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Restrain Yourself, Texas Warns Drivers

Brent Dillard and seven of his friends were heading to the season’s first Pflugerville High School football game last year. Most of his friends were Wearing seat belts when a car sideswiped their SUV and sent them rolling down a ditch. But the two girls who were not buckled up were ejected out the back…

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Many Drivers in Travis County, Texas Uninsured

A large number of drivers on Texas highways and roads do not have auto insurance. A 60-day pilot project testing the Texas-Sure program (which allows law enforcement personnel to verify coverage status when they stop a motorist) focused on Travis County.  During the test, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers found 25.5 percent of 5,012…

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CDC Reports Emergency Room Waits Getting Longer

Nationwide, more patients are seeking care in fewer ERs. The average time that hospital emergency rooms patients wait to see a doctor has grown from about 38 minutes to almost an hour in the past decade, according to federal statistics released last month. According to the report authored by the federal Centers for Disease Control…

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Renewing Your Driver's License? Prove Your Legal Status

Immigrants must now prove they are in the United States legally to obtain new driver’s licenses and identification cards, which will indicate their status, under new Texas Department of Public Safety rules. Because driver’s licenses can be used to gain access to bank accounts, board airplanes and enter various government buildings, the new rules are…

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New Software Helps Reduce Car Crashes

Several states, including California and New York, have introduced laws against talking on a cell phone while driving, but they still allow the use of hands-free devices, such as Bluetooth headsets.  However, studies have shown that hands-free devices may not help.  It appears that it is the distraction of dialing or talking that is dangerous,…

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Immigrants Challenge Driver's License Rules

An Austin woman and two others claim in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Travis County that new Department of Public Safety driver’s license requirements for noncitizens discriminate against them, even though they are legally in the United States. The women, who are represented by the Texas Civil Rights Project are identified in the state District…

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3 Big Pickups Don't Deliver Good Side Protection

Three large pickup trucks that serve as workhorses for construction crews, farmers and small-business owners are not providing good protection from side crashes, according to tests conducted by the insurance industry which struck the side of the vehicles with a barrier moving at 31 miles per hour to imitate the front end of a pickup…

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'Talk and Die' Syndrome

Here is an excellent article on what can happen if you incur serious trauma to the head after an accident. The key take-away points are to immediately seek medical assistance if you Went unconscious for any length of time Headaches, weakness or balance problems nausea or vomiting And if you need legal represenation after an…

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Trial lawyers get rare victory with legislature

Handing a rare victory to personal injury trial lawyers, the Senate passed legislation that would make it easier for certain people to recover damages after being exposed to asbestos. The bill, which passed 20-11 on a preliminary vote Thursday, would apply to lawsuits involving mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer usually caused by the inhalation…

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Can I Settle It Myself?

A question I sometimes am asked by people who were injured in an accident is whether the injured person can settle the claim on their own. Of course, you don’t need a lawyer to settle your claim, just like you don’t need a lawyer to file a lawsuit or defend against one. The real question…

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