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What Is Vicarious Liability in Truck Accident Cases in Texas?

 Posted on February 29, 2024 in Truck Accident

Blog ImageTruck wrecks can lead to devastating injuries and extensive property damage. While a truck driver may have been at fault for an accident, injury victims will need to understand who may be held liable for their injuries and damages. The concept of vicarious liability may play a role in these situations, ensuring that a victim will be able to recover financial compensation for their damages.

Vicarious liability is a legal doctrine that holds one party legally responsible for injuries caused by the actions or negligence of another party. In the context of truck accidents, someone other than the truck driver may bear financial responsibility for any injuries or damages that occurred in the accident. An attorney with experience representing clients who have been injured in truck accidents and recovering compensation on their behalf can provide guidance on the role that vicarious liability may play in a case.

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Are Self-Driving Cars Responsible for Accidents and Injuries?

 Posted on February 01, 2024 in Car Accident

Blog ImageOver the past decade, artificial intelligence (AI) technology has become more and more powerful, and it is used in a wide variety of industries. One area that has received some attention is the automotive industry, with self-driving or autonomous vehicles becoming popular with many drivers. The manufacturers of these vehicles promote these features as ways to protect public safety, claiming that leaving driving up to computer systems will result in vehicles driving more defensively. Unfortunately, this has not proven to be the case, and Tesla cars in particular have been involved in a number of car accidents over the past several years, with some of these accidents being fatal. 

People who are injured in accidents involving self-driving vehicles may be unsure about their legal options. Determining liability in these cases can be difficult, since investigators may be uncertain about whether a driver’s negligence was to blame for an accident or whether faulty vehicle technology led to a crash. An attorney who has experience addressing these issues can investigate a crash, determine the causes, and fight to ensure that an injury victim will be properly compensated for the damages they have suffered.

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Why Drunk Driving Can Lead to Car Accidents and Injuries

 Posted on December 22, 2023 in Car Accident

Personal Injury TexasDrunk driving is a serious criminal offense that can have devastating consequences. Every year, there are thousands of car accidents throughout the United States that occur due to drivers operating their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or other substances that cause impairment. Drunk driving accidents often result in severe injuries or even wrongful death for people involved, including the occupants of other vehicles, the passengers in a drunk driver’s vehicle, or pedestrians or bicyclists who are struck by drunk drivers. 

The Dangers of Drunk Driving

The use of alcohol or other intoxicating substances impairs a person's ability to safely operate a vehicle. Alcohol affects judgment, coordination, reaction time, and vision – all crucial skills needed for safe driving. When someone chooses to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, they put themselves and others at risk.

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What Role Can Electronic Logging Devices Play in Truck Accidents?

 Posted on December 04, 2023 in Truck Accident

Texas truck accident attorneyIn recent years, the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) has become mandatory for many commercial truck drivers in the United States. These devices can play a crucial role in determining the causes of truck accidents. With data gathered by ELDs, people who have been injured in collisions with commercial trucks may have the information needed to show that a truck driver had acted negligently or that there were other factors that led to an accident. An attorney who has significant experience successfully prosecuting truck drivers and trucking companies responsible for causing injuries or death to others on roadways can help ensure victims will be properly compensated for all the harms and losses to them and their families.

Understanding Electronic Logging Devices

An electronic logging device is a piece of hardware that connects to a commercial vehicle's engine to record driving time. These devices have replaced traditional paper logbooks, which were prone to errors and falsification. The U.S. Department of Transportation has implemented an ELD mandate, requiring the use of these devices, with the purpose of improving road safety by accurately tracking drivers' hours of service.

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What Are the Long-Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries?

 Posted on October 18, 2023 in Personal Injury

Untitled---2023-10-18T121230.639.jpgEvery year, thousands of people in Texas suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). These injuries can have severe and lasting effects on a person's health and quality of life. Understanding the long-term impact of TBIs is crucial for people who have suffered these injuries and their loved ones. This can ensure that they will receive the proper care and treatment throughout the rest of their lifetimes. When brain injuries are caused by the actions or negligence of others, victims will need to understand their options for receiving financial compensation through personal injury claims or lawsuits. They can do so with the help of an attorney who has experience in these types of cases and who has a record of success in recovering substantial compensation for injury victims.

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5 Traffic Violations That Commonly Lead to Car Accidents

 Posted on September 26, 2023 in Car Accident

Untitled---2023-09-26T150144.739.jpgDriving is something most people do every day. Because we spend so much time behind the wheel, it is easy to forget the dangers that can affect people on the road. Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in car accidents, and many of these accidents occur because of traffic violations. If you have been the victim of an accident, and you believe that another driver was at fault because they violated traffic laws, an experienced attorney can help you determine your options for seeking compensation.

Dangerous Traffic Violations That Can Cause Injuries to Others

Because driving is a routine, daily activity, many people fail to take the proper steps to stay as safe as possible while behind the wheel. Traffic violations can range from simple acts of carelessness to aggression and risk-taking, and they can put others at risk of being seriously injured in an accident. Some of the most common violations that put people at risk include:

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How to Show That Driver Fatigue Played a Role in a Truck Accident

 Posted on August 15, 2023 in Truck Accident

Untitled---2023-09-01T115324.105.jpgTruck accidents can have devastating consequences. Due to their size and weight, trucks can cause significant property damage and severe injuries in collisions with smaller vehicles. One of the most common causes of truck accidents is driver fatigue, which occurs when truck drivers are overly tired or sleep-deprived. Truck accident victims will want to establish that driver fatigue played a role in a collision, and this can ensure that they will be able to hold the responsible parties accountable for the damages they have suffered.

The Importance of Proving Driver Fatigue

Showing that driver fatigue was a contributing factor in a truck accident is essential for several reasons:

  • In personal injury cases arising from truck accidents, negligence must be proven. If it can be demonstrated that the driver was fatigued at the time of the accident, this will likely be considered a breach of the driver’s duty of care to protect the safety of others.

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Pursuing Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident Leaves You Paralyzed

 Posted on August 12, 2023 in Motorcycle Accident

Untitled---2023-09-01T120736.226.jpgImagine you are riding your motorcycle past Lavon Lake in picturesque Collin County when suddenly you are struck by an erratic vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. You wake up in the emergency room and are informed you were involved in an accident where a distracted driver swerved through the center lane and struck you on your motorcycle. In addition, you are notified that you suffered a severe spinal cord injury, are paralyzed from the neck down, and will likely never walk again. In an instant, life as you knew it is irrevocably shattered, never to be the same again.

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, about 17,000 new spinal cord injuries occur yearly. Spinal cord injuries are amongst the most severe nonfatal injuries that can be experienced. Like other types of catastrophic injuries, rehabilitation from a spinal cord injury can be a lifelong process. If you have been paralyzed due to the negligence of another, consider contacting an experienced attorney familiar with pursuing compensation for clients who have suffered spinal cord injuries. 

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How to Pursue a Wrongful Death Claim if Your Loved One Died in a Pedestrian Accident

 Posted on July 31, 2023 in Wrongful Death

Untitled-78.jpgPedestrian accidents took the lives of over 5,000 people in Texas last year, representing a 15 percent increase compared to the prior year. It goes without saying that losing a loved one in such a sudden, brutal way is absolutely devastating to those left behind.

If your spouse, parent, child, sibling, or another loved one died in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to take legal action in the form of a wrongful death claim. Legal action cannot undo the tragedy, but it may help you and your family pursue justice and recover some much-needed financial stability. In this article, we'll discuss what a wrongful death claim is, how to file one in Texas, and what to expect in the process.

What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death claim is a civil claim filed by the loved ones of someone who died due to the negligence or wrongful act of another party. If you win your case, you may be awarded damages to cover things like funeral and burial expenses, lost income and benefits, and more. Texas law defines a wrongful death as a death caused by "the wrongful act, negligence, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default" of another person or entity.

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How Do an Insurance Claim and a Lawsuit Differ?

 Posted on July 25, 2023 in Personal Injury

Untitled-66.jpgIf you have been in an accident, you may wonder whether you should file an insurance claim or a lawsuit. While both options are designed to help you recover financial compensation, there are some critical differences between the two. It is essential to understand these differences as you pursue compensation related to your injury. Understanding the differences will ensure you can make the right legal decision for your present situation. To ensure you understand your legal options, consult with a personal injury attorney, who can give you a full scope of your options at this time. 


How Does Texas Handle Insurance Claims for Accidents?

Texas is an at fault state, meaning the driver at fault will be responsible for paying the damages. Usually this means that the driver's insurance provider will pay. To secure a settlement from the other driver's insurance company, you must prove the other driver was at fault to collect the settlement. This is where a car accident lawyer can be a valuable resource. Your lawyer can gather evidence that demonstrates the other driver’s liability. In cases where the at-fault driver has no car insurance, your insurance company will likely pay the damages incurred.

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