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Family Honors Memory of Sam Graham with MADD Walk Against Drunk Driving in Temple, TX

By Williams & Brown LLP on October 18, 2017

Media contact: Joshua Weaver, 254-366-9817.

October 18, 2017

In 2013, a nursing home employee was sent home from work near Temple, TX for being too inebriated to work. Too drunk to function at work, the employee climbed behind the wheel of her car, started the engine, and attempted to drive herself home. On her way home, she slammed into the side of Sam Graham’s car, killing him and injuring his wife and two children. Sam was a son, a husband, and a father. He never drank. He did nothing wrong. His life was snuffed out because someone made the terrible mistake of choosing to get behind the wheel of a car and drive drunk.

MADD Walk Against Drunk Driving

Now, Sam’s family honors his memory by helping spread awareness of the dangers of drunk driving. KCEN recently featured the Graham family as they joined more than 130 in a march down West Ave. in Temple with one simple message:

“Don’t drink and drive, you’ll kill people.”

Williams & Brown, LLP represented the Graham family as they went through this horrible nightmare. We were proud to help them investigate and find out what actually happened on the day this employee was sent home from work because she was drunk.  The Grahams are a wonderful family who have suffered an unimaginable loss that was preventable. We join our voices in support of the Grahams’ message: Never drink and drive. With more than 980 people killed in Texas by drunk drivers, it’s never worth the risk to yourself or to others. Be responsible. Always have a designated driver or get an Uber.

To find out how you can help take a stand against drunk driving, visit: http://madd.org.

If we can answer questions or help, call 254-870-8158 or email brown@trialfirm.com.

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At Williams & Brown, LLP, Dale Williams and Laura Brown have represented families in serious injury and wrongful death cases for more than 30 years. We have the legal qualifications, experience and a proven track record in these types of cases. We are both

  • Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Recognized as Super Lawyers
  • Professors at Baylor Law School teaching law students Personal Injury Trial Law. In addition, Laura Brown teaches an advanced course to third year law students on how to try cases in a courtroom.
  • Proven Track Record of Jury Verdicts and Settlements

 

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The Top 5 Things You Need to Know to Protect Your Family If a Serious Car Accident or 18-Wheeler Truck Crash Happens

By Williams & Brown LLP on February 21, 2017

big-rig-accident-2On Thursday, February 16th in Waco, there were multiple wrecks on Interstate 35 involving cars and an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer truck. Several people were injured and, according to police, one person was killed.

None of us want to believe that this could ever happen to us or our family. Unfortunately, serious wrecks happen every day all over the country. In our over 30 years of experience representing families who have been involved in major wrecks causing serious injuries or wrongful deaths, we have learned several things that may help you protect your family if you are involved in a serious vehicle crash. Here are the top five things you need to know to protect your family if a serious car accident or 18-wheeler truck crash happens:

1. Call 911 and Get Medical Help for Everyone Involved in the Wreck

If you are able to move without injuring yourself or anyone else, check to make sure that others who were involved in the accident are okay. If someone is unconscious or complaining of inability to move or neck or back pain, it is better not to move that person until qualified medical personnel get to the scene.

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Waco Multiple Vehicle Accidents

By Williams & Brown LLP on September 27, 2015

Waco Multiple Car AccidentDriving can be a hazardous business, even if you yourself are a safe and careful driver. A recent story published on the website of Waco’s KCEN TV illustrates this. Two people were seriously injured in Harker Heights, southwest of Waco, when a car rear ended another and knocked their car into oncoming traffic. The rear-ended car was hit by a pickup truck that rolled over in the accident, ejecting the truck’s driver. Read the rest »

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The Reality of Texas Auto Accidents

By Williams & Brown LLP on August 24, 2015

Texas Auto AccidentWhile many people have an irrational fear about traveling by plane or jet, most people don’t think twice hopping in their car or truck and turning the key. In reality, the chances of being in a plane crash are tiny. Being in a car accident, on the other hand, is something most of us will experience at least once in our lives. Read the rest »

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Increase in Memorial Day Traffic Deaths May Indicate a Dangerous Summer Ahead

By Williams & Brown LLP on June 3, 2015

Texas Car CrashMemorial Day traffic was heavier this year than it has been in half a decade, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). Based on incoming data about traffic accidents, deaths, and injuries, researchers are predicting that this summer will see more car accident deaths and injuries than previous years.

Already, experienced Texas car accident lawyers at Williams & Brown LLP are watching the news carefully. A recent Fox 6 news report announced that there have been seven confirmed traffic deaths in the state over the Memorial Day holiday. Law enforcement officials are still tallying the number of injuries caused by holiday crashes. Read the rest »

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AARP Driver Safety Courses Help Older Drivers Avoid Crashes

By Williams & Brown LLP on November 3, 2014

Elderly DriverThe American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the country’s largest public-interest group for Americans age 50 and older, offers online and in-person driver safety classes.  Experienced Texas car accident lawyers, many of whom are also AARP members, recommend these classes for a number of reasons.  You do not have to be an AARP member to take an AARP course.

The classes offer a “refresher” on driving safety as well as specific points for older drivers to consider.  Courses cover topics like following the current rules of the road in your state, practicing defensive driving techniques, and accommodating common age-related changes that affect driving skills, like vision changes, loss of hearing, and slower reaction times. Read the rest »

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Study: Google Glass Does Not Provide a Safe Alternative to Texting While Driving

By Williams & Brown LLP on October 13, 2014

Texting and DrivingExcitement over Google Glass’s potential as a safer alternative to texting while driving is probably misplaced, say researchers at the University of Central Florida.  A recent study reveals that drivers who use Google Glass behind the wheel aren’t any better at spotting and avoiding potential accidents than drivers who are texting on their smart phones.

Texting while driving is one of the top causes of the fatal accidents that every experienced Texas car accident lawyer has handled in his or her career.  One University of Utah study found that drivers who were texting reacted to road hazards in very similar ways to drivers who had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent – the legal limit for drunk driving. Read the rest »

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Rear-Facing Car Seats for Infants and Toddlers: Why They Matter

By Williams & Brown LLP on September 8, 2014

Most new Texas parents have heard that a rear-facing car seat is the safest option for small children, and many have purchased rear-facing car seats specifically so their child can ride safely in their vehicle.  But why are rear-facing car seats the best option – and what is the best way to use them to protect a child’s safety in a car accident?

With help from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), your experienced Texas car accident attorneys can explain:

  • The rear-facing seat protects the child’s head, neck, and spine in a crash.  During a crash, the momentum of the moving vehicle throws everyone and everything forward.  A rear-facing seat “catches” the child’s delicate head, neck, and spine, protecting them from impacts and reducing the risk of long-term brain and spinal cord injuries. Read the rest »

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Four Ways to Help Reduce Drunk Driving This Labor Day

By Williams & Brown LLP on August 25, 2014

Waco DUI AttorneyLabor Day marks the official end of summer for many Texas families.  It’s tradition to celebrate this patriotic holiday with backyard barbecues, parties, and other get-togethers.  Unfortunately, these festivities often mean an increase in the number of drunk drivers on Texas roads as well.

Drunk driving costs U.S. residents billions of dollars each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The NHTSA estimates that the economic costs alone from drunk driving crashes total $47 billion, or about $152 per person nationwide. Read the rest »

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NHTSA Proposes New Regulations to Improve Bus Passenger Safety in a Rollover

By Williams & Brown LLP on August 6, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently proposed a new standard that would improve the safety of commercial bus passengers in the event of a rollover crash.  Although rates of death in rollover accidents have dropped significantly in passenger vehicles, they remain high in bus rollovers, prompting experienced Waco bus accident lawyers and other concerned groups to take bus rollover risks seriously.

The new standard would require improved structural safety in buses, including better design of emergency exits.  The goals of the new standard are to reduce the risk that a bus roof will collapse during a rollover, crushing passengers, and to help ensure that emergency exits can still be used even if the bus has rolled over. Read the rest »

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