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Determining Fault in 3 Different Types of Car Accidents

When a car accident happens, fingers point in opposite directions. But who’s responsible? Learn some of the facts which can affect fault.
In law, there’s the way things look to your common-sense mind, and then there’s the way things actually are in the eyes of the law.

Fortunately for you, you can focus on your recovery from the accident. Police officers determine fault. And sometimes, accident injury lawyers have to battle with insurers and the courts to get a fair legal outcome for you.

Of course, we can’t determine who’s at fault without knowing all the specific facts of a certain auto accident.

However, you can learn some factors and who’s typically at fault in the common car accident types discussed below:
Head-On Collisions
If you’re involved in a head-on collision, the driver on the wrong side of the road will be at fault.

Head-on accidents happen when drivers pass but misjudge the amount of distance needed […]

By |November 19th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

What Factors Show a Dog Owner Knows Their Dog is Vicious?

To win a dog attack lawsuit, you must show the owner knew or should have known their dog was dangerous. What facts can show that?
One of the top legal standards for proving liability for a dog bite in Texas includes showing the owner knew, or should have known, they own a vicious dog, but failed to take ordinary care to protect others.

Read another way, a dog can attack and maul you, but if the owner had no reason to expect that, they may not be legally liable for your injuries.

How do you show an owner should have known they have a vicious dog?

Here’s a list of things which may show just that:
The Owner Frequently Confines or Restrains Their Dog
Any type of frequent confinement may show the dog is known to be dangerous. This can include keeping the dog outside, on a chain, or in a kennel.

It can also include simply […]

By |November 12th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

36% of Survey Takers Drove While “Blackout Drunk” in 2019 Study

How do drunk drivers justify their behavior? And what can you do to protect yourself?
Have you ever been blackout drunk?

A lot of us have been at some point in our lives.

But most of us did this back in our younger years with friends and avoided getting behind the wheel.

The American Addiction Centers performed a recent survey of 600 Americans, and 36% admitted to driving while “blackout drunk.”

In other words, they had absolutely no capacity whatsoever to take in their surroundings while driving. They more than likely couldn’t even remember driving. And at best, they might remember bits and pieces the following day.

Another surprising finding was that 10% of those surveyed who had been convicted of a DUI in the past believed it was fine for them to drink and drive!

Here are the leading reasons people tell themselves they can drink and drive:

How Can You Protect Yourself from Drunk Drivers?
The problem […]

By |November 7th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

What Responsibilities Do Property Owners Have to Keep You Safe?

What does a property owner have to do to keep you safe? It depends. They may have a lot of responsibility, or not at all. Learn more in this article.
Despite how the media makes slip-and-fall cases sound, the law regarding them is actually quite reasonable.

It’s not like you can go from store-to-store all day long, looking for a dangerous condition, slip, fall, and collect a big payday.

The media presents stories that way and leaves out important facts to get you angry so you watch their story (and so they can then charge higher prices to companies who want to advertise on their station).

Texas’ premises liability law says both you and the property owner have responsibilities.

A property owner’s responsibility toward you depends on your status (licensee, invitee, trespasser) when you’re on their property.

Take a closer look at how this works practically:
Responsibility Toward Invitees
“Invitee” is the most common status when slip-and-fall cases […]

By |October 29th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

What Should You Do If Attacked by a Dog?

While rare, vicious dog attacks happen. How can you prepare for one, or stop one if it’s happening to you? Learn exactly what to do.
Texas leads the nation in fatal dog attacks. While single dog bites happen commonly, full-out dog mauling doesn’t happen frequently.

So, what should you do if you do find yourself amid a dog attack?

Here’s how to handle that:
First, How Do You Know a Dog Will Attack?
You never truly know until they do. You know the obvious signs:

Growling
Lunging
Snarling
Backing up and baring teeth

But not all dogs do that before they attack. Some will freeze their entire body for a brief second.

It can be quite easy to miss the more subtle signs.
What Can You Do If a Dog Shows Aggressive Behavior?
You do have a chance to prevent an attack if you encounter an aggressive dog.

Here’s what to do and not do:

Don’t look a dog in […]

By |October 15th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

6 Common Texas Work Injury FAQs

Injured on the job? Avoid big mistakes and protect your rights by understanding these six questions and answers about work injuries in Texas.
The way Texas works with medical issues, you’d think it’s practically illegal to get hurt on the job.

While experiencing a serious injury at work certainly leads to a lot more stress than just your injury itself, you can alleviate some of the difficulty by knowing what to do.

So here’s some answers to common questions:
What Should I Do When Injured?
Report your injury to the designated person at your workplace immediately. Don’t wait one second.

If you have to go to the emergency room, call from the ER the moment you can.

If your employer won’t accept your report, but they do have workers’ comp, fax form 41 to the Texas Department of Insurance.

If you experience a minor injury that could turn into something big down the road, but you can work […]

By |October 1st, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

Know Your Rights When Injured at Work in Texas

If you’re injured on the job in Texas, what are your rights? It’s not so clear. Texas doesn’t require workers’ comp.
You get injured at work. A simple thing.

…But not if it involves your employer paying you for time off or medical bills!

Not all employers are bad that way. But many are. And Texas law doesn’t necessarily work in favor of workers like you.

In fact, we’re the only state in the nation who doesn’t require employers of a certain size to carry workers’ comp.

And the insurance companies who pay for workers’ injuries actually design their services to not pay for your injuries.

For example, Andrew Ellis, who was unloading a delivery of PVC pipes from his truck, felt a pop in his knee. It was a serious injury.

He told his employer’s insurer his knee “gave out,” and they said that didn’t meet the definition of an accident or injury. His employer fired […]

By |September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

Data Shows Texas Leads the Nation in Fatal Dog Attacks

Texas is not the place to be when you talk about dog ownership. Which dogs cause the attacks? What can you do?
Unfortunately, our fine state leads the nation in some not-so-good ways.

We’re actually one of the more dangerous states, and frequently the most dangerous state (depending on the year), when it comes to serious dog bite injuries and fatalities.

DogsBite.org gathers and reports data on dog bites and the serious injuries and fatalities that result from them.

We led the nation in 2015, with a total of 5 deaths, and we also led the nation in total deaths from 2005 – 2013, with 34.

And we’re among the leaders again this year.

In recent years, states like California, Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina have taken the lead. But Texas always competes for the leading position.

So far in 2019, we have 4 confirmed dog attack deaths, and one under investigation. This year also includes the […]

By |September 3rd, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

5 Common Misunderstandings about Dog Bite Law in Texas

How does Texas’ dog bite law work? Can you win money just because a dog bites you? Not so fast. Learn how to protect your rights.
If a dog bites you, is the owner responsible?

Well, that depends on the facts surrounding your case.

Learn more about dog bite law in Texas and understand some of the basics of how it works so you protect your own rights and can get the compensation you deserve:
If a strange dog bites me, is the owner responsible?
That really depends. Many Texans believe they’re automatically entitled to compensation by the dog’s owner or their insurance company.

That’s not the case.

Texas’ dog bite law requires you show the dog acted aggressively in the past and that the dog’s owner acted negligently in some way.

Make sure you take pictures of any wounds you receive and gather witness information as soon as you can.

One exception is if the dog’s breed is […]

By |August 19th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

How Car Accidents Get Classified (And Why You Should Care)

What’s the big deal about classifications related to your car accident? Quite a bit. And this should greatly affect the personal injury lawyer you choose.
The State of Texas maintains an entire guide that defines every last aspect of a motor vehicle crash.

Yes. It’s boring reading. But it can greatly affect fault and how much you may or may not be able to win in an auto accident injury case.

You can check out the 2017 classification guide here if you want to see what it looks like.

For example, the guide defines a “school bus.” That doesn’t seem all that tricky at first. But the definition notes a “school-chartered bus” or a “mass transit authority” bus does not qualify as a “school bus.”

So, that can impact your injury claim, the final outcome, and how much compensation you may or may not get.

More on why this matters in a second. But first, take […]

By |August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments