Friday, December 2, 2016

Addison Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys

If you have been involved in an accident with a tractor trailer in Addison, you likely have a lot on your mind – recovering from the accident, paying your expenses, and getting back on your feet again. You are probably angry about the accident, and you may feel alone and defeated. You likely are not thinking about the complexities involved in filing a claim against the parties responsible for your accident.

Most accidents involving tractor trailers in Addison are preventable, and often drivers are not the only party responsible for the accident. The tractor trailer may not have been properly maintained or manufactured. The truck driver may have been overworked and exhausted or not properly trained. Other vehicles on the road may have contributed to the accident.

After an accident involving a commercial truck, you are likely focused on your recovery and rehabilitation. However, the employer of the truck driver involved in the accident is speaking to an attorney in preparation for your claim. They may try to deny liability for the accident, and may try to trick you into giving up your rights.

Instead, hire a dedicated law firm that can represent your needs and interests after your accident. Having an attorney on your side who can truly represent your needs and interests will better allow you to focus on what matters – getting better so that you can move on with your life. An attorney can help properly investigate the case, determine which parties to file claims against, value your case appropriately, and build a strong case that can be used if you end up in court.

If you have been injured in a tractor trailer accident in Addison, call the Addison truck accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.

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Ford Issues Seat Belt Recall

Ford recently issued a recall of over 600,000 vehicles because of failing seat belts. Some Ford Fusions (model years 2013 through 2016), Ford Mondeos (model years 2015 through 2016), and Lincoln MKZs (model years 2013 through 2015) are among the vehicles being recalled.

The problem arises from defective seat belt anchor pre-tensioners, which can overheat and may cause the cable to snap during deployment in an accident. If the cable snaps, a vehicle’s driver or passenger may not be restrained, which may cause injuries. Ford has thus far linked at least two injuries and two accidents to the defective seat belts. Ford is expected to notify vehicle owners if their vehicle has been recalled. As part of the recall, the cables will be injected with a coating which will insulate the cables from heat and will prevent breakage.

Fortunately, no deaths have been attributed to this vehicle defect. In some cases, vehicle defects can cause serious injuries and even deaths. What’s even worse is that in many cases automobile manufacturers are aware of serious defects with their vehicles, but choose not to issue a recall because of the expenses and negative publicity involved. Unfortunately, automobile recalls are often only issued if the automobile manufacturer decides if it is profitable to do so, or if a government regulatory agency steps in and requires the recall.

Being involved in an accident with a serious injury changes the lives of the accident victim. The victim may be left with astronomical medical expenses, and may be prevented from working. They may never fully recover, and could require medical treatment for the rest of their lives. If you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and you have been in an automobile accident because of a defect with the vehicle, call the Dallas automobile accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Frisco Bus Accident Attorneys

In general, riding on a bus is a fairly safe way to get from one place to another. Most buses are so large that if the bus is involved in an accident, the size protects passengers from injury. However, in some cases a bus crash can injure passengers on the bus.

By law, bus drivers are required to use a high standard of care towards passengers. Bus drivers are considered to be common carriers, which means they transport passengers for hire. Legally, common carriers are required to use a higher standard of care than others on the roads. Despite that legal requirement, bus accidents can and do happen, and they may lead to serious injuries or even fatalities. Approximately 11,000 bus accidents occur every year in the U.S., which typically results in between 20,000 and 40,000 injuries. Fortunately, most of the accidents do not involve fatalities.

There can be a number of reasons a bus accident may occur. The bus may not have been properly maintained. The bus driver could be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. The bus driver may have been driving while distracted, or could be overworked and exhausted. There could be other parties

If you have been injured, or a loved one has been killed in an accident involving a bus, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Bus accident cases can be complex, much more so than standard car accident cases. There may be many parties involved and teams of experts. If you have been injured in a bus accident in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, call the attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. They can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Is my car on a recall list? How do I find out?

Your car could very well be on a list of cars that have been recalled but not repaired. Nationwide, an estimated 46 million vehicles have an open recall, or about one in six vehicles that are on the roads. Many of the vehicles that have been recalled but not repaired are from the largest recall in U.S. history, involving Takata airbags. Those airbags were discovered to be prone to exploding upon inflation, which can send shrapnel flying around the vehicle, in addition to failing to protect the vehicle’s occupant in the event of an accident. There have been 10 known fatalities in connection with the recall.

Used car buyers are particularly at risk of being uninformed about recalls. Car manufacturers often do not know how to contact a vehicle’s second or third owner to tell them about the car’s problems. If you have purchased a used car, be sure to inform your car’s manufacturer of your address and other contact information. If you bought your car new but have since moved, update your address with the car’s manufacturer so that you can be informed of any recalls.

It’s also important that you check on your own to see if your vehicle has been recalled. You can do that by locating your car’s vehicle identification number, which is on the corner of the dashboard, and is also in the door jam. You can then visit safercar.gov, type in the VIN, and the website will let you know if there are any open recalls. You can also use a free app from Carfax which will let you scan your VIN.

If you have been involved in an accident that you believe was caused by a vehicle defect, call the Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries from the automobile’s manufacturer. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.

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Carrollton Workplace Injury Attorneys

 

The Carrollton workplace injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm provide legal representation to those workers who have been injured on the job. We also educate those who have been injured about how workers’ compensation works in the state of Texas. Sadly, many individuals who are injured on the job do not get the full amount of benefits they are entitled to, simply because they are unaware of their legal rights.

Workers’ compensation gives injured workers the right to receive reimbursement for their emergency medical treatment, as well as any other medical treatment that is required later to treat the worker’s injuries. In addition, injured workers in Carrollton have the right to collect a portion of their pay during their recovery. If the work accident was the result of negligence of a company who was not your direct employer, you have the right to sue that company for additional damages, such as pain and suffering and other out-of-pocket expenses.

In some cases, employers fail to provide their workers with workers’ compensation insurance in the event that they are injured. In that case, you may choose to sue your employer directly for your injuries. You may also have other options in the event that your employer fails to carry the mandated insurance.

If you have been injured on the job, call the Carrollton workplace injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation or a third-party lawsuit. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.

 

 

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Tips for Staying Safe on your Motorcycle in Dallas

 

Every time a motorcyclist takes to the open roads in Dallas, he or she is taking a risk that a careless driver will cause a serious accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 4,500 motorcyclists are killed in accidents each year, and over 80,000 are injured. Texas has the second highest number of motorcyclist deaths in the county, second to Florida.

Many of those deaths and serious injuries could have been easily prevented if the motorcyclist had been cautious. About a third of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding. About a quarter of motorcyclists killed in fatal crashes did not have valid motorcycle licenses. An even more serious problem – over a quarter of motorcyclists killed in serious crashes had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.

In some cases, the motorcycle accident occurs due to the irresponsible driving of others or other conditions. Other drivers may be speeding or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drivers may not be paying careful attention and may not see the motorcycle in traffic. There may be poor weather conditions or problems with the roads like uneven pavement or loose gravel.

If you enjoy motorcycling, the odds are high that you will stay safe if you follow a few basic safety tips:

  • Always wear a helmet. No excuses. The odds of sustaining serious injury or death in the event of an accident without a helmet are much higher than with a helmet.
  • Never ride while you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Get a motorcycle license. Besides keeping you legal, it proves that you are able to safely operate a motorcycle.
  • Keep the bike in good operating condition.

 

In some cases, you may be the safest biker on the roads, but another vehicle’s negligence may cause you to become involved in an accident. If so, call the Dallas-Fort Worth motorcycle accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help you pursue a case for your damages. Call to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Wylie Construction Accident Attorneys

 

There’s a great deal of construction going on in Texas right now because of the economic boom that Texas is experiencing. While the construction is great for the economy, it comes at a cost. Construction is one of the most dangerous lines of work in the U.S., and every year thousands of construction workers are injured or killed while on the job.

If you are a construction worker in Wylie, you already know of the dangers that you face on every job site. Even a minor error can have serious consequences and render workers unable to work for months or even permanently. Some of the most common types of accidents on construction sites in Wylie include falls, electrocution, accidents involving scaffolding or ladders, explosions, accidents involving machines, and accidents involving falling objects.

In many cases, construction workers who are injured on the job need more compensation than workers’ comp will provide. In some situations, the injured construction worker may be able to make up the difference by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party. In order to do so, your attorney needs to recover evidence from the scene, talk to witnesses, and perform an investigation. If you let too much time pass, memories will fade, and the evidence that could be used in your case will be disturbed.

If you have been injured in a construction accident in Wylie, call the Wylie construction accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.

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