Categories for Personal Injury

Roads in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area are often included on the list of cities in the country with the most car accidents every year. There are more than seven million people in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, and in 2016, there were 38,832 crashes in Dallas alone. Those crashes involved 103,388 people and 81,022 vehicles. Dallas crashes account for about 16.25% of the auto...

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If you are a motorcycle rider in the state of Texas, then you may be wondering about the legal ramifications of lane splitting. Lane splitting is when you ride a motorcycle or a bicycle between lanes of traffic or rows of stopped or slow-moving traffic that is heading in the same direction. Sometimes it is referred to as stripe-riding, lane sharing, filtering, or whitelining. It...

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If you are riding a motorcycle in Texas, you need to be aware of the current helmet laws. The law requires anyone riding or operating a motorcycle to wear a helmet that meets the Federal Motor Safety Standard #218. But, if you want to ride without a helmet, the law does offer exceptions for those who are 21 and older. If you are going to...

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If you are like most people, you detest those red-light cameras and the tickets you get in the mail days or even weeks after you pass through the light. While many people are wanting red-light cameras banned across the country and many states have already made them illegal, there are those who support red-light cameras because they believe there is enough evidence to prove they...

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Have you ever been sorting through your mail when you discover a ticket because of a red-light camera? It happens frequently in Dallas and its surrounding cities, and it leaves many people wondering if you really must pay for one of these tickets. In addition, you might have several other questions about the process. Can they prove who was operating the car? After all, the...

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We all know that North Texas is an amazing place to live and work, and there’s long been a friendly rivalry between whether Dallas or Ft. Worth is the better place to call home. While each may have its pros and cons, there is no denying that the traffic congestion in Ft. Worth is much more manageable. That doesn’t mean, however, that the city isn’t...

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When most people hear about an accident on an offshore oil rig, they imagine widespread environmental calamities like the Deepwater Horizon spill. But that overlooks the human element and all the injuries or fatalities that occur more frequently each year. The oil industry is a particularly dangerous place to work but working on an offshore oil rig is all the more dangerous. Workers are regularly...

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If you’ve spent any time working on an oil rig, then you don’t need us to tell you how dangerous the job can be. Combine long hours, heavy machinery, grueling work, and inclement weather, and you have a recipe for injury or even disaster. Oil rigs are some of the most dangerous work places in America, and accidents, injuries, and even fatalities are sadly a...

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Houston is an amazing place to live and work, but one of the things that most irritates those who call this city home is the sometimes insufferable traffic. According to a recent study by INRIX, Houston ranks the second worst city in Texas for traffic and gridlock, 11th in the United States, and 28th among cities around the world.  At least we can take a...

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Living in Houston is an amazing experience, but like anywhere else, it is also a place where accidents can occur on a regular basis. Although, due in part to the industrial nature of area businesses and the unpredictable and sometimes violent side of Mother Nature that arises from the Gulf of Mexico, the Houston area has been the scene of a number of terrible, sometimes...

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Sometimes, it can feel like we can’t really agree on anything today, but one thing almost all residents of Austin agree on and know all too well is that the traffic here is not pretty. Thankfully, it isn’t quite as bad as Houston, but that doesn’t make the day-to-day commute any less challenging for those trying to get around Austin during rush hour. The sheer...

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One of the biggest concerns for individuals considering hiring a lawyer for possible legal actions is “What will this cost me?” Like all professionals, lawyers do charge their clients for the services provided, but there are a number of ways in which payments might be arranged between a client and their lawyer, and it is important that you have a clear understanding of when, how,...

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Getting involved in a car wreck or accident is never a situation that one wants to find themselves in but getting involved in an accident with a commercial truck is one of those worst-case scenarios that you never hope to see on the highway. Unfortunately, given the sheer number of commercial trucks on the road and the unavoidable element of human error, these sorts of...

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If it hasn’t happened to you yet, it will probably happen to you at one point or another… You’re driving along, listening to the radio, when all the sudden you hear that whine of the siren and the red and blue lights flashing behind you. Your heart sinks into your stomach as you silently hope that they aren’t pulling you over, but just trying to...

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Workplace injuries are a daily occurrence across the state of Texas, and while some on-the-job injuries are unavoidable, there are a great deal that are caused by negligence. Employers spend a great deal of money each year on procedures and education to prevent injures, there are an untold number of rules and regulations, and yet still thousands are injured each year. In the process, businesses...

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It may be the most universal of all traffic signals: the red light or red stop sign. We all know what red means, whether you’re in Texas or California, in Canada or Thailand. Yet, every day in Texas and across the country, there are traffic citations being issued for drivers running red lights or stop signs. Indeed, the most common traffic violation associated with traffic...

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Football is not your average contact sport. It’s impossible to deny that it is a dangerous game involving large, athletic players colliding into one another at high speeds. While the prevalence of helmets and pads may help mitigate some injuries, that doesn’t mean that the sport can’t still do extraordinary damage to brains and bodies. Most of us recognize this fact today, but unfortunately, it...

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For most people, one cocktail, beer, or glass of wine at dinner won’t put them in danger of driving over the legal limit. However, go beyond one drink and the line between sober and over the limit starts to get a bit hazy. This is because everyone is different in terms of how alcohol affects them, how fast they metabolize it, and so forth. Someone...

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Car accidents always happen when you least expect it. It’s usually another normal day as you head to the grocery store or off to the office, when out of nowhere you hear a screech of tires quickly followed by the jarring moment of impact. Even if you haven’t suffered serious injury, you’re likely to be left in a daze, wondering how it all happened so...

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The majority of all car accident insurance claims are resolved before a lawsuit is filed. In the event that a lawsuit is filed, the majority of those cases are resolved by settlement agreement before a trial takes place. In some instances, though, the parties can’t come to an agreement in order to settle. Perhaps there is disagreement about who caused the accident, or maybe there...

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It’s bad enough to get into an accident in your own vehicle and then have to face responsibility for the damages or fight insurance companies after a car accident, but it can be a whole new level of complication when someone else has an accident in your vehicle. Most of us wouldn’t think twice about lending our vehicle to a close friend or family member,...

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A statute of limitations is the deadline within which a lawsuit must be filed for civil cases or charges must be brought forth for criminal cases. Any lawsuit must be filed within a certain amount of time or the time has essentially run out and any legal claim is no longer valid. As an example, let’s say you were involved in a car wreck three...

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It’s never a good idea to hop behind the wheel of a car without your driver’s license on you. But sometimes we can be forgetful and end up misplacing a wallet or accidentally leaving it behind while running out for a quick errand. In a stroke of bad luck, that one time you forget your license at home is probably also the one time that...

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Getting into a car wreck is never something that someone wants to experience, but it is something which unfortunately happens all too often. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), there were more than a quarter of a million-people injured in car accidents during 2016, which amounts to one reportable injury every two minutes across the state. Following a car accident, you may be...

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If you’ve been involved in a car wreck or auto accident in Texas that wasn’t your fault, then you may be seeking compensation for damages caused by the other party, whether for medical bills or lost wages. However, as you begin working through the process, you will quickly find that working with a lawyer will make these efforts go much more smoothly. Having an experienced...

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The use of toll roads in Texas is more common than in many other parts of the country, where you will now find approximately 25 toll roads throughout the state. The use of toll roads has become much more common in recent years, particularly around many urban areas such as Dallas. In part, these toll roads are due to the state’s relatively low gasoline tax,...

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It’s hard to imagine anything worse than a collision with an 18-wheeler, but a wreck with a truck transporting hazardous materials can be especially devastating, creating chaos far beyond those involved directly in the collision with the tanker truck. While the transport of hazardous materials or hazmat is a necessary part of our world, these toxic chemicals, gasoline, or other hazardous cargo represent a serious...

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No one ever wants to find themselves involved a car wreck, but unfortunately the statistical odds aren’t in our favor. Every year there are well over 5 million car accidents across the country, amounting to nearly 15,000 accidents per day. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), there were 256,076 people injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2016, which amounts to one person injured...

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Getting into a car accident is always a stressful and trying experience no matter what the circumstances, but finding out that the other party has no car insurance can be especially alarming. After any fender bender or car accident, we expect to be able to turn to our insurance or the insurance of the other party in order to pay for property damage and personal...

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While injuries and deaths caused by drunk driving have been on the decline over the past few decades, the number of accidents that still occur is frighteningly high. Approximately every 20 minutes, someone in Texas is involved in a drunk driving accident and in 2016, nearly 1,000 people in Texas were killed due to drunk driving. If you’ve been involved in a car wreck with...

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There is never a good time to have a car accident, and finding yourself in even a minor fender bender will ruin your day. Beyond the inconvenience of not getting to where you were going that day, you will then need to face insurance companies, auto repairs, possible medical visits, and in the months or years ahead, the likelihood of raised insurance rates, which will...

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There are many people who are reluctant to seek the help of an attorney after suffering an accident due to the negligence or carelessness of someone else. Often, they worry about the costs of hiring a lawyer, may not think they need one as insurance companies begin to approach them, or they may simply believe that their case doesn’t warrant getting an attorney involved. However,...

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Slip and fall injury cases happen every single day across the country, but in the state of Texas, just because you fall down and get hurt on someone else’s property, does not mean that they are liable. Just as with any other personal injury case in Texas, you must prove that the landowner was negligent and that their negligence caused your injury. Texas also has...

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Texas isn’t just a great place to live, we also have a lot to offer out-of-state visitors who come to enjoy the big cities, small towns, white sand beaches, and stunning nature. Almost every day in Texas, you will see out-of-state plates on our highways and roads, so it is only natural that accidents will occur between these visitors and local residents. But how are...

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Drivers throughout the state of Texas will encounter many different situations that can put either themselves or others in danger. While large 18-wheelers pose an obvious physical danger to standard pedestrian cars, those same pedestrian cars can pose a great danger to bicyclists or pedestrians on the roadway. It’s for that reason that there are laws governing the interactions between these two users of the...

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While living in Texas, we can count on plenty of sunny, warm days throughout the year, but every once in a while, mother nature likes to throw a curve ball with bad weather that can include hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, severe rain, and even snow and black ice. The most common bad weather that Texas drivers will face is due to severe rain, flooding, and thunderstorms,...

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Riding a motorcycle holds an undeniable appeal, but it can also be a nightmare as you face a myriad of unpredictable situations that can pose an immediate danger to your health and well-being. You need to remain hyper aware of everything that is going on around you, from the movement of passing cars and pedestrians to changing traffic signals or that driver on his cellphone....

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Any car wreck is a traumatic event that often causes a great deal of financial and medical hardships for those involved. But the results of an accident between a standard passenger vehicle and an 18-wheeler or semi-truck can be absolutely devastating. Some of the most severe roadway accidents occur due to the involvement of large vehicles like semi-trucks and tractor trailers. These trucks often weigh...

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For most motorcyclists in the state of Texas, their motorcycle is much more than a mode of transportation—it represents an important hobby, passion, and pastime in their lives. If you fall into this group of people, or are yourself new to the world of motorcycles, then it is imperative that you understand several Texas laws that apply specifically to motorcycles. Being aware of the following...

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Electrical accidents pose a serious risk to many workers in the state of Texas, but this risk is particularly large for those working in the construction sector, which is already among the most dangerous work environments. According to statistics, nearly 1 in 5 workers deaths in the United States occurs among construction workers. These risks come from many factors, including the exposure to heights and...

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