Fourth of July DWI Accidents & the Rights of Injured Victims

With the Fourth of July weekend quickly approaching, residents throughout Texas and the nation will have the opportunity to reflect on some of the more concerning aspects of what this holiday has come to mean. In particular, July 4th – as well as the days preceding and following the holiday – have become notorious for increased rates of auto accidents, injuries, and fatalities across the country. In many cases, these increased occurrences of accidents and injuries can be attributed to higher rates of impaired and intoxicated driving. In fact, the problem of DWIs and DUIs during this time of year have… Read More

Drunk Driving Accidents and Dram Shop Liability

A Corpus Christi family is making headlines with their recent lawsuit against an Austin bar – and shedding light on a little known liability law that holds drinking establishments accountable for over serving patrons. In a wrongful death claim filed by the family, they are suing for damages resulting from the bar over serving a 25-year-old Austin woman who was later involved in fatal drunk driving accident that killed their son. On July 1, 2012, the 25-year-old woman had been drinking with the young man at a local bar. After leaving together, the woman drove her vehicle down a boat… Read More

Foster Parent Accused of Injuring Child

A foster parent from South Austin will face allegations of “injury to a child” after allegedly hurting an infant last year, police said. According to a local news source, the 47-year-old foster dad injured the baby when he fractured three of the child’s bones. The foster parent was booked on Wednesday but no longer remains in custody. Police arrested the man after child protective services reported that the 1-month-old child suffered fractures to her rib, humerus and tibia. The man said that he didn’t know how the girl received the injuries, but indicated that he dropped her while he was walking… Read More

$40,000 Settlement in Slip and Fall Case

The Loewy Law Firm has settled a slip and fall case for an Austin woman who was injured after falling at a local business. The case was very complicated legally. In fact, at the onset of the case, the defense lawyer predicted that the insurance company would “never offer a dime to settle” the case. Our law firm carefully worked up the case and devised a settlement strategy that worked. Our client was compensated for her injuries and was happy with the result. The Loewy Law Firm has recovered over $1 Million in premise liabilty cases. These cases are very… Read More

$52,000 Settlement in Underinsured Motorist Insurance (UIM) Case

The Loewy Law Firm has resolved an Underinsured Motorist Insurance (UIM) case for a client who was injured in a car wreck. The client was hit by a driver who was not carrying insurance. The client had a UIM policy of $52,000 and our law firm was quickly able to secure this money for the client (even though the Austin Police Department cited our client for the crash – something we disputed and proved was wrong). UIM is insurance that extends coverage to include property and bodily damage caused by a motorist with insufficient insurance. Underinsured motorist coverage is designed… Read More

$120,000 Settlement in Car to Pedestrian Collision

The Loewy Law Firm has settled a case for an Austin woman who was seriously injured on Oltorf when a car collided with her as she was crossing the street. Our client sustained a broken hip. The Austin Police Department decided not make a conclusion about who was at fault but our law firm’s investigators quickly concluded the driver was at fault – and after we showed our findings to the driver’s insurance company, they settled for the full policy limits. Our law firm specialized in car-to-pedestrian crashes and we have regrettably seen a noticeable rise in these cases in the past year. Read More

Austin Man Indicted for Causing Death of Bicyclist

The Austin American-Statesman reports that an 86-year-old man linked to the death of an Austin bicyclist last year is facing a felony charge of criminally negligent homicide with a deadly weapon after a grand jury indicted him this week. The man was indicted for driving on the shoulder of Loop 360 and hitting 54-year-old Verter Ginestra, who later died at an Austin hospital. The indictment notes that the man, “by criminal negligence caused the death of Ginestra – and that he was criminally negligent in that he operated his car in an unsafe manner.” This is a very big moment… Read More

Austin Man Dies in Construction Accident

According to KLBJ Radio, a 37-year-old Austin man died in a construction accident in Northwest Austin Thursday afternoon after a piece of heavy equipment rolled over him. The incident happened in the 6300 block of West Courtyard Drive near Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) about 3:20 p.m. A trencher rolled down a slope and on top of him, according to police. The Loewy Law Firm has represented numerous people who have been seriously injured in construction accidents. Construction sites are very dangerous places and it is imperative that the owners, general contractors, and sub contractors focus on ensuring safety measures are in place… Read More

Austin Man Dies After Hit and Run Car Crash

According to the Austin-American Statesman, on May 7, an Austin was hit by a Nissan Altima on North Lamar Blvd. The man was rushed to Brackenridge Hospital but tragically died from his injuries. The Austin Police Department continues to search for the driver. Our law firm regularly represents people hit and sometimes killed by reckless drivers. Hit and run crashes are some of the worse cases we see. We are currently representing an elderly woman who was hit by a car while she was crossing the street. Our client sustained a broken hip and is still in a rehab unit. Hit and… Read More

Texas Legislature Pass Law Against Hit and Run Drivers

The Texas House passed a new law 130-0 which increases the penalties for drivers for who leave the scene of an accident. The Senate previously passed the bill and Governor Perry is expected to sign it. Austin’s Senator Kirk Watson introduced the legislation. The legislation was passed in response to the tragic death of Courtney Griffin of Austin. Ms. Griffin was walking home late at night when she was hit Gabrielle Nestande, who had been drinking and driving. Ms. Nestande drove off and only received a 10 year probated sentence. A major problem in the trial was a loophole in the… Read More