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COMMERCIAL VEHICLE/TRUCK/18 WHEELER ACCIDENTS

Lack of sleep is a common cause of big rig accidents and truck drivers are a huge concern for they repeatedly drive long distances while fatigued. The US Department of Transportation estimates that up to 28% of truck drivers could have sleep apnea. With a heightened awareness of the problem, regulatory precautions are likely in …

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What You Need to Know About Car Wreck Settlements

A car wreck settlement can provide much needed funds to pay your mortgage, household bills and medical expenses after an auto accident. Some accidents are minor and rarely result in serious injury—the proverbial “fender benders.” But if you are involved in a serious accident through no fault of your own and are gravely injured, the …

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Acute Sleep Deprivation and Risk of Motor Vehicle Crash Involvement

According to a new study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (PDF) and released Tuesday, drivers who are just one or two hours shy of the recommended seven to eight (7-8) hours of sleep each night nearly double their risk for a crash the next day.

“While we do not think anybody would be surprised to learn that driving while extremely sleep-deprived increases a driver’s risk of being involved in a crash — this admittedly is rather intuitive — we were surprised to find a detectable increase in crash risk when a driver had slept even just one hour less than the seven hours recommended by sleep experts,” said Brian Tefft, senior research association for the foundation, who led the new study.

A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in February found that more than a third of adults in the United States reported getting less than seven hours of sleep daily. The CDC even has called insufficient sleep a “public health problem.”

The attached AAA study featured data on 7,234 drivers who were involved in 4,571 vehicle crashes, from 6 a.m. to midnight, between 2005 and 2007. The data were from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey, which included how much sleep drivers reported having in the 24 hours preceding a crash.

After analyzing the data, the researchers found that drivers who had slept for less than four hours had 11½ times the crash risk rate of drivers who had slept seven hours or more; drivers who had four to five hours of sleep had 4.3 times the risk; those who had five to six hours had 1.9 times the risk; and those who had six to seven hours had 1.3 times the risk.

In other words, “the crash risk of a driver who has slept for only four to five of the past 24 hours is approximately quadruple the risk of a driver who has slept for the expert-recommended minimum of seven hours, similar to the crash risk of a driver who is legally intoxicated relative to a sober driver,” Tefft said.

Tefft noted that the new study had some limitations, such as not including data on vehicle crashes between midnight and 6 a.m. and analyzing how only a lack of sleep in the past 24 hours was associated with crash risk, rather than quality of sleep. “The study was designed specifically to investigate the relationship between acute sleep deprivation and crash risk,” he said.

If another driver caused your car accident, such as by driving tired, you are likely entitled to pursue compensation by filing a claim against the at-fault party’s liability insurance policy. The Pinkerton Law Firm, PLLC can help you by gathering evidence to prove fault in the case, preparing your claim and representing you with the insurance company. We are car wreck attorneys and 18-wheeler wreck attorneys. If the responsible party refuses to pay you the amount that you deserve, The Pinkerton Law Firm, PLLC may take the case to trial in pursuit of a jury verdict in your favor. If you are in need of a Houston car accident attorney, look no further than The Pinkerton Law Firm, PLLC. If you’ve been in a car wreck, we know how to get you the money that you deserve.

As soon as possible after your automobile accident, contact us for a free initial consultation. We can review your case to determine liability for the accident, as well as discuss the impact of the situation in order to establish how much you might receive in a settlement or jury verdict. When you hire us, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

We work on a contingency-fee basis; you do not have to pay us a fee up front and will owe us nothing unless we win your case. You cannot rely on the insurance company to look out for your personal interests; they are not on your side. Don’t take chances with the outcome of your case by attempting to resolve it on your own. Let The Pinkerton Law Firm, PLLC put our skill and experience to work for you in the pursuit of fair compensation for your car wreck injuries.

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Justice for Keith Hans

*PLEASE HELP*

FORMAL INVESTIGATION OF THE HANS FATALITY MVA

Keith Hans lost his life on February 13, 2017 while on his way to work when his vehicle collided with a cement truck on Hwy. 87 South and Rainbow Rd.  Keith was beloved by his family and friends.  He will be forever missed.

The Pinkerton Law Firm, PLLC has been hired by the family to investigate how this horrific and tragic accident occurred.

We need your help!  We have uncovered that there are at least two eyewitnesses that have not come forward.  If you know something, saw something, heard something or know someone who knows something, please immediately call The Pinkerton Law Firm, PLLC at 713-360-6722.

The Hans family deserves to know the truth.  Please help!

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Another Tragic Bicycle Death: METRO Bus takes a Notable Rice Professor

A tragic accident has taken the life of a notable Rice University professor, Marjorie Corcoran. Professor Corcoran died Friday morning about 8:30 a.m. when a Metro light rail train struck her on the southbound tracks at 6300 Fannin near Sunset. Rice President David Leebron confirmed Corcoran’s death to the campus community by making a statement, …

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Another Houston Death Possibly Attributable to Street-Racing

Houston Police Department is investigating a fatal accident involving an 18-wheeler and a sedan which occurred about 4 a.m. yesterday, November 2, 2016 near the intersection of FM 1960 and Walters Road. Investigators believe the male driver of a Honda Accord was traveling westbound on FM 1960 possibly at more than 100 mph when he hit the rear of a slow-moving 18-wheeler pulling away from a traffic light. A witness told investigators the man may have been racing another driver at the time of the crash.
The driver of the Accord clipped the back of the truck, which sheared off the top and side of his car. The twisted, mangled wreckage of the car was scattered along the roadway. The driver’s side of the car and roof appeared were ripped off during the crash. The man, whose name has not been released, was decapitated and thrown from the car during the crash. His body was found about two-dozen yards away from the Accord.

Reckless driving is defined by Texas law as an act in which a motorist operates an automobile with total disregard for public safety or property, in a public place. A public place can be a street, road, freeway, highway, parking lot, garage, or any other place that’s accessible to the public.
Sec. 545.401. RECKLESS DRIVING; OFFENSE. (a) A person commits an offense if the person drives a vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.
A Houston police officer may arrest a driver if they’re racing on a street, driving at an excessive rate of speed, attempting to evade arrest, or operating a vehicle in any way that would put the public, and/or the property of others, at risk.
If you or someone you know was injured by a reckless driver, it’s important that you discuss your case with an experienced Houston personal injury attorney so you can get a clear understanding of your legal options. You are likely entitled to pursue compensation by filing a claim against the at-fault party’s liability insurance policy.
The Pinkerton Law Firm, PLLC can help you by gathering evidence to prove fault in the case, preparing your claim and representing you with the insurance company. We are experienced Houston car wreck attorneys. If the responsible party refuses to pay you the amount that you deserve, The Pinkerton Law Firm, PLLC may take the case to trial in pursuit of a jury verdict in your favor. If you are in need of a Houston car accident attorney because of a street racer or someone otherwise driving recklessly, look no further than The Pinkerton Law Firm, PLLC.
Contact us for a free initial consultation. We can review your case to determine liability for the accident, as well as discuss the impact of the situation in order to establish how much you might receive in a settlement or jury verdict. When you hire us, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. We work on a contingency-fee-basis; you do not have to pay us a fee upfront and will owe us nothing unless we win your case. If you have been injured in an accident as a result of a street racer or someone otherwise driving recklessly, call a bicycle accident attorney at The Pinkerton Law Firm, PLLC for a FREE consultation at (713) 360-6722.

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NTSB Investigates California Bus Crash that Left 13 Dead and 31 Injured

In the early morning hours of Sunday, October 23, 2016, a maintenance crew had slowed down traffic on a California highway through the night, and the work had gone on for hours without problems. Then a tour bus returning to Los Angeles from a casino trip slammed into the back of a semi-truck. Passengers who were asleep on the bus woke up to loud screams and the sound of crushing metal. According to reports, this accident resulted in one of the deadliest wrecks in California history with 13 people killed and 31 others injured.

At this time, it is unknown whether alcohol, drugs, or fatigue played a role in this incident. However, it is clear from the photos of the wreck that the bus was going much faster than the semi-truck it slammed into. The front of the bus crumpled into the semi-truck’s trailer and debris was scattered across the key route through Southern California. Firefighters used ladders to climb into the bus’s windows to remove bodies, and tow trucks lifted the trailer to make it easier to reach the bus, whose front end was demolished.

The tour bus company, USA Holiday, has one vehicle and one driver, according to federal regulators. The company says on social media that it has more than 25 years of experience traveling to casinos in Southern California. It posts about quick turnaround trips leaving the Los Angeles area to casinos in the Southern California desert area.

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to California to investigate.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a catastrophic bus accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at the Pinkerton Law Firm to schedule a free consultation to learn your legal rights. The bus accident lawyers at the Pinkerton Law Firm have a combined 25 years of experience in handling catastrophic bus accidents, and our lawyers will fight for the justice you deserve. Call today: 713-360-6722