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Friday, November 30, 2018

NTSB Searches for Cause of Deadly Texas Helicopter Accident

What are the most common causes of helicopter crashes?

A horrific Texas helicopter accident recently claimed the lives of two newlyweds.  Will Byler and his wife Bailee had been wed for an hour and a half when they set off on a family owned helicopter piloted by Gerald Lawrence.  The helicopter containing the newlyweds crashed for unknown reasons in Uvalde, Texas, 85 miles west of San Antonio.  According to the National Transportation Safety Board, skies were clear on the day of the accident.  The preliminary NTSB report reveals that the Bell 206B helicopter crashed on dangerous, rocky terrain which complicated investigations.  So far, the cause of the tragic crash that claimed the lives of two newlyweds too soon is still unknown.


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Monday, November 19, 2018

Understanding Burn Injuries

Burns are painful. However, burns can cause life-threatening conditions, scarring, disfigurement, and disability. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a burn to reduce the risk of permanent impairment. Your physician can help you understand your treatment options. It is also important to seek legal counsel from experienced Texas burn injury attorneys who can explain your legal options for recovering compensation from the party who caused the burn injury.


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Friday, November 16, 2018

What are the Most Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents?

Traffic accidents involving commercial trucks can be extremely dangerous. Accidents with large trucks typically result in catastrophic injuries and deaths. In many cases, the injuries sustained and the fatalities in the accident involve the occupants of other vehicles. On average, over three-fourths of the fatalities in large truck accidents are occupants of other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

The causes of commercial truck accidents vary. However, it is crucial to identify the exact cause of the crash to recover compensation from the party or parties liable for damages. Texas commercial truck accident attorneys can help you identify the cause of the crash and the liable parties by conducting a thorough accident investigation.


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Sunday, November 11, 2018

How Much is My Automobile Accident Case Worth?

The value of a car accident claim depends on many factors. An insurance adjuster may try to convince you that he knows exactly how much your car accident case is worth. However, the adjuster may be attempting to settle your claim for a lower amount before you have time to consult with a Texas automobile accidents attorney or complete medical treatment.

Beware of insurance companies that try to settle your car accident claim quickly. The offer of settlement may appear tempting, but the amount of the settlement offer may be much lower than the actual value of your claim. It is usually in your interest to allow Texas personal injury attorneys to review the offer before accepting the offer or signing any documents for the other driver’s insurance provider.


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Monday, October 29, 2018

Airplane Accidents Explored

What are the top causes of plane crashes?

Perhaps nothing is so terrifying as the thought of a plane crash.  Fortunately, commercial airplane accidents are quite rare.  Overall, per the National Transportation Safety Board, your odds of dying in a plane crash are one in 11 million.  Nonetheless, plane accidents can and do occur, especially when smaller aircrafts are involved.  Just this year, a woman died on a Southwest flight after the window shattered during flight.  Several people additionally died in private plane accidents, including a Hamptons crash in which the wing of the plane broke off mid-flight, killing three.  Our Austin airplane accident attorneys discuss the incidences and causes of plane accidents below.


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Friday, October 26, 2018

Will I Ever Walk Again? The Truth About Treating Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are some of the most traumatic injuries a person can sustain in an accident. An injury to the spinal cord can result from a fall, motor vehicle accident, bicycle accident, pedestrian accident, sports injuries, assault, or accidents involving defective products. When a spinal cord injury is caused because of the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, the victim may want to contact a Texas spinal cord injury attorney to discuss options for filing a legal claim for damages.

A victim may be partially or completely paralyzed depending on the severity and location of the spinal cord injury. In extreme cases, a victim may require ongoing personal care and medical care for the remainder of his or her life. Therefore, the costs of a spinal cord injury can be considerable. For that reason, many spinal cord injury victims work with an experienced Texas spinal cord injury attorney to recover as much compensation as possible for their claim.


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Monday, October 15, 2018

Who is Liable for Fatalities in Texas High Speed Chases?

If your loved one died because of a high-speed police pursuit in Texas, you might have legal recourse against the law enforcement agency and in some instances, against the police officer. It can be hard to know who you can sue for the death of your loved one in these situations. Working with an experienced Texas automobile accident attorney can be the difference between winning and losing.

Who Is to Blame When the Officer Follows the Department’s High-Speed Pursuit Policy?

You might think that a police officer who did not violate her department’s high-speed chase protocols when engaging in a pursuit that killed someone would be blameless, but this is not always the case. The Texas Department of Public Safety has assigned fault to officers who kill people in chases that complied with their department’s policies.

The Risks of Police Chases

About half of all high-speed police pursuits kill someone.  On the average, police chases will kill one person a day, every day in America. Since about 90 percent of police chases in Texas are for nonviolent crimes, these pursuits kill a lot of innocent people. Dallas reduced its chases by 90 percent by enacting stricter laws that only allow police pursuits in violent crimes.

Innocent bystanders in Austin have died because the police chased suspects of non-violent crimes. If all Texas cities enacted the same restrictions that Dallas has, it would prevent the senseless deaths of innocent people.


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Friday, October 12, 2018

Why Do Airplanes Crash?

Air travel is much safer than traveling by car, but sometimes planes crash. When they do, everyone wants to know who is responsible. We need to determine who was at fault to evaluate who might owe you compensation if you or a loved one has the misfortune to be a victim of an airplane accident.

Many things can cause an airplane to crash, including:

Intentional acts, like the United Airlines Flight 175 that crashed into the World Trade Center South Tower on September 11, 2001, or a bomb going off in the cargo hold during the flight, as happened on Air India Flight 182 over Ireland in 1985. All 329 people on board the Air India flight died. Nearly 3,000 people died, and more than 6,000 sustained injuries in the September 11 attacks.

Sometimes planes crash because of an intentional act from someone on the ground, like the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that someone involved in the Russian invasion of Ukraine shot down (reportedly with a surface-to-air missile) in 2014 near the border of Ukraine and Russian. All 298 passengers and crew-members died.


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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Examining Youth Football Deaths

What steps should youth sports organizers take to protect young athletes?

Recently, an eighth grader at Summer Creek Middle School in Tarrant County died after collapsing at football practice.  The 13-year old boy, who had no known health problems, had been playing football outdoors when he began moving erratically.  Temperatures that day were in the low 90s.  He suddenly collapsed and arriving paramedics performed CPR.  Tragically, he later passed away at the hospital. Currently, the medical examiner’s office has not released an official cause of death.  Deaths while playing football and other sports at a middle and high school level are relatively rare, but all contact sports bring a risk of traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other serious conditions.


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Thursday, September 20, 2018

4 Tips to Protect Your Student Athlete From Traumatic Brain Injuries This Fall

Since schools are back in session during the fall, this means many students are also out playing and practicing sports. While athletics can be a great way to keep students in shape, they also come with the risk of injury.

Some of the most-talked about injuries seen in sports are concussions and associated traumatic brain injuries. Concussions and other..


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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Items May Shift During Flight - Who is Responsible for Injuries Caused by Carry-On Luggage?

If you have been on any plane, you likely heard the warning that you should take care to open the overhead bins as items may have shifted during flight. Although you may have listened to the advice, you might not have taken it seriously or gave little thought to quickly opening the bin to retrieve your baggage.

However, flight attendants give that warning for a reason—baggage really does shift during your trip, and it can cause harm if it flies out of the bin at you.


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