Attorney Portrait Houston Accident News

Community Mourns the Loss of Four Lives Following a Crash in Somerville

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Somerville, TX (May 11, 2020) — The Somerville community is mourning after four people were killed in a crash this past Saturday night. The accident happened around 11:00 p.m. on LBJ Drive.  According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, 37-year-old Ignacio Aviles was driving south on LBJ Drive when he hit a guardrail and ran into another vehicle driving north head-on. All four of the occupants of the other vehicle died at the scene of the crash. The victims were identified as 18-year-old Chase Sowders, 18-year-old Jasmine Maxwell, 6-year-old Payton Francis, and 37-year-old Justin Richard. Aviles suffered critical injuries and was rushed to CHI St. Joseph Health in Bryan. When the accident was reported, it didn’t take long for the community to hear about it. Since Somerville is such a small town, almost everybody knows each other. Justin Bellis, a friend of the families who lost loved ones in the accident, said that “within hours it probably went through the whole community.” Lauren Brewster, a close friend of Jasmine Maxwell, said that the community has taken action to support the families of the victims. “There’s GoFundMes. There’s prayers going out. There’s people gathering together to make sure the families [are] good,” says Brewster. Investigators have not stated whether alcohol or speed were factors in the crash. So far, no charges have been filed against Aviles. Sources: KBTX Contact an Experienced Houston Personal Injury Attorney Today Unfortunately, auto accidents like this happen far too often in Texas. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause and hold those responsible accountable. At The Johns Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents are for the families and friends of the victims.  If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in an accident like this, please contact one of our Houston personal injury attorneys to set up a free consultation. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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Axtell High School Baseball Coach Dies in a Car Accident

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Axtell, TX (May 9, 2020) — Students, friends, and family are mourning the loss of an Axtell High School baseball coach after a single-vehicle crash on Thursday night. The accident occurred in Huckabay, Texas after the coach was visiting friends. The Axtell Independent School District announced the passing of 31-year-old Cameron Bankston on their Facebook page. Axtell ISD Superintendent J.R. Proctor said that Bankston “came to Axtell just a single year ago, and had already made an unmistakable impact on our school.” Bankston was also a former teacher and head baseball coach at Hamilton High School from 2015 to 2018. He was also a baseball player at Abilene Christian University and a player and coach for the Dallas Tigers Baseball Club. Students of Bankston gathered on Saturday at the Axtell baseball field to talk about how their coach affected their lives. Police have not released any information about the cause of the crash.  Sources: Fox 44, Waco Tribune-Herald, KWTX Contact an Experienced Houston Personal Injury Attorney Today Unfortunately, auto accidents like this happen far too often in Texas. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause and hold those responsible accountable. At The Johns Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents are for the families and friends of the victims.  If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in an accident like this, please contact one of our Houston personal injury attorneys to set up a free consultation. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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Attorney Portrait Louisiana Accident News

Woman Injured, Recovering After Car Falls into Lake Pontchartrain

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New Orleans, LA (April 28, 2020) — A woman is now recovering from her injuries at home after her car fell into the middle of Lake Pontchartrain when she was rear-ended by another vehicle Monday afternoon. The crash happened in the northbound lanes of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. According to Causeway Police, 25-year-old Nakia Stonom was driving north on the bridge in her Hyundai Elantra when she realized she forgot something from her work and needed to go back. She then tried to pull into crossover #4 in the left lane and was hit by the pickup truck behind her. Her car then hit a guardrail and flipped several times before landing the water. Stonom escaped from her car by exiting her open window and suffered only minor injuries. Causeway patrol officers Shane Gaeta and Dareale Sopsher, along with a few bystanders, rescued Stonom from the lake. She is currently recovering from the accident at home. According to Causeway officials, the guardrail that Stonom hit is from the 70s and the section of the bridge she was on has not received new ones as part of a $100 million safety improvement project.  Causeway Police are still investigating the cause of the accident. So far, no charges have been filed in the crash. Source: WVUE Contact an Experienced New Orleans Car Accident Attorney Unfortunately, auto accidents like this happen far too often in New Orleans. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause and hold those responsible accountable. At The Johns Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents are for the families and friends of the victims.  If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in an accident, please contact one of our New Orleans car accident attorneys or call us at 866-762-0302 to set up a free consultation. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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Attorney Portrait Louisiana Accident News

Single-Car Crash in Gentilly Kills Woman

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New Orleans, LA (April 29, 2020) — A woman died Tuesday night after crashing her car on I-610 in Gentilly. The crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. near Franklin Avenue. According to the New Orleans Police Department, the driver of the car, who has not yet been identified, was heading west on I-610 when she struck a guardrail and flipped her car. Emergency responders pronounced her dead at the scene. The NOPD is still investigating the cause of the accident. We will continue to monitor this story for any additional updates. If you have any information regarding the incident, please contact Officer Richard Chambers at 504-658-6215. Source: WGNO Contact an Experienced New Orleans Car Accident Attorney Unfortunately, auto accidents like this happen far too often in New Orleans. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause and hold those responsible accountable. At The Johns Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents are for the families and friends of the victims.  If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in an accident, please contact one of our New Orleans car accident attorneys or call us at 866-762-0302 to set up a free consultation. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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Attorney Portrait Louisiana Accident News

7-Car Pileup Involving an 18-Wheeler on I-10 Closes Interstate

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Baton Rouge, LA (April 29, 2020) — Police shut down I-10 early Wednesday morning after a pileup involving an 18-wheeler. The accident occurred around 5:45 a.m. on I-10 East just past the Highland Road exit 166. Several people sustained injuries. According to Louisiana State Police spokesperson Taylor Scrantz, seven vehicles were involved in the crash. An 18-wheeler was also involved and crushed another vehicle. However, only minor injuries were reported in the incident. At this time, the Louisiana State Police are still investigating the cause of the accident. Investigators reopened the interstate around 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning after they cleared the wreckage. Sources: The Advocate, WBRZ Contact an Experienced Louisiana Car Accident Attorney Unfortunately, auto accidents like this happen far too often in Louisiana. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause and hold those responsible accountable. At The Johns Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents are for the families and friends of the victims.  If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in an accident, please contact one of our Louisiana car accident attorneys or call us at 866-762-0302 to set up a free consultation. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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Attorney Portrait Louisiana Accident News

Crash on I-55 Leaves Two Women Dead and One Injured

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Tangipahoa Parish, LA (April 25, 2020) – Two women died and one person was injured after a two-vehicle accident in Tangipahoa Parish Saturday morning. The crash occurred around 8:30 a.m. on I-55 just north of LA 442. According to Louisiana State Police, 45-year-old Eunique Ebbs was driving her Honda Civic with two passengers north on the interstate in the right lane when they collided with a GMC Sierra pickup truck that was originally traveling in the left lane. Investigators are unsure how the collision occurred but said that the crash sent both vehicles off of the road and into trees. All three occupants of the Honda Civic were severely injured in the crash and rushed to the hospital for treatment, while the driver of the GMC Sierra was uninjured. Ebbs and her front passenger, 23-year-old Shaique G.M. Andrews, later died from their injuries. So far, there has been no update on the condition of the third passenger. The Louisiana State Police are still investigating the cause of the crash. Investigators stated that Ebbs and the driver of the GMC Sierra were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident, but Andrews and the other passenger in the Honda Civic were not. Source: NOLA Contact an Experienced Louisiana Car Accident Attorney Unfortunately, auto accidents like this happen far too often in Louisiana. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause and hold those responsible accountable. At The Johns Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents are for the families and friends of the victims.  If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in an accident, please contact one of our Louisiana car accident attorneys or call us at 866-762-0302 to set up a free consultation. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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Four-Vehicle Crash on I-10 Kills One, Injures Three

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New Orleans, LA (April 24, 2020) — One woman died and three others were injured after an accident involving four vehicles Thursday night. The crash occurred around 7:20 p.m. on I-10 near the I-610 split. According to the New Orleans Police Department, the cause of the accident is still under investigation. One unidentified woman was pronounced dead at the scene and three others were transported to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. Their conditions are unknown at this time. If you have any information about the accident or witnessed the crash, please call NOPD Traffic Fatality Investigator Michael Baldassaro at 504-658-6209. We will continue to monitor this story for future updates. Source: WGNO Contact an Experienced New Orleans Car Accident Attorney Unfortunately, auto accidents like this happen far too often in Louisiana. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause and hold those responsible accountable. At The Johns Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents are for the families and friends of the victims.  If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in an accident, please contact one of our New Orleans car accident attorneys or call us at 866-762-0302 to set up a free consultation. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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Attorney Portrait Insurance

Third-Party Bad Faith Claim

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If you are injured by the negligence of another person, their insurance company is usually responsible to pay for your injuries. However, sometimes an insurance company refuses to settle for a reasonable amount, even when their liability is clear. If this happens to you, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you pursue a third-party bad faith claim against the insurance company. What Is a Stowers Demand? Many third-party bad faith claims are governed by the Stowers doctrine in Texas. The Stowers doctrine applies when you suffer damages that exceed the defendant’s insurance policy limits. Stowers Demand Letter To comply with the Stowers doctrine in Texas, your attorney would start by sending a Stowers demand letter to the insurance company. The letter must: Include a demand for compensation within the policy limits; State clear terms for accepting the demand; Provide a reasonable amount of time for the insurance company to respond;  Demonstrate that any subrogation claims and hospital liens have either been settled or will be resolved with the proceeds from the settlement; and Offer to fully release the defendant from further liability. If the insurance company rejects your Stowers demand, your next step is to go to court. Pursuing a Bad Faith Claim If you win a jury verdict for greater than the policy limit, then you may be able to make the insurance company pay the extra damages by bringing a third-party bad faith claim. The defendant is the one who would usually be on the hook for damages in excess of the policy limit. So technically, the defendant is the one who would have a bad-faith claim against their insurance company. But you can get a court to issue a turn-over order. This requires the defendant to give you their cause of action so you can actively collect against the insurer.  To succeed on a bad faith claim, you must demonstrate that: Your Stowers demand letter complied with the requirements above; Liability for the amount of the policy limit or more was reasonably clear; and You actually won a verdict in court for more than the policy limit. The most difficult element to prove is that liability was reasonably clear. If there was a fair dispute about whether the defendant was negligent, whether your negligence contributed to the accident, or the amount of damages, then it is not bad faith for the insurer to reject a Stowers demand, even if you later win. Why Would I Want to Settle for the Policy Limit If My Damages Are Greater? Even if your damages are significantly greater than the policy limits, it often makes sense to accept a settlement for the amount of the policy limit. The reality is that nothing requires an insurance company to indemnify a defendant for any more than the policy limits. And most defendants simply don’t have the assets to pay off large verdicts. This means that even if you go to court and get a verdict for an amount above the policy limits, you could struggle for years to ever recover that money. The defendant also has a motivation to settle within the policy limits. Doing so helps them avoid the risk of having a personal judgment against them. Such a judgment can lead to wage garnishment and liens on their assets that can follow them for years. This is why an insurer must accept a Stowers demand where liability is reasonably clear. With a Stowers demand, you can reach a settlement with the insurance company that gets you your money right away. You won’t have to spend years of uncertainty waiting for a jury verdict while struggling to pay your bills. How Do I Know If I Can Pursue a Third-Party Bad Faith Claim? If you suffered injury in an accident caused by someone else, contact our personal injury attorneys at the Johns Law Firm. We can help you determine whether a Stowers demand might be the way to go and handle every aspect of your personal injury claim. Our decades of experience working both for and against big insurance companies put us in a strong position to negotiate on your behalf. Call or contact us today to learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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Attorney Portrait Louisiana Accident News

Accident on I-10 East and College Drive Kills Pedestrian

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Baton Rouge, LA (April 19, 2020) — A pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle on Sunday night in southeast Baton Rouge. The accident happened around 9:00 p.m. at I-10 East and College Drive. The Baton Rouge Police Department has not released any more information about the accident or the victim at this time. We will continue to monitor this story for updates. Source: WBRZ Contact an Experienced New Orleans Personal Injury Attorney Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents like this happen far too often in Louisiana. Police must investigate them thoroughly to determine the cause and hold those responsible accountable. At The Johns Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents are for the families and friends of the victims. If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one to a pedestrian accident like this, please contact one of our Louisiana personal injury attorneys at 866-762-0302 to set up a free consultation. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.  Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST.

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Attorney Portrait Houston Accident News

2 Pedestrians Killed by Speeding Driver While Crossing a Street in Southeast Houston

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Houston, TX (April 21, 2020) — Two pedestrians are dead after being hit by a speeding driver in southeast Houston on Monday night. The crash happened at 11:30 p.m. on Cullen Boulevard near the South Loop. According to Houston Police Lieutenant L. Barrow, the driver was heading northbound on Cullen Boulevard in a Chevy SUV. Investigators say that the driver was driving faster than the posted speed limit of 35 mph. The driver swerved off the road, causing them to hit two pedestrians and a utility pole. Both victims, identified as Jason Sanders and Adam Caesar, died at the scene of the accident. The driver was not intoxicated at the time of the crash and was not immediately charged. However, they could face charges for manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide according to Chief Sean Teare of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office’s Vehicular Crimes Division. Sources: KTRK, The Houston Chronicle Contact an Experienced Houston Personal Injury Attorney Today Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents like this happen far too often in Houston. Police must investigate them thoroughly to determine the cause and hold those responsible accountable. At The Johns Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents are for the families and friends of the victims. If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one to an accident like this, please contact one of our Houston personal injury attorneys at 866-762-0302 to set up a free consultation. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.  Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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