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September 2013 Archives

Teen driver faces harsher punishment due to new Texas law

A Midland teen that was recently arrested after of a fatal accident may now face a longer prison sentence due to a new law that went into effect on Sept. 1. The law changed the classification of leaving the scene of a fatal accident from a third degree felony to a second degree felony. A second-degree felony can be punished with a prison sentence ranging for two to 20 years. A third degree felony can lead to a prison sentence ranging from two to 10 years.

Two-car accident on 290 claims four lives

Three people were killed in Hays County, Texas, in an accident near Dripping Springs on Sept. 13. A fourth died of his injuries three days later. The men who died were in a Dodge pickup truck traveling east on U.S. 290 at highway speeds when they allegedly ran a red light and crashed into a Honda Accord that was turning on a yellow.

Drunk driving accident kills 5 cast, crew members of "Texas"

Six performers and crew members who took part in the "Texas" musical drama were involved in a serious vehicle accident. Only one survived the crash that took place on U.S. 287 in the vicinity of Dumas as the performers were leaving a cast party on Aug. 12. The accident, which occurred less than 50 miles from Amarillo, resulted in hospitalization for the sole cast member who didn't perish.

Health Insurance Companies Must Work with Injured Victims in Texas

Recently, the Texas Legislature passed a bill which can greatly help people who are injured in accidents and who may be covered by health insurance insurance. The legislature is addressing an issue of Insurance Subrogation Law. This area of the law had reached the point that it benefited insurance companies to the detriment of the injured victim in many cases.

Tractor Trailer Operators Must Follow Hours of Service Regulations

Often times, drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) work long hours, with unpredictable schedules. Sometimes, CMV drivers must also drive at nighttime, due to the schedule or an emergency. Over the past few years, new regulations have been implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in order to protect drivers, their families, and the public at large.

Were dogs responsible for Texas 96-year-old's death?

The death of an elderly Texas man seemed to be caused by an attack by a group of dogs. The 96-year-old's death may have been unrelated, however, and the dogs may have mauled his body afterwards, police speculated. At least two dogs of three reportedly found near the scene were taken by animal control. Investigators on the case had not ruled out the possibility that the man had died of natural causes before the mauling at the home where he had lived for 20 years.

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