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Body of Missing San Antonio Teenager Found After Spring Break Event

Wrongful DeathWrongful Death San Antonio Wrongful Death AttorneySpring Break came to a tragic end for 18-year-old Justin Walker, who, days after going missing after a spring break party at the Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark in South Padre Island, was found dead at a beach near Matamoros, a Mexican border city. His parents identified Walker after being notified that a body matching their son’s description had been found. Law enforcement authorities in Cameron Country had scrambled to find the San Antonio teenager days after he was last seen at a spring break party at the Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark in South Padre Island. Walker was last seen early Saturday morning after breaking away from his friends while watching an outdoor concert. At the time, he was wearing a Navy blue tribal shirt, dark shorts, Nike shoes, and a black cap. His car was found near the tent are of Isla Blanca Park. Authorities have deployed search patrols, including fire trucks, helicopters, and K9 units trained to find cadavers. The dogs were sent to go looking for worker in marshy areas near the event, but found nothing. Accidents like this, whether caused by negligence or recklessness, may results in an unintended, or wrongful death. If such a tragedy happens to your family, know that Texas law provides a way for families to receive compensation for wrongful deaths. Learn more about it by calling Barrus Injury Lawyers for a FREE, no-obligation consultation with our San Antonio wrongful death lawyer. Call us at (210) 593-8709.

Comedian Tracy Morgan Sues Walmart As A Result of Deadly Trucking Accident

Wrongful DeathWrongful Death Texas Truck Accident Attorney Discusses Tracy Morgan Crash.The New York Times reported that comedian Tracy Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Walmart due to the deadly truck accident that killed a member of his entourage, and left Morgan critically injured earlier last month. Reportedly, the lawsuit claims that the Walmart truck driver’s negligence led to the fatal trucking accident, which killed Morgan’s friend, and fellow comedian, Jimmy Mack. The lawsuit, which was filed in the United States District Court in New Jersey, claims that Walmart was negligence in the supervision of their truck and driver, which was a substantial factor in the fatal accident. The complaint alleges that truck driver, Kevin Roper, had not slept in more than twenty-four hours, in violation of Walmart policy, and federal trucking regulations. It appears that Morgan may have a favorable case against Walmart, which will likely cause the case to settle out of court. Apparently, Walmart allowed Roper to drive more than 700 miles from his home to the distribution center in order to begin his route. The drive from Roper’s home to the distribution center would have taken almost 12 hours, meaning that by the time Roper started his distribution route, he would have already been experiencing some amount of fatigue. The suit alleges that Walmart was negligent in allowing Roper to drive under such circumstances, and that Roper’s fatigue was a major, if not the sole contributing factor in the fatal truck accident. Legal Analysis Trucking accidents are, unfortunately, very common, especially in Texas, where there are more semi-trucks on the road than nearly any other state. These trucking accidents usually cause catastrophic injuries, and in many cases result in death. While the truck driver, Kevin Roper, is facing criminal charges for negligent homicide, Tracy Morgan and others involved in the truck accident have elected to bring a civil suit against Walmart for their negligence. A successful civil lawsuit enables the survivors, along with certain family members of the deceased, to recover monetary awards for medical expenses and pain and suffering, along with other economic damages suffered as a result of the accident. This includes lost wages, including future earnings of the deceased. The lawsuit also seeks a jury trial and punitive and compensatory damages on behalf of those who were injured or suffered because of the accident. If you, a friend, or family member has been involved in a similar serious automobile or truck accident, contact the experienced injury attorneys of Barrus Law Group. Our injury website includes helpful information to assist victims following a serious accident. If you would like to speak with a San Antonio truck accident lawyer with our firm for a free consultation, contact us here. About the Author Stacey M. Barrus is a Texas personal injury lawyer who focuses on representing victims and their families following trucking and automobile accidents, product liability, and medical negligence claims in San Antonio, and throughout Texas. Mr. Barrus has resolved many serious car accident cases and trucking accident cases for his clients, including company vehicle accidents, helping them to recover the compensation they deserve following a serious accident. Mr. Barrus is licensed to practice in the state of Texas, as well as the United States District Court. He is a member of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, as well as Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

A Rare Plaintiff’s Victory Before Texas Supreme Court Invalidates Common Law Unlawful Acts Doctrine

Wrongful Death San Antonio injury attorney discusses recent change in Texas law.In a rare plaintiff-friendly decision out of the Texas Supreme Court, the Court considered the validity of the Unlawful Acts Doctrine as an affirmative defense in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, and held that the doctrine does not bar a plaintiff’s recovery. If the Unlawful Acts Doctrine applied, a victim in a personal injury claim was completely barred from any recovery for injuries if the defendant could show that the plaintiff was engaged in an illegal act at the time of the injury, and that the unlawful act caused the injuries. In the instant case, Dugger v. Arredondo, the Court decided that the Texas legislature’s adoption of Chapter 33 of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code, referred to as the Proportionate Responsibility Act, was evidence of the legislature’s intent to invalidate the common law doctrine, and that responsibility should be apportioned according to the statute. As such, a plaintiff’s potential recovery is not barred because he or she was engaged in an unlawful act that led to the injury, rather their recovery is simply reduced by their proportion of liability. For example, if the plaintiff is found to have been 20% responsible for the injuries, they would only recover 80% of the award. What does this mean for Texans injured in car accidents, trucking accidents, or other types of accidents? It means that their claims will no longer be barred by application of the Unlawful Acts Doctrine.

Relatively Minor Car Accident Leads to Death of San Antonio Woman

Wrongful DeathWrongful Death San Antonio car accident claims life of abulance patient.It’s a rare occasion when a relatively minor San Antonio car accident leads to death – except in cases such as the one which occurred last Friday involving an ambulance. The ambulance was transporting a critically injured patient to a hospital when the ambulance was t-boned by a driver who failed to yield the right of way. The crash impeded the patient, Jessie Lucear, age 72, from obtaining lifesaving medical treatment in time to save her life. Ms. Lucear died shortly after the crash, which occurred on North Loop 1604 and Shaenfield Road just before 11 am last Friday. In fact, my kids and I were on our way to Sea World, which is normally a 15 minute drive from our home. However, because the accident caused traffic to back up for miles, it took us nearly 1 hour to arrive at Sea World. I remember seeing the crushed ambulance, and telling my children that I “hoped nobody needed to get to the hospital.” Unfortunately, the ambulance was carrying a patient, who died on the scene of the accident. While it is unclear whether or not the accident resulted in Lucear’s wrongful death, a skilled San Antonio injury attorney could certainly make that argument, and seek to hold the reportedly at-fault driver, identified in the news as 59 year old Helen Madigan, responsible for the death of Lucear and the injuries of any EMS workers riding in the ambulance. According to SAPD, Madigan failed to stop at a red light, crashing into the driver’s side of the ambulance. Madigan, who was not wearing her seatbelt, was also taken to University Hospital in critical condition. It is unclear at this point whether or not alcohol was a factor in the accident.