What Are the Most Frequent Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

Accident

Knowing the Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents Can Help You Ride Safer Motorcyclists have long been at much greater risk of accident and injury on the nation's roadways, with a fatality rate more than 30 times that of other motorists. Some of it comes with the territory—the freedom that you feel on a bike also puts you at greater risk of serious injury. But many accidents are caused by recognizable behaviors by other drivers. Knowing those behaviors can help you drive more defensively and may keep you safe. Here are the common causes of motorcycle accidents, Failure to Look Ahead The vast majority of car-motorcycle crashes (78%) involve motor vehicles that either turn into the path of a bike or fail to yield to a motorcyclist who's turning. These collisions are more often than not deadly, accounting for nearly 60% of all motorcycle accident fatalities. Additionally, more than 50% of these collisions occur when the driver of a truck or car turns left into the path of an … [Read more...]

Somebody is Watching Me!

watchingme

Be very wary of the lone vehicle parked nearby that shows up out of nowhere. The insurance carrier will stop at no means to "catch" you in the act of daily living. Anything to show that you aren't really THAT hurt. They hire private investigators to talk to your neighbors about your activities, they will troll through social media to see if Injured Johnny is really a Good Time Charlie. You have to live and carry on in your daily life. Things such as going to the grocery store, getting fuel, dropping kids off at school - all acts of daily living. You have to do these things regardless! The problem with the videos, is they don't lie. It IS what it IS. There is no arguing what's caught on tape, and trust me, they are looking to catch you on tape! Also, they are trying to test your credibility: if you are supposed to be using crutches, they are going to try and catch you walking normal and not using crutches. If you feel that the investigator is encroaching on your personal space, then … [Read more...]

Sealing Criminal History Information from the General Public

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NONDISCLOSURE - Determining Eligibility Flow Chart: For Offenses Occurring Before 09-01-2015: 1. GENERAL ELIGIBILITY: Was person placed on deferred community supervision (probation) and completed probation and case dismissed and discharged from probation and has not received a conviction or probation (except a traffic offense probation or conviction) during the probation and during waiting period if applicable. 2. IS THE OFFENSE ELIGIBLE? Some Offenses Are Prohibited Generally: Offenses not eligible if the person is requesting nondisclosure for the following offenses or has ever been convicted or placed on probation for the any of the following offenses: * Any Offense Requiring The Person To Register As Sex Offender Under Chapter 62 Of Texas Code Of Criminal Procedure. * Aggravated Kidnapping * Murder * Capital Murder * Trafficking Of Person * Continuous Trafficking Of Person * Injury To Child/elderly/disabled * Abandoning/endangering Child * Violation Of Court Orders … [Read more...]

H.A.L.T.

Estate Planning

In her article “Client Self-Defense Against Abuse, Disputes, and Neglect,” Renee C. Lovelace reminds us of an acronym describing risk factors for becoming a victim of scams. H.A.L.T. refers to the risk saturated circumstances of being overly hungry, angry, lonely, and /or tired. While hunger tends to be a time to avoid grocery shopping and fatigue impacts all of us, the other two are especially big players in how older folks are manipulated. Anger can make us vulnerable to those who seek to encourage our vindictive nature and play on our hurt feelings. Perhaps a sibling will seek to use her sister’s infrequent visits to Dad to prompt him to cut her out of the will. It may be that a subsequent spouse has discouraged her husband’s children from visiting or even forbidden it, and then leverages that hurt into long term changes to an estate plan. This ties in to the issue of loneliness. When we are cut off from social interaction and fellowship, when we are lonely, we are always more … [Read more...]

CONDITIONAL PERMANENT RESIDENT vs PERMANENT RESIDENT

Immigration Law

Permanent residency can be obtained by immigrants who marry U.S. Citizens. This is a green card renewable every 10 years. There are also cases in which the foreign spouse is given what is called “Conditional Permanent Residency” status. In short, this is only a temporary 2-year residency card that cannot be renewed. If you are given the conditional permanent residency, how do you become a permanent resident? Well it is important to understand what must be done prior to the expiration of the conditional permanent residency. There is an application that must be submitted to USCIS in order to remove those conditions and become a permanent legal resident. What if your family situation has changed since your conditional permanent residency was granted? There are many family circumstances that may alter or affect the application process of removing conditions. Such changes include a divorce, abuse or battery, or death of a spouse. It is important to review these changes with an … [Read more...]

The Paperwork

Family Law

As gut-wrenching as a divorce can be, once the court signs the decree you're only half done. You have to file paperwork with the Bureau of Vital Statistics, the Texas Department of Public Safety Drivers License Bureau, Social Security and so many others. One of the main things I think people frequently overlook is their will, any family trusts, your insurance documents, and car titles. I will admit right out of the gate, I am not a probate lawyer. Mr. Bailey is an excellent probate lawyer. From my conversations with him when a divorce happens the beneficiaries, executors, almost EVERYTHING in a will gets treated as though the former spouse died. Add to that some of the property listed in the will may well be community property that was disposed of in the divorce. As a family law lawyer, I just can't stress strongly enough once the divorce is final the very next appointment you need to make is with probate lawyer Mr. Bailey. In the last year I have had two clients die either … [Read more...]

Protect Your Legal Rights—Seek Medical Care Immediately after a Car Accident

Personal Injury

When you've been in any type of a motor vehicle accident, whether it's a minor collision or a high-speed crash, you want to protect your legal rights. One of the most important steps to do just that is to seek medical attention as soon as possible. In some instances, you may not have a choice. If you can't move without pain, don't try to. Wait until emergency responders arrive and let them determine whether you need to go to the hospital in an ambulance. Even if you can walk away under your own power, you should either drive yourself to an urgent care facility or immediately schedule an appointment with your personal physician. One of the primary reasons you want to seek immediate medical treatment—it's the best way to ensure a thorough and accurate diagnosis, and, consequently, the most effective way to make certain you maximize your recovery from injury. With many injuries, the sooner you begin to treat them, the less potential there is for long term ramifications. For example, … [Read more...]

It’s getting harder to get Disability.

It’s getting harder to get Disability.

In 2016, for the first time in nearly 30 years, the number of Americans receiving Social Security disability payments declined. The 8.89 million people receiving SSD in January 2016 marked the first time that the number of people receiving disability decreased year over year since at least 1988, the earliest data available. The trend continued in 2017, as the number of payees fell, slowly but steadily, to 8.79 million in January, which is the lowest number in almost five years. Fewer claimants are being approved for benefits. In 2002, 44.6 percent of applications were approved. Since 2014, the approval rate has been hovering around 32 percent. And after March 27, 2017, a treating physician’s opinion won’t mean as much to a claimant’s case either. The Social Security Administration has adopted new rules for agency review of disability claims filed after that date. Notably, the new regulations eliminate the “treating-physician rule,” which requires Social Security adjudicators … [Read more...]

Texas Homestead Protection and Bankruptcy

A majority of my clients are indeed homeowners and, when consulting about their rights under the Bankruptcy Code, the first questions are: ✓ Will I lose my house? Can I keep it? ✓ Is my house required to be in my bankruptcy? Although in most cases a debtor is allowed to surrender a home in a bankruptcy, and not be liable for any outstanding mortgage balance, most of the time, debtors want to keep their homes. And in my legal opinion, Texas has the best homestead protection in the nation. So, what exactly does “homestead” mean? Your homestead is your principal place of residence; it’s where you, generally, live each day. And in Texas, if you are under threat of a creditor, other than your mortgage lender, or the property taxing authority, your homestead is not reachable by your creditors. They cannot take your house; force you to move; or force you to sell. Your homestead is, in Texas, “exempt.” It is also exempt property under the Bankruptcy Code. And, so, no, you do not … [Read more...]

NOT OUR BROTHER’S KEEPER: THE DUTY (OR LACK THEREOF) TO ACT IN TEXAS

THE DUTY (OR LACK THEREOF) TO ACT IN TEXAS

As a general proposition, there is no duty on the part of any citizen of this, and most other states, to render aid to third parties at risk of harm. “[I]t may be said generally, as a matter of law, that a mere bystander who did not create the dangerous situation is not required to become the good Samaritan and prevent injury to others. ” Buchanan v. Rose, 159 S.W.2d 109, 110 (Tex. 1942). As the quoted language suggests, however, this principal does not apply where the person in question created the condition which has put the third-party at risk of harm: “if a party negligently creates a dangerous situation it then becomes his duty to do something about it.” Id. Other exceptions exist as to the application of the so-called “no duty to act” rule. For example, one who voluntarily and willingly sets about to aid another in peril must exercise reasonable care in doing so: One who undertakes gratuitously…to render services to another which he should recognize are necessary for the … [Read more...]