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DRUNK DRIVER ACCIDENTS:



WHAT IS A DRUNK DRIVER ACCIDENT?


“Drunk driving accidents” occur when the driver of a vehicle consumes alcohol, which impairs that driver’s ability to control the operation of his or her vehicle. In Texas, a driver of a car, or other vehicle, is considered legally drunk when his or her blood alcohol level is at, or greater, than .08.  While it is incontrovertible evidence that a person who caused an accident was drunk if he or she had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, what about a person whose blood alcohol was less than .08 when he or she caused an accident?  Such a person would not be legally drunk, but a very valid legal argument exists that such a person was impaired as a result of the consumption of alcohol, thereby leading to the car or truck accident.


WHEN DO DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENTS OCCUR?


Drunk driving accidents don’t just occur at closing time, as the impression may be. They can occur at any time during the day, or at night.  Certainly, an argument can be made that drunk driving occurs more frequently near bars or other establishments serving alcohol.  Unfortunately,  victims of drunk driving accidents are persons at the wrong place, at the wrong time.  Many drunk driver accidents lead to serious and debilitating injuries, paralysis, or death.   Many families have lost their bread-winners, sons, daughters, fathers and mothers to drunk drivers.   At the Kane | Varghese law firm, the drunk driver accident attorneys and lawyers have experience successfully representing drunk driving accident victims.  If you, or a loved one, have suffered due to the negligence of a drunk driver, call to speak with a drunk driver accident lawyer about your situation.   We are here to help.


According to the CDC, alcohol-related crashes in the U.S. cost approximately 51 billion dollars every year.  According to some estimates, up to 30 percent of Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related accident at some point in their lifetime. An alcohol related crash could be used to increase the value of a car accident injury claim by potentially including a claim for punitive damages.


It is common sense that alcohol intake can impair or affect perception and motor skills necessary to operate a car, truck or other motor vehicle.  Many accidents in the United States are caused as a result of drivers being under the influence of alcohol while operating their vehicle.    Alcohol impairs driving judgment and can result in car accidents, truck accidents, and other motor vehicle accidents.   It is best never to operate a vehicle after consuming any amount of alcohol impairs judgment and perception.   Driving a car or truck under the influence has serious criminal consequences!!  "Drink, Drive, Go to jail!"


At the Kane | Varghese law firm, the attorneys have experience successfully representing drunk driving accident victims.  If you, or a loved one, have suffered due to the negligence of a drunk driver, call to speak with a drunk driver accident lawyer about your situation. 


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(From the Texas Drunk Driver Accident Lawyer: Click here to read more about Drunk Driver Accidents in Texas)


WRONGFUL DEATH:



WHAT DOES THE TERM "WRONGFUL DEATH" MEAN?


"Wrongful Death" means that a person's death was caused by the negligent or intentional acts of another person, business, or government entity.  Wrongful death causes may include truck accidents, car accidents, industrial accidents, construction accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other types of accidents.


The death of a loved one or family member can be devastating. The anguish and devastation can be compounded many times over when the death is caused by the act of another. For example, an 18-wheeler truck driver is busy on the phone while driving, and is not paying attention. He causes an accident that results in a fatality.  The trucker could be liable for the wrongful death of the person killed in that accident. Another scenario. A nurse erroneously gives the wrong dosage, or type of medication, that kills a patient. That nurse could be held responsible for the wrongful death of the patient. There are many contexts that could give rise to a wrongful death case.  Generally, spouses, children, and parents (sometimes) may have a claim for the wrongful death of a person.


Chapter 71 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code governs the bringing of wrongful death actions in the State of Texas.   A Survival of Cause of Action exists per Civil Practice and Remedies Code Section 71.021 which insures to the benefit of the heirs, legal representatives and the estate of the injured or  deceased.   A wrongful death and survival suit may be instituted and prosecuted as though the person was alive.


The wrongful death attorneys at the Kane | Varghese Law Firm have successfully represented victims of wrongful death and their families. The attorneys at Kane | Varghese have brought wrongful death actions against individuals, businesses, hospitals, and government entities on behalf of their clients.  We are unafraid.  We will fight to do justice for our clients who have been victims of wrongful death. If you believe that a loved one was a victim of wrongful death, speak to a wrongful death attorney at Kane | Varghese.  We can help. 


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(From the Texas Wrongful Death Attorney: Click here to read more about Wrongful Death & Texas Wrongful Death Law)


MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS:



WHAT CAUSES MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS?


“Motorcycle accidents” happen for a variety of reasons.   A lack of visibility to other drivers, the fact that other vehicle drivers are not trained to look for motorcyclists on the roads, operator errors, erroneous braking patterns, gravel patches on roads, oil patches on roads, other vehicles failing to yield to motorcycles, operator inattention, excessive speed, hot-dogging, lack of operator experience, and judgment errors can be just a few of the factors that cause motorcycle accidents.


WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PREVENT MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS?


Motorcyclists cannot rely on the judgment of others for their own safety.  Motorcycle safety training, the use of protective gear, the use of extreme caution while  operating a motorcycle, ultra defensive riding, leaving substantial operating distance between the motorcyclist and other vehicles, abiding by speed limits, having the general driving public trained to observe motorcycles, and safe yielding techniques can all help reduce unnecessary motorcycle accidents.


WHO IS AT FAULT IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS? WHERE DO MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS OCCUR?


Motorcycle accidents can occur as a result of other vehicles not paying attention, motorcycle rider inattention, pedestrian fault, weather conditions, road conditions, and other factors.  Motorcycle accidents don’t just occur on highways.  They can occur on smaller streets, intersections, parking lots, and residential areas.

Motorcycle accidents can result in very serious injuries because of a lack of a protective covering around the rider or the passenger. Motorcycle accident injuries can range from cuts, scrapes, burns, broken bones, head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and even death.


The motorcycle accident attorneys at the Kane | Varghese Law Firm have successfully represented numerous victims of motorcycle accidents and aided motorcycle accident victims in the recovery process. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident as a result of someone’s negligence, call a motorcycle accident lawyer at the Kane | Varghese Law Firm.


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(From the Texas Motorcycle Accident Attorney: Click here to read more about Motorcycle Accidents and the law in Texas)


CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT | WORK ACCIDENT:



WHAT ARE "CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS" OR "WORK ACCIDENTS"?



Construction Accidents and Personal Injuries also occur frequently in another setting: work related injuries.  Building, construction or work sites are dangerous work environments where personal injuries occur as a result of shoddy and negligent safety rules.  Often times, contractors violate OSHA rules and try to “rush” their jobs, making safety the least of their priorities. Typically, construction injuries may arise from the use of heavy equipment such as forklifts, cranes, trucks, other heavy power equipment, electrical wiring injuries, fall injuries, and faulty or improper equipment injuries.


If the negligent actions, or omission of actions, of a contractor or subcontractor caused the construction injuries, you may have a claim for damages. Call now to speak with a construction injury and construction accident attorney about your case.  An lawyer is standing by, live, to answer questions about construction injuries from construction accident cases.

 

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(From the Texas Construction Accident Attorney: Click here to read more about Texas Construction Accidents & Texas Work Accidents)


MEDICAL MALPRACTICE:



WHAT DOES THE TERM "MEDICAL MALPRACTICE" MEAN?


The term “medical malpractice” is a generic term that can be used to describe physician errors, surgical malpractice or errors, nursing malpractice or errors, medication errors resulting in injury or death, pharmacy errors, and other negligent methodology that results in patient harm.


Generally, a “medical malpractice claim” can be brought when the negligent action of a hospital, physician, or other healthcare provider results in a patient's injury or death. The person making the medical malpractice claim must have some form of proof that the provider did not provide proper care and this resulted in harm to the patient.


There are also specific state legal requirements. For example, the law requires that the person that the medical malpractice claim is brought against “deviated from the standard of care” and it was this deviance from some standard of care that was the cause of the person's harm. Furthermore, this claim must also be substantiated by an equivalent medical professional testifying on behalf of the patient. In other words: if the patient is making a claim against a doctor, then another doctor must testify on the patient's behalf and if a patient is making a claim against a nurse, then another nurse must testify on the patient's behalf. (Those cases would be a type of “nursing malpractice” case).


If you believe that you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice, please feel free to call a medical malpractice lawyer at the Kane | Varghese Law Firm.


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(From the Texas Medical Malpractice Attorney: Click here to read more about Medical Malpractice & the law in Texas)


BRAIN INJURY:



WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TYPES AND CAUSES OF "BRAIN INJURIES"?


Traumatic brain injury may result from external blunt force, rapid acceleration, deceleration, impact, blast waves, or penetration by a foreign object.


Traumatic brain injury can be classified as closed or penetrating head injury, or by other features. Head injury is a broader category because it can involve damage to structures other than the brain, such as the scalp and skull. Causes include falls, vehicle accidents, and violence. Prevention measures include use of technology to protect those who are in accidents, such as seat belts and sports or motorcycle helmets, as well as efforts to reduce the number of accidents, such as safety education programs and enforcement of traffic laws.


Brain injury can be caused by a direct impact. Brain injury can cause secondary injury from a variety of events that take place in the minutes and days following the direct injury. These processes, which include alterations in cerebral blood flow and the pressure within the skull, may contribute substantially to the damage from the initial injury.


If you or a loved one has suffered brain injury as a result of someone’s negligence, feel free to talk to a brain injury attorney at the Kane |Varghese Law Firm.   We can help.


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(From the Brain Injury Lawyer: Click here to read more about Brain Injury and the Texas law)


BIRTH INJURY:



WHAT IS A "BIRTH INJURY"? WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COMMON CAUSES OF A "BIRTH INJURY"?


“Birth injury” refers to any damage suffered by, or to, an infant during the process of birth. Birth injury can encompass a wide array of problems ranging from minor to major. Birth injury can be used to describe a minor problem such as a superficial laceration or a major problem like severe hypoxic brain injury that could leave a baby brain dead. The actual injury can occur before, during, or immediately after birth. Babies can suffer serious medical problems as a result of negligent prenatal care, delivery, or post-delivery care. Birth injuries commonly occur as the infant travels through the birth canal. Childbirth places a significant amount of pressure and stress on the baby. Birth injury is a tragic but common event that can have long-term impact on the mother and child. In a birth injury case one has to show that the injury was avoidable and that the healthcare provider’s care was inadequate. Babies injured at birth may become permanently disabled and require life-long care. Some babies even die from birth injury.


Medical malpractice claims involving birth injuries are some of the most emotionally charged cases that our law firm handles. There are two main types of injuries that can occur during the birth/delivery process - injuries from trauma , and injuries from lack of oxygen and blood to the brain.

If a loved one has suffered birth injury, call a birth injury attorney at the Kane | Varghese Law Firm.   We can help.


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(From the Birth Injury Lawyer: Click here to read more about Birth Injury and Texas Law)


SPINAL CORD INJURY:



WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COMMON CAUSES OF SPINAL CORD INJURY?


“Spinal cord injury” may result from direct injury to the cord itself or indirectly from damage to surrounding bones, tissues, or blood vessels. Spinal cord injuries may occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries, industrial accidents, gunshot wounds, assault, and other causes.  Direct injury, such as cuts, can occur to the spinal cord, particularly if the bones or the disks have been damaged. Fragments of bone (for example, from broken vertebrae, which are the spine bones) or fragments of metal (such as from a traffic accident) can cut or damage the spinal cord. Direct damage can also occur if the spinal cord is pulled, pressed sideways, or compressed. This may occur if the head, neck, or back are twisted abnormally during an accident or injury.

If you or a loved one has suffered spinal cord injury as a result of negligent conduct, call the spinal cord injury attorney at Kane | Varghese.  We can help.


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(From the Texas Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer: Click here to read more about Spinal Cord Injury Cases and the law in Texas)


BICYCLE ACCIDENTS:



WHAT ARE THE COMMON CAUSES OF BICYCLE ACCIDENTS?


Bicycle Injuries occur as a result of several common causes, some of which include a motor vehicle driver’s negligence. The following is a list of some of the common causes of “bicycle accidents.”


• A motor vehicle driver turning directly in front of a bicyclist;

  1. An automobile driver entering the street from a driveway or parking spot and pulls out into traffic in front of the bicyclist;

  2. A motorist's failure to yield at an intersection or running a stop sign or red light;

  3. A vehicle driver's inattention while driving past a bicyclist;

  4. Improper bicyclist braking techniques, lack of bicycling techniques and | or bicycling experience


One bicyclist is fatally injured in every six hours in the United States.  Half of all bicycle fatalities occur to children under sixteen.  Head injuries, Brain Injuries, and Spinal Cord Injuries are common injuries that bicycle accidents can cause.


If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident, feel free to call a bicycle accident lawyer at the Kane | Varghese Law Firm.  We can help.


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(From the Texas Bicycle Accident Attorney: Click here to read more about Texas Bicycle Accidents)


PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS:



WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COMMON CAUSES OF "PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS"?


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, there are nearly 5,000 pedestrian fatalities in motor vehicle related accidents. Pedestrian accidents also result in about 100,000 pedestrians suffering non-fatal injuries when struck by an automobile. Additionally, poor property maintenance, sidewalk or parking lot defects and/or construction or other debris on walkways cause thousands of non-vehicular “pedestrian accidents” which can result in injury claims against the owners and/or operators of these premises.  


A Pedestrian Accident Lawyer at Kane | Varghese can help clients determine whether they have a claim based upon a careful and thorough analysis of the facts of each pedestrian accident. Depending on the circumstances of the pedestrian accident, those with potential liability may include drivers of vehicles striking pedestrians, parties responsible for maintaining premises where the pedestrian accident may have occurred.  A person involved in a pedestrian accident is well advised to seek the early intervention and involvement of a pedestrian accident injury attorney with experience helping injured pedestrians.  Kane | Varghese lawyers have represented pedestrians injured by motorists, who are required by law to exercise "reasonable care under the circumstances."


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(From the Texas Pedestrian Accident Lawyer: Click here to read more about Texas Pedestrian Accidents)

BOAT ACCIDENTS:



HAVE YOU BEEN IN A BOAT ACCIDENT? WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN A BOATING ACCIDENT?


If you experience a “boat accident” where one or more of these criteria have been met, you must file a Boating Accident Report (BAR) within 48 hours if:


•A person dies within 24 hours of the occurrence; or

•A person requires medical treatment beyond first aid; or

•A person disappears from the vessel.


You have 10 days to file a BAR if the damage only involves the vessel and/or property. Be aware that these are the minimum requirements for federal regulation of BARs and each state may have stricter reporting requirements. It is your responsibility to be familiar with the boating laws of the state that you are boating in and maritime law if you are boating in navigable waters.


If you or a loved one has been in a “boating accident,” call a boat accident attorney at the Kane | Varghese Law Firm.  We can help.


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(From the Texas Boat Accident Lawyer: Click here to read more about Texas Boat Accidents)

ATV ACCIDENTS:



WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COMMON CAUSES OF ATV ACCIDENTS?


Operator age, operator experience, terrain, vehicle design, and vehicle maintenance are some of the factors causing ATV accidents. 


Many hospital emergency rooms and emergency physicians are used to seeing patients injured in ATV accidents, especially in rural areas in America. ATV Crashes, rollovers and injuries are very common in the United States.  ATV accidents were so common that the United States Justice Department filed a lawsuit alleging that ATVs and their manufacturers violated the Consumer Product Safety Act. In 1987, the ATV manufacturers agreed to stop producing three-wheeled ATVs. They started making four-wheelers to provide greater stability, but they did not recall the 2.4 million defective three-wheelers that had been already sold.  Many dangerous ATVs remain in use today.  Most Hospital Emergency Rooms see more than their fair share of severe injuries as a result of ATV crash and rollover injuries.


If you have been injured in an ATV accident that was caused by the negligence of another person or party, call an ATV accident lawyer at the Kane | Varghese Law Firm.


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(From the Texas ATV Accident Attorney: Click here to read more about Texas ATV Accidents)


TRAIN ACCIDENTS:



WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COMMON CAUSES OF TRAIN ACCIDENTS?


A train accident can occur as a result of several reasons:


  1. human factors

  2. track and structures

  3. equipment

  4. signal and train control

  5. miscellaneous factors


Since there are many factors that lead to a railroad accident, there are many people who can be held responsible for your injury, loss of income, and/or pain and suffering. While it's the responsibility of the railroad company to maintain the tracks and the train you ride, truck and car drivers also have the responsibility of following the laws and not trying to sneak past the crossbars after they've been lowered.


If you've been the victim of a railroad accident you may be able to collect damages for your injuries, pain and suffering, and lost income. A Train Accident Lawyer at Kane | Varghese can help you fight your case against the train company and file your lawsuit in court.

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(From the Texas Train Accident Attorney: Click here to read more about Train Accidents and the law in Texas)


BUS ACCIDENTS:



ARE BUS ACCIDENTS HANDLED DIFFERENTLY THAN CAR ACCIDENTS?


Bus accidents in Texas are governed by what is called the “common carrier” laws.  Unlike other motor vehicle or car accidents, buses are regulated by the government because they carry passengers for a fee.   Therefore, buses and bus drivers are held to higher legal standards and requirements under the law.  The requirements of insurance policies to cover bus accidents are also quite different because of the fact that they carry passengers.   School districts are required to enroll in the Bus Accident Reporting System if a school bus is involved in a school bus accident.


Bus accidents may occur for several reasons.   Bus accidents may occur from the negligence of the bus driver, bus driver inexperience, negligent maintenance of the bus, bus driver or operator error, faulty bus tires, faulty bus brakes, road factors, and a multitude of other potential reasons.


Bus accidents may cause injuries to its passengers inside the bus, or to persons or property outside the confines of the bus.  Bus accidents may occur from striking other vehicles on the road or from veering off the road or pathway.  Bus accident injuries may occur from pedestrians struck by buses on roadways or intersections and crosswalks, malfunctioning bus doors injuring bus passengers, passengers injuring themselves by moving buses without adequate warning to passengers before the bus begins to move, and other reasons that cause both bus accidents and injuries.


The experienced bus accident lawyers at Kane | Varghese have substantial experience and knowledge of bus accidents that they can put to use to help you recover a fair settlement. Call a bus accident attorney on standby 24|7 to answer any questions you have about bus accidents and the law.


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(From the Texas Bus Accident Attorney: Click here to read more about Bus Accidents and the law in Texas


SWIMMING POOL ACCIDENTS:



WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COMMON CAUSES OF "SWIMMING POOL ACCIDENTS"?


“Swimming pool accidents” occur for several reasons including:


1. lack of lifeguards;

2. absent or unreadable markings and lack of safety covers

3. improperly designed or constructed pool;

4. failure to secure pools from small children;

5. failure to maintain the pool in safe condition;


Every year, many thousands of accidents occur in swimming pools in the United States .  Injuries from swimming pool accidents range from minor injuries to spinal cord injuries, severe and traumatic brain damage injuries,  head injuries, quadriplegia, and in some cases disembowelment and disfigurement.  Swimming accidents occur as a result of drowning incidents, diving incidents when diving area of the pool is too shallow.


If you believe that you were injured in a swimming pool accident as a result of negligence, speak with a swimming pool accident attorney at Kane | Varghese. 

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(From the Texas Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer: Click here to read more about Swimming Pool Accidents and the law in Texas)


PRODUCT LIABILITY:



WHAT DOES THE TERM "PRODUCT LIABILITY" MEAN?


Product liability is an area of law in which manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries those products cause. Products liability claims can be based on negligence, strict liability, or breach of warranty of fitness depending on the jurisdiction within which the claim is based. Many states have enacted comprehensive products liability statutes. A plaintiff in a product liability lawsuit must prove that the product is defective. There are three types of product defects that can result in liability for manufacturers and suppliers: design defects, manufacturing defects, and defects in marketing. Design defects are inherent; they exist before the product is manufactured. While the item might serve its purpose well, it can be unreasonably dangerous to use due to a design flaw. On the other hand, manufacturing defects occur during the construction or production of the item.


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(From the Texas Product Liability Attorney: Click here to read more about Product Liability and the  law in Texas)


NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE AND ABUSE:



WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COMMON SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF NURSING HOME ABUSE OR NURSING HOME NEGLECT?


As with children, many nursing home residents, given their condition, may not be able to lucidly explain the horrors of what happens to them in the nursing home. Many signs of abuse and neglect can go unnoticed, especially if there aren’t frequent visits by family or friends. Bruising, broken bones and other physical injuries can be signs of abuse. Malnourishment, bedsores, irritability, moodiness, fearfulness and other psychological changes could reflect either abuse or neglect. Other indications of abuse or neglect may involve a nursing home refusing to allow visitors to see resident, delays in allowing visitors to see resident, nursing home or staff not allowing resident to be alone with visitor, keeping a resident in an over-medicated state, loss of resident's possessions, and atypical actions such as sudden large withdrawals from bank accounts or changes in banking practices or abrupt changes in will or other financial documents.


The medical care given to a nursing home resident can also lead to nursing home negligence and abuse claims. There can be medical errors, failure to diagnose errors, surgical errors, medication errors, and management errors that can result in harm to nursing home residents.  If there are facts to support it, there may be actionable claims for nursing home negligence and abuse. 


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(From the Texas Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer: Click Here To Read More About Texas Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Law)


CATASTROPHIC INJURIES:



WHAT ARE CATASTROPHIC INJURIES?


“Catastrophic injuries” are those injuries resulting in severe injury to a person’s body, organ system or other body part, requiring substantial medical care.   Catastrophic or severe injury can mean the need for substantial medical care in the past, and possibly into the foreseeable future.

Catastrophic injuries can arise from several types of accidents, for example:

Severe or catastrophic injuries from animal attacks, dog bites, or other exotic animals.

Severe or catastrophic injuries from construction accidents or construction injuries.

Severe or catastrophic injuries from truck accidents, car accidents, or pedestrian accidents.

Severe or catastrophic injuries from bus accidents, train accidents.

Severe or catastrophic injuries from criminal acts such as assault and battery, sex crimes, manslaughter, or murder.

Severe or catastrophic injuries from drunk driver accidents, birth injury, brain injury, spinal cord injury, criminal acts, medical malpractice, hospital malpractice, nursing malpractice, pharmacy malpractice, medication errors, nursing home abuse, neglect, and malpractice.


If you have been injured catastrophically, catastrophic injury lawyers at Kane | Varghese may be able to help.   Call now for a free consultation.


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TYPES OF PERSONAL INJURY CASES THE KANE | VARGHESE LAW FIRM HANDLES


The following is a list of the types of personal injury cases that the Kane | Varghese Law Firm handles, or has handled, for its clients:


Personal Injury as a result of Auto or Car Accidents

Personal Injury as a result of Truck Accidents

Personal Injury as a result of Boating Accidents

Personal Injury as a result of Bus Accidents

Personal Injury as a result of Swimming Pool Accidents

Personal Injury as a result of Motor Cycle Accidents

Personal Injury as a result of Wrongful Death

Personal Injury as a result of Motor Cycle Accidents

Personal Injury as a result of Swimming Pool Accidents

Personal Injury as a result of Vehicular or Non Vehicular  Pedestrian Accidents

Personal Injury as a result of Train Accidents

Personal Injury as a result of Construction Accidents

Personal Injury as a result of Toyota Sudden Acceleration Accidents

Personal Injury as a result of Single car or Multi-Car Collisions

Personal Injury as a result of Premises Liability Accidents such as slip & fall, ceiling collapses, injuries on commercial and/or retail premises.

Personal Injury as a result of Inadequate Security

Personal Injury as a result of Amusement Park/ Playground Accidents

Personal Injury as a result of Assault or Battery

Personal Injury as a result of Elevator Malfunction, Elevator Breakdowns, or Elevator Accidents

Personal Injury as a result of Food Poisoning from restaurants

Personal Injury as a result of Electricity or Gas

Personal Injury as a result of Animal Attacks, Dog Bites

Personal Injury as a result of Medical Malpractice, Hospital Malpractice, Nursing Home negligence

Personal Injuries arising from Medical Malpractice may include birth injuries, death, surgical errors, foreign objects left inside a patient, failure to diagnose, misdiagnoses, medication errors


The experienced personal injury attorneys at the Kane | Varghese law firm have successfully handled numerous personal injury cases. A personal injury lawyer at Kane | Varghese is on standby to answer any personal injury questions you have.


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CURRENT PERSONAL INJURY NEWS



ARLINGTON CAR ACCIDENT ENDS IN ONE FATALITY



5-12-16


Arlington Police Department confirmed one person dead after a multiple car crash.  The accident occurred on Westbound 1-20 at Cooper Street in Arlington, Texas.


A pallet in the road was the cause of the accident, according to authorities.  A driver of a Hyndai swerved to avoid the pallet in the road and was hit by an 18-Wheeler.  The Hyndai driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.   One other person, driving a white pickup truck, was treated at the scene for injuries from the accident.


I-20 was shut down for several hours following the accident for the investigation.   The Arlington Police Department reports the investigation remains open.


For more information about truck accidents, car accidents, and wrongful death, please visit:


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ARLINGTON CAR ACCIDENT ENDS IN ONE FATALITY



5-12-16


Construction Worker killed in Rowlett, Texas


Per the Rowlett Police Department, a construction worker was killed by a large forklift while unloading a tractor-trailer on a construction site.


The 36 year-old construction worker was killed when the forklift he was operating overturned, pinning him under the forklift.  The accident occurred near Scenic Drive and Cabbot Cove on the west bank of Lake Ray Hubbard.


Per authorities, the accident remains under investigation.


For more information about truck accidents, car accidents, and wrongful death, construction accidents please visit:


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Fort Worth, Texas Car Crash Causes Power Outage



5-12-16


Fort Worth, Texas Car Crash Causes Power Outage


Two vehicles crashed near the intersection of Miller Avenue and Pierce Street in Fort Worth, Texas.  Both vehicles rolled over after the crash and damaged power lines, which resulted in a power outage.


One driver sustained severe injuries after being ejected from his vehicle.  Details on the other driver are not available at this time.


The accident remains under investigation.


For more information about truck accidents, car accidents, and wrongful death, construction accidents please visit:


http://texlaws.com/texas-construction-accident-attorney-lawyer-work-accident-attorney.html


LEGAL ISSUES FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION



FAILURE TO WEAR A SEATBELT COULD AFFECT THE VALUE OF YOUR CAR ACCIDENT CASE OR PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT


Wearing a seatbelt is no longer an option in Texas.  Texas law now requires the driver and all passengers to wear a seatbelt.  This article discusses the history of the seatbelt law and the current state of the seatbelt law in Texas.


There if no question the not wearing a seatbelt can result in serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident.


Not wearing a seatbelt could also affect the value of your claim if you bring a personal injury claim or lawsuit resulting from the accident.  If you do not wear, and you are involved in an automobile accident, insurance adjusters and defense attorneys will likely argue that wearing a seatbelt could have mitigated, or even prevented, your injuries.


Prior to 2003 evidence of seatbelt use was not admissible in trial.  However, the Texas Supreme Court in currently deciding whether seatbelt use can be used in court as evidence against the injured party.



HISTORY OF SEATBELT LAWS


Federal Seatbelt Law


The first seatbelt law in the US was a federal law.  It took effect on January 1, 1968.  The purpose of this law was to reduce traffic accidents and deaths that resulted from those accidents.  This law stated the all vehicles, except buses, are to be fitted with a seatbelt in all seating positions. (Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, Chapter 301, Title 49) The law, however, left the decision of wearing the seatbelt up to the rider.


Texas Seatbelt Law


In May of 1985, Texas put into place a law requiring all front seat passengers to wear a seatbelt.  Before this law, anyone could ride in a vehicle without wearing a seatbelt.  With this law, you could get pulled over and ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt.



All Children Riding In a Vehicle Have to Be In Child Safety Seats


In 2001 Texas changed the seatbelt law to include children under 5 years old, or under 36 inches tall, and required them to be placed in a federally approved child safety seat. This law was later changed to any child under 8 years old, or under 57 inches. (Texas Transportation Code §545.412)  With this law, you must buckle up your children, no matter where they sit.



School Buses Added To The Seatbelt Law


On June 8, 2007, Governor Rick Perry signed a law requiring all new school buses to have seat belts for the children riding.  The seat belts were to be the 3-point type that go over the shoulder and across the lap. (Texas Transportation Code 547.701(e)).  The use of seat belts in buses became mandatory.  Not using seat belts can result in disciplinary action.



Can Using, Or Not Using, A Seatbelt Help, Or Hurt, Me in Court


Prior to 2003 using a seatbelt, or not using one, could not help or hurt you in any way in court.  The Texas Transportation Code specifically provided that the failure to use the seatbelt could not be used as evidence in court against an injured party.  However, in 2003, those sections of the Texas Transportation Code were repealed.  Currently the Texas Supreme Court is deciding whether seatbelt usage can be used in court. 



WHY YOU SHOULD WEAR YOUR SEATBELT


"Human Bullets"


People not wearing their seatbelt become a “human bullet”.  Almost everyone knows Newton’s first law of motion: an object in motion will stay in motion until something stops it.  People in the rear seats not wearing their seatbelt can fly into the front of the vehicle.  People in the front seat will continue traveling at the same speed the car was traveling until the hit something, like the dashboard, windshield, or an airbag.  People not wearing a seatbelt can even be ejected from the vehicle and, all too often, the vehicle rolls over them.  It is dangerous to not wear a seatbelt.



Airbags Don't Replace a Seatbelt


Some may think that an airbag is a good substitute for a seatbelt.  While it is softer than the dashboard or windshield, it still is rather hard.  Think of an airbag as stiff as a fully inflated stiff balloon.  The rider can still bounce around the vehicle and even be ejected from the vehicle.  Airbags will only cushion the forward movement.  Also, without a seatbelt, one may sustain additional injuries from the airbag.  Airbags do not replace a seatbelt.



Wearing a Seatbelt Could Save Your Life


Studies conducted by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that seatbelt use in the United States has increased.  In 2010, 85% of passengers wore a seatbelt. The percentage of people that died and were not wearing their seatbelt has decreased from 57%, in 1994, to 42%, in 2010.



Studies Show That Seatbelt Use Saves Lives


A Study from Harvard University showed that seatbelt usage significantly reduces vehicle passenger fatalities. While seatbelt usage decreased fatalities in occupant vehicles, they did not decrease the deaths outside of the vehicles for people that could not wear them (pedestrians, bicycle riders, motorcycle riders).  Another study from Stanford University estimated that 1500-3000 lives would be saved if 90% of passengers wore their seatbelt.



TEXAS SEATBELT LAWS


The Current Texas Seatbelt Law


In September 1, 2009, Texas put in place a law requiring every rider to wear their seatbelt. (Texas Transportation Code, Chapter 545).  Before this law came into effect only the riders in the front seats were required to wear a seatbelt.  It no longer matters where they sit.  It no longer matters what the rider’s age, weight, or height is.  Buckle up, it’s the law: every rider, every ride.


Exceptions To The Seatbelt Law


There are several exceptions to the seatbelt law.  For example, mail carriers on the job where they have to leave the vehicle do not have to wear a seatbelt.  Newspaper delivery persons are not required to wear a seatbelt either.   Riders of farm vehicles weighing less than 48,000 pounds do not have to wear a seatbelt. Solid waste collectors that often enter and exit the vehicle do not have to wear a seatbelt.   Additionally, if you have a doctor’s note stating that wearing a seatbelt would harm you in some way, you could be exempted from wearing a seatbelt. (Texas Transportation Code §545.413)



Pickup Truck Beds Don't Have a Seatbelt


Children under the age of 18 cannot legally ride in the bed of a pickup with a few exceptions.  Government approved hay rides, parade floats, or emergencies are one exception.  If the rider is a farm worker going from one field to another is another exception.



What Happens If You Don't Wear Your Seatbelt


Not wearing a seatbelt is a punishable offense under the law.  For adults, it is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine ranging from $25 to $50. If a child does not wear a seatbelt, or is not placed in a child safety seat, it is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine ranging from $100 to $200. (Texas Transportation Code §545.413(d)).  Allowing a child to ride in the bed of a pickup is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $25 to $100.  Each subsequent offense carries a stiffer penalty than the previous one.  Not wearing your seatbelt can cost you money.


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CAR AND TRUCK ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY A DRIVER’S FAILURE TO YIELD



Obligation to Stop or Yield the Right of Way


Vehicle accidents are often caused by drivers failing to stop or yield to traffic at intersections and by failing to yield the right of way.  Failure to yield can cause accidents that result in serious injuries.  Texas Transportation Code clearly defines a driver’s obligation to stop or yield at intersections.  The law dictates that a driver must “stop, yield, and grant immediate use of the intersection” in obedience to a traffic light, stop sign or yield right of way sign. 



“Negligence Per Se” Claim in a Vehicle Accident


Causing an accident by failing to yield or stop, as required by law, could lead to a “negligence per se” claim against the driver.  Under the “negligence per se” rule, a court would consider a person’s action to be negligent without asking whether a reasonable person would have acted similarly.  Such an analysis is different than what a court would do in a typical negligence case.  In a typical negligence case, a jury is asked to evaluate the defendant’s conduct against what a reasonable person would have done under the circumstances.  In a “negligence per se” case, however, a court would not compare defendant’s conduct against a reasonable person’s conduct but would presume that defendant’s conduct was negligent based on a violation of law.

In failing to yield or stop cases, a court may find that the driver was “negligent per se” without asking whether his conduct was reasonable under the circumstances.  In fact, the Transportation Code allows for such a finding in certain situations.  Texas Transportation Code - Section 545.151(f) provides as follows: 

An operator who is required… to stop and yield the right-of-way at an intersection to another vehicle and who is involved in a collision or interferes with other traffic at the intersection to whom right-of-way is to be given is presumed not to have yielded the right-of-way.



Texas Transportation Code on Right of Way


Obligation of a driver to stop or yield the right of way at an intersection is defined by Texas Transportation Code - Section 545.151 to 545.155, which provides as follows:   


Sec. 545.151.  VEHICLE APPROACHING OR ENTERING INTERSECTION.  (a)  An operator approaching an intersection:

(1)  shall stop, yield, and grant immediate use of the intersection:

(A)  in obedience to an official traffic-control device, including a stop sign or yield right-of-way sign;  or

(B)  if a traffic-control signal is present but does not display an indication in any of the signal heads;  and

(2)  after stopping, may proceed when the intersection can be safely entered without interference or collision with traffic using a different street or roadway.

(b)  An operator on a single-lane or two-lane street or roadway who approaches an intersection that is not controlled by an official traffic-control device and that is located on a divided highway or on a street or roadway divided into three or more marked traffic lanes:

(1)  shall stop, yield, and grant immediate use of the intersection to a vehicle on the other street or roadway that is within the intersection or approaching the intersection in such proximity as to be a hazard;  and

(2)  after stopping, may proceed when the intersection can be safely entered without interference or collision with traffic using a different street or roadway.

(c)  An operator on an unpaved street or roadway approaching an intersection of a paved street or roadway:

(1)  shall stop, yield, and grant immediate use of the intersection to a vehicle on the paved street or roadway that is within the intersection or approaching the intersection in such proximity as to be a hazard;  and

(2)  after stopping, may proceed when the intersection can be safely entered without interference or collision with traffic using the paved street or roadway.

(d)  Except as provided in Subsection (e), an operator approaching an intersection of a street or roadway that is not controlled by an official traffic-control device:

(1)  shall stop, yield, and grant immediate use of the intersection to a vehicle that has entered the intersection from the operator's right or is approaching the intersection from the operator's right in a proximity that is a hazard;  and

(2)  after stopping, may proceed when the intersection can be safely entered without interference or collision with traffic using a different street or roadway.

(e)  An operator approaching an intersection of a street or roadway from a street or roadway that terminates at the intersection and that is not controlled by an official traffic-control device or controlled as provided by Subsection (b) or (c):

(1)  shall stop, yield, and grant immediate use of the intersection to another vehicle that has entered the intersection from the other street or roadway or is approaching the intersection on the other street or roadway in a proximity that is a hazard;  and

(2)  after stopping, may proceed when the intersection can be safely entered without interference or collision with the traffic using the other street or roadway.

(f)  An operator who is required by this section to stop and yield the right-of-way at an intersection to another vehicle and who is involved in a collision or interferes with other traffic at the intersection to whom right-of-way is to be given is presumed not to have yielded the right-of-way.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.  Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 19.05, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Sec. 545.152.  VEHICLE TURNING LEFT.  To turn left at an intersection or into an alley or private road or driveway, an operator shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle that is approaching from the opposite direction and that is in the intersection or in such proximity to the intersection as to be an immediate hazard.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.



Sec. 545.153.  VEHICLE ENTERING STOP OR YIELD INTERSECTION.  (a)  Preferential right-of-way at an intersection may be indicated by a stop sign or yield sign as authorized in Section 544.003.

(b)  Unless directed to proceed by a police officer or official traffic-control device, an operator approaching an intersection on a roadway controlled by a stop sign, after stopping as required by Section 544.010, shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle that has entered the intersection from another highway or that is approaching so closely as to be an immediate hazard to the operator's movement in or across the intersection.

(c)  An operator approaching an intersection on a roadway controlled by a yield sign shall:

(1)  slow to a speed that is reasonable under the existing conditions;  and

(2)  yield the right-of-way to a vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another highway so closely as to be an immediate hazard to the operator's movement in or across the intersection.

(d)  If an operator is required by Subsection (c) to yield and is involved in a collision with a vehicle in an intersection after the operator drove past a yield sign without stopping, the collision is prima facie evidence that the operator failed to yield the right-of-way.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.


Sec. 545.154.  VEHICLE ENTERING OR LEAVING LIMITED-ACCESS OR CONTROLLED-ACCESS HIGHWAY.  An operator on an access or feeder road of a limited-access or controlled-access highway shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle entering or about to enter the access or feeder road from the highway or leaving or about to leave the access or feeder road to enter the highway.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.


Sec. 545.155.  VEHICLE ENTERING HIGHWAY FROM PRIVATE ROAD OR DRIVEWAY.  An operator about to enter or cross a highway from an alley, building, or private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle approaching on the highway to be entered.

TEXAS LAWS REGARDING CELL PHONE USAGE WHILE DRIVING



Cell Phone Usage While Driving is Prevalent and Dangerous


According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one in five accidents is caused by drivers failing to be attentive to the operation of their vehicles.  One of the main reasons for such driver inattention is cell phone usage while driving.


Experts say that texting or emailing while driving combines three types of distractions:  (1) visual, (2) manual and (3) cognitive.  Texting or emailing while driving causes (1) visual distraction by taking the driver’s eyes of the road; (2) manual distraction by taking the driver’s hands off the steering wheel;  and (3) cognitive distraction by taking the driver’s mind off of driving.  (See National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Facts and Statistics. Available from http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/facts-and-statistics.html).  


Texting or emailing using a cell phone while driving is a prevalent problem within the United States.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31% of U.S. drivers between the ages of 18-64 admitted in a survey that they had read or sent text or email messages while driving at least once within 30 days before they were surveyed. 


Distracted driving is dangerous to the driver and the society as a whole.  In 2012, for example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers.  Undoubtedly, a large percentage of these distracted drivers were using their cell phones immediately prior to the crash. 



Many Cities in Texas Ban Texting While Driving


In order to reduce the number of traffic accidents from distracted driving, several cities in Texas have passed ordinances prohibiting cell phone usage while driving.  Some of these laws ban all use of wireless communication devices while driving.  Other laws ban only texting while driving.


Austin was the first city in Texas to pass an ordinance in 2009 prohibiting texting.  According to the Texas Department of Transportation, nearly 40 other cities have passed similar bans since then.  The following cities in Texas currently have texting or other cell phone usage prohibitions while driving:


            

Alamo

Alice

Amarillo

Aransas Pass

Arlington

Austin

Bellaire

Brownsville

Canyon

Conroe

Converse

Corpus Christi

Denton

El Paso

Farmers Branch

Galveston

Grand Prairie

Harlingen

Helotes

Laredo

Magnolia

Maypearl

McAllen

Meadowlakes

Mission Denton

Mission Missouri City

Mount Vernon

Nacogdoches

Palmview

Pampa

Penitas

Richwood

Rowlett

San Antonio

Shoreacres

Sinton

Stephenville

Tomball

Universal City

West University Place



Current Statewide Restrictions on Using Wireless Devices


The Texas Transportation Code currently has specific restrictions relating to using wireless devices while driving.  For example, drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using cell phones while driving. (Texas Transportation Code 545.424)  Also, drivers traveling through a school zone may not use a cell phone or wireless device and School bus drivers are also prohibited from using mobile devices while transporting children. (Texas Transportation Code 545.425)  Other than these restrictions, there are currently no statewide general bans on using cell phones while driving.



Texas Considers Statewide Ban on Texting


Most U.S. states now have statewide bans on using mobile devices while driving.  According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 45 states and Washington, D.C. currently have some laws prohibiting drivers from using cell phones while driving.  The laws vary with regards to type of cell phone usage prohibited and with regards to enforceability.  

Research has shown that banning cell phone usage while driving may reduce fatalities and hospitalizations from vehicle accidents.  Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health recently published a study showing that hospitalizations and deaths from car crashes declined in those states with bans on texting while driving. 

Based on such studies, legislators in the state of Texas have introduced bills that would ban texting while driving throughout Texas.  State Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) introduced House Bill 80 that would make texting while driving a misdemeanor in Texas.  In March, 215, the Texas House of Representatives approved Bill 80.  Currently, the bill is under consideration by the Texas Senate.

In 2011, a similar bill was passed by the House and the Senate but was vetoed by Governor Rick Perry.  At that time, Governor Perry argued that the law un-necessarily interfered with individual liberties.   It is unclear whether the current bill will be approved by the Texas Senate and Governor Greg Abbott.



Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers in Texas


Although Texas does not have a statewide ban, yet, on cell phone usage while driving, a driver who causes an accident as a result of being distracted by using a cell phone would still be liable under civil laws.  Victims of such accidents may be able to recover damages against such a driver.  The attorneys at the Kane Varghese Law Firm are experienced in handling cases involving distracted drivers who cause accidents by using a cell phone while driving.  If you or your loved one was injured in a serious accident caused by a distracted driver, please contact the Kane Varghese Law Firm immediately for assistance with the claim. 

 


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TRUCK ACCIDENTS & 18-WHEELER | SEMI ACCIDENTS


WHAT CAUSES TRUCK ACCIDENTS OR 18-WHEELER ACCIDENTS?


There are several factors that cause “truck accidents” or “18-wheeler accidents” (also known as semi accidents).  Truck driver inattention, condition of the 18-wheeler or truck, driver fatigue, excessive speed, excessive loads, faulty brakes, improper maintenance, visibility issues, weather conditions, road conditions, road rage,  and motorist inattention are some of the causes of 18-wheeler accidents or truck accidents.


Truck accidents cause substantial property damage and usually traumatic injuries when automobiles are involved in an 18-wheeler accident or truck accident.  We have all seen pancaked cars involved in 18 wheeler accidents.  These big rigs are more like trains, in that, they are very heavy and simply cannot stop on a dime. When an 18 wheeler or truck hits another vehicle on the road, going at highway speeds, the results can be devastating.



HOW CAN I BRING A CLAIM AGAINST A TRUCKING COMPANY AFTER A TRUCK ACCIDENT? HOW DOES TRUCK INSURANCE DIFFER FROM CAR INSURANCE IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT?


Bringing a claim against a trucking company is legally complex.  The Federal Government regulates trucking companies and truck insurance.  Strict laws are in place to govern truck and 18 wheeler safety and insurance requirements.  While auto insurance laws in Texas require a minimum coverage of $ 30,000.00 for bodily injury,  trucks or 18-wheelers are required by federal law to carry a minimum liability coverage of $ 750,000.00.   Fighting a truck accident case requires both expertise and experience. The Truck Accident Lawyers | Attorneys at Kane | Varghese  bring a substantial amount of experience litigating trucking companies on behalf of injured clients.


The experienced Texas truck accident attorneys  and 18-wheeler accident lawyers at The Kane | Varghese Law Firm can help. If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury, or wrongful death, as a result of a truck accident or collision with an 18-wheeler truck or a semi tractor-trailer, you may be entitled to damages under law.  These damages can include past and future medical expenses, past and future physical pain and mental anguish, past and future physical impairment, lost wages and wage earning capacity, and burial expenses if applicable. In some instances punitive damages may be available.


Even if they are responsible for the trucking accident, the trucking company will naturally want to protect their own interests and will have their own lawyers to try to help them mitigate any loss. Every Texas truck accident attorney at our law firm recognizes the tactics used by the trucking companies to prevent you from getting what you deserve in your trucking accident lawsuit.


A Texas truck accident attorney at our law firm is standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to fight for YOUR rights in your trucking accident case.


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CAR ACCIDENTS:



WHAT CAUSES CAR ACCIDENTS?


“Car accidents” occur when one or more drivers lose control of the vehicle they are operating, and a collision occurs.  Car accidents can occur for various reasons, including driver inattention, texting, fatigue, traffic, driver error, and other causes. Unfortunately, car accidents are fairly common occurrences and a fact of life. While cars have gotten much safer over the decades, it is impossible to prevent injury or death in all instances of car and truck accidents.


Car accidents occur when a typical passenger car (such as a station wagon, convertible, or sedan) is involved in a collision with one or more vehicles. Car accidents can cause harm, personal injury, property damage, or even death. In most cases (4 out of 5), the crashes involved collision with another motorized vehicle, with the remainder of the crashes occurring with non-motorized (stationary) objects (2005, NHTSA). Like most automobile crashes, the majority of these crashes have some form of negligence that caused the crash; most of these would also end up with a traffic law violation as well.


WHAT IMPACT CAN A CAR ACCIDENT HAVE ON A PERSON'S LIFE?


There can be a wide variety of damages involved including personal injury-related (from the minor - such as a bruise, to a major injury - such as a traumatic brain injury) and property damage. The car accident attorneys at the Kane | Varghese Law Firm have represented individuals and families who have suffered injuries from car accidents caused by the negligence of others ranging from whiplash, back and spine injuries, organ loss, and even death.  Therefore, the impact from car accidents on a person’s life can be substantial and life altering, depending on the seriousness of the car accident.  


WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR INJURIES AND DAMAGES CAUSED BY A CAR ACCIDENT AND HOW DOES INSURANCE PLAY A ROLE IN CAR ACCIDENTS?


The person who is at fault for the car accident is legally responsible for the injuries and damages caused by the accident. Typically, the person who is at fault, if covered by a policy of auto insurance, would pay for a car accident victim’s injuries and damages through the applicable insurance policy.  Complications can arise when the person at fault for the car accident is not insured! Car accident insurance coverage can be very complex and must be carefully examined by an attorney familiar with car accident insurance policies.  The car accident attorneys and lawyers at Kane | Varghese have vast knowledge and expertise in car accident insurance and can advise you on how to proceed after a car accident.


Texas minimum limits for an auto liability insurance policy.

Texas law requires drivers to be covered by a minimum limits auto insurance liability policy.


There are different aspects to Liability Insurance Policies in Texas.  To read more on Texas auto liability insurance policies from a Texas attorney, CLICK HERE.


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If you have specific questions about an auto, truck, or car accident case, call a board-certified personal injury attorney at Kane | Varghese. We would be happy to discuss at length the facts and legal issues in your case.


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