Five Members of Texas Family Die in Overnight Crash, Highlighting Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Fasten Your Seat Belts Five Members of Texas Family Die in Overnight Crash, Highlighting Dangers of Drowsy Driving Terrell, TX- According to the National Safety Council, the risks of being in an accident is three times as high for motorists at night than during the day. Decreased visibility, drunken drivers and fatigue are all risks drivers face while driving at night.

Police believe fatigue was the cause of a Wednesday night accident in Louisiana that left five members of Texas family dead as they headed to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Michael and Trudie Hardman and their six children left their home in Terrell, Texas, around 8 p.m. Wednesday night for their “dream trip” to Disneyworld, according to ABC News. They were planning to spend Thanksgiving at the Magic Kingdom, but they never made it.

Just a few hours into their trip near Monroe, Louisiana, the family’s SUV ran off the road and rolled several times, ejecting five of the vehicle’s eight occupants.

Michael and Trudie Hardman and three of their six children were killed. Their 16 year-old son, who was driving and two other children survived the crash with moderate injuries.

Police told the Associated Press that the young driver fell asleep at the wheel. The SUV drifted onto the left median and the driver overcorrected causing the vehicle to rollover. Six of the SUV’s eight passengers were ejected.

Police told reporters that only the driver was wearing a seat belt. The young driver was cited for the accident.

Michael Hardman’s brother Timothy Hardman told the AP, the family had been planning the trip to Disney World for nine months. He said, “It was their dream trip.”

Our hearts go out to this family at during this difficult time.

“Crashes like this one don’t just affect the […]

By |November 21st, 2014|Categories: Accident News|Tags: |0 Comments

Wisconsin Slip and Fall Accidents

Personal Accidents 300x195 Wisconsin Slip and Fall Accidents Milwaukee, WI- Slip and fall accidents occur more often than many people realize. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that over 1 million Americans are injured in slip, trip or fall accidents annually and over 17,000 people are killed in these accidents. In the workplace, slip and fall accidents account for 15 percent of worker injuries.

Who is at risk? Basically, anyone is at risk of being involved in a slip and fall accident. Adults over the age of 55, however, are at the greatest risk, and these types of accidents occur frequently in nursing homes across Wisconsin. The CDC estimates that 57 percent of slip and fall accidents happen in the home and 50 percent occur in the workplace.

Workers are the second highest risk group for slip and fall accidents, which account for 40 percent of worker’s compensation claims. Workers between the age of 15 and 24 are more prone to this type of workplace injury.

The CDC defines slip and fall accidents as either a same-level fall or an elevated fall. Same-level falls usually occur when a person slips in liquid or trips on an object in the middle of a floor, sidewalk or other walkway on private property. Elevated falls happen when a person falls from stairs or other elevated walkway, with the majority of these falls occurring at a height of ten feet or less.

Both same-level and elevated falls can result in a range of injuries from minor to life-threatening. Traumatic brain injuries, knee injuries and hip fractures are the most common injuries that result for slips and fall accidents. Injuries incurred in a slip and fall accident may […]

By |November 20th, 2014|Categories: Accident News|Tags: |0 Comments

Parents of Two Killed on Sawgrass Parkway Accident Work to Prevent Wrong-way Crashes

Wrong Way Sign 300x210 Parents of Two Killed on Sawgrass Parkway Accident Work to Prevent Wrong way CrashesMiami, FL- Any car accident can be harmful, but wrong-way crashes prove to the one of the most dangerous, often resulting in one or more fatalities. On some occasions, wrong-way accidents are simple mistakes on the part of a driver, but more often these accidents are caused by intoxicated drivers.

This is a fact the families of Kaitlyn Ferrante and Marisa Catronio know firsthand and used the anniversary of the women’s deaths to warn young drivers of the dangers associated with drinking and driving and texting and driving, WSVN reported.

On the Monday, the one year anniversary of the fatal DUI accident that killed Ferrante and Catronio, their parents held a safety seminar at the women’s alma mater, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They took the opportunity to pass out red rubber bracelets that say “Stop Wrong Way Drivers,” and discussed the risky behaviors young drivers should avoid.

Last November, 20 year-old Kayla Mendoza was headed home after having few drinks with coworkers. The underage women entered the westbound lanes of the Sawgrass Parkway going on the wrong direction.Mendoza continued barreling down the highway until she struck the Ferrante and Catronio head-on.

Catronio was killed instantly, but Ferrante survived the initial impact which caused her to suffer a traumatic brain injury. She died of her injuries a few days later. Mendoza also suffered serious injuries.

While investigating the accident, police discovered that Mendoza was intoxicated and was nearly twice the legal limit. The self-proclaimed “Pothead Princess” was subsequently charged with the vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence and is still awaiting trial.

They can’t bring their daughters back, but Ferrante’s and Catronio’s parents […]

By |November 19th, 2014|Categories: Accident News|Tags: |0 Comments

Ohio Accident: Soap Opera Star Facing DUI after Crash and Other News

Hit and Run Cases Ohio Accident: Soap Opera Star Facing DUI after Crash and Other News Jefferson, OH- “Days of Our Lives” star Freddie Smith is facing a felony and misdemeanor after causing a drunken driving accident last month which left his girlfriend suffering serious injury.

Police say that on Smith, 26, was drunk when he lost control of his car in a curve and crashed in Ashtabula County, ABC News reported. Smith’s vehicle plunged into a culvert and overturned, trapping his girlfriend, actress Alyssa Tabit, inside.

Tabit suffered serious injuries but is currently recovering.

Smith suffered only minor injuries.

Police said Smith’s blood alcohol level was .93, above the state’s legal limit of .08. Smith has been charged with felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving under the influence.

Drunken driving causes nearly a third of all fatal traffic accidents in the U.S., but that fact doesn’t deter many drivers from engaging in this dangerous behavior. So many people get behind the wheel when they’ve had too much to drink with little regard to the harm they could cause to others. Even when an accident victim survives, they often suffer major injuries. When victims of intoxicated drivers need help, they can turn to an Ohio accident attorney.

In another accident that grabbed headlines, two South Pointe, Ohio teens died after and Sunday collision and two others suffered serious injury.

That accident took place just after 1 p.m. when 17 year-old Jacob Damron ran a stop sign of Lick Creek Road and U.S. 52, WCHS reported.

As Damron pulled onto U.S. 52, his vehicle was broadsided by oncoming vehicle carrying two passengers.

Damron was killed instantly. His passenger and girlfriend, Sara Thoman, was critically injured and taken to a local hospital. Damron was pronounced dead […]

By |November 18th, 2014|Categories: Accident News|Tags: |0 Comments

Recent Nebraska Accidents Leave Three Dead

index Recent Nebraska Accidents Leave Three Dead Lincoln, NE- The first weekend of November was a deadly one for the state of Nebraska with the three separate incidents caused the deaths of three people and left one person critically injured.

All three of these accidents were head-on collisions and police noted that only one person involved in the crashes were wearing their seat belts, according to

On Sunday, Nov. 2nd, a woman driving 252nd Street in Seward County just after 5 a.m. lost control of her vehicle and slammed head-on into an oncoming car. Kimberly Hawthorne, 45, of Lincoln, crossed the center line into the path of another vehicle

Hawthorne was killed upon impact and the driver of the pickup truck, Antoinette Hruby, 23, suffered critical injuries and was flow to a local hospital, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.

Police said speed played role in the accident and are still trying to determine if drugs or alcohol were involved.

Later Sunday afternoon in Douglas County, a 27 year-old man was killed in a single-car accident, after he lost control in a curve, sending his vehicle across a the center median and another road. His vehicle then rolled over several times causing him to suffer fatal injuries. His passenger suffered serious injuries and was flown to a local hospital.

Then on Sunday evening one person was killed four people were hospitalized after the driver of a car hit a semi-tractor trailer near Grand Island on Interstate 80. According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the driver of a car lost control after a tire blew out , causing the driver to lose control. The vehicle crossed the center median and struck the semi-truck.

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By |November 17th, 2014|Categories: Accident News|Tags: |0 Comments