Friday, April 21, 2017

Wylie Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

Pedestrians who are involved in an accident with an automobile in Wylie typically have very severe injuries. If you have been involved in an accident as a pedestrian with an automobile that was caused by the driver’s negligence, you should speak with a Wylie pedestrian accident attorney.

Pedestrians involved in collisions with automobiles typically have severe injuries, since they do not have the protection of an automobile. A study of pedestrian – automobile collisions found that the most common type of severe injury to pedestrians was head injuries, followed by injuries to the chest and abdomen, followed by injuries to extremities. The study found that the vehicle speed and the age of pedestrian play a big role in both severity of injuries and the likelihood of survival.

Close to 5,000 pedestrians are killed each year, and about 70,000 are injured in accidents with automobiles. The majority of those accidents occur in urban areas, but pedestrians in rural areas who are struck by an automobile are more likely to be killed, most likely because of the higher speeds in rural areas.

If you have been injured in an automobile accident in Wylie as a pedestrian, you have the burden of proving that the driver of the automobile was negligent and that negligence resulted in your collision. An attorney can help you build your case by ordering medical records, talking to eyewitnesses, photographing the scene of the accident, hiring accident reconstruction experts, and securing surveillance video from the accident scene.

If you have been injured as a pedestrian in Wylie, call the personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. Our team can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Dangers of Texting and Driving in Dallas

By now, most drivers on the roads are aware of the dangers of texting and driving. A great deal of effort has been put into educating the public about the epidemic of distracted driving in general, and in particular, texting and driving.

Despite that education, drivers still cause accidents daily in the U.S. because of texting and driving. Recently, a pickup truck in Dallas collided with a church bus, killing 13 people on the bus. A witness claims that the pickup truck’s driver admitted to being distracted by text messages before the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board is collecting data from both drivers’ cell phones, as well as toxicology reports and air bag deployment reports.

Although it is unclear whether texting while driving was a factor in the church bus accident, there is no question that people are killed in accidents every day because of texting and driving. Experts say that about 25 percent of accidents in the U.S. are caused by texting and driving. Texting takes a driver’s attention off the road for an average of five seconds, which if traveling at 55 mph, is the length of a football field.

If you have been in an accident caused by a driver who was texting and driving, you should stand up for your legal rights. You have the right to compensation for your accident, including money for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, damage to your vehicle, and more. If you believe the other driver was texting at the time of the accident, your attorney may be able to obtain the other driver’s cell phone records.

Call the Plano automobile accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800 if you have been injured in an automobile accident in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Coppell Wrongful Death Attorneys

If you have lost a loved one due to the wrongful or irresponsible actions of another party, or due to an accident in Coppell, you may wish to pursue financial compensation. Many people choose never to file a lawsuit for the loss of a loved one. They may be unaware of their legal rights or may fear large expenses or attorney’s fees.

If your loved one has been killed because of the wrongful actions of a third party, in general, the type of lawsuit you may file is a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death lawsuit involves any unintentional or negligent behavior that results in the death of another person. The wrongdoer does not have to have any wrongful intent for the case to qualify as a wrongful death case.

There are a number of common examples of wrongful death cases. Workplace accidents, automobile or motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, or defective consumer products can all be potential causes of a wrongful death case. It’s important for a Coppell wrongful death attorney to evaluate your claim to ensure that it is a valid claim and to ensure that you receive all the compensation to which you may be entitled.

In a successful wrongful death case, you can typically receive damages for your loved one’s medical care prior to death, funeral expenses, the value of your loved one’s pain and suffering before death, the loss of inheritance and loss of income of your loved one, and possibly punitive damages. Not everyone who has lost a loved one can sue for wrongful death, so it’s important to contact an attorney to learn more.

Call the Coppell wrongful death 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. You pay us nothing until we obtain compensation for you.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

I am a roofer in Dallas and I was injured in an accident. What are my legal options?

Roofing can be a very dangerous job that is also in high demand. Roofers work physically hard and are normally exposed to severe weather conditions. Most of their work is done at elevated heights which can be dangerous.

On average, about one-fifth of all private industry work-related deaths occur in the construction industry. The four most common causes of fatal accidents in the construction industry include falls, electrocutions, burns and being struck by objects. Roofers must deal with all four of those dangers on the job. In addition to the dangers of falling or being hit by an object, back problems are a huge problem in the roofing industry. Roofers must lift and bend over while working. Roofers also work with heavy power equipment which can cause a number of serious accidents.

Although roofing is inherently dangerous, it can be made much safer if proper safety precautions and procedures are used. Roofing companies must give their employees a safe work environment by providing the proper equipment and safety training. Roofing companies can also take steps to protect their employees from falls.

If you have been injured in a roofing accident, you are likely facing medical expenses as well as lost wages. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation, or you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer. It’s important that you speak with a Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorney who can help advise you on your legal options. Call the team at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Report Shows 2016 Texas Hot Air Balloon Crash Could Have Been Prevented

 

A report from the San Antonio Express-News shows that there were repeated opportunities for federal officials to take steps to prevent the hot air balloon accident that occurred near Lockhart in July 2016, which killed 16 people. The balloon hit high-voltage power lines and crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees the hot air balloon industry, does not require balloon pilots to take the drug tests or undergo the medical evaluations that other pilots do. Instead, it relied on an honor system. The pilot of the downed balloon took medications which experts testified should have prevented him from flying. Three years before the crash occurred, a safety inspector proposed increasing regulations for balloon operators that included drug tests for pilots. The FAA rejected that proposal.

After the accident, the FAA said that there was no guarantee that if drug tests of balloon pilots had been performed, the drug tests would have detected the pilot’s prescription medications. The FAA also pointed out that even if the pilot had his medical certificate revoked, the agency could not monitor him constantly, and he could have flown anyway.

Most balloon accidents are caused by pilot error, and about 20 percent of crashes involve power lines. The pilot of the balloon checked with an aviation weather service before the flight and was told that clouds could be a problem. The pilot said he would just fly in between the clouds.

Unfortunately, this pilot flew under the influence of medication and chose to ignore weather reports, which ultimately took 16 lives. In situations such as this, the company operating the tours can be held legally responsible. If you or a loved one has been injured in the Dallas area because of another party’s negligence, call the Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Haltom City Drunk Driving Accident Attorney

 

For decades now throughout the United States, strict laws against drunk driving have been in place and extensive education has been directed to the public about the dangers of drunk driving. Despite those laws and education, there are still a huge number of deaths and injuries every year due to drunk driving in the U.S. When a drunk driver causes an accident in Haltom City, the victim should contact an attorney.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 10,000 people die every year due to accidents involving intoxicated or impaired drivers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, you are not alone, and it is time to seek legal help. Even if the person involved in the accident with you did not receive a citation for drunk driving, he or she can still be held liable. The fact that the individual was drinking can be used to prove negligence in the case. An experienced drunk driving accident attorney can help build the case showing police reports, eyewitness accounts, and expert testimony.

Whether or not the person who caused the accident is facing criminal charges, the victim can seek compensation from the individual’s insurance company or personal assets. The type of lawsuit the victim (or his or her family) would bring is a lawsuit for negligence or wrongful death. If you can prove the driver was drinking, that fact can be used to show negligence. Normally, you can be awarded compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and more.

If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident in Haltom City, call the personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-635-4078. Our team can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.

 

 

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Friday, March 17, 2017

How important is it to find the right personal injury attorney to handle my Dallas car accident case?

It’s vitally important that you find the right personal injury attorney to handle your car accident case in Dallas. Studies show that clients who have an attorney on average receive larger settlements from their accidents than those who do not have an attorney. However, that does not mean that just anyone can handle your case. You will want to seek out an experienced personal injury attorney with experience in handling your type of case.

Although the vast majority of personal injury cases are settled without going to trial, you will want to seek out a personal injury attorney with trial experience. Insurance adjusters know if an attorney will not take a case to trial, and will often refuse to offer a fair settlement because they know that the attorney will not take the case to court. It’s important to know that not all automobile accident cases need an attorney. If there was only minor damage to your vehicle and no medical expenses, you likely do not need to pay an attorney for something that you could do yourself, which is negotiating a fair settlement.

There are a number of signs to look for when choosing a personal injury attorney. You should seek out a law firm that is not high pressure. Some law firms exert immediate pressure on potential clients in an effort to get them to sign, when in reality the accident victim may not need an attorney. An attorney should be able to honestly answer your questions and provide information on what value they can expect to add to your case. You should also look for a lawyer whose personality meshes with your own. If the case ends up going to trial, you may end up spending a significant amount of time with the attorney.

If you are seeking a personal injury attorney for your car accident case in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, call the Plano personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm. We have offices throughout the area in which to serve you, and our team has a great deal of experience in handling personal injury cases. Call us today at 972-961-4148. We can help. Call us to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.

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