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Bars and nightclubs make an area prone to DUI collisions and fatal motorcycle accidents. Anyone injured or has lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident would be well advised to discuss his or her legal rights and options with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer.

Drunk Driving Laws
Motorcycle riders need to understand the Texas DUI law because motorcyclists are often the victims of drunk drivers. It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug to drive a vehicle. Dangers of driving under the influence, according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities from alcohol-impaired driving crashes continue to account for one in three deaths on American roadways each year. Every day, about 32 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that’s one person every 45 minutes. In 2020, 11,654 people died in alcohol-impaired driving traffic deaths. Motorcyclists and their passengers are in danger of suffering a devastating injury in a DUI collision because there is no steel frame, airbag, or seatbelt to protect them. Riders are often ejected from their cycles and suffer catastrophic head injuries. DUI collisions often involve motorists who are exceeding the speed limit or those who fail to yield the right-of-way to motorcyclists at street intersections. In these crashes, we often find that the motorcyclist is at risk for major injury. The driver of the striking vehicle is often unharmed.

The Rights of Injured Motorcyclists
There are many forms of negligence that result in valid personal injury claims. In cases involving negligence or wrongdoing, such as drunk driving, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the losses sustained by the victim. Damages that may be covered by filing a personal injury lawsuit include but are not limited to:
Medical bills: This includes the cost of medication, emergency room services, ambulance, and treatment.
Hospitalization costs: Serious injuries often require the victim to stay in the hospital for an extended period of time.
Cost of rehabilitation: Brain injury is the common consequence of a motorcycle accident. Victims of head injuries are often required to undergo extensive rehabilitation to try and regain their physical and mental abilities.
Lost income: This refers to the injury’s current and future loss of earnings.
Disability: If the injury resulted in the victim’s inability to work or earn a livelihood.
Pain and suffering emotional distress experienced.

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a drunk or negligent driver, remember that the driver can be held criminally and civilly liable for the injuries and damages caused. A skilled motorcycle accident attorney will remain on your side, fight for your rights, and ensure that the wrongdoers are held accountable. Please contact our knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyers to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.


Motorcycle traffic in south Texas is heavy due to the good weather most of the year. Motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries or fatalities. Motorcycles, unlike other passenger vehicles, are not built to protect occupants. On the other hand, riders and passengers are exposed to the elements as they take to the road. This is what makes motorcycling exhilarating and dangerous at the same time. When motorcycle collisions are caused by negligent drivers or due to the negligence of governmental agencies that fail to design and maintain their roadways properly, victims or their families can seek monetary compensation for their injuries, damages, and losses.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,579 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2020. That is the highest number recorded and an 11 percent increase from 2019. Motorcycle deaths accounted for 14 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in 2020 and were more than double the number of motorcyclist deaths in 1997.

The Rights of a Victim’s Family
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may be wondering where to turn and how to seek compensation for your terrible loss. While money may not offer comfort in the aftermath of such a terrible loss, there are many reasons why family members of deceased victims choose to pursue a wrongful death claim. Families are faced with significant expenses such as medical and funeral costs after the death of a loved one. If a negligent driver caused the accident, family members are looking for a sense of justice by holding those wrongdoers accountable. Remember, not all negligent drivers face criminal charges. If a dangerous or defective roadway caused a motorcycle accident, a wrongful death lawsuit helps draw attention to such an issue. A claim will hopefully spur the city into action so that future tragedies can be prevented.

Wrongful Death Claims
A wrongful death claim is a civil action that allows the family of a deceased motorcycle accident victim to hold the at-fault party liable for the accident. The victim’s family must prove that they have suffered a loss and that the at-fault party was negligent at the time of the accident. There are several questions to be asked. Was the other driver speeding, under the influence, distracted or inattentive? Was the motorist fatigued, or did he or she run a red light or fail to yield the right-of-way? Was a roadway or intersection defective? Did a pothole or uneven pavement cause the motorcycle accident? Did a lack of visibility at the intersection cause the motorcycle accident? These are just some of the issues to be considered after a fatal motorcycle accident.

Financial Compensation for a Victim’s Family
A wrongful death claim can result in monetary compensation for damages, including but not limited to: Medical bills, funeral expenses, future lost wages, lost benefits, loss of companionship, and physical pain and suffering.

Seeking Quality Legal Representation
Quality legal representation can help motorcycle accident victims and their families protect their rights and best interests. It is common for at-fault drivers to deny responsibility for an accident, causing the victim’s family to fight for the compensation they need and rightfully deserve. The experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at our Law Firm will fight for your rights and help ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable.



Dog FAQs

Q: What is the difference between dog training and DBA?
A: Dog obedience focuses on training the dog. DBA focuses on coaching dog owners to improve their leadership skills. DBA also empowers people to stay safe around dogs.

Q: In working with dogs, should you use only positive reinforcement?
A: First, if a method is quick, efficient, humane, and easy, stick with it. As for the debate about using only positive reinforcement, we feel that constant positive and negative feedback is very useful and natural. Remember~everything has both positive and negative reinforcers in their lives.

Q: Aren’t choke chains, prong collars, and electronic collars cruel?
A: Anything can be used incorrectly and cause pain. If the goal is to have your dog off leash and in vocal control, these devices, when used properly, can bring almost instantaneous results with only short-term use. If you choose to use these devices, make sure that it is with a goal that includes using them as little but as effectively as possible. Your technique needs improvement if you constantly rely on these devices for your dog. Be sure to seek professional guidance.

Q: If a dog is vicious, it is always vicious, right?
A: Dogs never bite in a vacuum. Bites result from a myriad of factors; the dog, the owner, the victim, and the circumstances. Changes in these aspects can lead to a lick or a bite! Dogs and humans have communication differences that have been ignored, and often, our “stop” means their “go.” Many bites are a result of us unknowingly encouraging our dogs to bite! The bottom line is a human pack leadership is crucial to preventing dog bites.

Q: If a dog bites or growls, it is a bad dog, right?
A: Anything that works in a group will divvy tasks amongst the group. Your behavior is influenced by the role you perform and your status in that group. The social structure of the dog is similar. Some dogs are leaders, and some have the part of being tolerant babysitters of the young. Their behavior should not be judged in terms of good dogs or bad dogs. Learning to control your dog in any situation and influence its behavior determines a happy relationship and is what your dog is hoping you can do.

Q: No matter what you say, some mean and vicious dogs exist worldwide.
A: Dogs are not on this planet to be our best friends. Humans took them from their natural state and “domesticated” wild animals. We first domesticated them to perform a survival function for us, whether to help us hunt better, to help us guard our livestock, warn us of approaching danger, or help us carry things. We have been selecting dogs for the best at these functions from the beginning and “discarding” the rest. Today, dogs fill less of the functional purpose for us and instead fill more of an emotional need in our lives. People often have dogs as a substitute for human companionship and as a substitute for children. Again, though, we have still been doing what is “easy” for us. After a period of time, we have narrowed our experiences with dogs to only a fraction of what these animals are. Often when we see the other ranges of behavior in dogs, they seem foreign to us. Instead of realizing that our lack of understanding and skills as dog handlers is the problem, we rather vilify and blame the dogs. Blaming the dog has done nothing to solve the “people” issues at the heart of any problems communities may have with dogs.


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