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When Does a Car Manufacturer Have Fault for an Accident?

You get hurt in a car accident. It’s not your fault. So who’s responsible? The other driver? The car manufacturer? Someone else?
Car manufacturers make amazingly safe vehicles an overwhelming majority of the time.

But, they’re prone to doing things wrong from time-to-time.

For example, Takata had a huge airbag recall because their airbags would explode and shoot metal shards all over the interior of cars. 15 people died in the US, while 250 were injured.

And Takata? It eventually went bankrupt.

This was not only the largest defective product liability issue in automotive history… it was the largest product liability issue for any product. Ever.

It ended up affecting around 37 million cars and 50 million airbags.

They had to take responsibility for their faulty manufacturing. But when does an auto manufacturer have legal liability for their actions… and when don’t they?

Let’s clear up the issue:
Negligence Isn’t Necessary…
As long as a car manufacturer’s actions led to […]

By |February 18th, 2020|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

What Happens When You Slip and Fall on Government Property?

The personal injury lawsuit game changes a lot when you’re hurt on government property. Find out why and what you can do so you get fair compensation.
You’re walking down the street to nearby city hall. As you go, you cross over from private property occupied by a business to government property.

Even though you’ve moved forward just another couple feet, your slip-and-fall happened while on government property.

And now the rules change. A lot.

Texas government has written itself special rules to reduce liability in such cases. You could make the argument this reduces the burden on taxpayers.

…But it also means you have much more difficulty recovering fair compensation if you slip and fall on government property.

Here’s what’s different:
Far Shorter Time to File Your Claim
Called the “statute of limitations,” you have two years to file your claim when injured on private property.

However, when you suffer an injury on government property, this falls to […]

By |February 11th, 2020|Categories: Premises Liability|Tags: |0 Comments

$100,007 Car Accident Settlement by Attorney for Herniated Disc Injury

$100,007 settlement by attorney for herniated disc injury from a car accident in Dallas, TX. Client had two epidural steroid injections to obtain relief.
Our client was driving in the far left lane traveling southbound on IH 35 in Dallas, TX when suddenly, and without warning, a negligent motorist in the far right lane attempted to cross multiple lanes of traffic. This caused her automobile to violently collide with our client’s vehicle.

Comment from Attorney Joseph Morrison: This was a major property damage wreck. It is inexplicable that a driver would attempt to cross so many lanes at one time on a major highway like IH 35. From the onset of the claim we let the liability adjuster know that we believed the at-fault driver’s actions were not only negligent but completely reckless.

Our client went to the Emergency Room with immediate complaints that included right shoulder pain. He was prescribed pain medication […]

By |February 5th, 2020|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

$151,944.50 Auto Accident Settlement by Attorney for Cervical Herniated Disc Injury

Cervical herniated disc injury due to auto accident in Dallas, TX settled by attorney for all available insurance policy limits of $151,944.50
We assisted our client in obtaining a total policy limits offer pre-suit. Our client was operating an automobile traveling southbound on the Dallas North Tollway. Traffic was heavy and she had to bring her vehicle to a stop. She had been stationary roughly 2 or 3 seconds when she was rear-ended by a negligent driver who was not paying attention and failed to timely the brakes.

Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: Our client had immediate complaints of neck pain, back pain, and head pain. It became apparent that physical therapy alone would not be adequate to control her discomfort when the results of a cervical MRI revealed herniated discs. In addition, a neurologist diagnosed a concussion as a result of the auto accident.

Our client was forced to undergo several procedures including […]

By |January 28th, 2020|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

Can You Drive While on CBD Oil?

CBD oil is legal. But can you drive while on it? Learn the full facts about driving while on CBD in Texas so you don’t put yourself or others at risk.
Since CBD products were legalized, they’ve become the go-to solution in every corner of the country.

To be legal, CBD must contain .3% THC or less. Compare that to marijuana, which contains 10-30% THC.

CBD is not psychoactive. It doesn’t cause a high or hallucinations.

That said, what if you drive while on CBD?

Well, it turns out the answer’s not so clear. Let’s take a closer look:
True CBD Products Are Always Legal to Have in Your Body When Driving
As long as the CBD oil you take has less than .3% THC, then you’re within the law when driving.

But there’s a problem: the oil extraction process used to make CBD isn’t perfect. So, it’s possible you could end up consuming CBD with greater than […]

By |January 22nd, 2020|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

How to Protect Your Teen Driver from An Auto Accident

You never want to get a call from the police about your teen driver being in a serious (or fatal) auto accident. But what can you do to help prevent that? Find out below.
On May 13, 2019, a teen driver’s Saturn was split in half when they lost control while driving on the East Freeway in Houston.

The driver was killed. But the driver’s brother was expected to survive.

…It’s the nightmare story every parent of a teen driver doesn’t want to hear.

In the case of this accident, the story doesn’t reveal the true cause. Police did conclude alcohol was not a factor.

Regardless of the causes, the story reminds you of the dangers of teens driving.

As a responsible parent, you want to know everything you can do to keep your teen safe.

And the good news is there is plenty you can do. Here’s some ideas:
Set Strict Boundaries and Consequences with Your Teen’s […]

By |January 16th, 2020|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

Is a Car Manufacturer Liable If Your Airbag Fails?

Who’s liable if your car’s airbag fails? The manufacturer? Someone else? No one? Learn how Mullen & Mullen helps you prove fault.
You’re in a car accident serious enough that your airbag should have come to your aid.

But it didn’t deploy!

Who’s fault is that? The car manufacturers? Someone else’s? What does that mean for you if your injuries were caused by the airbag’s failure to deploy?

Airbags have been legally required on all vehicles in the US since 1995. And for good reason. In 2016, they saved 2,756 lives.

But your airbag doesn’t do you much good if it never deploys.

Here’s how liability might be determined if that happens to you:
Texas’ Strict Product Liability Law
In Texas, the manufacturer is strictly liable for your injuries if you are injured as a result of a defect in a product.

Whether or not the manufacturer was negligent in the making of your car’s airbag doesn’t matter. Negligence […]

By |January 7th, 2020|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

$787,500 Settlement by Attorney for 18-Wheeler Accident Injury

$787,500 gross recovery by attorney for 18-wheeler accident in Quanah, TX. Client required surgery to recover from his injuries.
Our client was operating a motor vehicle in Quanah, Texas (Hardeman County). He was traveling west on US 287 when an inattentive driver of a semi-truck unsafely changed lanes. The 18-wheeler clipped our client’s automobile. This lead to a series of events that resulted in a second impact. Our client drove himself to the hospital after the police left the scene.

Comments from Attorney Shane Mullen: Our client had immediate complaints of neck pain following the collision. Physical therapy failed to provide him with adequate pain relief. His pain management physician performed multiple procedures including epidural steroid injections, a medial branch block, and radiofrequency ablation. Unfortunately, he continued to experience significant pain and discomfort impacting his life on a daily basis.

Remember: A radiofrequency ablation utilizes radiofrequency waves (electromagnetic waves that travel at light […]

By |December 31st, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

$962,500 Settlement for 18-Wheeler Accident Injury Requiring Surgery

Settlement for this 18-wheeler injury accident was $962,500. Client required surgery to recover from a pre-existing condition made symptomatic by the wreck.
Our client was a passenger in an automobile traveling west on US 287. A negligent 18-Wheeler driver wasn’t paying attention and made an unsafe lane change that caused his commercial truck to clip our client’s car. She was taken to the hospital via ambulance, due in part to her medical history, which included a prior major spine surgery.

Comments from Attorney Shane Mullen: I have always understood and passionately argued that someone with a pre-existing condition is more susceptible to injury when involved in a collision. In this case the client had undergone major spine surgery a few years prior to the accident. I knew her pre-existing condition would be a real battleground.

Remember: Texas recognizes the “Eggshell Plaintiff” doctrine. A healthy 25 year-old male involved in a moderate property damage […]

By |December 26th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

How to Handle Another Driver’s Road Rage

What do you do if another driver gets way too upset and aggressive on the road? Follow this brief guide from Mullen & Mullen to help keep yourself safe.
You make a mistake when driving – a minor one. Perhaps you didn’t see another driver and cut in front of them. Or, you’re driving on the highway slower than they would like.

Most drivers either don’t care or get a little annoyed and move on. Then, every once in a while, you get a driver who thinks you’ve committed a heinous crime.

And they decide to retaliate in a dramatic way because of a small error on your part.

Here’s what to do if the other driver decides they need to get revenge and escalate the situation:
Take a Deep Breath And Avoid Doing Anything They Can Observe
You’ll likely feel at least slightly annoyed, or possibly quite angry with the other driver’s response. That’s fine. […]

By |December 10th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments