One of the most consistent calls we get at our Law Office is from drivers who did not know their license was suspended. Unfortunately for these drivers, they were pulled over for some other infraction and were given a driving while license suspended ticket on top of it. There are many reasons why your driving privileges can be suspended. Numerous state laws and other driving violations can lead to a suspension. Below are some of the top reasons drivers get their licenses suspended.
Drunk Driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is still a big problem. Depending on how many times a driver has committed this offense, intoxication levels and whether he was involved in an accident all determine how long his license will get suspended. For a first-offense DWI in Texas, you will face a driver’s license suspension of 90 days to one year. If you have previous convictions for DWI, your suspension could range between six months and two years.
You are driving Without Insurance. All motor vehicles on the road must be properly insured. The Texas Department of Public Safety may suspend your license or registration for the following reasons: You’ve received two or more convictions for driving without insurance. The DPS has received notice that you’ve canceled your insurance. This also applies in cases where you allow a friend to drive your uninsured vehicle.
You are leaving the scene of an accident. In Texas, drivers are required to stop if they have been involved in a car accident. Suppose you fled the scene without giving aid or exchanging proper documentation. In that case, you can be charged with leaving the scene of an accident and have your license suspended for leaving the scene of an accident with injuries or death, or DWI.
Unpaid fines and fees. Approximately 7 in 10 license holds, and suspensions in Texas are due to unpaid fines and fees. Regardless of why a person does not pay their surcharges, the Department suspends their driver’s license.
You are driving with a Suspended License or no license. The Texas Transportation Code also allows for an additional license suspension of the same length as the first. For example, if your license was suspended for six months, and you are convicted of driving during that suspension, your license will be suspended for another six months after the original period ends.
What Should I Do If My Driving Privileges Have Been Suspended?
Remember that you cannot drive your vehicle while your license is suspended. Having your driver’s license suspended is a serious matter and you must have the matter taken care of before things go from bad to worse. You may be facing possible jail time or having your suspension period increased if caught driving while suspended. If you believe you were suspended for one of the reasons provided above, talk to one of our traffic defense attorneys today to discuss your options.
Consider this scenario: You and your spouse go out to dinner. You’ve had only one glass of wine and feel fine, so you drive home. On the way, you get into a fender bender, and the next thing you know, a police officer is administering a breathalyzer test, and you get charged with a DWI. Even if your blood alcohol content is below the legal limit, there can be serious consequences associated with drinking and driving. Studies show there is no safe blood alcohol level for driving. In addition, a recent report found that for those aged 55 to 70, driving after even one glass of wine is especially risky. We are a DPS Trooper about his perspective on buzzed drivers. Knowing an officer’s perspective can help you avoid a DUI/DWI.
Can officers detect when you have only had one drink?
Officers are trained to detect when someone has been drinking. I have found that approximately 9 out of 10 people who are pulled over say they have only had one drink, whether they are lying or are telling the truth. The people who admit to more than one drink either tend to be habitual drinkers and know they cannot get away with claiming to have had just one or are so afraid that they do not think to tell a lie. Regarding drinks, anything close to pure alcohol will be most detectable to police. Liquor is more noticeable on a person\’s breath than wine, and beer is easily detectable from the hops smell. Many drivers mistakenly think having a mint will cover the alcohol smell, but it typically doesn’t work.
If a driver passes a field sobriety test, does that mean s/he won’t be charged with a DWI?
Not necessarily. If your BAC is shown to be .08 or above via a breathalyzer test, you will likely still be charged even if you are functional enough to pass other tests, such as walking a straight line. In addition, just because you pass a breathalyzer or field sobriety test does not mean you won’t be arrested. If you appear under the influence but blow below a .08, the officer may still ask you to take a drug test – either a blood, urine, or hair analysis. Many drivers do not realize that by having a license, you are giving the state the right to drug test you. This can cause problems because drugs from a week, two weeks, or even a month ago can show up in one of these tests, and the law is based on whether the drug is present at the time of testing; when it was ingested is not relevant.
Is it better for drivers to tell the truth or remain silent about whether they have been drinking?
Telling the truth about drugs or alcohol will not prevent you from being charged. If you get into an accident and have been drinking, all benefit of the doubt goes out the window, especially if children are in the back seat. While police have some discretion when issuing citations for violations like speeding, there is very little discretion regarding criminal offenses such as DUIs.
Why should drivers be honest about their actions, especially if they will be charged with a DUI regardless, and the statements can be used against them in court?
While you always have the right to remain silent so as not to incriminate yourself, being honest and cooperative is still helpful from an officer’s perspective. The officer might appreciate the driver’s honesty and be less likely to issue additional discretionary citations that often accompany DUI charges.
You mentioned it is especially bad if children are in the back seat. Is it different for a parent who has one or two drinks and then drives with kids in the car?
As a grandparent, I refrain from drinking when out with my grandchildren. It is common for people to have a drink with dinner or at a social event, but I advise parents to think twice before driving with their kids in the car, even after just one drink. Parents often don’t realize that if you are caught driving buzzed or drunk with kids in the car, you can be facing criminal charges for neglect to minors in addition to a DWI.
Auto vs Bike Collisions – Who is Liable?
With gas prices high and cooler fall temperatures in the air, now is the prime season for cycling. Unfortunately, due to the huge number of bicyclists and motorists trying to share the busy roads, auto v bicycle collisions are becoming more and more common. The most common bike accidents are getting “doored” (being struck by a car door that was opened unexpectedly), getting in a collision with a taxi, bike lane collisions, and accidents caused by street defects. Many cyclists complain that they are getting doored because their bike lanes are in the door zone (the space in which automobiles open their doors when pulled over).
There is contention between drivers and cyclists, isn’t there? An automobile gets into an accident with a cyclist. Stories of a cyclist tapping on a driver’s window to deliver a scolding on driver-to-cyclist etiquette are common. There are even more incidents of drivers freely giving bikers rude hand gestures. Recently, a Cab Driver jumped the curb, severing a woman’s leg after an altercation with a cyclist. Most drivers and cyclists are conscientious despite the stories we hear. Drivers are often cautious and are doing their best to share the road. Bikers are quick to condemn reckless fellow bikers that speed through red lights, block crosswalks, or abuse sidewalks. Still, in one year alone, there were 677 bicyclist-motor vehicle deaths and 38,000 injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Bicyclists indeed face a lot of unique challenges when commuting. They do not enjoy the sidewalk and crosswalk safety protections of pedestrians, nor do they have the size or power to contend with cars on the road. So, they must look for pedestrians on foot and show extreme caution for motor vehicles. They are in an in-between state that doesn’t classify them as motorists or pedestrians.
It can be difficult to determine who is at fault when a bicycle/car accident occurs. Often, the first accusation is pointed toward the car because it’s bigger and more powerful than a bike. A car also has more blind spots in which bicyclists can unwittingly hide. Motorists turn directly into or in front of cyclists or fail to stop at designated areas. There are plenty of ways liability can be determined from these accidents, though, mainly through evidence and testimony. Often, physical evidence is collected by law enforcement from the scene of the accident, or pictures are taken to show the exact positions and damages. So, for example, it will be obvious who is at fault if a picture shows that a bicyclist was rear-ended or doored. That would be a no-doubt liability accident. In cities with crowded streets, there are often neutral witnesses at the auto v. bicycle collision scene. These witnesses tend to carry more authority on what happened during an accident than cyclists or drivers because they don’t have any personal stake in the outcome of a case. So, be sure to get contact information for any witnesses of an accident; their testimony is invaluable. If you are in a bicyclist/motorist crash, do not sign any settlement agreement with the liable party’s insurance company without speaking to a reputable personal injury lawyer in your area. There are plenty of ins, and outs, when to and when not to that they can help you navigate so that you can recover the losses you deserve.
Why choose our Law Firm when faced with a personal injury? Contact our dedicated team to help you recover your rightful compensation. We have assisted countless victims of an accident and the families that have suffered the loss of their loved one. Here’s why working with our firm is the right choice:
Our attorneys have over two decades of legal experience handling cases throughout Texas! Our legal team has been recognized among the best personal injury lawyers. We hold membership in legal organizations committed to providing high-quality representation, including the American Bar Association. Because of their knowledge and skill, our lawyers have been asked to speak at various conferences and education centers. Find out more about how we can help by contacting our firm. You can fill out a free evaluation form on our site or call our office, and we will get in touch with you soon to offer advice regarding your case.
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We take on several cases in various areas. Here are some common issues we handle:
Consumers are protected under certain laws, and sometimes a product leaves more than one person dealing with injuries or an illness. A class action lawsuit will be used for more than one individual instead of having numerous cases handled through the same lawsuit.
There are many reasons why car accident occurs, and with millions of them taking place each year, a considerable amount of injuries and fatalities occur. Many incidents could have been prevented if a driver had been cautious, and if it can be shown that they acted negligently, compensation may be owed. These types of injuries can arise from just about any incident. They are a more serious form of injury that can greatly impact those suffering from them. Catastrophic injuries can require a lengthy healing time, and many people never fully recover from the injuries they face. It may be a burn injury, spinal cord injury, brain injury, or another serious outcome. Around 4.7 million dog bites occur yearly; a significant amount of these can require medical attention, including a trip to the emergency room. Sometimes the owner is at fault for failing to train the dog, keep an eye on them or keep them away from people if they were known for having trouble interacting.
Drinking and driving are known to impair a person’s ability to drive safely and seriously. They can experience visual problems, a sense of relaxation that makes them less alert, and a lowered sense of danger that hinders their ability to recognize their driving as hazardous. Drinking and driving is a large cause of accidents and leads to some of the most car accident-related fatalities.
Drugs and medical devices have been developed for healing and helping. Unfortunately, they can often come with problems that leave patients suffering. Drugs are not always tested as much as they should be, and devices can malfunction or be misused. This leads to many negative side effects, and often by the time a product is recalled, countless individuals have already dealt with the ramifications. Doctors take an oath to care for their patients, but when medical professionals fail to deliver on this commitment, it can leave the patient with serious health concerns. A high number of medical malpractice cases occur across the country each year, many of which are never reported since patients do not always understand their rights.
Motorcyclists share the roads with drivers but are not always equally considered. Drivers can fail to look out for them and may make a lane change without looking enough to ensure the lane next to them is clear. Motorcyclists have little protection, leaving them with significant, life-threatening injuries.
Many injuries could have been prevented if negligence had been avoided. It is behind many accidents and involves an individual failing to use reasonable caution. It can occur in several ways, from an individual driving recklessly to a doctor not giving their patients the attention they should be. Negligence cases are important to seek justice so that the responsible party is held liable.
Many unfortunate incidents occur in nursing homes, and residents can be left dealing with the ramifications. They may face outright abuse, such as physical restraint or hitting, or more passive forms of abuse, such as leaving the resident alone and unattended. Abuse can come with several debilitating outcomes that may warrant compensation.
When pedestrians cross the street, cars should look out for them. Many drivers fail to do this and can run through a crosswalk or make a turn without checking that it is clear. Without any form of protection, they can deal with catastrophic injuries that a driver should be held accountable for.
Accidents can occur for several reasons, and many times it has to do with a failure on the part of a property owner to keep the area safe to prevent falls. The walkways may be improperly lit, items in the walkway, and holes or structural defects may be present. Slipping, tripping, and falling can lead to broken bones, abrasions, traumatic brain injuries, and more. These types of cases look at the property owner’s responsibility and if they failed to carry out these obligations in some way. It may include not scanning property for potential dangers, fixing known dangers, or giving warnings. Not all cases are black and white, and it will need to be assessed if the property owner was negligent or if the injured person was not being reasonably cautious.
A truck accident can be catastrophic due to the large size and weight of a truck. Trucks are present on the roads for several reasons, and they range in all types of sizes. Truck drivers need to take extra precautions when driving with a limited view of other drivers around them and limited control to maneuver the vehicle. There are many reasons that truck accidents occur, including driver inattention, the influence of alcohol, or even weather conditions.
Workers’ compensation may be owed to a worker who is injured while performing their job duties or suffered an injury or illness due to the effects of their job over time. This is essentially a form of insurance that allows for easier compensation for a worker that has suffered in some way. While it can often be easier to obtain compensation this way, it is not always enough, and sometimes a lawsuit may be necessary. Workers’ compensation may also be denied, and our firm can help in these situations.
Accidents can cause devastating situations, including the loss of a loved one. Families can be left mourning, on top of dealing with the cost. Compensation may be owed for several factors, including hospital bills, funeral costs, and lost income when the individual lost was the main income earner.
How important is your lawyer to the success of your case?
Our Law Firm takes your case very seriously; we believe that if we are not making progress and not providing you with the results you are hoping for, then we are not doing our job correctly. We believe that if you have the right representation, you will obtain the favorable outcome that you expect; therefore, we believe that having excellent representation is vital to the success of any case.
What should you look for when choosing a lawyer?
When you are considering who to work with, research is important. You want to look at an attorney’s credentials and the experience they have dealing with situations related to yours. Even with all the right credentials, an attorney may not be the right choice for you. Some of it involves looking for someone you feel comfortable with and who understands your situation and goals. It is important to have legal representation that cares about you as more than just a claim or a lawsuit. Your situation is affecting you greatly, and your lawyer should not overlook what you have had to face. You should also speak with your friends and family since they can offer unique insight. Ultimately, the most important factor is finding someone who works for you and your family.
We Zealously Protect Your Rights
These cases must be taken on forcefully in many situations so that you are not overlooked or taken advantage of. Not only do you want someone who will advocate for you, but you also need a lawyer who has a thorough understanding of the law and the process. This is often a highly stressful situation, and having an attorney keep you educated and in the loop of the status of your case can offer you a greater feeling of ease.
We Do Everything To Make Sure You Are Rightfully Compensated
If you have suffered a personal injury, you may be entitled to collect monetary compensation for your injuries. If you wish to pursue a legal claim, you could deal with long litigation processes and many legal documents and forms that must be completed. The process of pursuing a claim can be a long and difficult one. If you wish to pursue a personal injury claim, then an attorney from our firm can help you. Our firm can answer any questions you may have, we will counsel you on the best legal action to take, and we will provide you with the exuberant representation of your case in court if you choose to work with us.
Choose The Best Attorney For Your Case
If you are pursuing a personal injury claim or need representation for a family law case, do not select a mediocre attorney to represent your case. A legal representative from our firm will be able to provide you with persuasive representation, and we will stand by you throughout your case to counsel you and discuss your options. Our office comprises a caring staff offering personalized attention to everyone we serve.
Have you been injured in a car accident?
Rated as one of the leading causes of death in the country, car accidents claim the lives of thousands each year and countless other victims dealing with injuries. It is difficult to know how many wrecks occur on the roads yearly, but it is estimated to be several million. All types of reasons can cause these; sometimes due to a natural occurrence and other times from the fault of another driver. Negligence is a catastrophic problem on streets and highways, and if it can be proven that the other driver was at fault, then there may be a case for you to obtain compensation. Schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation with our injury firm if you believe the other driver’s carelessness caused the injuries you suffered in an accident.
Top Causes of Car Accidents
Many different things can cause car accidents. One reason that car accidents occur is due to the weather. It may be fog, rain, snow, or ice on the roads that make driving more challenging. Sometimes it is even a single car involved in an accident, and they spin out when the roads are slippery. Other times two or more vehicles are involved in the wreck, and one driver may be the reason for the incident.
Another main problem is driver distraction. It can be talking, texting, reading, eating, or daydreaming, taking a driver’s focus off of what is in front of them. Some people can become too relaxed behind the wheel and decide to multitask, such as by finishing their makeup application. Distractions can be cognitive, visual, and manual, moving a driver’s mind from the road, their hands on the steering wheel, and their focus from in front of them.
Another problem that causes car accidents is getting in the car after consuming too much alcohol. Drinking can severely reduce a person’s ability to drive safely and recognize potential dangers up ahead. They can become reckless, driving in a manner that puts everyone around them at risk.
Car owners are also responsible for the maintenance of their vehicles, and by failing to check their breaks or get new tires, they can be unprepared for a situation on the road. Sometimes it is the fault of the manufacturer or even a flaw in the original design; incidents can happen before a recall is made in a product liability case.
Work with a Car Accident Lawyer from our Firm
The damage from a car accident can be immense and is known to be one of the most catastrophic incidents. If you or your loved one has been involved in an accident, then you want an attorney representing you. Compensation may be needed to cover a range of costs, and you don’t want to receive less than you deserve. An attorney can help find a solution that works in your favor while handling the stress of a case so that you can focus on your recovery. They can also prevent you from taking a settlement lower than what you are owed.
More Information about Car Accident Statistics
Millions of individuals suffer from an accident yearly through injuries or the loss of a loved one. It is estimated that around one person dies every 48 minutes from a wreck involving alcohol, making up around one-third of fatal accidents.
Additionally, 1,060 people are injured every day because of distracted driving. A typical driver will deal with around 200 decisions regarding driving for every mile they drive. With so many choices and areas to focus on, becoming distracted or negligent can be life-threatening.
The cost of an accident can be immense. Around 2.3 million individuals require a trip to the emergency department every year. Medical expenses are high, and victims can be left with hospital bills, lost wages, the cost of modifications for the injury, future lost income if they cannot work, and more. The toll of an injury is not always straightforward, and it is not until time has passed that many of those who dealt with injuries realize how much was taken from them. Our attorneys have the experience to more accurately assess this aspect of a case and to aggressively pursue an outcome that protects those injured now and in the future.
Cars aren’t the only vehicle responsible for accidents on the road. While there may not be as many trucks traveling the streets, they can still be involved in several accidents that take lives and physically harm drivers, passengers, and bystanders. Accidents can occur when drivers are not careful about their surroundings, especially semi-trucks. A truck driver must be alert and aware of his/her surroundings and be prepared to avoid accidents as much as possible. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, please get in touch with our attorneys for assistance. We offer a free case analysis!
Causes of Truck Accidents
There are many ways for a truck to cause an accident. Some of these reasons could be: adverse weather conditions, negligence, distracted driving, or defective parts, Negligence is one of the most common causes, and any inattention or a moment of carelessness can result in catastrophic damage.
Drunk driving and drowsy driving can carry many of the same effects. Drinking may be to blame, but drowsy driving can be common among commercial drivers who travel long distances in a short period. While uncontrollable circumstances could cause a car accident, many controllable factors could have been easily avoided had the responsible party taken precautions.
Large Truck Collisions
There is several different types of trucks, such as semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, flatbeds, and more. Their size and weight can vary greatly, which are often two important factors in the damage that ensues. Large trucks may fall under a single-unit truck or a combination truck, with a combination truck being able to tow a trailer. Due to the relative size and velocity of large trucks on a freeway, any smaller vehicles involved in a collision with a semi could sustain serious damage, and their drivers and passengers could suffer extensive personal injuries. In one year alone, large trucks were involved in 101,000 accidents involving an injury and 4,930 accidents involving a fatality.
The passengers in vehicles other than the truck often suffer the most harm. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reported that in one year alone, there were 380,000 accidents involving a truck. That same year, one out of every nine fatal traffic collisions resulted from an accident involving a large truck. In these collisions, injuries were suffered by 23,000 occupants of large trucks and 64,000 occupants of other vehicles. Those killed included 677 occupants of trucks and 3,139 occupants of other vehicles.
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Those who have suffered personal injuries due to the negligence of another are entitled to collect damages to compensate for the physical and emotional pain they have endured, as well as to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and many other reasons. If you have suffered personal injuries in a truck accident, then you may be able to collect monetary compensation for your injuries. An injury lawyer from our firm will be able to advise you of your options and counsel you as to the best legal action to take. We will fight vigorously to see that your rights are upheld in court and that you receive compensation for your pain.
What To Do After An Accident
1. Leave an Emergency kit in your trunk or glove compartment. It is important to be prepared, and by keeping a couple of useful items nearby, you can help relieve a situation that will likely be stressful already. You should have a pen to take down any important information about the other driver and make notes on what happened. After the accident, it can be challenging to remember all the details, so keeping a log can be useful. You should also have a camera, whether disposable in the car or a picture phone, that can take higher-quality photos. This can document the damage done to both cars to have an accurate report in case the other party tries to change the story. You will also want all important information, such as contact numbers, medical information, and insurance. It can even be beneficial to keep items such as emergency flares or traffic cones in your trunk to be put out after the incident.
2. Safety Should be the Main Priority. It can be easy to become turned around and not think clearly after an accident, but knowing what to do beforehand, can help you have more of a handle on the situation if it does come up. In a wreck that does not involve serious injuries, it is smart to pull cars to the side of the road and out of any traffic. Sometimes the obstacles in the road can cause other cars to be unable to stop in time to crash, or observers can ignore the vehicle in front of them when their focus is taken off the road. If a car is too damaged to be driven to the side, the driver and their passengers should get back into the car and buckle their seatbelts. Hazard lights should also be placed on, and flares or cones can be set out for those with them on hand.
3. Exchange Information. It is important to exchange all related information with the other car’s driver. This will include driver’s license numbers, license plates, phone numbers, insurance companies, and policy numbers. Car information should also be documented, such as the make of the car and the color. Try to make your report as thorough as possible so that you do not need additional information after the fact. While speaking with the other driver or passengers, you must make the discussion simply factual and an exchange of information. You do not want to discuss what happened or admit any fault at this point.
4. Document the Event and Take Pictures. Take several photos up close and further away that can provide insurance companies with an accurate portrayal of the damage caused during the accident. Taking pictures can be an easy step to forget, but it is essential to do. If there were others present at the time of the accident, you should also take down their names and contact information to see if they would be willing to provide a witness account.
5. File An Official Report. In cases that involve more extensive injuries, an officer will likely arrive and make a report on the accident. In less severe cases, this may not be true, but it can still be helpful to file the report anyways. This can be done with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or the local police station. It may also be available online. This can aid with the overall efficiency and smoothness of the process.
6. Be Aware of Your Insurance Coverage. Some people do not know what they are paying for with their insurance and what their policy covers until after an accident. It is wise to know about this before your moment of need so that you can make any necessary adjustments before facing this issue. Sometimes these changes can only be a small monthly financial increase, but you gain far more assistance after a wreck. If an accident has already occurred, it is important to speak with an insurance company to find out how you are covered and what you can expect.
7. Get Medical Treatment. This will depend on the extent of the damage that has been done. Some individuals will be severe enough to be taken to the hospital immediately. Even if you do not appear to have any injuries, it is often a wise choice to be checked out. The effects may not always be observed immediately, or the damage can worsen internally. You will also want to know the extent of injuries so they can be factored into the final compensation.
8. Speak with a Lawyer. It will likely be a long stretch ahead of you, and you want to be in good hands. Even in less serious cases, many details should be addressed that you do not want to overlook. Your first step should be to speak with a professional, even before talking with an insurance company. They will typically look out for themselves first, which can involve resolving your case quickly and cheaply, even if it compromises your results. It is common for the insurance company of the at-fault driver also to want a recorded account of what occurred, and you should not do this until after your lawyer gives you the green light. A professional will also have experience in these matters and can work alongside other professionals, such as doctors, to determine a more accurate idea of the amount you should be owed. Your health is always the first concern; you want to ensure any issues are addressed and checked out by a healthcare professional. Once this has been addressed, you can move forward to the legal side of the case. You should retain the services of a qualified lawyer that can be there to seek compensation for your injuries.