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Fort Worth man arrested after fatal drunk driving accident

Twenty-two-year-old Maranda Abshire, two-year-old Cruz Dominguez, and five-year-old Christopher Dominguez instantly died when they were hit by a truck driven by 53-year-old Ricardo Martinez of Fort Worth, The Dallas Morning News reported on March 9.

Martinez was driving the wrong way down U.S. Highway 67 near County Road 810 and Baker Lane when the accident occurred.

Alvarado police said they arrested Martinez on charges of three counts of murder and one count of intoxicated assault. They said Martinez’s blood alcohol content amounted to .240 three hours after the accident; this is three times the state’s legal limit.

Martinez, who was taken into custody, already has convictions for driving while intoxicated in both Denton and Tarrant counties.

The Fort Worth attorneys of the Woodson Law Firm understand that you are likely suffering in the wake of a drunk driving accident–especially if you or a loved one has been injured or even killed. The challenges in this situation are great, but our legal team may work on your behalf to hold the intoxicated driver fully accountable in court. Call our offices at (817) 338-0303 today to learn more.

GM defective ignition switch death toll reaches 57

The death toll from accidents resulting from General Motors Co.’s defective ignition switch vehicles has reached 57, the total of which increased by one since last week, the Associated Press reported. The last of claims eligible for compensation are being examined if they were postmarked by January 31, the deadline for the claims process.

Those who will agree to receive compensation from GM forfeit their right to sue the automotive company.

Federal investigators found that GM knew of the presence of faulty ignition switches on a number of their small vehicles, including Chevrolet Cobalts and others, for over 10 years before finally issuing a recall in 2014.

In 2014, GM allotted $400 million to make settlement payments but recently conceded that the amount could increase to $600 million. Feinberg noted that GM already paid $93 million in claims, GM’s annual report showed.

Our attorneys at the Woodson Law Firm in Fort Worth specialize in handling personal injury cases in the area and throughout the state of Texas. Learn more about the legal services we offer when you contact our offices today at (817) 338-0303.

GM, Delphi request multidistrict litigation panel in defective ignition switch cases

General Motors Co. and Delphi Automotive Systems LLC requested on May 20 that lawsuits concerning defective ignition switches filed against them be consolidated and transferred to a multidistrict litigation panel, The Detroit News reported on May 21.

The petition, brought before the Supreme Court of Texas, aims to streamline existing cases and expected future cases. GM spokesman Greg Martin said that the move was made for practical reasons. This way, defendants won’t have to individually produce the same evidence and witnesses, and pretrial rulings of individual cases won’t conflict.

Texas attorney Robert Hilliard, the legal counsel handling most of the personal injury and wrongful death claims against GM, said GM’s latest move is a tactic meant to delay litigation of the cases.

Our attorneys at the Woodson Law Firm in Fort Worth are sincerely concerned about our clients’ welfare. If you have been injured by the irresponsible actions of other people, we may represent you and fight for the financial compensation you deserve. Call us today at 817-338-0303.

Fourth victim dies after South by Southwest car accident

Another individual has died due to the injuries he sustained earlier in March when a driver, who was suspected of drunk driving, plowed into a crowd at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. This is the fourth person to die due to the incident.

On Thursday, March 27, Austin police tweeted that 18-year-old Forth Worth resident DeAndre Tatum, who was outside the Mohawk on March 13 when he was hit by a car that had smashed through a street barricade died. The driver who crashed into the crowd was identified as 21-year-old Rashad Owens and was accused of drunk driving, leaving the scene of a car accident, and willfully driving into the crowd. He has also thus far been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle.

Our team at the Woodson Law Firm knows how devastating this accident has been for the victims, their families, and Austin. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy.

Six Flags Over Texas denies responsibility for guest’s death

Arlington-based amusement park Six Flags Over Texas recently claimed it was not responsible for the death of 52-year-old Dallas resident Rosa Esparza.

Esperza fell from the 14-story Texas Giant roller coaster on July 19 2013. Her family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in October in Tarrant County District Court.

Six Flags said an investigation found the ride had no technical effects; the company, though, installed seat belts and modified the ride’s restraining bar pads after the incident.

The Texas Giant started taking in guests in 1990 but was closed in 2009 to undergo a $10-million renovation, reopening in April 2011.

If you or a loved one have been harmed by the negligence of a business or manufacturer, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact our experienced attorneys at Woodson Law Firm in Fort Worth by calling (817) 338-0303 to discuss your personal injury case today.