What is premises liability?
Premises liability is an area of the law that holds property owners liable for injuries sustained on their property if they neglected to maintain that property safely. If you are injured on someone else’s property because of poor maintenance or neglect, you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit to recover compensation for your medical expenses.
Who is a protected party?
The law protects victims of slip and fall accidents whether they are invitees or licensees. They are considered protected parties. There are different standards of care a landowner owes to the various categories of visitors, but whether you were an invitee, a licensee or even, in some cases, a trespasser, you may still be entitled to recover under premises liability.
What determines whether or not I win?
Courts generally ask the following questions in determining whether or not a victim deserves compensation from a landowner:
Was there an unreasonable risk of harm on the land?
Did the landowner know or should they reasonably have known about the harm?
Did the landowner know or should they reasonably have known that the visitor would not appreciate the danger?
Did the landowner fail to take ordinary measures of care to protect the visitor?
What if the accident was my fault?
The law protects victims of slip and fall accidents even if they were partly at fault. For example, if a shopper slips on a banana peel in a grocery store, the courts will investigate the details of the situation to see if the shopper knew or should have known the peel was on the floor.
My accident was two years ago. Is it still worth pursuing?
The law gives up to two years to begin a legal proceeding for a premises liability action. The clock starts ticking from the date of the accident. So, if you are unsure whether or not you can still file a claim, call the our law office to find out.
We represent victims in dog bite cases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Nearly two-thirds of dog bite attacks on children age four and younger are on the head and neck, and children suffer fatal bites more often than adults do. If you or someone you know is a dog bite victim, our attorneys can help. Dog owners are held accountable for their dogs’ actions. And even when a physical injury has healed, the emotional anguish of a truly vicious attack may never disappear.
Dog bite law
While the state of Texas does not have a dog bite statute, the courts have developed a system to determine when dog owners are liable for bites inflicted by their dogs. A dog owner is strictly liable for damages if he or she knew or should have known that the dog had aggressive tendencies toward humans, whether or not it displays those tendencies toward other dogs. Dog owners can also be found liable if they fail to exercise proper control over their dog in a situation where it is reasonable that an attack could occur and injury resulted. However, in a situation where the dog attack “came out of the blue,” meaning the dog had never before exhibited a violent outburst, the court may not hold the owner liable. There are many factors involved in handling dog bite disputes, but our attorneys can help you navigate the legal system as you cope with this emotional experience.
For a free consultation, call our law office today.
If you’re the victim of a dog bite, we can help you seek compensation for your injuries. If your dog has bitten someone, you may not be liable. Call us for a free consultation. We offer contingency fee payment plans, so you pay nothing until your case is won. Our firm offers flexible office hours to accommodate every client’s needs, and we make home and hospital visits for clients who are unable to travel. The office has plenty of parking and access to public transportation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Bites
Answers from a tenacious attorney:
A dog bite is a traumatic experience for the victim but also for a responsible dog owner. A person bitten or attacked by a dog may be left with a lifelong fear of all dogs, and an owner may be held liable to cover that victim’s ongoing expenses. Since we represent victims, we’ve compiled a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive about dog bites. For more information, contact us with your personal questions.
How common are dog bites?
I was bitten by a dog. Can I win in court?
How can I prevent my fear-aggressive dog from biting someone?
What should I do if my neighbor has a vicious dog?
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If you have been bitten by a dog or your dog has bitten someone, call our office immediately to determine your rights. We offer flexible hours, free initial consultations and contingency fee payment plans: no recovery, no fee. The office has plenty of parking and access to public transportation. We will do home or hospital visits for clients who are unable to travel to our office.
How common are dog bites?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year, and children make up the majority of dog bite victims. Where many people own dogs, it is important to know your rights whether you’re the bite victim or the dog owner.
I was bitten by a dog. Can I win in court?
A dog owner is strictly liable for damages to a dog bite victim if the owner knew or should have known that the dog has aggressive tendencies toward humans. Liability may also attach under a negligence theory when a dog owner does not exercise proper control over a dog in a situation where it is reasonable that an attack could occur and injury resulted.
How can I prevent my fearful dog from biting someone?
If your dog is fear-aggressive toward humans, there are steps you can take to reduce the chances that he or she will attack:
Enroll in a dog obedience course.
Put up warning signs around your property that there is a dog.
Never let your dog off leash outside your own enclosed private property.
Make sure your dog gets enough food, water, exercise and proper vetting.
Always supervise your dog around children.
What should I do if my neighbor has a vicious dog?
A dog owner is ultimately responsible for his dog’s actions. If you know your neighbor has a vicious dog, you should suggest ways to tame the animal, such as attending a dog obedience course. Also, check to make sure the dog has received all the proper vaccinations. Under law, if a dog bite victim provoked the dog in any way, the owner may be precluded from liability. Finally, make sure to protect yourself and your loved ones by adhering to the following guidelines:
Never approach the dog if it is unleashed.
Do not play with it roughly or interfere with it while it is eating.
Keep children away from the dog at all times.
Avoid attracting its attention as you pass by.
Experienced Attorney Assists Auto Accident Victims
We help you recover physically and financially.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than ten million motor vehicle accidents every year. Almost everyone knows someone who has been in a car accident, whether it is a fender-bender or a full-on collision. Auto accidents are usually caused by negligence, intentional misconduct or defective products, leading to products liability. At our law office, we believe in holding the responsible parties in an auto accident accountable for their actions.
What to do after a car accident
While you are likely to be shaken immediately following an accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention for yourself or anyone else who may need it. But once you’ve done that, try to write down the details of what happened as much as you can remember them: What time was it? Where were you? Where was the other person? Where was the point of impact? Were there witnesses, and if so, where were they? Was it raining or sunny? There is often shared responsibility in an auto accident, so you want to be able to restate the facts as closely as possible to preserve your case.
Negligence in car accidents
All drivers owe a duty to exercise reasonable care to other drivers and pedestrians on the road. When a person does not meet this standard, he or she is negligent. If an injury results, the driver found negligent may be found liable. Examples of negligent driving include:
Driving too slowly or too fast
Ignoring speed limits
Operating a motor vehicle at night without headlights
Looking at one’s cell phone instead of the road
Auto accidents and intentional misconduct
Intentional misconduct is a more serious violation than negligence because a driver found guilty of it has knowingly acted with disregard for the rights or safety of another. Swerving in and out of lanes and driving at an excessively high speed are examples of intentional misconduct behind the wheel.
Products liability and motor vehicle accidents
Defective auto parts are a third cause of auto accidents. If there is a defect in the automobile itself or one resulting from a faulty repair that led to a malfunction and subsequent accident, products liability may apply. We firmly believe our responsibility reaches beyond seeking compensation for victims. By taking on products liability cases, we contribute to the larger goal of keeping the public safe. It is inexcusable for a car manufacturer to release an unsafe vehicle to the public that puts countless innocent lives at risk.
Call our law office today if you have been in an auto accident.
We have more than 25 years of experience helping people injured in auto accidents. If you or a loved one has been in an accident, call our firm today for a free consultation. We offer a contingency fee payment plan — you don’t pay if you don’t win. We offer flexible office hours to accommodate every client and are conveniently located. There is plenty of parking, and our office is easily accessible by public transportation. If you can’t make it to our office, we make home or hospital visits.
Reliable Attorneys Fights for Your Rights Following a Truck Accident
We provide sound advocacy for victims of serious crashes.
Accidents involving trucks, especially tractor-trailers and other big rigs, can result in devastating injuries because of the sheer size and weight of those vehicles. Victims in much smaller passenger cars are likely to suffer serious, sometimes fatal, injuries — and remain traumatized long after their physical injuries have healed. If you’ve been in a truck accident, seek the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who can battle big trucking companies — and their even larger insurers — to obtain the best possible result for you. We have more than 25 years of experience fighting for truck accident victims and can help you on the road to physical and financial recovery.
There can be a web of guilty parties.
Legal cases involving truck accidents are more complex than many other personal injury cases. One of the main reasons is the number of players involved. Truck owners often lease their trucks to transportation companies, who in turn hire drivers. If the truck driver is hired as an independent contractor, the truck owner and the transportation company may argue that the liability falls on the driver, who is not an employee. Truck manufacturers may be involved, as well, if they can be found liable for equipment failure such as defective brakes. If you were involved in an accident involving a truck, it is important to have an attorney at your side to guide you through the complicated legal process when pursuing a claim.
Negligence behind the wheel
Negligence plays a major role in truck accident claims. A truck driver is negligent if they fail to exercise reasonable care for others on the road. Truckers often drive overnight, when the highways are less congested, but those long hauls and lack of sleep often lead to negligence behind the wheel. Other examples of truck driver negligence include driving too many consecutive hours, ignoring dangerous road conditions and loading cargo improperly.
What to do after a truck accident
After seeking medical attention for yourself or anyone else injured in an accident, your next step should be to write down as many details as you can remember, and you might begin by answering the following questions:
Where was the truck in relation to your position?
What was the time of day or night?
Was it raining or very bright outside?
Where were other cars, if any?
Did the truck driver appear tired or intoxicated?
Was there loud music playing in the truck or any other distractions?
Contact our office to discuss your case today.
We have served accident victims for more than 25 years. If you need help following a truck accident, call us today a for a free consultation. Our firm offers free initial consultations and contingency fee payment plans: no recovery, no fee. Our office has plenty of parking and easy access to public transportation. We have flexible office hours to accommodate our clients, and if you can’t come to us, we make home and hospital visits.
Hard-working Medical Malpractice Attorneys Get You Back on Your Feet
Holding medical professionals accountable for negligence
Medical malpractice is frightening for many reasons, but perhaps foremost among them is the breach of trust: Where are patients supposed to turn for medical help if their own doctors harm them? Our attorneys have more than 25 years of experience helping medical malpractice victims get the restitution they deserve. If your medical treatment produced harmful results, call our office today for a free consultation to discuss your options.
Requirements for a medical malpractice claim
There are three components that must be met for a medical malpractice claim to succeed:
Negligence. Every healthcare professional — doctors, nurses, lab technicians and nearly everyone else providing a service in the healthcare industry — must meet a standard of care. That standard of care holds that a healthcare professional must act like any other reasonably prudent professional in a similar situation.
Causation. The law also requires that the healthcare professional’s negligence caused the resulting injury. A healthcare professional may be guilty of medical malpractice for actively doing something harmful or for omitting something from treatment that led to harm. For more than 25 years, our personal injury attorneys have established cause for the medical malpractice victims.
Injury. There must be an injury, although it may be physical, mental or emotional.
Common medical malpractice claims
Medical malpractice may be claimed against almost any type of medical diagnosis, treatment or advice. The most common medical malpractice claims allege:
Failure to recognize symptoms
Unnecessary surgery, treatment or medication
Misinterpreting lab results
Prescribing an inappropriate medication or dosage
Premature hospital discharge
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If you or someone you know may be a victim of medical malpractice, call our office for a free consultation. Our firm offers contingency fee payment plans: no recovery, no fee. Our office has plenty of parking and easy access to public transportation. We offer flexible office hours to accommodate clients, but we also make home or hospital visits if you cannot come to us.
A Friendly Reminder That May Is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month! Car And Truck Drivers Please Be More Aware Of Bikers!
The beginning of May marks the beginning of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a national initiative which hopes to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents in the United States by urging drivers of all motor vehicles to share the road with one another.
The latest statistics show that in one year alone, there were just over 4,500 motorcyclist deaths, marking a slight increase from the year before. It is also important to note that more than half of motorcycle riders injured were not wearing helmets. Increased awareness on these matters and more can help to reduce motorcycle injuries and fatalities.
To help spread the word on Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, here are some useful tips which can help keep automobile and truck drivers informed and safety-minded on the road, provided in part by the Traffic Safety Marketing (TSM) organization:
Operating a motor vehicle while distracted is one of the single most frequent causes for not-seeing a motorcyclist. Distractions include texting, speaking on a cell phone.
Do to their small size, motorcycles can get lost in blind spots. It is important for drivers of cars and trucks to thoroughly check their mirrors for motorcycles before changing lanes.
Keep in mind that minor obstructions or inconveniences on the road are not so minor to motorcyclists. Gravel, potholes, pavement seams, railroad tracks; all this and more can cause a motorcyclist to change speeds or adjust their position in a lane.
Create at least a three to four second distance between your car and the motorcycle ahead of you. Depending on weather and road conditions, a motorcyclist may need that extra little bit of space.
It is vital for all drivers (not just motorcyclists!) to educate themselves about motorcycle safety. And Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is a great time to begin that education.
Property Damage Claims – More Information to Help You Navigate Your Car Accident Case
Needless to say, if you were involved in a car accident, your car was probably damaged in some way. Of course, how badly your car was damaged depends on the severity of the wreck. It will likely require some repairs, but how much will the repairs cost and who will pay for them? You have questions and our attorneys have answers.
Will the other driver’s insurance cover the cost of my car repairs?
It is possible that the other driver’s insurance company will offer to pay for the damage, but that’s not always the case. Typically if there is a dispute over liability, ie. who caused the accident, the other insurance company will not pay for the property damage.
If you have purchased “collision coverage” from your own insurance provider then you can turn to your insurer to help cover some of the damages. In fact, it is entirely possible that your own insurance company will offer you better service than the other driver’s. As long as the repairs to the car do not add up to more than the value of the car pre-accident, the insurance company should cover the cost. But that’s not all.
What is diminution in value?
It is important to remember that the insurance company should not only pay you for repairs to the car but also for the car’s diminution in value. After an accident, your car will be less valuable than it was before the accident. A car which has undergone repairs will never be as valuable as one which never needed repairs. This loss in value is known as diminution in value. Unfortunately, proving diminution in value is a difficult task. Obtaining an affidavit from your repair shop might prove useful.
What happens if my insurance provider determines that my car is totaled?
After a mechanic assesses the damage to your car and decides how much it will cost to repair it, your insurance company will decide if it is cost efficient to pay for those repairs. If the cost of repairing your car is more than 80 per cent of the blue book value of the car they may decide to total the car. What happens next is that your insurer will pay you approximately the amount of money you would have received for the car the day before the accident occurred, ie the book value. Your insurance company may not necessarily offer a number that you think is fair. Sometimes an affidavit from the mechanic can be helpful. In all cases, the process can be made simpler if you seek the assistance of a skilled attorney. Without an attorney, you may wonder if you are being taken advantage of. A good car accident lawyer can alleviate some of those worries.
For more information about what to do following your car accident, give us a call today.
Personal Injury Attorneys
Our Attorneys offer compassionate and effective legal help to clients who suffer personal injury because of someone else’s wrongdoing or negligence. We work diligently to help you recover compensation to offset the high costs associated with serious injuries.
Common personal injury cases
Many different causes can lead to serious injury, but the most prevalent reasons for filing personal injury claims are car accidents. Other vehicles can also be involved in accidents and an experienced lawyer can provide legal guidance for a truck, bus, moped, bicycle or motorcycle accident. A vital factor in handling any case is determining who is at fault for causing the accident.
How determination of fault affects compensation
Courts determine fault based on comparative negligence. Negligence refers to harm caused by the failure to exercise reasonable care. When you file a personal injury case, the court reviews the actions of all parties involved and assigns each party a percentage of fault. If your assigned fault percentage is 51 percent or greater, then you do not have the legal right to pursue damages. Yet, if the combined fault of the defendants is 51 percent or greater, then the court can award you damages. However, the court reduces your recovery amount based on your contributory fault. For example, if you were 10 percent at fault and your damages were $100,000, you would be able to recover $90,000.
Steps in a typical personal injury case
Most personal injury cases settle outside of court, and a case can settle at any point during the legal process. Personal injury lawyers can often settle cases on behalf of their clients without having to file a lawsuit or taking the case to trial. Certainly, whenever possible, law firms favor negotiating a settlement, which saves time and expense for clients. However, when reaching a fair settlement is not possible, your case goes to trial, which involves exchanging evidence with opposing counsel, selecting a jury and trying the case in court.
Seek representation from highly experienced personal injury lawyers
If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury, please contact our office for a free initial consultation. Our attorneys have decades of experience obtaining compensation for clients in all types of personal injury cases. We take cases based on contingency, which means you owe no fees unless we are successful in recovering compensation through settlement or verdict.
Brain Injury Accidents
Accidents that cause serious brain injury can lead to a lifetime of assistive care. Our attorneys represent victims in cases that involve serious head injuries, helping them recover the compensation necessary to deal with high medical costs.
Causes of brain injuries
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to head injuries that occur when an external force causes a blow, jolt or penetration to the skull. When the force causes brain tissue to tear, bruise or bleed, the damage to the brain can be serious and long-term ― or even lead to death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading causes of TBI are falls (35.2 percent), motor vehicle or traffic accidents (17.3 percent), colliding with an object (16.5 percent) and assaults (10 percent).
A brain injury lawyer can determine the underlying cause and evaluate the extent of your injury. Whether a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident or some other cause, our attorneys bring decades of experience to every case we handle and are recognized for our success in the field of personal injury.
Head injury symptoms
Obtaining medical treatment early on may be vital for your recovery from TBI. It is helpful for you and your loved ones to know the symptoms, so you can recognize the possibility of brain injury. Common symptoms include:
Loss of consciousness
Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
Vomiting or nausea
Seizures or convulsions
Trouble awakening from sleep
Clear drainage in nose or ears
Over the span of a lifetime, dealing with medical treatment for a serious brain injury can run into millions of dollars.
Contact our reputable and well-known law firm.
Having a competent law firm can make a considerable difference in the outcome of your case. We offer a free consultation to discuss your brain injury and how we can help you recover compensation. We take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you owe no fees unless we recover on your behalf. Please contact our office to arrange a consultation.
How to File an Accident Claim
When someone else is at fault for causing you serious injury in a car accident, an experienced accident lawyer can help you recover compensation. Our lawyers file lawsuits on behalf of our clients to hold negligent parties accountable.
Steps involved with filing a personal injury claim – Some of the most important steps of a personal injury claim include the following:
Information about the accident
When you plan on pursuing a claim, you can begin by gathering valuable evidence. Gather all the information you can by obtaining a copy of the police report, taking photos of the accident scene and of your injury and acquiring medical documents and documentation of lost income.
Obtain an accident lawyer
You might wonder, “Should I hire an attorney?” If your injuries are serious, you should discuss your car accident with an experienced accident lawyer to determine whether you have a case. Your attorney can assess damages, determine negligence and evaluate the viability of pursuing a lawsuit. Death qualifies surviving family members to file a lawsuit. Other factors that allow you to file a lawsuit are a driver who exhibited punitive or reckless conduct.
Filing within legal deadlines.
Your attorney has two years from the date of your accident injury to file a claim.
Option of settling.
Most personal injury cases settle outside of court whether before filing a lawsuit or at some point during the trial process. If you cannot obtain a fair settlement, your attorney can take your case to verdict through litigation.
Our law firm takes all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you owe no fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf. Our fee is a percentage of your recovery.
Experienced accident attorneys can help you file a personal injury claim
We offer a free consultation to discuss your personal injury and explain how we can help. Please contact us to arrange a consultation.
Negligence is an important factor that our lawyers evaluate when handling an accident case. We thoroughly investigate and review the circumstances involved with your accident when determining your ability to recover compensation.
Why negligence is a pivotal factor in injury cases
Negligence is a legal term that refers to a party’s failure to exercise reasonable care and the resulting harm. An example of negligence is a driver’s failure to drive safely or obey traffic laws. Individuals who drive irresponsibly, tailgate, take risks when changing lanes or drive while intoxicated are liable when their actions result in injury.
In a personal injury case, the court evaluates the degree of negligence for all parties involved ― which includes whether the injured party bringing the lawsuit had any negligence. The court can view talking on a cell phone as contributing accident factors and assign you a percentage of fault. As long your fault does not exceed 50 percent, you have the right to recover compensation. However, the court reduces your compensation by your percentage of negligence. For example, if you were talking on a cell phone, but the other driver ran a red light, the court might decide the extent of your injuries were partly due to talking on your cell phone.. It may rule that 20 percent of the damages were your fault and 80 percent were the other driver’s fault. In this instance, if damages were $100,000, you could recover $80,000.
Types of negligence
Courts can also award punitive damages when defendants act with gross negligence. Courts instruct juries that gross negligence is conduct that is more extreme than ordinary negligence, and is an aggravated or magnified failure to use the kind of care a reasonable person would use to avoid injury or property damage. The severity of injury is another factor the courts consider and, in the most severe accident cases, wrongful death occurs.
Put your trust in a highly reputed auto accident law firm
Our attorneys offer a free consultation to discuss your injury case and how we can help you recover compensation. We take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you owe no fees unless we recover on your behalf. Please contact us to arrange a consultation.
Spinal Injury Lawyers
Any type of spinal injury can be incapacitating, including back injuries. Anyone suffering from a complete spinal cord injury faces tremendous physical and financial challenges. When someone else is responsible for causing your personal injury, our lawyers can help you recover compensation.
Types of spinal injuries
There are many different types of spinal injuries. Incomplete spinal cord injury is where only a partial dysfunction occurs. While one side of the body may be completely paralyzed, the other side may not, and you may be able to move your arm or leg on that side. With a complete spinal cord injury, both sides of the body have equal dysfunction, such as paralysis on both sides.
Complete spinal cord injuries also have other medical classifications. Tetraplegia or quadriplegia involves spinal injury at the neck, which results in paralysis and muscle strength loss from the neck down, affecting all four extremities. Paraplegia occurs lower in the back and results in paralysis of the lower half of the body, including the legs.
Causes of spinal injury
Motor vehicle accidents are the most prevalent cause of spinal cord injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 46 percent of spinal injuries result from motor vehicle accidents, 22 percent result from falls, 16 percent from violence and 12 percent from sports accidents. In the most severe cases, spinal injuries lead to wrongful death.
Back injury symptoms
If you suffer from a back injury in a car accident or truck accident, you should see a medical professional. Symptoms of a back injury often include the following:
Urinary or bowel problems
Numbness or tingling in the buttocks, leg, foot or groin
Inability to walk
Rely on a spinal injury law firm with experience
Our attorneys have decades of combined legal experience. We offer a free consultation to discuss your spinal injury and how we can help you recover compensation. We take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you owe no fees unless we recover on your behalf. Please contact us to arrange a consultation.
Types of Injury Cases
Car accident injuries can range from minor to severe, as well as result in short-term or long-term disability. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after car accidents for treatment and documentation of the injury, which helps attorneys substantiate that the injury resulted from the accident. When someone else is at fault for causing your injury, we can help you establish the injury cause and recover compensation.
Range of injuries arising out of accidents
Motor vehicle accidents result in common injuries:
Whiplash. Whiplash is a very common car crash soft tissue injury affecting the muscles, ligaments and joints in the neck and other spinal areas. It may not be readily apparent for several hours or even several days. Some people recover from whiplash quickly within a few days, others take weeks and, in extreme cases, people take several years before experiencing a full recovery.
Herniated discs. Other more lasting (and for some people, permanent) spinal injuries can also arise out of car accidents, such as herniated or bulging discs. People suffer back pain, numbness, tingling and extreme pain when nerve damage occurs.
Spinal cord injury (SCI). SCI is a severe type of personal injury that can result in paralysis. Paraplegia refers to paralysis from the waist down, and quadriplegia refers to paralysis starting from the neck and extending throughout the rest of the body. Because the spinal cord works with the brain as the message center for various bodily systems, such as the respiratory, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems, SCI sometimes impairs entire bodily systems.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI). One of the reasons many states have helmet laws is to prevent traumatic brain injury from occurring in motorcycle accidents. TBI can range from a mild concussion to extreme brain damage. People can suffer permanent injury from TBI that alters their lives, preventing work and requiring assistive care.
Other serious injuries arising from vehicle collisions are compound or complex fractures, internal bleeding and permanent scarring or disfigurement.
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Discuss your accident injury in a free consultation. We take cases based on contingency, which means you owe no fees unless we recover on your behalf. Contact us today.
Semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and other large commercial vehicles require skill, diligence, and caution to operate safely. Even the most experienced truck drivers must work to properly navigate the enormous trucks and share the road with smaller vehicles. Many commercial truckers, however, fail to handle their vehicles with the necessary degree of care. Common causes of truck accidents include:
Lack of training or general inexperience
Speeding, reckless driving, and aggressive driving
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Failure to properly maintain brakes, tires, or other equipment
Exceeding truck load weight limits
Claims against truck drivers and their corporate employers require an in depth knowledge of state and federal safety regulations, and the ability to properly investigate and reveal issues in driver logs and records. If you have been hurt in a truck accident, our attorneys possess the requisite understanding of commercial vehicle regulations to help you obtain compensation from all liable parties.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that approximately 11,000 injury-causing bus accidents occur annually in the United States, of which nearly 300 involve fatalities. Many people use city buses to commute to and from work, and large charter buses frequently transport groups of travelers and tourists. If a bus is involved in an accident, lack of seat belts and other safety restraints increase the risk of catastrophic injuries for passengers. The size and weight of a bus also poses great danger to other vehicles or pedestrians involved in an accident.
A bus accident may give rise to personal injury claims against the bus company or driver if negligence, recklessness, or wrongful conduct contributed to the accident. For cases involving public transportation systems, government entities will usually become involved, making these cases especially complex. Our attorneys have the fortitude and legal skill to go up against powerful adversaries and beneficially resolve even the most complicated personal injury claims.
Seek Representation from a Well Established Personal Injury Firm
Our attorneys have the resources and experience to successfully handle even the most complex personal injury claims. If you or a loved one was hurt in a truck or bus accident, please contact our attorneys for a free initial consultation. We take personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay any attorneys’ fees until we recover money damages on your behalf.
Vehicle Accident Overview
Our attorneys represent accident victims in personal injury claims arising from car accidents, truck and bus accidents, and motorcycle, moped, and bicycle accidents. Our attorneys also handle cases involving wrongful death and catastrophic injuries.
Personal Injury Claims Arising from Vehicle Accidents
With thousands of drivers sharing the road, there is always a chance of being involved in an accident, even if everyone drives with appropriate care and caution. Unfortunately, however, many people fail to act responsibly behind the wheel. If you were in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing, you may be able to recover compensation for your economic and noneconomic losses, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Personal injury claims arising from vehicle accidents often involve:
Car Accidents – Cases involving car accidents are among the most common personal injury claims. Too often drivers speed, disobey traffic signs and signals, disregard weather or traffic conditions, and drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In other cases, an accident may be caused by poor road conditions or defective vehicle components.
Truck & Bus Accidents – Accidents involving a truck or bus often result in serious injuries because of the vehicle’s size and weight. Adding to the potential complexity of a claim, many parties and insurance companies may become involved. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, semi-truck, city bus, or tour bus, please call our office.
Motorcycle, Moped & Bicycle Accidents – Because motorcycles, mopeds, and bicycles provide virtually no protection to riders, an accident with a car, truck, or other larger vehicle often results in serious injuries. Our attorneys have experience advocating on behalf of cyclists, helping them receive compensation for their injuries and enforce their right to share the road.
Wrongful Death & Catastrophic Injuries – If you have lost a loved one in a vehicle accident, our attorneys will fight for retribution on your behalf. If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury, such as brain damage or a spinal cord injury, due to an accident, we understand how to successfully handle complex medical claims.
Seek Experienced Representation from Our Auto Accident Law Firm
We have the depth of experience, knowledge, and resources to obtain the best result in your case. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident because of another’s negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing behind the wheel, please contact our office for a free consultation. We handle personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis, so you will not pay any attorney’s fees until we obtain compensation on your behalf.
Accidents Involved with Cell Phone Use
Cell phone use is the latest distraction for drivers, and many more accidents occur today as a result of drivers’ texting or talking on cell phones. Our lawyers work diligently to determine the underlying causes of accidents and help our clients hold negligent drivers accountable for accident injuries.
Texas laws regarding cell phone use while driving
Beginning in 2017, it is illegal to text and drive in the state of Texas. There is a fine of $25 to $99 for the first offense and $100 to $200 for subsequent offenses. If you cause an accident that results in serious injury or death, you could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, a fine and possibly jail time.
Many cities within Texas, including San Antonio, have passed a hands-free ordinance. It requires drivers to use hands-free methods to talk on their cell phone. They can answer and disconnect phone calls using their hands, but cannot hold the phone while talking.
When car accident lawyers pursue injury cases and argue for clients based on negligence laws, they typically have no trouble proving that texting and cell phone use is a distraction that contributes to accidents.
Nationwide cell phone use and texting statistics while driving
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 28 percent of all traffic accidents, which comes to 1.6 million crashes a year, involve drivers using cell phones and texting. More accidents involve drivers using cell phones (1.4 million) and an estimated 200,000 crashes involve texting drivers. Based on these statistics, the NSC called for bans in all states on cell phone use and texting while driving.
Anyone who suffers a serious personal injury in a car accident should consult an experienced accident lawyer. Be sure to tell your attorney whether the other party causing the accident was talking on a cell phone or texting. This information can be vital for proving negligence.
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