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Our Law Firm handles cases of Serious Injuries and Wrongful Death caused by Auto Accidents, Trucking Accidents, Big Rig Accidents, Defective Products, Road Hazards, Defective Road Design, and acts of Corporate Negligence. EVERY 16 MINUTES OF EVERY DAY, another person in the United States will be injured or killed in a truck-related accident.
Over four hundred and fifty thousand large trucks were involved in crashes last year.

Over one million people were involved in the crashes.
Over five thousand people were killed.
Over one hundred and forty thousand people were injured.
One-third of the injured suffered catastrophic damage.

EACH YEAR THOUSANDS of motorists and big rig drivers are killed and maimed by the negligent operation of big rigs by their drivers and by trucking companies. Semi-truck drivers and the companies they work for have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner. Unsafe driving, oversized loads, and various other treacherous practices put the public and the truck operators in danger. Large trucks commonly referred to as “semi” trucks and “tractor-trailer” trucks (gross vehicle weight of over 10,000 pounds) represent only 3% of all registered vehicles on the road, yet they account for over 25% of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in multiple-vehicle accidents. These are alarming statistics, but more alarming is the reality. The following excerpts are taken from a local newspaper regarding trucking accidents:

A big rig lost its brakes at 60 mph and veered into oncoming traffic. The truck hit a car driven by a 31-year-old and one driven by a 35-year-old. Both women died. The 33-year-old driver of the truck died a few days later. A CHP investigation revealed that the truck driver had not properly checked his brakes, as required by law, after picking up a load of produce. Also, his commercial license had been suspended eight days before the accident after a drunken-driving arrest.

A 44-year-old woman found herself inches away from leading off the evening news as the latest victim of a big-rig accident. She says the truck not only merged into her lane but merged into her Chevy Blazer, shoving it out of the far right-hand lane and onto the shoulder. She had to stop on the side of the road to compose herself while the truck driver sped off. After so many deadly truck crashes on local highways in the last 16 months, no area commuter should be surprised by this woman’s ordeal.

Halloween day. A big rig, unable to stop plows into and over two cars. A man is killed. His wife suffered three broken ribs, a punctured lung, and a broken clavicle.

The fifth of July. An angry big rig driver runs over a motorcyclist, dragging the vehicle and its helpless rider for more than a hundred yards. The motorcyclist loses a leg.

June thirteenth. A big rig driver changes lanes onto a small car, trapping the driver inside. Accidents happen. More often than not, at least in the area lately, they seem to involve large trucks, trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds.

A big rig chugging near the southern outskirts of the city crosses the center divide and crashes head-on into a truck traveling the opposite direction.

While mechanical failures, reckless driving, and improper driver training account for some crashes, the overwhelming cause is driver fatigue. The National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that driver fatigue is responsible for 30% to 40% of all large truck crashes and is the probable cause in over 30% of crashes that resulted in the truck driver’s death. As the competition for trucking contracts increases (over 200,000 new trucks were registered last year), drivers are under increased pressure to deliver faster, even if it means falsifying logbooks and breaking the law. Truck drivers get paid to deliver their loads on time and many times they get bonus pay for delivering early and do not get paid when they aren’t driving.

Regulations state that a trucker can “drive” for 10 hours per day and must have 8 hours off for every 10 hours of driving. But, for every 10 hours of driving there is also loading and unloading their trucks, wait time, and log updates. Many times the trucker’s 10 hours of driving begin after hours of physical labor getting the load ready to go. In a recent survey, almost 20% of truckers admitted to falling asleep at the wheel at least once in the previous three-month period. The information relating to trucking accidents is endless. However, the sad fact is – that by the time you read this, another person will be injured in a truck-related accident and 98% of the injured will not be truck drivers.

All motorists should be aware of the dangers associated with sharing our roads with big rigs. Recent studies published by AAA have concluded that automobile drivers must also accept responsibility for many of the tragedies resulting from car-truck accidents. The American Trucking Association has offered the following “common sense” rules for motorists:

1. Never cut in front of a truck; fully loaded trucks weigh up to 80,000 pounds and take the length of a football field to stop. Most cars weigh only 2,000 pounds.
2. Don’t linger alongside a truck; there are 4 large blind spots around trucks where cars disappear from view and the driver can’t see you
3. Pass quickly to resume visibility and change lanes only when you can see both of the truck’s headlights in your rearview mirror. Never pass on the right – the right blind spot runs the length of the trailer and extends out 3 lanes.
4. Steer clear of front and rear blind spots; stay back 20 – 25 car lengths and leave 4 car lengths in front of a truck for safety cushions – following a truck too closely obscures your view and the driver can’t even see you 30 feet behind the truck.
5. If you’re following a truck and you can’t see the driver’s face in the truck’s side mirrors, the truck driver can’t see you.
6. Allow trucks adequate space to maneuver; they make wide turns at intersections and require additional space.
7. Also – be courteous. Acknowledge the truck’s turn signal by flashing your lights and then drop back to allow a truck to enter your lane.
8. When traveling on a single-lane road, let the truck driver ahead of you know that you intend to pass him. Pull slightly to the left and signal with your lights. An experienced trucker will give you clearance and respond with his lights to indicate your safe return to the lane.

To protect your legal rights following severe injury or wrongful death resulting from a trucking accident, big rig crash, or auto accident, it is wise to immediately consult an experienced personal injury law firm. Within the first week, important physical evidence can be lost, and witnesses may forget important details. Our Law Firm has extensive experience handling claims involving trucking accidents. We offer Free Initial Consultations with no obligation for you to hire our firm.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A TRUCKING ACCIDENT, you need the advice of an experienced San Antonio personal injury lawyer. CALL US TOLL-FREE TODAY FOR YOUR FREE CONSULTATION.

Driver Distraction and Auto Accidents

Driver Distraction and Auto Accidents

If you have been involved in an auto accident there is a 28% chance that driver distraction may have been a contributing factor. Regardless of who is at fault, the sooner you contact an experienced attorney, the better your chances for a good outcome. At our Law Firm, our team of experienced Texas accident lawyers will work tirelessly to protect your interests. We will even come to you if you are unable to come to our office. More here

Different Distractions Affect Different People

Boredom alone can cause a driver to become distracted. Long trips lead to driver fatigue. Drivers take an interest in new sights, sometimes forgetting how long they’ve taken their eyes off the accident attorneys

Others are busy multitasking, trying to work while driving. With so many electronic devices in use these days, any one of them can tempt a busy business person to use them while driving. One of the most common distractions is cell phone use, including talking and texting. Studies show that there is little statistical difference between accidents attributable to hand-held calls and hands-free calls.

Computers, GPSs, Blackberries, and iPods are all just as distracting as a cell phone. Some drivers even try to read or write while driving, and others are distracted trying to find directions.

Young drivers often try to do everything at once. Infants or children often distract parents. People frequently eat or drink, or change CDs or radio stations while driving.

Regardless of how urgent the activity may or may not have been if it distracts a driver and causes an accident everyone involved will have to deal with the consequences.

First Things First
If you suspect that driver distraction contributed to your accident make sure you find out if everyone is safe, and ask for medical assistance immediately if needed when reporting the accident. Say as little as possible, and gather as much information as possible. Make a mental note of anything that might suggest driver distraction, both inside and outside of the other driver’s vehicle.

While none of us expect to be involved in an accident, it never hurts to be prepared. Take your time choosing a personal injury attorney before you need one. Keep our contact information in the same place as your registration and insurance papers and with your identification card in the event, you are in an accident in someone else’s accident law

When you contact us immediately we can advise you, at the scene, how to protect your rights when communicating to the other driver or the police. We can help you get a rental vehicle if yours is damaged, and can meet at your location if you are hospitalized or home-bound after the accident.

When you need an experienced personal injury and accident attorney in Texas, please contact our Law Firm for a complimentary case evaluation.

Some families may find immediate family immigration helpful

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Some families may find immediate family immigration helpful

There are many different reasons a person could have for wanting to come to the United States. For some, such a desire is rooted in wanting to reunite with their family. immigration law
San Antonio Immigration Attorneys

Sometimes, a family ends up being separated, with one of the members being in the U.S. and having U.S. citizenship and the other members being foreign citizens and being outside of the United States. Families in this sort of situation sometimes have a strong desire to be reunited here in the United States. Among the things, such families may wonder is what options they have for trying to bring about such a reunification.

What U.S. immigration options family members of a U.S. citizen have depends on many things, including what their exact familial relationship is with the U.S. citizen.

For example, certain close relatives of a U.S. citizen may qualify for the immediate family immigration process. Minor children, parents, and spouses of U.S. citizens are typically eligible for this process. Also, there are some circumstances under which stepchildren, stepparents, and adopted children of U.S. citizens can have eligibility for this process.

As this underscores, U.S. family immigration law is a very complex area of law with many different potential avenues, and many different things can have the potential to be impactful in family immigration matters.

Given this, it can be very easy for a family to feel daunted, confused, and intimidated when it comes to family immigration matters.

Thankfully, families that are seeking to be reunited do not have to try to navigate the complex web of U.S. family immigration law on their own. Immigration law attorneys can help such families understand what immigration options they have and can help them in pursuing their available options.

Our firm is very knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to matters involving U.S. immigration law and can provide families with legal services when it comes to immediate family immigration law matters and other family immigration matters.