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Interstate 635 Accident Leaves Mesquite Pedestrian Dead

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on February 8, 2016

A 22-year-old Mesquite resident lost her life in late December when she was hit by a car on Interstate 635. The woman’s car had broken down on the interstate near Abrams Road in Far Northeast Dallas. According to officials, she was attempting to cross the highway when she was struck twice, first by a truck and then by a Chevy Camaro. She was pronounced dead at the scene by rescue workers who rushed to her aid.

Both the drivers who hit the woman stopped at the scene. Criminal charges have not been filed against either of the drivers who struck her. The highway was closed for several hours while traffic was re-routed to U.S. Highway 75 and investigators examined the scene of the accident. Read the rest »

4 Tips for Preventing Pedestrian Accidents

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 6, 2013

4 Tips for Preventing Pedestrian AccidentsAs the cooler air slowly makes its way to Texas, you might see more pedestrians walking around Dallas and enjoying the fall breezes. But watch out, because in the next 24 hours, on average, more than 460 people will be treated in an emergency department for traffic-related pedestrian injuries from a pedestrian accident. When you are a pedestrian, it’s important to keep these pedestrian safety tips in mind:

  • Never assume the driver sees you: Just because you can see the driver, it doesn’t mean they are watching you. They could be distracted by something in their car or their phone. Don’t ever walk in front of a car unless it is completely stopped at a crosswalk.
  • Bring a flashlight when walking around at night: If you only wear white or bright colors at night, it still can be hard for drivers to see you. The best way to be visible to drivers and avoid pedestrian accidents at night is to carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing.
  • Watch out even when you are using a crosswalk: Many pedestrian accidents occur in crosswalks because the driver didn’t see the crosswalk or stop in time. It’s important to always be alert and looking around even when using a designated crosswalk, so you don’t end up in a pedestrian accident.
  • Never jaywalk: If you are running across the street that doesn’t have a crosswalk, and you get hit by a vehicle, the driver is usually not at fault. It’s important to use designated crosswalks and sidewalks to prevent becoming a victim of a pedestrian accident.

If you or a loved one were a victim of a Texas pedestrian accident, you deserve justice and compensation for your physical and emotional turmoil. Contact the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

How to Avoid School Zone Accidents

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on August 19, 2013

 How to Avoid School Zone AccidentsAs summer ends, many children in Texas will be out on the roads making their way to school. It’s vital that you know how to drive in school zones because about 100 children are killed each year in America while walking to or from school, and around 25,000 are injured. In order to avoid tragic pedestrian accidents, here are four tips on how to drive in a school zone:

  • Reduce your speed: Children are very unpredictable, and their peripheral vision is about one-third narrower than yours, so children can’t see you approaching from the right or left as soon as you can. That’s why it’s vital to follow the school zone speed limit, which is usually 15 or 20 m.p.h. Special speed limit signs, usually with flashing lights, are posted around schools to alert you when to reduce your speed.
  • Be very cautious around school buses: Never pass a school bus that is stopped with children loading or unloading. If you do pass a school bus you could get a four-point infraction on your driver’s license. It’s never worth the risk of harming a child in order to get where you are going quicker.
  • Always be prepared to brake: When driving through a school zone, try to keep your foot off the accelerator as much as possible. Try coasting through the school zone with your foot near your brake in case you need to stop suddenly.
  • Never text or talk on your phone in a school zone: Most pedestrian accidents occur because of distracted driving due to cell phones. Especially put down your phone when you are in a school zone to avoid injuring a child in a serious car accident.

Even if you are a safe driver through school zones, many others aren’t. If you or a loved one were the victim of a pedestrian or car accident in Texas due to a negligent driver, you deserve justice. Contact the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

What to do After a Pedestrian Accident

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on August 1, 2013

What to do After a Pedestrian AccidentDuring the summer, there are more pedestrians in Dallas enjoying the bright, sunny weather. It is nice to walk around town, but it can be very dangerous. In 2010, there were 4,280 pedestrians killed and 70,000 were injured in traffic accidents in America. To help you know what to do in case you are ever in a pedestrian accident, here are four tips:

  • Get medical help: It’s important to get medical care immediately after a pedestrian accident before doing anything else. Even if you don’t think you were injured, you should still get medical help since your injuries might not show up right away. Also, if you find out later that you were injured and didn’t seek medical care immediately, it will be harder to get the compensation you deserve.
  • Contact the police: Even if the pedestrian accident doesn’t seem serious, it’s still vital to get a police report. The police report is an unbiased perspective from an official of what occurred during the pedestrian accident. If you have a police report, it’s more likely you will have a stronger case if you decide to go to court.
  • Gather evidence: You should take photos of where the accident occurred, and even show what kind of clothing you were wearing, and what time of day it happened. If any witnesses were there, get their contact information, so they can share their perspective of the pedestrian accident.
  • Contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney: Before talking to your insurance company, you should first talk to a Texas pedestrian accident attorney. Many times insurance companies aren’t working for your best interest. A pedestrian accident attorney knows how the laws work and can get you the compensation you are entitled to for your physical and emotional trauma.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a Texas pedestrian accident, contact the knowledgeable Texas pedestrian accident attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

How to Drive Safely in Pedestrian Areas

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on June 5, 2013

During summer, more pedestrians are walking around Dallas and enjoying the sunshine. That’s why it’s important to know how to drive safely in areas of Dallas with high pedestrian traffic, so you can protect yourself from getting in a pedestrian accident. Here are four tips on how to drive safely in pedestrian areas:

  • Know when to yield: In America, most of the time pedestrians have the right of way. If an intersection doesn’t have a signal, if a pedestrian has started to cross, allow them to cross first. You should also yield when pedestrians are crossing a sidewalk or entering an alley or driveway.

  • Slow down: If you are driving in a neighborhood, apartment community, parking lot or downtown area, it’s important to slow down. Many times pedestrian accidents occur because the driver was going too fast and didn’t see the pedestrian in time.

  • Be on the alert: When driving near pedestrians, it’s best to always assume that a pedestrian might jaywalk or jump into the road without warning. Keep this in mind when driving around pedestrians.

  • Don’t pass another vehicle stopped at a crosswalk: Even if you don’t see anyone crossing, it’s important to never pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk, no matter how much of a hurry you are in, in order to protect your life and the lives of others.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 were injured in  traffic crashes in the United States. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a pedestrian accident due to a negligent driver, you deserve justice. Contact the pedestrian accident attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

5 Pedestrian Safety Tips

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on May 13, 2013

As the weather starts to warm up, more Dallas residents will be outdoors walking, running and biking. This means there will be a higher chance of Dallas pedestrian accidents, which occur more often than you would think. Between 2001 and 2009, there were 522 pedestrian deaths in Dallas county. To help protect you and your loved ones from pedestrian accidents, here are five pedestrian safety tips:

  • Cross the street only at designated crosswalks: It’s important to remember that if you jaywalk and are hit by a vehicle, the driver most likely will not be at fault since you weren’t crossing at a designated crosswalk. Even if it takes a few extra minutes to find a crosswalk, it’s worth it to protect your life and the lives of others.
  • Keep observing vehicles when you walk across the street: You know that you should look both ways before crossing the street, but while you are walking across, you should also keep an eye on the cars around you to make sure drivers see you and aren’t going to turn or keep going and cause a pedestrian accident.
  • Wear brightly colored clothing: Many pedestrian accidents occur at night because drivers didn’t see the person crossing the street since they were wearing dark clothing. Try to wear white or bright colors, especially if you choose to walk around at night.
  • Walk facing traffic: Especially if there are no sidewalks available, it’s vital to walk facing traffic, so you watch cars and see what they are doing. This increases your chance of moving quickly to avoid a pedestrian accident.
  • Be wary: When you are walking around streets or busy highways, never expect that drivers will see you or that they will follow traffic laws. It’s best to try to make eye contact as much as possible with drivers so you know that they see you.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a Dallas pedestrian accident, you deserve justice and compensation for your emotional and physical trauma. Contact the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

Texas Officer Resigned After Hitting Pedestrians

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on December 27, 2012

Recently, a north Texas police officer chose to resign after she was involved in a pedestrian accident. Corporal Jennifer Chavez was driving out of the parking lot in front of police headquarters in Colleyville when she hit two pedestrians.

She had stopped at the stop sign, but then pushed the gas and hit the couple who were crossing the street. Iryna and Oleh Krutko were on an evening walk when the accident occurred. A dashcam from another officer’s car shows Chavez trying to help Iryna who was on the ground.

The couple’s attorney stated that the officer was not going to an emergency call, but she was most likely distracted from looking at her cruiser’s computer screen. In a written statement Chavez said she was going 10 to 15 m.p.h. when she was making her left turn. She tried to hit the brakes, but couldn’t stop in time.

The pedestrians who were hit are still recovering from their injuries and are seeking compensation for their medical bills. They want the police department to reanalyze their policies concerning distraction caused by police cruiser computers.

The Fort Worth Police Department is one city that has changed its policy, which now states, “Officers shall not type on the MDC (mobile data computer) when the vehicle is in motion unless an exigent circumstance exists requiring immediate action.”‬

Pedestrian accidents are common, but shouldn’t be. If you were the victim of a Texas pedestrian accident, you should contact the Law Office of W.T. Johnson today. We will help you get the justice you deserve.

Back to School Safety Tips for Texas Drivers

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 12, 2012

Schools across Texas are back in session, so drivers will need to look out for young pedestrians around school zones. According to The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 55 million children across the United States are back at school and 13 percent of them walk or ride their bikes to school.

In order to keep children safe, here are tips for what you can do to avoid a collision in a school zone.

First of all, slow down and obey school zone speed limits. AAA reports that pedestrians struck by a car traveling at 25 mph are two-thirds less likely to suffer fatal injuries than someone struck at 35 mph.

Also, children commonly attempt to cross the road at unexpected times and locations. They can emerge from between parked cars or from the middle of the street where there is no crosswalk. If you are attentive and focused, you have a greater chance of avoiding a collision. At crosswalks and intersections, you can prevent pedestrian accidents by coming to a complete stop.

It is also important to use extreme caution when reversing. Look for children in your blind spot before slowly backing up, and make sure passengers are not blocking your view.

The experienced Texas pedestrian accident lawyers at the Law Office of W.T. Johnson provide free consultations to anyone who has suffered a loss in a pedestrian accident. Please contact us for a no-cost case evaluation.

Dallas Tow Truck Driver Hits Pedestrian in Deadly Hit-and-Run

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on August 14, 2012

Recently a tow truck driver hit a pedestrian and didn’t stop to help the victim, 41-year-old Juan Steele. After the tow truck hit him, another car slammed into him as well and also did not stop to give assistance. The police have not identified that car or driver yet, but are speaking with witnesses.

The tow truck driver was leaving the Oasis Apartment complex before 6 a.m. on westbound Ledbetter Drive when he rounded a median into the eastbound lanes.Witnesses say Juan Steele ran into the street screaming stop, to try to stop the tow truck as it was towing his car away.

Then the tow truck ran over Steele, which seemed  intentional, according to witnesses, since he was hard to miss—he was waving his arms right in front of the truck.

Then the other car hit him shortly after. After that a witness said they quickly tried to stop traffic so more cars wouldn’t hit Steele. Yet soon after Steele was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Dallas police went to a nearby impound lot where authorities interviewed witnesses and found the victim’s car. Residents who live in that apartment complex say towing is very common in that area.

Pedestrian accidents, hit-and-runs and wrongful deaths should never occur. If you or your loved one was the victim of any of these kinds of negligence, you should contact the Law Office of W.T. Johnson before it’s too late to get the justice you deserve.

Wells Pedestrian Accident Kills Child, Injures Another

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on July 17, 2012

Two children in Wells, Texas were driving a motorized scooter on County Road 2734 and were struck by a Honda Accord. Six-year-old David Stone, died on the scene and his brother, 12-year-old Davion Stone, was taken to the hospital by helicopter and is in stable condition.

The driver, Randall Richard of Cleveland, TX, did not have a license, registration or current inspection sticker. State troopers are investigating whether Richard was speeding or not.

Witness Holly Radcliffe said it didn’t seem like the driver saw the children since he appeared to be going so fast. She grieved like the child was her own, and said she prays the Lord will use this incident for his glory.

It is very important to slow down on county roads with many houses around and children, Daune Hartman, DPS State Trooper said.

An average of 450 pedestrians are killed in Texas annually. That is more than one deadly pedestrian accident a day. If you are reading this and you or a loved one were the victim of a pedestrian accident, you should contact the Law Office of W.T. Johnson immediately to get justice for your pain and suffering. 

If you would like to discuss your claim with a member of our team, don’t hesitate to call us at (214) 231-0544. We’re ready to help you, and won’t rest until you receive the settlement you deserve.

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