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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.

My BAC was under .08! Why was I arrested?

Like many other Texans, you may be under the impression that you can only be arrested for drunk driving if your blood alcohol concentration is .08 or higher. That isn't always the case. Your BAC does bolster other evidence of impairment observed and obtained by law enforcement officials, but it is not the only indicator of impairment.

In fact, an officer may believe these indicators provide enough "evidence" to establish the probable cause needed to arrest you. This is because researchers have proved that alcohol can impair your ability to safely operate a vehicle even at levels below .08.

Amusement park injuries are not so amusing

With summer here, you and your family may be considering your options for a vacation. Along with trips to the beach, camping and family reunions, you and your family may be looking forward to a visit to an amusement park. You may have memories of such trips when you were a child, or maybe it's an annual tradition in your own family.

No matter how much experience you have with amusement parks, you understand that part of the lure that makes many rides exciting is the sense of danger. However, how can you know if that danger is real?

Using a store-bought product should not cause personal injury

It boggles the mind to think of how many millions of different products there are for sale in today's marketplace in Texas and across the nation. Perhaps you rarely even leave the house to do your shopping because you can find just about anything you need online. If you do venture out to in-person stores, you'll likely find multiple choices for whatever type of item you need or want to buy. You have the right as a consumer to expect the products you buy and use are reasonably safe.

In fact, that right is protected by law. Every product must meet the reasonable expectations of consumers; this undoubtedly includes safe usage. That doesn't necessarily mean every product sold is safe. There are many dangerous and defective sale items that cause injuries to people throughout the United States every year. Some who suffer are children whose toys did not work as they expected. Others are adults who suffer injuries when tools malfunction or improperly labeled medicines make them ill.

What happens after you suffer a serious traumatic brain injury

Have you ever heard anyone say that an injury will hurt worse the next day? This happens with many types of injuries, including a traumatic brain injury. You may not feel its affects right away, but that does not mean that your life is not in danger.

If you were involved in a serious accident here in Texas, you should seek medical treatment immediately. Getting treatment within the first three days of your injury may be the crucial difference in your recovery. No one may have realized that you lost consciousness even momentarily. Your symptoms may not make you think that you suffered a moderate to severe blow to your head.

What happens in the aftermath of a spinal cord injury?

The human body takes a lot of punishment during a typical lifetime. Muscle strains, broken bones and lacerations may heal, but those parts of the body affected by them are never quite the same again. Therefore, it shouldn't be surprising to know that a serious injury to the spinal cord in a car accident, sporting accident or fall (among other traumas) causes lasting effects that may change your life forever.

The spinal cord is a sensitive bundle of nerves that runs through, and is protected by, the spine. It extends from your brain down through your lower back. Depending where on your spine an injury occurs, you could experience different effects. Similarly, the severity of the injury helps determine the course of your recovery. Some spinal cord injuries never heal, while others do.

Did another driver's distraction cause your child's injury?

How many times have you shared a roadway in Texas with someone distracted behind the wheel? It probably happens more often than you think. Distracted driving causes problems in most states, and laws vary as to how it's defined. Some states say it includes any unnecessary behavior while driving that takes your attention off the road and could potentially impair your ability to keep yourself and others safe.

It's easier than you think to become distracted while driving. From glancing at an interesting billboard on the side of the road, to those who think highway travel is the perfect time to take selfies, such negligence often results in a collision.

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Although drivers are required to carry insurance coverage, our personal injury law firm recommends seeking legal advice as soon as possible after a motor vehicle accident. The reason is strategic: An insurance carrier may not provide the best result unless it knows that a crash victim is willing and able to hold a negligent driver accountable in a civil court of law. That leverage often results in a more favorable settlement offer.

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