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63-year-old pastry chef loses life in Johnson County crash

A 63-year-old woman, who was known by thousands as a beloved kindergarten teacher and master baker, died in a car accident earlier this month. The woman's vehicle crashed into another car that contained multiple teenagers

According to a report issued by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the car with the teenagers in it was a Kia being driven by a 17-year-old. The teacher's car was also a Kia. The teens were driving southwest along U.S. 67 and the woman was driving northwest. The teenage driver tried to make a left turn across opposing traffic onto County Road 1119, but failed to see the teacher and they collided head-on.

How do truck accidents commonly happen?

Truck accidents are highly destructive to property, and they often result in catastrophic and fatal injuries when they happen on Texas roads. For this reason, every Texas motorist needs to take great care when driving close to a big rig on the road. Additionally, truck drivers also need to be cautious and follow all truck driving rules and traffic standards.

To help Texas motorists avoid getting into a crash, let's take a look at how car drivers commonly cause truck accidents:

Mysterious fires engulfing some BMWs

If you are in the market for a new BMW or have recently purchased one, you are probably drawn to the notion of the car being “the ultimate driving machine.” Indeed, BMW’s performance has wowed driving enthusiasts for decades. The technological advances have further increased their popularity. However, a recent rash of random fires has created a mystery that concerns engineers and safety advocates alike.

According to an ABCNews.com report, random BMWs have spontaneously caught fire, destroying the vehicles. The fires have occurred in vehicles parked in garages at home, as well as in parking lots. One car reportedly caught fire after being parked for several days. The fires have challenged investigators because the engines were not running. 

The 3 most common types of child injury lawsuits

At the Zimmerman Law Firm, PC, we assist families in the pursuit of personal injury claims related to injured children. These cases are often different from claims that involve injured adults. That's because children are more vulnerable to getting hurt and adults need to be extra careful to prevent such injuries.

Most of the child injury cases that we represent fall under three categories. Here is a quick overview of these categories:

Seeking financial compensation after a shopping cart accident

Shopping carts are useful tools to push around the grocery store to carry your purchases, right? They are indeed useful when they're used the right way and when they're in good repair. However, when parents use them to carry their children, or when shopping carts are used in an inappropriate manner, they can be dangerous -- especially if they are poorly designed or damaged in some way.

Imagine that you're shopping with your small child at a Texas supermarket. It's tempting to put your child in the seat at the front of a shopping cart, but it's dangerous. Numerous children throughout the nation are rushed to the emergency room every year with concussions, broken bones and other serious injuries because of shopping cart accidents. The worst of these accidents happen when a child is sitting in the seat and the shopping cart flips over.

Texas man goes to prison after purposefully hitting motorcycle

A Texas man will go to jail for 15 years after he purposefully swerved his car into a passing motorcycle. A couple on the motorcycle was attempting to make a pass, when video footage caught the man swerve directly into their path. Earlier this month, a trial by jury convicted the man of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The accident happened in October 2015, and the 68-year-old driver has been in jail since that time awaiting the completion of his trial. The man will stay in Hood County Jail until he is transferred to a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison to complete the rest of his sentence.

5 tips for avoiding trucking accidents

You’re driving home from work, and you’re cruising on the highway when you notice a higher-than-usual number of trucks on the roads. As you approach to pass, the driver doesn’t see you and merges into your lane. You have nowhere to go, because another vehicle is in the next lane. Someone is behind you and in front of you, so getting out of the way isn’t possible. Your vehicle is hit, and you suffer from serious injuries.

This accident should have been avoidable. Here are a number of tips to help you avoid truck accidents.

How Do I Know When I Need to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

A shocking amount of people are injured in accidents that are not their fault but sometimes they dont reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney to get advice about their legal rights. So how do you know when you need to call a personal injury attorney?

An attractive nuisance: The risk of owning a pool

Swimming pools are a lot of fun, especially when the weather gets hot. It's good exercise to go swimming, and you might love having pool parties at your home. With summer just around the corner, it's a good idea to think about liability for your home swimming pool. Who is liable if a child falls in and drowns? What happens if a guest gets hurt?

Pools are known as attractive nuisances. That means that you must take extra care to protect children who could enter your property. Since pools are fun, essentially, you need to make sure no child is around it without supervision.

What legal steps can you take if your child is being bullied?

Many of us experienced some sort of bullying when we were kids. It was, unfortunately, part of the school experience, particularly for kids who were perceived to be "different" in some way from most of their classmates.

Today, bullying extends past the halls and playgrounds of schools. It follows kids home via cyberbullying. Social media, texting and phone calls have been used to torment young people, sometimes to the point where they've taken their own lives.

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