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On April 11, a charter bus crash in Irving, Texas killed three people and injured dozens more. The charter bus carried approximately 40 elderly people on their way to a scheduled outing at a Choctaw, Oklahoma casino. One of those killed was the organizer for the trip. The bus veered into a concrete barrier and flipped on its side, causing all lanes of traffic on State Highway 161 to be shut down, and nearly all of the passengers to be trapped inside the bus. Some passengers have even suffered loss of limbs and many remain hospitalized. Borchardt Law Firm is proud to represent the interests of these victims.

A DPS investigation has placed fault on the bus driver, according to The Dallas Morning News. In 1998, the driver was involved in an accident that killed a Good Samaritan helping a driver on the side of the road; he was ultimately not indicted on charges on criminally negligent homicide. In the Irving crash, the DPS has found no evidence of malfunction that could have caused the bus driver to lose control, and it has even been suggested that the driver may have blacked out before swerving across the highway. The driver, aged 65, has suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung, and several other injuries.

At least four lawsuits have already been filed; two by family members on behalf of their deceased loved ones, and two by surviving passengers. Borchardt Law Firm, LLP has years of experience representing victims of trucking accidents, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death. If you have a query relating to this accident or a similar disaster, don’t hesitate to contact Borchardt Law Firm to find out your legal rights.


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Transvaginal mesh lawsuits continue to pour into state and federal courts. As more and more women who have been harmed by faulty vaginal mesh procedures, the media coverage and medical research behind the problem have both boosted. A new study “has found that prolapse procedures that utilize vaginal mesh products rose significantly between 2005 and 2010.” (Bernstein Liebhard LLP)

The study to analyze trends in vaginal mesh and other similar procedures was published last month in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. This study suggested that from 2005 – 2010 as the release of various transvaginal mesh kits increased, the usage of these products in medical procedures increased as well. Currently the trend doesn’t hold true – likely because of the FDA warnings released about the potentially dangerous procedure in July 2011.

Complications with transvaginal mesh procedures are not rare. Complications with such procedures include mesh erosion, infection, pain and scarring. No woman should have to live with this pain. If you or a loved one has had a negative experience with a transvaginal mesh procedure in the past, call the experts at Borchardt Law Firm. When it comes to mesh cases, we’ve seen it all and know the facts – you have rights. Take action against your discomfort; give us a call today.

Distracted driving has proven to be one of the leading causes in car accidents across the United States, especially among teenagers. These accidents can tragically lead to the injury or death of a loved one. Make sure you and your family are aware about the dangers of distracted driving. Talk to your kids about the serious consequences that can result from these accidents.

On July 15, 2007 five high school cheerleaders in Western New York were killed in a car accident. Police pulled cell phone records which showed the driver had sent and received a text message just 38 seconds before 911 was called by a bystander to report the accident. Tragically, police can only assume that the distraction of texting was the main cause of the accident. Shortly after the accident more and more states began passing laws dealing with cell phone usage while driving. Stay up to date with the current Texas driving prohibitions. (read full story)
Texas Driving Prohibitions
• Ban on all cell phone (handheld and Hands-free) for bus drivers (Primary law)
• Ban on all cell phone (handheld and Hands-free) for novice drivers (Primary law)
• Ban on texting for novice drivers (Primary law)
• Ban on texting for bus drivers (Primary law)
• Texas has banned the use of hand-held phones and texting in school zones
• In Texas: bus driver laws pertain to bus drivers with passengers age 17 and under. Novice drivers are defined as all drivers at the intermediate stage, first 12 months.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group. And 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving” (NHTSA).

Texas, trying to prevent more distracted driving car accidents, has enforced two new distracted driving laws. One bans teen drivers from using cell phones and text messaging devices while driving; the other prohibits all drivers from using handheld cell phones in school zones. These laws are now in effect across the state. Though, several Texas cities are taking distracted driving issues into their own hands. Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Amarillo, Galveston, El Paso, Missouri City and Stephenville are among the cities that have passed local distracted driving laws.


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