Truck Driver Responsibilities


Drivers of trucks must have a commercial license because they need to demonstrate they have the skills and abilities necessary to operate a vehicle that can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Truck crashes can be very serious, and are often deadly or cause permanent injury to other motorists on the road.  Truck drivers are expected to be careful, follow safety rules, and make smart and informed choices to try to reduce the risk of these accidents happening.  Professional drivers must take truck … [Read more...]

Trucking Laws in Texas


Trucking laws impose obligations on drivers of commercial motor vehicles. Trucking laws are set on the federal level that are applicable to most drivers on the roads (including drivers of long-haul vehicles, drivers of trucks moving goods in interstate commerce, and drivers of vehicles that transport passengers).  These laws are designed to encourage safety and ensure the risk of collisions is reduced.  A Houston truck accident lawyer can provide assistance to crash victims after accidents … [Read more...]

What are the Steps in a Court Action After an Injury?


After an injury, it is possible for a victim or surviving family members to file a civil lawsuit.  The civil litigation system aims to make victims whole if they can prove their tort case.  Victims have a limited period of time in which to file a lawsuit, which is referred to as the statute of limitations.  Victims also have the burden of proving their civil case to a judge or to a jury in order to be awarded monetary compensation for their damages.  If you are thinking about filing a lawsuit, … [Read more...]

How Do I Benefit By Choosing a Lawyer Who Specializes in Personal Injury Claims?


When you are injured, you need to understand what rights you have under the laws in Texas.  Determining what your options are for pursuing a claim for compensation can be confusing. Hiring a lawyer is a good idea to fight for full and fair compensation to cover economic and non-financial losses arising from an injury.  However, there are different kinds of lawyers and you want to make sure you find the right attorney to represent your interests. You can benefit by choosing a lawyer who … [Read more...]

What are the Different Kinds of Defective Product Liability Claims?


Any product can malfunction, from the car you drive to your child's high chair to the mp3 player you use to listen to music. When a product does not work for its intended purpose, or it causes you to suffer harm, you may be able to make a claim to recover compensation from its manufacturer.  There are different kinds of defective product liability claims you could become involved in. A Houston defective product lawyer at Abbott, Clay & Reed L.L.P. can provide you with assistance in … [Read more...]

How Do I Negotiate With a Trucking Company After an Accident?

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When a trucking crash occurs, the trucking company can be held legally responsible. This is true if the crash was caused because the company was negligent or because the driver it employs was negligent. A company is negligent if it does not follow industry best practices or exercise reasonable caution a hypothetical reasonable company would exercise (such as screening potential drivers for drugs).  A company is responsible for negligence of its employees because of agency rules stipulating a … [Read more...]

Is Truck Insurance Required by Federal Law?


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is a federal agency that overseas the majority of commercial trucks in the United States. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) apply to long-haul truckers, truck drivers whose jobs affect interstate commerce, and many common carriers who transport passengers.  When a trucking company, trucker, or passenger transport company is subject to federal regulations, there are myriad different rules that apply.  One of the most … [Read more...]

Medical Marijuana May Cost You Your Job

Brandon Coats worked for Dish Network at a customer service representative.  Chronically ill and bound to a wheelchair, he suffers from incurable quadriplegia, a painful and debilitating condition whose symptoms often include prolonged, painful muscle spasms.  Mr. Coats was prescribed medicinal marijuana by his treating doctor, which is a very common clinically-proven supplemental therapy which has been shown to increase the quality of life in quadriplegics with associated nerve and muscle pain. … [Read more...]

How Much Does it Cost to Talk With Houston Injury Lawyers?

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Victims involved in an accident have legal rights under the laws in Texas. Whether you were hurt because of medical malpractice, an accident at work, dangerous conditions on property, a collision, or many other kinds of accidents, it is important that you understand how to use the civil justice system to seek compensation.  Although Texas tort laws say you should be "made whole," or compensated in full for damages if someone is responsible for your injuries, actually pursuing legal action can be … [Read more...]