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Hit by a driver who was following you too closely?

Tailgating is a significant issue in Texas and elsewhere. You cannot ever go too far from home without seeing other drivers following you or others around you too closely. This behavior is one of the main causes of rear-end auto collisions. Such collisions can leave victims with injuries that may affect them for the rest of their lives.

If you were in an accident with a person who was riding your rear bumper and you suffered injuries in the event, you may have legal recourse. Tailgating is often viewed as a form of driver negligence. Establishing negligence, among other things, is what your attorney must do to successfully litigate a personal injury claim in civil court.

Did investigators violate your Fourth Amendment rights?

When colonists were at war with Great Britain, certain events led to the drafting of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. If you are well versed in early American history, you may know that British soldiers often invaded people's homes to try to collect evidence that would suggest they had committed crimes. As a result, the founding fathers made sure to protect you against unreasonable government invasion of your privacy.  

When it comes to your Texas home, your vehicle, your business or your person, you have certain rights that impose restrictions on the process government officials use to conduct searches and seizures during investigations. Are you currently facing criminal charges? Did a police officer search your car or home before arresting you? The more you understand about the Fourth Amendment and know how to access support resources, the better you'll be able to protect your rights in court. 

Has a heroin addiction led to criminal charges?

Having a serious drug-related problem could happen to anyone. One minute your life may have felt right on track, and the next minute you may have found yourself at the beck and call of an illegal substance. You may not even feel fully aware of how you ended up in the situation, but trying a drug even once could quickly lead to this type of scenario.

In particular, heroin is a highly addictive substance. Additionally, it can have serious effects on your mental and physical health that not only put you at risk but also lead you to want more of the substance. When these issues take hold, you could face health and legal troubles.

Could you become a victim of these common types of accidents?

You follow all of the traffic laws, at least most of the time, remain vigilant and avoid distractions while you drive. You can only hope that the other drivers around you are doing the same, but you know better. The problem is that you can't anticipate what another driver will do.

Some common types of accidents exist, however. Knowing the circumstances under which they occur may help you avoid becoming a victim and suffering serious injuries.

The long-term suffering of a spinal cord injury

You probably don't need anyone to tell you that your life will never be the same. The car accident that left you with a spinal cord injury is likely engrained in your memory, at least in flashes. The aftermath, however, will stay with you forever.

A spinal cord injury that results in paralysis often brings many collateral medical issues. Being bound to a bed or wheelchair may be only the beginning of the problems you will be dealing with. Of course, another consequence of prolonged medical challenges is the mounting cost of treatment.

A U visa may help Texas victims of violent crimes stay in the US

If you live here in Texas without legal permission, you may relate to the many struggles and challenges other people in similar situations experience. Even seemingly uneventful activities, such as driving to and from work each day, may cause you to feel nervous or worried that authorities will detain you because of your legal status. Some immigrants say they hesitate to report certain issues, even if someone has stolen their property or committed another crime against them because they fear they will be at risk for deportation if they do so.

What they, and you, may not know is that if you were the victim of certain violent crimes that took place here in the United States, you may qualify for a U visa. This program may not only provide a safe way for you to seek justice against the person who perpetrated the crime against you, but may also allow you to apply for temporary protected legal status. There are specific requirements attached to the program and you may want to seek support if you plan to seek this type of visa.

Key causal factors in many Texas motor vehicle collisions

Traveling Texas highways or other roadways in the nation can be extremely stressful. Long gone are the days when families took leisurely Sunday drives at low speeds, just for fun to enjoy the open road and time together. With as many accidents as there are nowadays, you might find yourself thinking it's safer to stay home than to get behind the wheel and risk a collision. It's highly unlikely that you could continue to function in your everyday life without ever traveling by car.

Therefore, it makes sense to learn and follow the rules of the road and to be aware of the types of situations that often lead to accidents. When you adhere to traffic regulations and keep a lookout for potential danger, you up your chances for safe arrival at your destination. It never hurts, however, to check out the type of resources available for legal support ahead of time, in case you unexpectedly find yourself in an hour of need.

How the drink a nearby motorist had may impair his or her ability

You've probably experienced a Texas traffic jam on more than one occasion. In fact, if you're a daily commuter to work, you likely encounter traffic congestion several times a day. On a good day, you may be able to overlook such frustrations, knowing that like many things in life, it too, shall pass. Other times, an incident that occurs in traffic may change your life forever, such as when a drunk driver slams into the side of your vehicle.

Drunk driving continues to be a major problem in most states throughout the nation. There's often not much time to react and avert disaster when another vehicle careens out of its lane or cuts you off on the road. Injuries resulting from such collisions are often quite serious, even life-threatening. If you survive your injuries in a drunk driving crash, your recovery may be long and arduous, not to mention the undue financial hardships the situation may thrust upon you.

If the wedding bells you rang don't sit well with the government

When you were planning your wedding, you may have been both excited and nervous at the same time. Given the fact that you were planning to leave your country of origin and come to Texas, you may have had a thousand questions about your soon-to-be new life in the United States. Although you were likely thankful that marring a U.S. citizen would also be a valid means of obtaining a green card, you might have anticipated that there would be challenges in the process.

Fast forward to recent events when you received notice requesting your presence at a Stokes interview. You may not have ever heard the term before and likely grew immediately concerned. After all, stories abound of status problems among immigrants throughout the country.

When the status of your status puts you at risk in a police stop

Even if you've been living and working in Texas for decades without appropriate immigrant documentation, you probably never get entirely used to living as a non-immigrant in the United States. You go to work. You pay your taxes. You do your best to raise your children to respect the laws of this nation and to be proud of their heritage and the contributions they can make in their Texas community. You probably have many neighbors who relate to your situation.

Like you, they might worry from time to time about incidents that could lead to deportation. For instance, if an officer pulls you (or them) over in a traffic stop or approaches you on foot to question you.

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