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When another person's negligence causes you to suffer

 Posted on December 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

The holidays are a busy time of year. Whether you are directly involved in planning and attending celebrations or merely caught up in the traffic congestion and daily delays the crowded streets of a festive season often cause, you may already be facing challenges getting to work on time and keeping up with your to-do list.

The last thing you need is to have your holiday plans interrupted by a car accident. If you've ever been stuck in traffic in Irving or Garland, you know it can take what seems like forever to get from point A to point B. If a reckless or negligent driver smashes into your vehicle, not only might it increase your delay, it may cause you serious injury as well.

Many accidents occur for these reasons

You never know when a collision will occur. One minute, you may be driving along without issue, the next, someone runs a red light or cuts you off on the road, resulting in a massive collision. The most common causes of motor vehicles accidents include the following:

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Truck operation and texting make a recipe for disaster

 Posted on November 14, 2016 in Truck Accidents

Large commercial vehicles, such as tractor-trailers, are an extremely common sight on the roads and highways of Texas. Indeed, commerce and industry in America depend on reliable deliveries by truckers and trucking companies. In order to operate at peak efficiency, operators, shippers and dispatchers need to be in regular communication with each other.

Sometimes, the desire to keep communication lines open and maintain schedules can make it tempting for a commercial vehicle driver to engage in texting and driving. This is dangerous behavior and is forbidden by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Texting definitions and regulations

There are many devices capable of allowing nearly instant communication, including tablets and computers. Naturally, cellular phones are the most common, just as they are with non-commercial drivers. The FMCSA makes no distinction between cell phones and any other text-capable devices.

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What to do if your employer doesn't carry workers' compensation coverage

 Posted on October 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

An injury on the job can mean any number of things, including missed days at work, loss of wages, and ongoing pain. In many instances, a person who is injured on the job is entitled to benefits through the workers' compensation system.

In Texas, however, workers' compensation is not required. Although many employers opt into workers' comp coverage as a means of protecting themselves, some business owners choose to go "bare," opting to do business without this additional coverage. This may allow them to save money over the years, but it is not always good for their employees.

If you've been injured on the job while working for an employer that doesn't have workers' compensation insurance, here are a few things you should know:

There are different way to get compensation for your losses

When a Texas company chooses to not carry workers' compensation insurance, its employees will have a more difficult time getting the money and medical care they need right away. An insured employer is required to pay for medical treatment and to pay for a portion of your lost earnings. These benefits are usually payable within days or weeks of your injury.

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In an accident? Don't miss these 6 common injury symptoms.

 Posted on September 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

Car accidents are traumatic experiences even when there is minimal damage. Since some people experience a mental fog after a car crash, making it difficult to focus, they may not be aware of their injuries right away. Also, some injuries are not immediately evident.

Here are six trauma symptoms that often don't appear right away after a car crash:

  • Headache: It is common for a crash victim to experience a problem several days after a motor vehicle accident (MVA). This pain may mean nothing or may signal a more serious problem like a concussion (traumatic brain injury) or a head or neck injury.
  • Neck and shoulder pain or stiffness: Whiplash is the classic delayed symptom, usually not becoming painful until 12 to 24 hours after an accident occurs. Whiplash injuries can occur even at very slow speeds. An x-ray, CT scan or MRI may be necessary for a diagnosis or to rule out serious complications. It can take months for neck and shoulder pain to subside completely and may require physical therapy.

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Will you be a victim of a trucking accident?

 Posted on August 24, 2016 in Truck Accidents

Trucks are a common sight on the roads of Texas. In Dallas-Fort Worth, you're just as likely to be driving next to a semi-tractor trailer as you are a large pickup. Unfortunately, the high rate of semi drivers leads to a high rate of truck-car accidents, many of which cause serious or fatal injuries.

Nearly every day, a motorists falls victim to the careless driving or conduct of a truck driver in Texas. At the law firm of Jerry D. Andrews, P.C., we frequently meet motor vehicle accident victims who were injured because of these common causes of truck crashes:

  • Fatigue: Thousands of miles and long hours are part of the job description for commercial drivers. Commercial truck drivers are paid to deliver their haul on time and, some truck transportation companies pay bonuses to drivers for getting deliveries to their destination ahead of schedule. This frees up the truck for extra deliveries and spells more profit for the company. Unfortunately, this creates a desire for drivers to push themselves to stay awake beyond their capabilities. To earn a bonus, a commercial truck driver may forgo rest and sleeping time. In turn, this leads to fatigue and a much higher risk factor for a truck accident.

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How to hold a drunk driver responsible for accident injuries

 Posted on July 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

Accidents happen, even when you've taken all the precautions you can while out on Texas roads. A driver who has had too much to drink could cause an accident, leaving you or a loved one with debilitating injuries. Do you feel that drunk drivers should be held responsible for their actions? We do.

Criminal punishment is not enough if you are injured

In Texas, a drunk driver faces criminal punishment based on the number of convictions they've received in the past. However, that punishment isn't meant to help the accident victim or his or her family members. Penalties to the drunk driver like fines, loss of driver's license, and even jail time make no direct impact on the others affected by the accident.

Having the drunk driver install a preventative measure after the accident (such as an ignition interlock device) simply doesn't do anything to help the injured. In the aftermath, accident victims may have to face serious issues such as physical disabilities, medical costs and lost wages.

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Yes, you can afford to hire a lawyer

 Posted on June 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you may feel as if your world is crumbling down around you. A hospitalization, doctor visits, pain medications and other expenses can add up quickly, especially if you are unable to work while you heal or care for an injured family member.

Fortunately, you can hire a personal injury lawyer today without pulling out your wallet. In fact, you pay attorney fees only if you win your case. Personal injury claims are usually handled on a contingency fee basis in Texas, and elsewhere around the country. This allows you to hire a lawyer right away when you need legal help.

What is a contingency fee agreement?

If you suffered losses from an accident caused by the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation. A lawyer can help you obtain the full amount to which you deserve. For his or her legal services, a contingency fee will be charged - an amount that is contingent on you winning your case.

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