Austin Personal Injury Attorneys' Blog

Family Sues after Distracted Driver Kills Pedestrian Teen in Northwest Austin

The family of a 14-year-old boy killed in a pedestrian accident has filed a lawsuit against the alleged killer, claiming that negligence was the primary cause of the boy’s death. The accused is a 19-year-old man who is blamed for driving over the speed limit, failure to yield, failure to slow down at a yellow traffic light and using his cellphone while driving. The accident occurred at the intersection of Rustic Rock and Spicewood Springs around 10pm on the night of June 7, 2016. The boy was walking his bicycle through a crosswalk when he was struck. The family is also suing the city, claiming that the traffic lights at the intersection where the boy was killed were faulty. The button that activates a protected walk signal did not function as it should have, meaning the child had no way of notifying incoming drivers that he was doing to cross….
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Bicycle Accident Leaves Several Injured; Driver May Have Been Intoxicated

Four bicyclists were biking in the morning of June 10 across the intersection of South Pleasant Valley and Elmont Dr. when a car came barreling through the intersection. Injured people and bike parts were scattered across three blocks of the road. Fortunately, no one was killed. A witness sitting at a traffic light said he saw the white Buick crash into the group of cyclists, who were in the middle of an 83-mile ride. Another witness jumped out of his Jeep and ran to assist the injured cyclists when he saw the driver of the Buick get out of the car and walk over to a woman and hand her something. The woman then stole the witness’s Jeep and fled the scene. Officers and the witness whose Jeep was stolen managed to catch up to the woman, who was charged with felony theft of property, violation of city ordinances and…
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Workers’ Comp Division Simplifies Letters Sent to Injured Workers

The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation recently announced that it is making changes to form letters that it sends to injured employees to make them more readable. Experts across the agency have revised eight letters and notices so far and will begin using them this month. The letters were chosen, out of an inventory of hundreds of letters that injured workers receive, based on which ones are used most frequently. The revisions are meant to preserve the legal requirements for the letters while using shorter words and sentences, clear headings and avoiding jargon wherever possible. Melody May, a worker with the division, described three requirements for these revised letters: The content must be current The format must be compatible with records processing The wording must meet legal requirements, which is accomplished by including legal terms in parentheses next to layman’s terms explaining them An example of the revisions is the…
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