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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

Insist on an Investigation & Gather Evidence at the Accident Scene

Avoid Damaging Your Personal Injury Case Part 3
In part two we discussed the importance of not having gaps in your medical treatment to avoid damaging your personal injury case. Insurance adjusters use a gap in your medical care to suggest that your injuries were not serious or that you may have sustained a subsequent injury unrelated to the accident at issue. Complying with your doctor’s treatment plan and making scheduled appointments is critical to your recovery and greatly impacts the value of your case.
Insist on an Investigation & Gather Evidence at the Accident Scene
Failing to gather evidence at the scene of a car wreck or other type of accident is another way you can seriously damage your case. Let’s say you are in stop-and-go traffic on the Dallas North Tollway during your morning commute. You’re minding your own business when an inattentive driver – furiously texting away – doesn’t realize traffic is […]

By |December 21st, 2018|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

Prevent Gaps in Treatment to Avoid Damaging Your Personal Injury Case

Avoid Damaging Your Personal Injury Case Part 2
In part one, we discussed the importance of acknowledging prior injuries to avoid damaging your personal injury case. “Owning” prior injuries allows you to maintain your credibility and focus on new injuries caused by the accident and/or on factors illustrating an exacerbation of a pre-existing condition.
Prevent Gaps in Treatment
We understand that life doesn’t stop just because you were involved in a motor vehicle collision. You still have bills to pay. The kids still need to get to school and events. You continue to have work demands, errands to run, and all the other various tasks that make up the day. Now you’re injured and a physician has recommended physical therapy three or four times a week. You decide it’s just too much. You only make it to therapy once or twice a week. Later, you have a big work project and you miss […]

By |December 13th, 2018|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

Acknowledge Prior Injuries to Avoid Damaging Your Personal Injury Case

Avoid Damaging Your Personal Injury Case Part 1
Acknowledge Prior Injuries
Almost every single day of the year our personal injury law firm is approached by good people who were injured in an accident and assumed the wrongdoer’s insurance company would do the right thing and treat them fairly.

Adjusters tell them to get better soon and to just send them the bills when they are done treating. These injured victims are shocked when they forward medical bills and records as requested and receive an offer back that doesn’t even cover the medical bills they incurred – let alone compensate them in any way for the pain, suffering, mental anguish, and inconvenience caused by the accident.

So here’s some straight talk: Insurance companies do not exist to fairly compensate injured victims. They exist to make money for executives and shareholders. They make more money the less fair they are with claimants. Although a few […]

By |December 5th, 2018|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

$250,000 Settlement by Attorney for Leg Injury from Fall in Dallas, TX

Outstanding gross recovery of $250,000 by attorney on case where client’s medical bills were below $25,000 for leg laceration fall injury in Dallas, TX.
Our client was an Invitee at a car wash in Dallas, Texas. She suffered a fall that resulted in a deep laceration to her left leg. Her fall was the direct result of a dangerous condition on the premises. She had to seek emergency medical treatment due to the serious nature of the injuries she sustained.

Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: This client suffered a significant cut that left her with a deep linear laceration that extended from her posterior calf to her anterior lower leg. The leg laceration had to be irrigated and closed by a surgeon. The surgeon noted that there was no obvious major neurovascular injury in the operative report, but the client had consistent and persistent complaints of numbness and tingling in her leg […]

By |November 26th, 2018|Categories: Premises Liability|Tags: |0 Comments

$350,000 Settlement by Attorney for Herniated Disc Injury Car Wreck in Dallas, TX

$350,000 gross recovery for herniated disc injury due to commercial car wreck in Dallas, TX. Client could not have recommended surgery due to chronic health condition.
Our client was operating a sedan traveling northbound in the right lane of N. Central Expressway in Dallas, Texas near Lyndon B Johnson. The at-fault motorist was operating a vehicle in the course and scope of his employment. Traffic was congested and the motorist was inattentive. As a result he rear-ended our client’s automobile causing significant property damage to same.

Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: Our client, a teacher, had to seek emergency medical attention following the collision. Initial complaints at the ER included both neck and back pain. She eventually begin therapy and rehabilitation efforts. During her therapy she had both persistent and consistent complaints of low back pain radiating to her legs.

Remember: Radicular symptoms can indicate the presence of an injury beyond a sprain […]

By |November 14th, 2018|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments