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If I Witness a Vehicle Crash, Should I Stop and Help?

We may instinctively want to stop and offer assistance when we see someone we believe to be injured, in danger, or incapacitated, for example, when we witness a vehicle crash. We may not stop to think about the potential danger to ourselves. That’s why most states, Texas included, have Good Samaritan laws that protect citizens…
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Your Vehicle Is Reporting Data It Collects on You

When it comes to using social media, most of us are aware that we should protect our privacy, at least minimally. We have been warned against spammers, hackers, and other online criminals. We know that the business models of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms are to collect and sell our personal data.…
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Is Your Car Safe? The Texas Vehicle Safety Inspection

If you own a motor vehicle registered in Texas, you know that your vehicle is required to pass an annual inspection to ensure that it complies with state safety standards. This law is in effect statewide; emissions testing is also required for vehicles inspected in 17 Texas counties to comply with federally mandated clean air requirements. Gasoline-powered…
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New Texas Traffic Laws for 2020

Every year, the Texas legislature tweaks traffic laws with the goal of achieving greater safety for the citizens of the state.  In 2020, a new law that eliminates an existing law is designed to improve the fairness of state law by providing relief from a program that was seen as trapping low-income Texans in a…
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Determining “Full Value of Life” in Vehicle Crash Fatalities

Under Texas law, if the “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default” of one party causes the death of another, certain family members—the surviving spouse, children, and parents of the deceased—may file a wrongful death claim.   The death will have been caused by someone else’s negligence, for example, in a vehicle crash for which the…
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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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