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Apr 13

Visiting a Texas Amusement Park This Summer? What to Know

Amusement Park Injuries

Parks are (almost) open, temperatures are rising, and school is about to be out.

It may not surprise you to read that The National Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates more than 270 million people will probably visit an amusement park before year’s end, but what you probably don’t realize is that about 7,000 of those visitors will end up in an emergency room because of it.

USA Today reported on a number of high-profile incidents that occurred in recent years. An 18-year-old in Columbus dying mid-summer 2017 from injuries a week after an entire seat was catapulted from the pendulum of a roller coaster. A boy of 10 dying from a neck injury after his Schlitterbaun raft went airborne from [...]

Apr 12

What’s Next After You Suffer a Motorcycle Crash in Texas?

Motorcycle Accidents

Negligence is the law of the land when it comes to motorcycle crashes in Texas, and in the majority of cases where another vehicle was involved, data shows that the negligence was on the part of the other driver.

A 2018 report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute revealed that in 75% of conspicuity cases – where riders weren’t seen – the motorcyclist was not at fault. However, because the other party often cries “smaller, faster, in my blind spot” on the roadways, there are a few key steps you can take on the scene that to help your personal injury attorney best defend you in a Texas motorcycle accident case.

Assess the Damage

If you are physically able to [...]

Apr 5

Bitten by a Dog in Texas? What You Should Know

Dog Bites

According to the 2017-2018 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, nearly 50 percent of U.S. households own a dog.

The most recent data published by the American Veterinary Medical Association reported Texas as making the Top Ten States with the most dog owners at a whopping 44%. That’s a lot of dogs.

Unfortunately, the Insurance Information Institute also ranked Texas in the top 10 last year for dog bite liability claims. With the average cost per claim around $36,000 and 929 cases on the record, that’s a lot of money, too.

Here, we’ll provide you the few basics you need to know regarding Texas dog laws, and your rights if you or a loved one get bitten.

The Texas Dog

Mar 28

Texans Are Likely to Slip and Fall in These Places

Slip and Falls

Slip and fall accidents account for over one million emergency room visits each year, and constitute the primary cause of lost days from work. In other words, they’re far more serious than either their name or the media would have you believe. People get truly hurt from slip and falls, and if another’s negligence led to that fall, you shouldn’t have to pay for their mistake.

Unfortunately, many insurance companies and their policy holders “mitigate damages” by shirking their responsibilities. Take one Texas woman’s eight-year court battle with a Marriott affiliate hotel. After two trials, four third-party witnesses, expert medical testimony, and undeniable proof of her worsening condition, Marriot still insisted they had zero fault for the injury.

Her [...]

Mar 22

Texans Need to be Aware of Our Drowsy Driving Problem

Auto Accidents | Auto Insurance Claims


Recently, Texans lost an hour that we won’t get back till November due to Daylight Savings Time. Many of you reading this may still be feeling the effects of losing that time. Unfortunately, while we’re all adjusting, it could lead to increased drowsiness and additional hazards on the road.

The problem of drowsy driving, unfortunately, is not limited to daylight savings. In 2015 alone, drowsy driving was implicated as the cause of as many as 90,000 crashes, which injured at least 41,000 people and caused over 800 deaths. The NHTSA warns that these numbers could be higher given that many other incidences of drowsy driving crashes were likely never reported.

Between 1998 and 2008, (according to information by the [...]

Mar 17

Proving Fault in a Texas Wrongful Death Case

Wrongful Death

If the last few years have revealed anything about policing in this country, it’s that things are a lot more complicated and nuanced than some people previously realized. Cops get scared. They make decisions based on biases they probably don’t even realize they have. They make mistakes.

Such was the case in Houston last year when a deputy shot and killed a 35-year-old man. He was banging on cars as they passed, and when the deputy got out and told him to stop, he approached aggressively. That, unfortunately, was enough for the deputy to fire a single shot to his chest, killing him. He was fired from his job shortly after, and later indicted.

Police have a tough job. [...]

Mar 8

Texas Businesses: How to Make an Insurance Claim Checklist

Business Insurance Claims | Homeowner Insurance Claims | Insurance Claims

Got your own company? It’s not about if, but when you will end up filing a business insurance claim.


Unfortunately, there are a number of steps for filing a business insurance claim in Texas, and a number of common missteps and often-overlooked items throughout the process.

We believe preparation is the best strategy for avoiding those mistakes and dealing with business losses and insurance claims more efficiently. To that end, you need an easy-access insurance claim checklist ready and available, and in this post, we want to share five of the most important considerations when creating one. That way, when it’s time to file a claim, you’ll be ready.

After reading this article, if you still have [...]

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