SMART PHONES CAN CAUSE TRAGIC ACCIDENTS

One of the leading causes of accidents on the road is the use of smart phones while driving.

These accidents have resulted in countless catastrophic injuries and deaths—all because a phone call, an email or a text could not wait. A life can be taken or forever changed in that split second that it takes to press send.

HOW BIG IS THE PROBLEM?

  • Some 169 billion text messages are sent every month in the US.
  • In 2014, 3,179 deaths and 431,000 injuries resulted from distracted driver crashes.
  • The percentage of drivers using smart phones while driving increased by almost 80%. from 2013 to 2014. The numbers keep growing.(NHTSA)

WHICH DRIVERS ARE MOST AT RISK?

  • 10% of all teenage drivers involved in fatal crashes are distracted. (NHTSA)
  • Drivers in their 20s are 38 percent of drivers using cell phones in fatal crashes. (NHTSA)

IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

  • At any given moment, some 660,000 drivers are using smart phones while driving. (NOPUS)
  • FIVE SECONDS is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting.
  • When traveling at 55mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded! (2009, VTTI)

If you feel that you or a loved one have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, please contact the attorneys at Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales LLP so that we can assist you and ensure that you are compensated for your injuries.

Premises Liability – Your Rights Under the Law


What is Premises Liability

  • When the owner of a property is responsible for the injuries suffered by someone on their property.  
  • There are certain conditions that must be met before a person injured can sue a property owner for their injuries.  
  • The most important: the owner of the property must have been negligent in allowing the dangerous conditions that caused the accident.

Who Can Be A Victim

  • Unfortunately these accidents can happen anywhere and to anyone.
  • Both personal and business property owners have the responsibility to ensure that anyone who enters their property is safe from injury or even death.

We Can Help

  • The lawyers at Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales have aggressively fought and won to protect individuals like you.
  • If you were hurt because a business did not take the necessary precautions to prevent injuries we can help to make sure they are held accountable and you are protected.


If you feel that you or a loved one have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, please contact the attorneys at Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales LLP so that we can assist you and ensure that you are compensated for your injuries. 

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER’S BROKEN SKULL UNDERSCORES NEED FOR SAFETY NETS
  • April 13, 2016

A Little League baseball game gone wrong has sadly reminded us about the dangers of flying baseballs and debris from broken bats. Twelve-year-old Connor Benge, of Beaumont, was on the pitcher’s mound on Saturday playing the game that he loves. As Connor pitched a fastball, the batter hit a line drive which impacted the boy right behind his right ear. The blow fractured Connor’s skull and violently knocked him down.

“Before you could blink an eye, it was over,” said Connor’s father who rushed from the stands onto the field as he saw the horrific impact. “It was pure panic.”

Connor was airlifted to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where he spent the weekend in ICU. As of Monday he has been transferred out of intensive care and is recovering from the impact, though the young boy continues to experience intense pain.

Connor joins a long list of baseball fans and players who have unfortunately experienced the traumatic effects of wayward baseballs and flying debris from broken bats. Since the accident, Connor’s mother says the family has been contacted by several Major League Baseball players who have also been struck by flying balls and shrapnel from broken bats.

Connor’s experience is a sad reminder that wayward baseballs and flying debris from broken bats are fast and they could be lethal. Some 1,750 baseball spectators are hurt each year by wayward baseballs hurled into the stands. It takes one of these balls just 1.07 seconds to travel 141 feet. And despite the life-altering injuries which baseball fans at most MLB ballparks are exposed to, the organization has been unwilling to act.

“MLB’s diehard fans deserve better,” said Bob Hilliard, Founding Partner at Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales, who has filed a federal lawsuit, in an effort to force MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to adopt increased safety measures at all ballparks, including extended safety nets along the foul line.“This is a needless risk. Extending the nets will, as a fact, save lives.”

And despite the tragic incident, Connor’s father says the young boy continues to love baseball. “He’s crazy about it.”