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TABC Probing for Alcohol Source From Fatal Rollover Crash

Earlier this month, a fatal rollover accident claimed the life of a Tuloso-Midway High School student, and the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission now wants to know how this event unfolded.

Justin Franco was 18 at the time of the accident. Franco was operating the vehicle when he and his four friends rolled over on Country Road 48. DPS investigators have stated beer bottles were found inside the car. Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission is probing where the teens may have obtained the alcohol that was found in the car that tragic day.

What caused Franco to run off the road?

What caused Franco to run off the road remains unclear, and DPS is still looking into possible causes. Franco died at the scene. The four passengers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Of the four, three have been released so far. One will be heading to Houston to receive additional care.

If you’ve been in a wreck, big or small, we can help. An automobile accident is always an unexpected event. From the moment your vehicle is impacted, you are involved in a crash. At The Patel Firm PLLC, we take great pride in skillfully representing you as a reliable car accident attorney after an automobile accident. We are here to guide you through every step of the process. When you contact our office, we move quickly to deploy assets in order to preserve vital evidence and begin uncovering the facts regarding your crash so you can receive the compensation you justly deserve.

2017 Facts About Automobile Accidents in Texas

  • 620,534 car crashes were reported
  • 3,721 deaths resulted from an automobile accident
  • 254,853 injuries occurred
  • The most lethal months for car accidents are; July, November, October, March, and December
  • 268 speed related accidents occurred in Texas
  • In 6,164 crashes, drivers tested positive for some type of drug
  • Over 50% of accidents occurred in rural areas
  • 614 pedestrian deaths were reported
  • 449 fatal crashes resulted from distracted driving

Typical Injuries Resulting from a Car Accident

In an instant, your life can be changed by an automobile collision. Injuries can range from minor to fatal. Below is a list of the most common following a car wreck;

  • Back and neck pain
  • Concussion
  • Sprains
  • Contusions
  • Broken bones
  • Road rash
  • Cuts
  • Broken Teeth
  • Herniated discs

What to do if you were hit in a car accident

Being involved in an automobile accident can be overwhelming and traumatizing. If you have been hit by another vehicle, follow these steps:

Take a Moment to Breathe

It’s common to feel panic and fear after a crash occurs. Take a moment to breathe and calm yourself. If possible, pull your vehicle over to a safe location that’s away from moving traffic.

Check For Injuries

Inspect yourself for injuries. If it is difficult for you to move, remain seated. Check on the passengers in your car, if you are able, to determine if they’ve sustained any injuries. Call 911 immediately if any injury is found or if you or a passenger is experiencing any discomfort.

Report It!

An officer must come to the scene in order to make a report of the incident. It’s crucial you have proof of what happened. Request the crash identification number from the officer. If possible, obtain information regarding the other party including their phone number, address, full legal name, and insurance information.

Take A Lot of Pictures

You can’t have too many pictures when it comes to an automobile accident. Take pictures of any and all damage to both vehicles. Take pictures of the road and your surroundings, be sure to include any street signs or skid marks. If injured, take photographic evidence of all injuries.

Seek Medical Attention

After a wreck occurs, adrenaline rushes through your body. This can mask pain from injuries that may have occurred that perhaps aren’t visible to the naked eye. It’s important you get checked out by a medical professional, regardless of how small the crash may have been.

Call The Patel Firm PLLC

Let us handle the details with your insurance company. We’re here for you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Let’s discuss your options. Call or contact us today for a free consultation.

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