All lanes were reopened by around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

An investigation into this event remains ongoing. 

Pedestrian and Driver Safety Tips

Pedestrian accidents have the potential to be incredibly dangerous. The human body often just can’t handle the forces put on it during a collision with a moving vehicle. In comparison, accidents involving multiple vehicles and no pedestrians may be safer thanks to the added protection for those involved. That’s why it’s so important that you do your part to prevent these serious accidents. 

You can follow the tips below from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to help keep yourself and others safe.

Driver Safety Tips

  1. Always watch for pedestrians
  2. Take extra care when driving in poor visibility
  3. Follow traffic laws and signs
  4. Always stop for pedestrians
  5. Don’t pass at a crosswalk
  6. Watch for pedestrians crossing at intersections
  7. Take care when reversing
  8. Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  1. Obey all traffic signs and rules
  2. Use sidewalks when available
  3. When no sidewalks are available, walk facing traffic as far from traffic as possible
  4. Avoid walking near roadways while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  5. Use crosswalks or intersections to cross streets
  6. If no crosswalk or intersection is available, cross at a well-lit, clearly visible spot
  7. Always look all ways before crossing the street
  8. Watch for cars entering and exiting driveways

Pedestrian accidents are incredibly serious events, and the danger posed by these accidents needs to be taken just as seriously. Take time to remember the safety tips above, and always use caution when on the road, either as a driver or pedestrian.

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Source: FOX7, KXAN

One Dead, Three Hospitalized After Southeast Austin Car Accident

Posted on Monday, January 22nd, 2024 at 12:00 am    

One person died and three people were hospitalized following a major accident in southeast Austin on January 18. Major extrication efforts had to be undertaken on the scene of the crash. Learn more from the team here at Ramos James Law about the Austin car accident and how emergency responders rescue victims from crashes.

The Austin Car Accident

A two-vehicle crash in southeast Austin left one dead and three hospitalized on Thursday, January 18. The accident happened near the 7800 block of South U.S. 183 just before 7 a.m.

According to authorities, there were four people involved in the crash, one of whom died on the scene. The remaining three were each taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. STAR Flight transported at least one patient.

Upon arriving at the scene, authorities found the four injured patients, with two pinned in place. Extrication efforts went on for more than an hour, and firefighters had to use heavy lifting techniques to free the patients.

Reporting is mixed as to which victims were hospitalized and who was killed in the crash. At least one report claims that one of the two pinned victims died on the scene, while another states that both pinned victims were hospitalized.

Methods Used for Car Accident Extraction and Rescue

First of all, it’s important to note that Austin car accidents involving pinned victims can be incredibly serious, especially crashes in which one or more vehicles have flipped upside down. Victims are often trapped by seats, brake or gas pedals, steering wheels, damaged doors, and collapsed roofs. The methods used by emergency responders to rescue victims trapped in vehicles will vary depending on the position of the vehicles and the position of the victim.

According to the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA), rescuers use four methods to extract victims from car accidents: manipulative extrication, disassembly, cutting, and forcing. These techniques are used to create egress points out of the vehicle, meaning openings through which the victim can be removed. Egress points are typically made by removing glass, doors, sidewalls, kick panels, or the vehicle’s roof; by converting the wall of the vehicle into a new door; or by tunneling through the trunk or floorboard.

When the methods for establishing an egress point mentioned above aren’t successful, rescuers may attempt more significant structural overhauls to free victims from the wreckage. This might include ramming or cutting into the roof or ramming other parts of the vehicle. 

To successfully remove victims from crashed vehicles, firefighters need a thorough understanding of all the ways to take apart a car quickly. This means being familiar with the structural reinforcement and weaknesses of cars, as well as safe methods for using heavy machinery to cut through the vehicle.

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Source: FOX7, KXAN, CBS

A Car Crashed Under a Semi, Leading to a Fire in North Austin

Posted on Monday, January 8th, 2024 at 12:00 am    

Not a photo of the crash

A car ended up underneath a semi-truck which subsequently caught fire in Austin on January 4. Underride guards are meant to prevent vehicles from going under semi-trucks, but they aren’t required on all sides of the trailer. 

Keep reading to learn more about the fiery crash and underride guard laws in Texas from Ramos James Law, Austin car accident injury lawyers.

The Austin Car Accident

According to authorities with the Austin Fire Department, a car accident led to a truck fire in North Austin on Thursday, January 4. The accident happened before 9:46 a.m. in the 11900 block of the I-35 service road, between Tech Ridge Boulevard and Braker Lane.

In the southbound lanes of the service road, a truck and sedan were involved in a collision that left the sedan fully wedged underneath the trailer of the truck. Pictures of the accident show a dark-colored vehicle completely under the tractor-trailer. The sedan reached about the halfway point under the trailer.

Both the trailer and the sedan caught fire following the collision. Emergency responders reported that the driver of the sedan was transported to a nearby hospital with potentially serious injuries. Another person on the scene refused transport for injuries.

It has not been reported how the sedan crashed under the semi.

Texas Underride Guard Regulations

Truck accidents pose a serious danger to other drivers and passengers on the road. One factor that greatly contributes to that danger is the potential for cars to crash under semi-truck trailers. The bottom of truck trailers typically sit at least four feet off the ground, and that leaves plenty of room for a vehicle to pass beneath. To help prevent that issue, the law requires that truck companies add underride guards that block the underside of the trailer. However, not all guards are required.

Underride guards can be placed under the rear and sides of a trailer, but federal law only requires a rear underride guard, and Texas doesn’t require side guards either. This means that the sides of truck trailers are still a significant hazard on the road.

How Do Car Accident Fires Start?

Despite the fact that most cars run on combustion engines, most car accidents do not involve a vehicle fire. Instead, specific things need to happen for a fire to catch. There are a few things that can cause a fire after a car accident. First, the car may overheat, leading flammable liquids to spill onto incredibly hot surfaces within the engine and catch fire. These types of car accident fires usually don’t start right away after an accident.

Another potential cause of crash fires is electrical system issues. When a car crashes, the wiring that makes up the electrical systems can be damaged and cause sparks, and those sparks can ignite the flammable liquids found in the engine. 

Finally, any mechanical or electrical defects or faults in the vehicle can also contribute to crash fires. That’s part of why it’s so important to keep up with regular vehicle maintenance and repairs.

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Source: KVUE, FOX7

Austin Bus Accident Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Injured

Posted on Tuesday, December 12th, 2023 at 12:00 am    

An accident involving a bus in Southeast Austin on December 11 left one person dead and at least three people injured. While this was a devastating accident, in general, Texas bus accidents don’t make up a big part of the dangers posed by Texas roadways. 

Still, it’s important that drivers do their part to prevent these types of collisions. Keep reading to learn more about the crash and tips on how to prevent Austin bus accidents from the team here at Ramos James Law, Austin accident attorneys.

The Austin Bus Accident

On the morning of Monday, December 11, a vehicle collided with a CapMetro bus near Austin’s airport, resulting in one death and several injuries. The crash happened at around 9:37 a.m. near the Del Valle Street intersection on Highway 71. 

The CapMetro bus had stopped to pick up a passenger on westbound State Highway 71 when it was struck from behind by a vehicle carrying four passengers.

According to authorities, at least 6 adults required medical assistance at the scene of the crash, including one person in need of CPR. Two people were treated for minor injuries and refused transport, and 4 were transported to two nearby hospitals. Three of the hospitalized patients had potentially serious injuries, and another was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. 

Two of the hospitalized patients were traveling in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Officials later announced that one of those patients had died.

Pictures of the scene appear to show a white or silver Crossover with severe front-end damage. A CapMetro bus is shown with less significant rear-end damage.

The roads near the collision were closed while the scene was processed, but all lanes were reopened by 12:49 p.m.

Preventing Texas Bus Accidents

Bus accidents might be more common than you think, but they’re usually not serious. In 2022, there was one Texas bus accident roughly every three hours. Thankfully, less than 1% of those accidents resulted in a fatality. Still, every one of those 17 deaths represents a tragedy, and it’s important that drivers do their part to prevent Texas bus accidents.

You can help prevent bus accidents on Texas roads by following the safe driving tips below:

  • Don’t tailgate
  • Avoid driving in bus blind spots
  • Be ready for wide turns
  • Leave plenty of room
  • Stay focused
  • Don’t speed
  • Don’t pass buses going downhill
  • Make sure the bus is visible in your rearview before merging in front

The most important things to keep in mind when driving near city buses are that they are heavier than normal vehicles and so will have slower reactions and wider turns, and that they will make frequent stops and you need to stay focused to avoid a collision.

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Source: CBS Austin, KXAN, FOX7

Woman Struck by Train in Leander

Posted on Thursday, November 23rd, 2023 at 12:00 am    

A woman was struck and killed by a train in Leander on November 18. Train accidents aren’t as common as other types of Texas vehicle accidents, but they happen more often than you might think. Keep reading to learn more about the deadly train accident and the facts around Texas train accidents from Ramos James Law, Austin accident injury lawyers.

The Deadly Texas Train Accident

A woman was found dead in Leander after being struck by a CapMetro train on Saturday, November 18. The accident happened near US Highway 183 between Farm-to-Market Road 2243 and Sonny Drive.

Police received a report of a train-pedestrian collision at around noon on Saturday. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found a woman dead. Officers believe the woman was crossing a railroad bridge on foot when she was struck by the train. There is reportedly a bus bridge for walking between the Lakeline and Leander stations. 

At the time of the collision, only the engineer and conductor were on board the train.

The woman has yet to be identified, but she has been described as a white female of unknown age.

The accident led to delays for both trains and traffic on Saturday. 

This collision was one of two vehicle accidents seen in Leander on Saturday. Later the same day, a motorcyclist was killed in a crash on US 183.

Train Accidents in Texas: What You Need To Know

Train accidents are one of the most uncommon types of vehicle accidents seen in Texas, accounting for less than one-tenth of one percent of all Texas crashes. Still, these accidents aren’t unheard of. In 2022, there was one train accident roughly every thirty hours in the state. More than two-thirds of those accidents occurred in urban areas compared to rural areas.

Thankfully, the majority of Texas train crashes aren’t deadly. In 2022, around 5% of train accidents in Texas resulted in a fatality. While that might seem low, that means that train accidents are far more dangerous than your average Texas car accident. In 2022, less than one percent of all vehicle accidents were fatal. This makes Texas train accidents at least five times deadlier than the average accident.

As a driver or pedestrian, there are steps that you can take to reduce your likelihood of being involved in a train crash:

Pedestrian Train Safety Rules

  • Only cross the tracks at designated areas
  • Look both ways when approaching a railroad crossing
  • Stay as far from the rails as you can, at least four feet
  • Don’t walk between the rails
  • Don’t walk on the tracks in undesignated areas
  • Avoid listening to loud music or being distracted while walking near tracks

Driver Train Safety Rules

  • Stop, look both ways, and listen before rail crossings
  • Never drive around a lowering railway gate
  • Never ignore train warning signals
  • Leave 15 feet between your car and the gate or stop sign at an active crossing
  • Never stop on the tracks
  • Wait for gates to fully rise and lights to stop before crossing after a train
  • If your car stalls on the tracks, get everyone out right away and call for help

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Source: KXAN

One Dead, Child injured in Travis County Accident

Posted on Thursday, November 9th, 2023 at 12:00 am    

One person died and a child was left hospitalized following a two-vehicle crash in southeast Travis County on November 5. Keep reading to learn more about the Travis County crash and child car accidents from the team at Ramos James Law, PLLC, Austin personal injury attorneys.

The Travis County Accident

According to the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services (ATCEMS), a child was injured and an individual was killed in an accident near Circuit of the Americas (COTA) on Sunday, November 5. Authorities and emergency personnel with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO), Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and ATCEMS responded to the crash just after 5:30 in the morning.

The collision occurred on Farm-to-Market Road 812 near COTA Boulevard. Details regarding the crash are limited, but ATCEMS confirmed that two vehicles and three people were involved in the crash. 

One person was pronounced dead on the scene, and a child whose age has not been reported was transported to a nearby children’s hospital with potentially serious injuries. Another individual on the scene refused transport from ACTEMS.

Images from the scene show at least one white pickup truck with significant damage to the left side of its front end.

Officials with TSCO posted on social media at 6:46 a.m. that lane closures related to the accident would last for several more hours.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by police, with DPS serving as the lead investigating agency.

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Source: CBS Austin, KXAN, FOX7

Travis County Sees Spike in Deadly Crashes Over Three-Day Period

Posted on Wednesday, October 25th, 2023 at 12:00 am    

Five people died in five separate auto accidents in Travis County starting on Saturday, October 21, and ending on Monday, October 23. This is a considerable spike compared to the average number of deadly crashes Travis County sees per year. 

Keep reading to learn about the deadly accidents and facts surrounding deadly accidents in Travis County from the team at Ramos James Law, your Austin accident lawyers.

The Deadly Travis County Accidents

The first deadly accident happened on Saturday near Manor, Texas. Two vehicles were involved in a crash at 13601-14125 North State Highway 130 in the northbound lanes, according to a post by emergency responders. One adult was pronounced dead on the scene and another was transported to a hospital with potentially serious injuries.

The second accident occurred at around 5 a.m. on Sunday, October 22. A pedestrian was on the Interstate 35 frontage road at Braker Lane in Austin when they were struck by a car. An adult died on the scene, according to emergency responders.

The third accident also happened on Sunday at around 9:37 a.m. in nearly the same location as the first deadly accident. The accident was at 13601-13749 North SH 130 service road, northbound. Again, one adult was pronounced dead on the scene.

The fourth accident occurred later the same day just before 3:40 p.m. in Austin. The accident happened at the intersection of Corpus Christi Drive and West Parmer Lane and involved two vehicles. One person was pronounced dead on the scene and another was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The final accident happened on Monday just before 1:30 p.m. on the same highway as the first and third crashes. Two vehicles were involved in the crash on State Highway 130 service road, southbound, at Maha Loop in southeast Travis County. Emergency responders initiated CPR on one adult, but the individual succumbed to their injuries on the scene. Two more adults were evaluated for minor injuries but refused hospital treatment.

How Many Deadly Accidents Happen in Travis County?

With five deadly accidents happening in such quick succession, you might be asking yourself just how many fatal crashes happen in Travis County. The answer might not be as high as you think. 

In 2022, there were just 162 deadly accidents in Travis County. That’s one deadly accident roughly every 31 hours. While each death is a tragedy, that still only represents about 1% of all Travis County accidents. This means Travis County accidents are slightly more dangerous than the state average, but five deaths in three days is still very high.

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Source: CBS Austin, KXAN, KXAN, CBS Austin, FOX7

Wrong-Way Driver Causes Fatal Austin Crash

Posted on Tuesday, October 10th, 2023 at 12:00 am    

A man was arrested following a deadly wrong-way crash in Austin on October 5. Wrong-way crashes are not common causes of car accidents, but they can be incredibly hazardous. 

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The Deadly Austin Car Accident

On Thursday, October 5, a man was arrested by Austin police after allegedly causing a deadly wrong-way accident near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The 44-year-old man is facing a second-degree felony charge.

The accident occurred in the early morning on East State Highway 71. The now-arrested driver was traveling west on the highway in a white Ford Excursion when he lost control of his vehicle and began driving east in the westbound lanes. 

In the 1500 block of the highway, the Excursion struck a black Nissan Rogue that was traveling westbound. The Nissan struck another vehicle as a result; the Nissan driver was killed in the crash.

Witnesses told authorities that they saw the Excursion traveling the wrong way at a high rate of speed prior to the crash. 

After the crash, the man accused of causing the wrong-way accident was seen walking away from the crash with injuries consistent with the incident. He later admitted to police that he had been driving the Excursion and had fled the scene. He also admitted that he had been drinking alcohol before driving. A field sobriety test was conducted, and the man was arrested for intoxication manslaughter.

How Dangerous Are Wrong-Way Crashes?

Wrong-way crashes might not be in the top-ten when it comes to causes of car accidents, but they’re still more common than you might think. In 2022, wrong-way crashes on one-way roads happened about once every seven hours in Texas. 

Out of all of those accidents, less than 100 resulted in a fatality, accounting for roughly 7% of all Texas wrong-way crashes. While that might seem low, it’s still incredibly hazardous. Out of all Texas car accidents, less than 1% are deadly. That gives you some idea of how much more dangerous wrong-way crashes are in comparison. In fact, wrong-way crashes are roughly ten times deadlier than the average car accident.

How To Avoid Wrong-Way Crashes

The best way to avoid any sort of accident is to consider what causes those accidents. In the case of wrong-way accidents, there are a few common factors that contribute to the likelihood that a person will drive the wrong way on a one-way road:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving while distracted
  • Driving in poor weather conditions
  • Driving with poor visibility
  • Detours
  • Road signage issues
  • Mechanical failures
  • Advanced age

While there’s nothing that you can do to avoid some of the top causes of wrong-way crashes, you can do your part to only drive while you’re focused and able to see clearly.

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One Killed in Multi-Vehicle, Wrong-Way Crash in Buda

Posted on Thursday, September 21st, 2023 at 4:16 pm    

One person was killed in an accident caused by a wrong-way driver in Buda on September 15. Keep reading to learn more details about the event, and to learn more about wrong-way driving accidents from car accident lawyers in Austin.

The Wrong-Way Car Accident

Authorities say they responded to a call about a wrong-way driver on I-35 in Buda at around 4 a.m. on Friday, September 15. While the police were responding, the driver struck four vehicles on the interstate. The driver was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-35 when he was involved in a multi-vehicle collision near Main Street. 

Two of the vehicles struck were semis. A Jeep was also involved in the collision, though it’s unclear whether it was the wrong-way vehicle or one of the vehicles struck. Following the accident, the Jeep was resting on the median and caught fire, according to police representatives.

Officials also reported that the highway was littered with debris and hazardous materials after the crash, leading to a road closure. The interstate was reopened as of 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

A 55-year-old female driver was killed in the crash, two others were left injured but not in critical condition, and the wrong-way driver was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The condition of the other drivers involved is unknown.

It’s unknown why the wrong-way driver was in the wrong lane prior to the crash, and police report that it’s unclear how the driver gained access to the wrong lane. Authorities say there is currently no indication that alcohol played a role in the crash.

Police representatives said that no charges are currently being filed, but charges could be filed in the future in relation to this incident. An investigation into the crash remains ongoing.

Wrong-Way Crashes in Texas: What You Need To Know

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports statistics on many different aspects of car accidents in the state, including their contributing factors. According to this data, there were 1,240 accidents caused at least in part by wrong-way driving on one-way roads in Texas in 2022. That’s more than three wrong-way crashes every day.

Of those accidents, 92 resulted in at least one fatality. That means that roughly 7% of all wrong-way accidents lead to a fatality. For reference, less than 1% of all car accidents result in a fatality. In fact, wrong-way crashes are roughly ten times as deadly as the average Texas car accident.

All of this goes to show just how important it is to understand and avoid the top causes of wrong-way accidents. Check out the top causes below and do your part to prevent wrong-way crashes on Texas roads:

  • Intoxication
  • Distraction
  • Drowsiness
  • Bad weather
  • Poor signage
  • Insufficient lighting

Never drink or use drugs and drive, put away distractions while you’re driving, only drive when you’ve had enough rest, and avoid driving in poor conditions.

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Source: KXAN, FOX7