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How to Stop Your Need to Text While Driving

You know the dangers of texting while driving, but how do you actually stop doing it? It’s much simpler than you think, even if it seems impossible. Learn some easy ways you can put an end to texting while driving.
47 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia, and Guam ban texting while driving says the Governor’s Highway Safety Association.

It’s hard for people to come to agreement on any issue. So when you have 47 of 50 states agreeing on action towards any social problem, you know it’s clearly a valid concern.

And states do this for good reason. Studies frequently show texting while driving is just as or more dangerous than driving drunk.

One study quoted in the New York Times found texting while driving increases your chances of an accident 23 times.

Could you imagine chugging several beers, hopping in your car with your kids, and then telling them, […]

By |March 25th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

How Can You Reduce or Eliminate Phone Use While Driving?

Cell phone use while driving remains a leading cause of car accidents and fatalities. How can you stop yourself, or your family member, from using the phone while driving? It’s actually simple.
I’m not going to preach to you about the dangers of using your phone while driving.

You know them. You’ve heard the stats so many times you can’t stand them anymore.

Besides, the problem isn’t knowledge or awareness.

The problem involves taking action.

Why don’t you, or maybe one of your family members, stop doing this behavior, despite knowledge that it puts you at more risk for a fatal accident than driving drunk?

That’s the tough question. And it governs human behavior in all facets. Every one of us does something we know isn’t good for our health or in our best interest, rationalizing it won’t actually happen.

So what do you do to overcome that thinking?

Well, I have some possible solutions for you. See […]

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

African-American Children 4-7 Account for a Massive 47% of Pedestrian Fatalities

Why do all racial minorities’ children, including African-Americans, account for a disproportionately larger share of car-pedestrian fatalities? Find out what the research says and what you can do about it.
A study published at the National Institute of Mental Health found that in the 4-7 age group, 47% of all car-pedestrian fatalities happened to African-American children.

They also accounted for 37% of pedestrian fatalities in the 8-15 year-old group.

Out of all races, that’s by far the highest rate.

And that same study found children of all non-Caucasian races are more likely to be involved in fatal car-pedestrian accidents than Caucasian children.
Why Do Racial Minorities Get Involved in Fatal Pedestrian Accidents More Frequently?
So, the first question that comes to mind is, “Why does this happen?”

Because when you understand the why, then you can work on what to do about it.

Unfortunately, the study humble acknowledged it did not know exactly why. But it did come […]

By |March 11th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

A Quick Guide to Car Accident Law in Road Work Zones 

What happens when you get in a car accident in a road work zone in Texas? Learn how this plays out in this article from Mullen & Mullen.
You never want to get into a car accident, but if there’s any place you really don’t want to be involved in an accident, it’s in a work zone.

That’s because fines double in work zones. However, work zones must have signs clearly designating them for that purpose, and workers must be present. That said, fines can easily skyrocket.
What’s the leading cause of accidents and citations?
Speeding.

That comes straight from the Texas DOT.

You’d think construction workers would most frequently experience severe injuries and fatalities.

However, that may not be the case.

85% of the 4,400 people who died in work zone accidents were actually the passengers or drivers of vehicles, says Federal Highway Administration data. And drivers lose their lives more frequently than passengers.
How You Can Show […]

By |March 4th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

Shane V. Mullen Named a Top Three Personal Injury Lawyer in Dallas by Three Best Rated®

Three Best Rated®, an online service with more than 1.7 million monthly customers, named Shane V. Mullen one of its three best personal injury lawyers in Dallas, TX for 2019. He also received this award for 2018. The distinction came following his passing of a rigorous 50-point analysis.
“I always aim to get personal injury clients the biggest settlement possible, while also providing compassionate service. And it’s a formula, apparently, they love,” said Shane. “At Mullen & Mullen we have business practices other law firms don’t. For example, we employ a private investigator rather than contracting one. This saves client’s money on top of the reduced contingency fee we offer which is below the industry average. We also have relationships with medical professionals and institutions who delay billing until completion of their claim, which saves them a ton of stress. We intentionally keep our firm small, so each case gets attention, […]

By |February 25th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

How the Shortage of Truckers Skyrockets Your Safety Risk

The trucking industry faces an employee shortage that rises to crisis levels. Here’s how that puts you at greater risk when you drive.
Driving a truck (of any kind) for a living is the seventh most dangerous profession, leading to 24.7 fatalities per 100,000 workers in 2016.

918 truck drivers lost their lives in 2016, while 80,180 experienced “nonfatal” injuries, says a USA Today article.

Of the 25 most dangerous jobs in America, truck-driving employs the most workers at around 3 million.

“Overexertion and bodily reaction” are the most common causes of accidents.

And, analysts believe companies are short 60,000 – 100,000 drivers, which could triple by 2026. This has prompted the proposal of the Drive-SAFE Act in Congress, which aims to lower the legal age to drive trucks to 18 (from 21).
Why the shortage?
Working and lifestyle conditions. Truck drivers have to sit for long hours, which gets hard on your body. They don’t see […]

By |February 18th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

Mullen & Mullen Named Top Choice Injury Law Firm of 2019 in Dallas Based on Customer Satisfaction

Top Choice™ has named Mullen & Mullen the top personal injury law firm in Dallas, Texas. Based on consumer voting, the award eliminates the possibility of winning due to bias and accurately represents the top businesses in more than 16 categories.
Dallas, TX February 1, 2019 – Mullen & Mullen has won Top Choice’s 2019 award as Dallas’s best personal injury law firm based on results from customer satisfaction surveys. The award acts as concrete validation of the firm’s stellar reputation for service and financial results.

“We’re humbled and honored to win this recognition. It’s been our goal to treat each client as though they were a member of our own family. They want help sorting through all the chaos and stress, and just want to know everything’s okay. Our lawyers aim to be the ones clients trust and look forward to talking to. And it feels phenomenal to have an award […]

By |February 11th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

In-Depth Data Shows How Pedestrians Get Injured in Car Accidents

Avoid becoming the victim of a negligent motorist. Learn how car accidents involving pedestrians happen so you can prevent injuries to you and your family.
If you had to guess, how many pedestrians died from car accidents in 2004?

Got your guess?

Was it anywhere near 4,641?

What about the same question for injuries? About how many people would you guess were injured in car accidents in 2004?

It’s around 70,000.

Globally, car accidents and pedestrian injuries cost around $500 billion.

By the way, this data comes from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a part of the National Institute of Mental Health.

So, it’s pretty much as reliable as you can get.

Now, of those injuries and crashes, how many would you guess happen in the US?

Do we account for less or more than 50% of the total damage?

Well, recent data from the Association for Safe International Road Travel suggests that $230.6 billion of that $500 billion in […]

By |January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

Texas Auto Fatalities Jumped Up 10% in 2017

3,721 people died on Texas roads and highways in 2017, marking a 10% increase from the previous year, reports the Insurance Council of Texas.
Why?

“Alcohol, speeding and distracted driving remain the major factors in the majority of accidents on our roadways today,” said Mark Hanna, a spokesperson for the Council.

So, that’s the perfect recipe for dying (or even serious injury) on Texas’ roadways: drink too much, drive distracted by messing around on your smartphone or with your car’s fancy dashboard, and speed.

Please don’t seriously do any of that!

While Texas has a law that bans texting and driving, “distracted driving” actually refers to a number of common behaviors that take your attention off the road:

Talking on your phone
Eating
Putting on makeup
Adjusting or optimizing your phone’s app
Talking to others in your vehicle
Adjusting any gadget on your car’s dashboard
Prescription or street drug abuse
Drinking any alcohol before driving
[…]

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

$932,500 Settlement by Attorney for Spine Injury Car Accident

$932,500 gross recovery for spine injury car accident. Client was forced to undergo lumbar disc surgery to recover from his injuries.
Our client was operating a motor vehicle in the course and scope of his employment. An underinsured motorist was inattentive, failed to timely apply her brakes, and rear-ended his automobile. He had to be taken to the emergency room via ambulance due to immediate complaints of neck and back pain. A physical examination by the ER physician revealed lumbar tenderness. He was released home but had to return to the hospital the following day due to continued significant pain and discomfort.

Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: Our client was on the job at the time of the car accident thus he had the option of filing a Workers’ Compensation claim. We discovered, however, that the vehicle he was operating was also covered under his employer’s large UM/UIM (uninsured/underinsured) motorist policy. The problem […]

By |December 27th, 2018|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments