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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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Friday, September 7, 2018

What Types of Spinal Cord Injuries Are Caused by Car Accidents?

Getting into a car accident can easily lead to serious injury. One of the most common injuries after an accident is damage to the spinal cord. About 38% of spinal cord injury cases come as a result of a car crash.


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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Five Tips to Choosing The Best Motorcycle Helmet

Motorcyclists under the age of 21 years must wear a motorcycle helmet in Texas. Riders 21 years of age and older are not required to wear a motorcycle helmet if they have completed a motorcycle training and safety course or they are covered by health insurance that pays for medical costs if they are injured in a motorcycle crash. However, just because you are not required by law to wear a motorcycle helmet does not mean that you should not wear one each time you ride your motorcycle.


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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Drilling Regulations: How the Death of One Texan Changed the Gas Industry

How close can shale drilling occur to existing homes in Texas?

Twelve years ago, a Texas worker had arrived at a natural gas well near Fort Worth. Robert Dale Gayan had been instructed to connect the two pump trucks so that the crew could drill through another section of rock beneath the existing well, which would eventually reach the gas bearing Barnett Shale. Tragically, pressurized gas suddenly blew up the side of the wellhead where Gayan was working, killing him instantly. The incident further leads to the evacuation of hundreds of homes in the region. Gayan’s death resulted in a turning point in the gas industry, leading to increased regulation to prevent similar..


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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

What are the Most Common Types of Reckless Driving?

Reckless driving is a serious offense and is treated very seriously by law enforcement. People who drive recklessly ignore traffic laws and place themselves and other drivers at serious risk of injury or even death. As experienced automobile accident attorneys, we see a variety of actions that are classified as reckless driving.


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Friday, August 3, 2018

How Do You Quantify Loss of Quality of Life in Personal Injury Cases?

People who have been injured due to someone else’s negligence can file a lawsuit to try and recover both economic and non-economic damages. To do this effectively, you need the help of a personal injury lawyer who understands the laws surrounding damages and has experience regarding the extent of injuries caused by..


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Monday, July 30, 2018

Five Secrets the Insurance Companies Won't Tell You

When you are injured in a motor vehicle accident in Texas, you have the right to file an injury claim against the driver or another party who caused the crash. However, because Texas is a “fault” state for insurance purposes, you must prove the other party was responsible for causing the crash and you were injured because of the crash. Therefore, insurance providers use several tactics to deny, delay, and undervalue valid accident claims to avoid paying accident victims the compensation they deserve. The insurance company does not want you to know this fact, so it uses subtle tactics to undermine your claim.


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