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What Happens When You’re Injured in a Hit-and-Run Crash?

Last month, a driver in an SUV crashed into a sedan in Carrollton, TX, killing the driver of the sedan, a 65-year-old Dallas woman. A 25-year-old passenger in her car was seriously injured. The driver of the SUV fled before officers arrived. What can you do if you’re injured in a hit-and-run crash? If you…
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Road Rage Incidents Are Increasing

Road rage is causing a small, but increasing percentage of deaths on U.S. roadways, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Road rage was linked to 467 fatal crashes in 2015, up 500 percent from the 80 recorded in 2006. The number of firearms used during a road rage more than doubled between 2014 and 2016…
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How Safe Are Bike Lanes for Texas Bicycle Riders?

Bicycle crashes can cause injuries and even be fatal.  In Texas, reported the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a dozen Houston-area cyclists were killed in 2013, an increase over 2011 (10 fatalities) and 2012 (eight). Texas state law considers a bicycle to be a vehicle: according to the Texas Transportation Code, “A person operating a…
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Sharing on Social Media Can Damage Your Personal Injury Claim

As Americans become more and more used to sharing their thoughts, feelings and experiences on social media, it’s no surprise that you might want to tell your social media contacts about your injury in a vehicle crash and your personal injury lawsuit. You want to update your family and friends on the progress of your…
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Texas Leads the Nation in Drunk Driving Crashes

How many times do Texas drivers need to hear it? “Don’t drink and drive. We urge you to take responsibility for your actions,” pleads the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).   “About every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is hurt or killed in a crash involving alcohol,” the TxDOT reports. The frequency of alcohol-related crashes is…
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Your Personal Injury Lawsuit May Take a Long Time to Settle

Your attorney will tell you that your personal injury lawsuit may take a long time to settle. While some settlements are concluded and paid by the insurance company without conflicts or prolonged negotiations, others can drag on during a lengthy process of research, analysis, and ongoing discussions. Even when your attorney has successfully reached a…
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Vehicle Crashes and Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Under Texas law, an action for wrongful death may be brought if the “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default” of one party causes the death of another (Texas Statutes section 71.001). A surviving family member (spouse, children, and/or parents), representing the deceased person’s estate, can file a civil lawsuit pursuing damages for the wrongful…
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When Your Personal Injury Settlement Requires a Non-Disclosure Agreement

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is a clause in a legal contract or a separate legal contract that signifies an agreement to keep a legal settlement secret and confidential. Personal injury settlements often include NDAs, for various reasons.  Defendants often want a settlement to be kept private because they worry that a settlement will make them…
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Is Your Home Environment Safe for Avoiding Injuries?

Your home is your castle, an oasis of comfort and safety that you return to for rest from the outside world. But how safe is your home environment for avoiding accidental injuries? Unintentional household injuries account for 75 percent of the 160,000 accidental deaths every year. According to safewise.com, the top five most common fatal…
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Slip and Fall Accidents Are a Common Cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries

We have all read about the traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that have blighted the lives of former NFL players. But you don’t need to be on the football field to suffer one of these injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), slip and fall accidents are a common cause of traumatic…
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