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Canyon, TX — 2 People Killed After Major Crash Involving 18-Wheeler

Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2020 at 1:06 pm by Williams Hart   

Authorities are reporting a fatal crash involving a semi-truck that occured around 10:30AM on Friday, February 21st, leaving two people fatally injured.

According to local reports, an 18-wheeler struck the driver’s side of a pickup truck at the intersection of U.S. 60 and F.M. 2590 in Canyon, just south of Amarillo, TX. Tragically, both occupants of the pickup truck were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi sustained minor injuries. 

While the investigation remains ongoing, a number of factors could have contributed to this unfortunate accident.

 

The countless lives affected by commercial motor vehicle accidents, specifically in the rural areas of West Texas, is an epidemic that has not received adequate attention. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that in 2013 nearly 4,000 people were killed in crashes involving 18-wheelers. Texas leads the nation in large truck road fatalities at 536, almost double the number of the next closest state. That’s an increase of 52% from 352 fatalities in 2009. 

Is the spike in big rig accidents related to the oil boom that took place in the energy-rich lands of West Texas? 

A 2015 report released by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) says yes.

The study clearly and concretely supports the notion that the amount of drilling activity in an area, such as the Permian Basin or Eagle Ford Shale, is strongly correlated with the number of rural commercial vehicle crashes. When oil production activity increases, the number of reported road accidents involving big rigs increases as well. Conversely, when drilling activity diminishes, so does the number of road accidents.

Common Causes of Big Rig Accidents

 

  • Driver fatigue

 

According to the Texas Trucking Association, the state is short nearly 50,000 truck drivers and is only expected to increase. With a rapidly retiring workforce, lack of interest from younger generations, stagnant wages, and increasing freight loads, truck drivers are burdened with longer working hours and less time to get from point A to point B. Simply put, drivers cannot keep up with oil production and thus are suffering immense fatigue.

 

  • Drug and alcohol use

 

Legal and illegal drug and alcohol use contributes to nearly 65,000 big rig accidents annually. Inconsistent drug and alcohol testing for CDL drivers operating a commercial vehicle is a significant issue. Furthermore, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that 22 percent of truck drivers were driving while receiving disability benefits for epilepsy, alcohol addiction, or drug dependence.

 

  • Texting and driving

 

The likelihood of being involved in an accident on the road is 23.2 times higher for truck drivers who text while behind the wheel than for those who don’t. 

Other common causes: 

  • Overweight freight loads
  • Improper vehicle inspection and maintenance
  • Cargo security
  • Poor road conditions and infrastructure, especially in rural West Texas

Road Fatality Prevention Measures

Road accidents involving 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles are likely to increase as oil production continues to rise in the areas of West Texas. While it can be difficult to prevent human errors that cause 18-wheeler accidents, there are measures that can be taken to subdue the number of fatalities that are expected to occur in the future:

  • Drivers must adhere to limited work hours regulations, such as the 11-hour driving limit and 60-hour weekly duty limit. If the demand for new truck drivers is to be met, life on the road must be improved with shorter work hours and more time to rest.
  • Practice safe driving, for both truckers and passenger vehicles
    • No tailgating, use turn signals, minimize lane changing, stay out of blind spots, use caution in work zones and in inclement weather, apply breaks early
  • Logistics professionals must be cognizant of safety measures such as land transportation safety policies, routine commercial vehicle inspections, and proper freight load management that would further reduce drivers’ exposure to fatal road hazards.

Get the Justice You Deserve

Road fatalities and injuries involving 18-wheelers are serious realities for both big rig operators and regular vehicle passengers, especially on the treacherous, oil-rich roads of West Texas. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in truck driving accident injury cases and can help you get the justice that you or your family deserves. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, contact us today for a free consultation. 

 

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Choosing Your Personal Injury Attorney

Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at 3:57 pm by Williams Hart   

Choosing the right attorney to represent your personal injury claim is essential to securing not only the justice you deserve, but financial compensation for your losses. It’s important to put your trust into a legal representative with experience in representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases. 

What to Look for in Your Legal Representative

    1. A Proven Record of Winning. When you look for an attorney, the first thing you should see is a history of winning results. An attorney’s work should speak for itself. At the end of the day you want an attorney that knows how to do their job, namely, winning cases.
    2. Financial Compensation. Securing adequate financial compensation requires a competent lawyer. You need to find an attorney who is experienced in setting the cost of damages and liability at a reasonable rate. Many people underestimate the amount of money they are owed while other attorneys might promise more than they can deliver. Look for an attorney who has won similar amounts for other clients and who is educated how much money cases like yours have won.
    3. Up-Front. You need an attorney who will be upfront about their fees and the prospective outcome of the case. Look for an attorney who takes the time to determine the likelihood of your case winning and who can give you some idea of what the legal proceedings will entail. When suing for damages and liability you should expect to pay your attorney part of the money you win, rather than any sort of prior fee. A plaintiff-side personal injury attorney who expects payment before winning should always be a major red flag.
    4. Powerful Negotiator. A good attorney will know when it is best to negotiate and when it is time to go to court. After a verdict, further negotiations on payouts may also be necessary. This is where having a skilled and thorough negotiator is key. Unfortunately, you could be looking at a long appeal process or a reduced payout that is barely worth the time spent filing the lawsuit. You need an attorney who can set reasonable expectations and who knows how to win a case through to the final payout.
    5. Formidable. Look for an attorney who has a reputation in their legal community. It isn’t enough to have a nice attorney, look for someone who is willing to take your case to trial if that is what needs to happen for your best outcome. Be aware of attorneys who do not have the skill or confidence to stop negotiations and go to court. You want to be sure that you hire someone who is experienced in the courtroom and who has won against other formidable lawyers.
    6. Compassionate. What drives a good lawyer to do their work? At the end of the day money isn’t enough to provide the care and honesty you need out of an attorney. It isn’t enough to merely enjoy winning, you need an attorney who has a sense of justice and drive to fight for what’s right. Defending individuals and families who have been harmed through negligence and greed should matter more than making the same money defending the corporations who cause these tragedies. Finding an attorney with a passion to fight for you is a competitive edge that should not be dismissed.
    7. Respect & Fairness. While your attorney should be an expert in their field, there is no excuse for an attorney who doesn’t respect their clients. Keeping you informed and making sure you understand your options is invaluable and the mark of a good attorney. Hire an attorney who will set fair expectations not someone who will promise the moon. Be wary of attorneys who promise something that is too good to be true.
    8. Transparency & Communication. Look for an attorney who is transparent about the legal process. It’s okay to not understand the entire process, that’s why you are hiring a qualified lawyer. You should be able to ask your attorney about the legal process and to get straightforward answers explaining your next steps. Your attorney should keep you informed and aware of the process every step of the way.
    9. Connections & Resources. When deciding on a law firm, look for a firm with the connections to be successful. Deciding between a large or small firm can be challenging. While it might seem like a good idea to go with a smaller firm and receive more one-on-one support, some aspects of trial can benefit from a larger legal team. Major corporations and even some smaller businesses may spend thousands of dollars on “expert” witnesses to attack your case. These experts can be tough to match without the resources to hire your own experts or researchers to prove those other experts wrong. Othertimes, companies may intentionally swamp your lawyer with paperwork to slow the legal process down. Having a firm with a team capable of handling these complicated and labor intensive processes is critical. Look for a firm with the connections to industry leaders and competent staff to tackle whatever your opposition throws at you.
    10. Experience. Having an experienced attorney with an equally experienced legal team encapsulates all of these critical components. An attorney who has a proven record of success in negotiations and the courtroom is of the utmost importance. You want an attorney who has a reputation of success and integrity handling complex cases while also taking the time to answer any questions you might have.

One Fatality, Four Hurt in Midland County Crash Involving 18-Wheeler

Posted on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 10:17 am by Williams Hart   

At around 4:30PM on Thursday, January 16th, authorities responded to a major accident that occured at FM 1379 and County Road 160, just east of Midland, TX. State troopers arrived at the scene to discover a crash involving an 18-wheeler and a Dodge Ram 2500 that was towing a trailer. 

Unfortunately, the driver of the 18-wheeler, identified as Joseph A. Davis, 55, of Cutler Bay, Florida, passed away at the scene. 

Jeremiah Osgood, 34, of Christoval, Texas, Jose Ramirez, 47, of Odessa, Nathaniel Davidson, 28, of San Angelo, and Joshua Fitts, 28, of San Angelo, were all taken to Midland Memorial Hospital for treatment. They are expected to recover from their injuries.  

A preliminary investigation of the crash revealed that the 18-wheeler was traveling west on CR 160 as the Ram was traveling south on FM 1379.

According to DPS, the 18-wheeler failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into the Ram.

Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends as they are undoubtedly devastated by the loss of their loved one. We wish a speedy recovery to all who survived the crash. 


 

Common Causes of Big Rig Accidents

 

  • Driver fatigue

 

According to the Texas Trucking Association, the state is short nearly 50,000 truck drivers and that number is only expected to increase. With a rapidly retiring workforce, lack of interest from younger generations, stagnant wages, and increasing freight loads, truck drivers are burdened with longer working hours and less time to get from point A to point B. 

 

  • Drug and alcohol use

 

Legal and illegal drug and alcohol use contributes to nearly 65,000 big rig accidents annually. Inconsistent drug and alcohol testing for CDL drivers operating a commercial vehicle is a significant issue. Furthermore, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that 22 percent of truck drivers were driving while receiving disability benefits for epilepsy, alcohol addiction, or drug dependence.

 

  • Texting and driving

 

The likelihood of being involved in an accident on the road is 23.2 times higher for truck drivers who text while behind the wheel than for those who don’t. 

Other common causes: 

  • Overweight freight loads
  • Improper vehicle inspection and maintenance
  • Cargo security
  • Poor road conditions and infrastructure

Road Fatality Prevention Measures

Road accidents involving 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles are only expected to increase. While it can be difficult to prevent human errors that cause 18-wheeler accidents, there are measures that can be taken to subdue the number of fatalities that are expected to occur in the future:

  • Drivers must adhere to limited work hours regulations, such as the 11-hour driving limit and 60-hour weekly duty limit. If the demand for new truck drivers is to be met, life on the road must be improved with shorter work hours and more time to rest.
  • Employers must diligently screen their drivers for prior safety violations and medical conditions that may require prescription medication known to inhibit driving abilities.
  • Practice safe driving, for both truckers and passenger vehicles.
    • No tailgating, use turn signals, minimize lane changing, stay out of blind spots, use caution in work zones and in inclement weather, and apply breaks early.
  • Logistics professionals must be cognizant of safety measures such as land transportation safety policies, routine commercial vehicle inspections, and proper freight load management that would further reduce drivers’ exposure to fatal road hazards.

Get the Justice You Deserve

Road fatalities and injuries involving 18-wheelers are serious realities for both big rig operators and regular vehicle passengers. No one should have to endure the overwhelming stress of losing a loved one to an accident that was entirely preventable. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in truck driving accident injury cases and can help you get the justice that you or your family deserve. 

If you or a loved one have been injured in an 18-wheeler accident, contact us today for an initial case evaluation at no cost to you. 

The Williams Hart

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Reeves County, TX — Woman Fatally Struck by 18-Wheeler in Head-On Collision

Posted on Monday, January 13th, 2020 at 10:59 am by Williams Hart   

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a fatal accident involving two 18-wheelers and a passenger vehicle that occured on I-10 around 1:15pm in Reeves County, TX. 

Officials reported that an 18-wheeler traveling in the eastbound lanes, driven by 57-year-old Esteban Padilla-Mena, crossed the center median, entered into the westbound lanes and struck a Nissan Altima head-on — killing 44-year-old Wajma Popal at the scene. The semi then rolled over and hit another 18-wheeler that was traveling behind Ms. Popal.

Our thoughts are with the victim’s family as they are undoubtedly devastated by the loss of their loved one. 

 

Common Causes of Big Rig Accidents

While investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the accident, there are a number of factors that could have contributed to this tragic accident. 

  • Driver fatigue

According to the Texas Trucking Association, the state is short nearly 50,000 truck drivers and that number is only expected to increase. With a rapidly retiring workforce, lack of interest from younger generations, stagnant wages, and increasing freight loads, truck drivers are burdened with longer working hours and less time to get from point A to point B. 

  • Drug and alcohol use

Legal and illegal drug and alcohol use contributes to nearly 65,000 big rig accidents annually. Inconsistent drug and alcohol testing for CDL drivers operating a commercial vehicle is a significant issue. Furthermore, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that 22 percent of truck drivers were driving while receiving disability benefits for epilepsy, alcohol addiction, or drug dependence.

  • Texting and driving

The likelihood of being involved in an accident on the road is 23.2 times higher for truck drivers who text while behind the wheel than for those who don’t. 

Other common causes: 

  • Overweight freight loads
  • Improper vehicle inspection and maintenance
  • Cargo security
  • Poor road conditions and infrastructure

Road Fatality Prevention Measures

Road accidents involving 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles are only expected to increase. While it can be difficult to prevent human errors that cause 18-wheeler accidents, there are measures that can be taken to subdue the number of fatalities that are expected to occur in the future:

  • Drivers must adhere to limited work hours regulations, such as the 11-hour driving limit and 60-hour weekly duty limit. If the demand for new truck drivers is to be met, life on the road must be improved with shorter work hours and more time to rest.
  • Employers must diligently screen their drivers for prior safety violations and medical conditions that may require prescription medication known to inhibit driving abilities.
  • Practice safe driving, for both truckers and passenger vehicles.
    • No tailgating, use turn signals, minimize lane changing, stay out of blind spots, use caution in work zones and in inclement weather, and apply breaks early.
  • Logistics professionals must be cognizant of safety measures such as land transportation safety policies, routine commercial vehicle inspections, and proper freight load management that would further reduce drivers’ exposure to fatal road hazards.

Get the Justice You Deserve

Road fatalities and injuries involving 18-wheelers are serious realities for both big rig operators and regular vehicle passengers. No one should have to endure the overwhelming stress of losing a loved one to an accident that was entirely preventable. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in truck driving accident injury cases and can help you get the justice that you or your family deserve. 

If you or a loved one have been injured in an 18-wheeler accident, contact us today for an initial case evaluation at no cost to you. 

The Williams Hart

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  • Over $1 Billion In Client Recovery
  • Best Lawyers in America
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  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Involved in the community
  • No Fee unless we win


5 Dead, 60 Hurt in Massive Pile Up on Pennsylvania Turnpike

Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 at 3:32 pm by Williams Hart   

In the early hours of Sunday, January 5th, a deadly crash occurred on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Mount Pleasant Township in Westmoreland county, 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Authorities have reported that a multiple vehicle pile up involving a tour bus, two 18-wheelers, several passenger cars, and a FedEx truck left 5 people dead and 60 others injured. 

While Pennsylvania State Police spokesman Stephen Limani described the incident as an “extremely serious crash”, the injured victims – ranging from 7 to 67 years old – are all expected to make a full recovery, though two patients remain in critical condition. 

While traveling downhill, a tour bus making its way from Rockaway, New Jersey to Cincinnati, Ohio, lost control as it failed to safely maneuver a corner. The bus launched up an embankment, rolled over, and was struck by two 18-wheelers – leading to a chain reaction crash. 

A truck driver from Kentucky came upon the crash and immediately called 911 and waited with the victims until medical help arrived. The highway remained closed for several hours as local fire and medical emergency crews, a hazardous material cleanup company, and a fleet of tow trucks worked the scene. 

The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched a team of more than a dozen to investigate.

While the wet roads and cold weather may have been a factor in the cause of the crash, officials insist it would be “premature” not to investigate further. 

“It’s a very extensive crash so a lot of work has to be done to get the roadway reconditioned and ready to handle traffic again,” said Craig Shuey, the turnpike’s chief operating officer.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

  • Driver fatigue

According to the Texas Trucking Association, the state is short nearly 50,000 truck drivers and that number is only expected to increase. With a rapidly retiring workforce, lack of interest from younger generations, stagnant wages, and increasing freight loads, truck drivers are burdened with longer working hours and less time to get from point A to point B. 

  • Drug and alcohol use

Legal and illegal drug and alcohol use contributes to nearly 65,000 big rig accidents annually. Inconsistent drug and alcohol testing for CDL drivers operating a commercial vehicle is a significant issue. Furthermore, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that 22 percent of truck drivers were driving while receiving disability benefits for epilepsy, alcohol addiction, or drug dependence.

  • Texting and driving

The likelihood of being involved in an accident on the road is 23.2 times higher for truck drivers who text while behind the wheel than for those who don’t. 

Other common causes: 

  • Overweight freight loads
  • Improper vehicle inspection and maintenance
  • Cargo security
  • Poor road conditions and infrastructure, especially in rural West Texas

Road Fatality Prevention Measures

Road accidents involving 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles are only expected to increase. While it can be difficult to prevent human errors that cause 18-wheeler accidents, there are measures that can be taken to subdue the number of fatalities that are expected to occur in the future:

  • Drivers must adhere to limited work hours regulations, such as the 11-hour driving limit and 60-hour weekly duty limit. If the demand for new truck drivers is to be met, life on the road must be improved with shorter work hours and more time to rest.
  • Practice safe driving, for both truckers and passenger vehicles.
    • No tailgating, use turn signals, minimize lane changing, stay out of blind spots, use caution in work zones and in inclement weather, and apply breaks early.
  • Logistics professionals must be cognizant of safety measures such as land transportation safety policies, routine commercial vehicle inspections, and proper freight load management that would further reduce drivers’ exposure to fatal road hazards.

Get the Justice You Deserve

Road fatalities and injuries involving 18-wheelers are serious realities for both big rig operators and regular vehicle passengers. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in truck driving accident injury cases and can help you get the justice that you or your family deserve. 

The Williams Hart

Difference

Get Help Now!
  • Over $1 Billion In Client Recovery
  • Best Lawyers in America
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  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Involved in the community
  • No Fee unless we win


A Resolution for All: Household Safety for a Hazard-Free Year

Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 at 10:08 am by Williams Hart   

Another year has come to an end, and another has just begun. With that, millions of Americans find themselves entering the new year with a refreshed vision of what the future holds in store for them. The occurrence of a passing year gives us an opportunity to reflect and evaluate a pledge for self-improvement. 

New Year’s resolutions are a time-honored tradition around the world. Recent research indicates that as many as 45-percent of Americans say they usually make New Year’s resolutions, while only 8-percent are successful in achieving their goals. Regardless of whether they’ve followed through on previous resolutions, most people will continue repeating this tradition – after all, we’ve had 4,000 years of practice. 

Common new year’s resolutions include: lose weight, eat healthier, save money, learn a new skill, travel more, etc. While these are perfectly attainable accomplishments, you might find it increasingly difficult, or downright impossible, to stay committed when the unexpected happens. A sudden injury can derail you from the course of self improvement in an instant. 

These things are not always in your control. In fact, you may feel like nothing is in your control if you’ve been seriously injured – and that is an understandable perspective. However, what you objectively do have control of is staying informed, educated, and prepared for the unexpected so that you can safely stick to the goals you’ve set for yourself. And if there is one place you should always feel safe, it’s your home.

Refuge. Safety. Security. These are all essential parts of our physical and mental well-being, and what we hope for when we come home at the end of a long day. Home is where so much of our self-improvement begins. Unfortunately, many people do not recognize how quickly common household hazards can rob them of their progress. Exercising regularly and saving money pivot on the risk of an unexpected illness or injury.

So, if you’ve made yourself a resolution (good job!), you may be wondering what you can do to protect yourself from falling off the wagon. Preventing any household hazards that might leave you or a loved one with a serious injury could be the key to ensuring you reach your goals. 

Common Household Safety Hazards

While there are countless hazards that exist in your home, years of research has repeatedly named the top five leading causes of an injury at home as falls, poisoning, fires & burns, drowning, and choking & suffocation. Contrary to what you may believe, prevention of these dangerous scenarios are not always obvious.

  1. Falls. Falls account for over 40% of all non-fatal injuries that occur at home. Fall hazards can look like wet floors, slippery outdoor walkways, unsecured cabinets and drawers, bunk beds, rambunctious pets, and lack of: sufficient lighting and handrails in staircases, attics, and basements; safety gates, non slip mats for bathrooms and play equipment, and sturdy step stools or ladders.
  2. Poisoning. In 2014, more than 2 million poisoning incidents were reported to poison control centers nationwide. Poisoning hazards can look like unsecured household cleaning supplies or pesticides/herbicides, medicines and vitamins left within reach of children, loose batteries, old drink bottles or food containers used to store toxic chemicals, lack of or a faulty carbon monoxide detector, lead-based paint, or a gas stove that has been left on.
  3. Fires & Burns. More than 365,000 fires blazed US homes in 2015, causing smoke damage, completely destroyed homes, and deaths. Fire hazards can look like unattended burning candles, curling or clothes irons, and stoves (cooking mishaps are the number one cause of house fires!), clogged chimneys and dryer vents, crowded space heaters, high water heater temperature, and lack of working fire alarms/smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
  4. Drowning. In the past decade, deaths from drowning in a bathtub have gone up 70%. Drowning hazards can look like unmaintained pool drain covers, uncovered hot tubs, unattended children in bathtubs and kiddie pools, and lack of or unlocked pool gates. Four sided fencing with a self closing and self latching gate around the pool is the only proven solution to prevent children from wandering unattended into the pool. 
  5. Choking & Suffocation. Choking is the USA’s fourth largest cause of accidental death. There were nearly 5,000 victims in 2014. Choking and suffocation hazards can affect anyone, however children are at highest risk at home. Loose plastic bags, inappropriately sized food, small toys, marbles, jewelry, or other items that may end up on the ground and in a child’s reach, overly soft crib items, defective cribs, and lack of child-resistant locks on air tight spaces, such as fridges, all pose a threat of choking and suffocation.

Here’s How to Stay on Track 

Like any other resolution you might make for the new year, committing to home safety may not be as simple as you may think. While all of the dangerous scenarios above have undoubtedly fallen under our consideration in the past, how well do we really keep track of it? Weight loss does not have an auto-pilot function, and neither does this.

 

  • Be Specific. Setting a goal is a good start, but being too general can leave you feeling confused or overwhelmed. Limit your goals to a manageable amount that is appropriate to your home’s size and number of floors. Most importantly, discuss your plans with any children, elderly, or dependents in the house! 

 

 

  • Write It Down. Draw a map of your home that includes any pools, gardening sheds, staircases, smoke detectors, chemical storage, large appliances, bathtubs, chimneys, dryer vents, water heaters, and fire extinguishers. This can help you better visualize existing hazards and prevent further ones from occurring, and can also be helpful for insurance purposes should any of those scenarios do happen. Make a checklist or visit one of the following links to keep an inventory of safety measures. 

 

http://www.homesafetysmartcheck.com/home-safety-checklists_5143_ct.aspx

https://assets.aarp.org/external_sites/caregiving/checklists/checklist_homeSafety.html

 

  • Check In Regularly. Setting and visualizing a goal are only the first two steps to committing to your resolution. It’s essential to regularly revisit your plans in order to guarantee you follow through. Routinely schedule a checklist rundown and property evaluation in case anything changes, such as rearranging furniture, replacing appliances, or landscaping projects. 

 

Additional Resources

For more information regarding home safety and hazard prevention, visit the links below. 


Breaking News: ExxonMobil Petrochemical Plant Explosion & Fire in Baytown, Texas Injures Workers

Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at 12:48 pm by Williams Hart   

Williams Hart Personal Injury Accident Lawyers are ready to help file your Workplace Burn Injury Claim.

Update: 37 Workers Burned in Accident, 66 Total Medically Evaluated

 

Emergency crews are responding to a fire at the ExxonMobil Baytown Complex at 3525 Decker Drive. Currently, a shelter-in-place has been issued for areas in Baytown west of the petrochemical and refinery complex and south of Spur 330. This facility lies on the east side of Houston in the heart of the Texas chemical industry.

“ExxonMobil reported that 66 employees/contractors have gone to the Houston Area Safety Council, for medical evaluation.”  

A spokesperson for ExxonMobil stated that “37 people sustained non-life threatening injuries”. 

Local news is reporting that workers employed on site did sustain burn injuries from the fire.

Live, local video images from television stations show flames shooting several stories into the sky from pipes inside the plant, and many residents reported that their house and windows shook from the initial explosion.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is en route to the scene.

Harris County has begun monitoring Environmental Air Quality and you can see their interactive map here.

The cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed. Initial reports indicate that the Chemical Plant processed polypropylene, a thermoplastic which are highly flammable and pose a serious risk to the health and safety of employees at the facility in the event of ignition. 

The shelter-in-place has impacted several schools in the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District, according to the Houston Chronicle. Those schools include:

  • San Jacinto Elementary
  • Travis Elementary
  • Baytown Junior High
  • Robert E. Lee High School
  • Goose Creek Service Center,
  • Peter E. Hyland
  • IMPACT ECHS

 Families have been advised not to try to pick up their students.

 

 

The City of Baytown has stated that the fire is in a unit that contains propylene, which is an extremely flammable gas. This material is easily ignited by heat, sparks or flames and can quickly lead to an explosion.

When it comes to hazardous chemical exposure, propylene vapors can cause dizziness or asphyxiation without warning. Such contact with this form of gas can also lead to burns and other severe injuries.

Exxon Mobil crews are battling the fire, according to the most recent reports, but the city’s fire department is on standby to assist, according to Natalie Barrett, the spokesperson for the city of Baytown.

ExxonMobil released the following statement about the fire: 

A fire has occurred at the Baytown Olefins Plant. Our fire teams are working to extinguish the fire. We are conducting personnel accounting. Our first priority remains the safety of people, including our employees, contractors and the surrounding community. As a precaution, our Industrial Hygiene staff is conducting air quality monitoring at the site and fence line. We are cooperating with regulatory agencies. We deeply regret any disruption or inconvenience that this incident may have caused the community.

According to the Houston Business Journal Exxon Mobil Chemical Co. is the “Third Largest Houston-area Petrochemical & Chemical Company” with net sales of $28.69 Billion USD.

Founded 100 years ago in 1919, the Baytown complex is one of the largest ethylene plants in the world, boasting nearly 584,000 barrels of crude oil produced a day. It is also the second ExxonMobil location at which an explosion has occurred in the Houston area within the last few months.

The energy production workforce is no stranger to deadly explosions, with more than two dozen oil refinery disasters occurring in the last 50 years. For more info about Refinery Plant Safety you can get more info from Energy API here , and OSHA.gov here .

Occupational injuries and fatalities in the Chemical and  oil & gas production industry are typically caused by the following: 

  • Human error and or poorly trained staff
  • Improperly maintained equipment
  • Improperly stored end-products
  • Improperly maintained complex facilities

We are carefully following this story along with everyone in the community, and we will continue providing updates as they become available. You can also follow this developing story online at the Houston Chronicle’s website, KHOU online, and others.

Williams Hart has a long history of representing individuals injured in plant explosions such as the ones in Geismar, LA and Texas City. In situations like these, it is best to turn to an experienced firm to help you understand all of your options. If you have been seriously burned or injured, our Chemical Plant Fire Attorneys are ready to help you in the aftermath of this Baytown ExxonMobil Chemical Fire and Explosion.

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If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.

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How to Prepare for a Personal Injury Lawsuit the Right Way

Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at 11:01 am by Williams Hart   

So you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another party, and you’ve decided to file a personal injury claim.

Good work! You have taken action and made the first step towards receiving justice. You’re a responsible, hardworking individual and you aren’t backing down from those who must answer for your losses. You’re ready to armor-up! It’s now time to put your trust into the hands of the right attorney to fight for you. 

This guide will walk you through the process of a personal injury lawsuit, including how to choose the right attorney, types of personal injury cases, frequently asked questions, a timeline of the process, and a checklist to help prepare you for the journey ahead.

Types of Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury law, also known as tort law, is designed to protect you, the plaintiff, if you or your property sustains injury or damage because of another individual’s or agency’s actions or failure to act. In a successful personal injury lawsuit, the defendant who caused the injury compensates the plaintiff. 

While automobile accidents make up the vast majority of personal injury lawsuits, the basis of a claim can range anywhere from a simple slip or fall to a multi-victim refinery explosion. The following is a comprehensive list of typical cases that can lead to: loss of income, property damage, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and costly medical treatment.

  • Wrongful Death
  • Truck Accidents
  • Explosion Accidents
  • Burn Injuries
  • Oilfield Accidents
  • Refinery Plant Accidents
  • Pipeline Accidents
  • Jones Act Maritime Lawyer
  • Offshore Platform Rig Accidents
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Railroad Train Accidents
  • Crane Accident
  • Car Accidents
  • Workplace Accidents

FAQ: Litigation Process

First thing’s first: your case may take awhile to resolve. While small cases can often be resolved quickly, even medium-sized cases can take several years to resolve from the date of your injury to the day you receive compensation for your losses. From start to finish, your attorney will champion your case until the last gavel falls–just remember, he or she will have no control over how long the proceedings will last.

Civil litigation can be a frustrating and confusing process. Pleadings, motions, hearings, interrogatories, discovery, document requests, continuances, adjournments, negotiations, deadlines–the journey from your attorney’s office to the last gavel is an unfamiliar one to most people. Understandably, you have some serious questions.

  • What is the statute of limitations on filing a personal injury claim?

Knowing how a statute of limitations works is imperative, as its rules and procedures are complex and the consequences for failing to follow them can be harsh. You must act quickly. Additionally, court rulings can determine the way the statutes apply–and even make them unenforceable. The number of years you have to file a personal injury claim varies from state to state and can range between one year to six years. You can view a chart of all 50 states with their respective number of years here

  • What happens when a lawsuit is filed?

Once a lawsuit is filed, you become the plaintiff in the case and the person or entity responsible for your injuries becomes the defendant. Attorneys for each side typically begin gathering facts through exchange of documents, interrogatories (written questions), or depositions (questions that are asked in person and answered under oath). This process is called discovery. After discovery, many cases get settled before trial. Only a small percentage of personal injury actions ever go to trial.

  • What’s the difference between negligence, strict liability, and intentional wrongs?

You may be wondering if there is any other basis for personal injury other than negligence. The answer: yes. Strict liability refers to the culpability of designers and manufacturers for injuries resulting in defective products. In this case, the victim does not have to establish negligence–rather, they will need to show that the product was designed or manufactured in a way that made it unreasonably dangerous when used as intended. Intentional wrongs, while rare, refer to cases in which an individual or entity purposefully causes bodily injury to you.

  • What kind of compensation is awarded for personal injury victims?

If a personal injury lawsuit is won by the plaintiff, a judge or jury will award them what the court refers to as damages. In other words: money. The amount awarded can include compensation for expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, future wage losses, physical pain and suffering, or disability that resulted from the injury.

  • Will the responsible party be punished?

This is understandably a concern that most personal injury plaintiffs will want to address. It is important to understand the difference between civil cases and criminal cases. Civil cases, such as personal injury lawsuits, do not involve jail sentences or stiff fines for the defendant. These penalties only apply to criminal cases.

  • What does it mean to settle a case?

This is where you must practice thoughtful consideration towards the outcome of your lawsuit. Settling a case means that you agree to accept money in return for dropping your action against the person who injured you. This will absolve the defendant of any further liability. Your attorney will provide a realistic assessment of whether a lawsuit based on your claim will be successful–after which, the decision to accept a settlement offer is entirely yours.

 

How to Choose your Personal Injury Attorney the Right Way

Choosing the right attorney to represent your personal injury claim is essential to securing not only the justice you deserve, but financial compensation for your losses. It’s important to put your trust into a legal representative with experience in representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases.

What to Look for in Your Legal Representative

♦  A Proven Record of Winning

When you look for an attorney, the first thing you should see is a history of winning results. An attorney’s work should speak for itself. At the end of the day you want an attorney that knows how to do their job, namely, winning cases.

♦  Financial Compensation

Securing adequate financial compensation requires a competent lawyer. You need to find an attorney who is experienced in setting the cost of damages and liability at a reasonable rate. Many people underestimate the amount of money they are owed while other attorneys might promise more than they can deliver. Look for an attorney who has won similar amounts for other clients and who is educated how much money cases like yours have won.

♦  Up-Front

You need an attorney who will be upfront about their fees and the prospective outcome of the case. Look for an attorney who takes the time to determine the likelihood of your case winning and who can give you some idea of what the legal proceedings will entail. When suing for damages and liability you should expect to pay your attorney part of the money you win, rather than any sort of prior fee. A plaintiff-side personal injury attorney who expects payment before winning should always be a major red flag.

♦  Powerful Negotiator

A good attorney will know when it is best to negotiate and when it is time to go to court. After a verdict, further negotiations on payouts may also be necessary. This is where having a skilled and thorough negotiator is key. Unfortunately, you could be looking at a long appeal process or a reduced payout that is barely worth the time spent filing the lawsuit. You need an attorney who can set reasonable expectations and who knows how to win a case through to the final payout.

♦  Formidable

Look for an attorney who has a reputation in their legal community. It isn’t enough to have a nice attorney, look for someone who is willing to take your case to trial if that is what needs to happen for your best outcome. Be aware of attorneys who do not have the skill or confidence to stop negotiations and go to court. You want to be sure that you hire someone who is experienced in the courtroom and who has won against other formidable lawyers.

♦  Compassionate

What drives a good lawyer to do their work? At the end of the day money isn’t enough to provide the care and honesty you need out of an attorney. It isn’t enough to merely enjoy winning, you need an attorney who has a sense of justice and drive to fight for what’s right. Defending individuals and families who have been harmed through negligence and greed should matter more than making the same money defending the corporations who cause these tragedies. Finding an attorney with a passion to fight for you is a competitive edge that should not be dismissed.

♦  Respect & Fairness

While your attorney should be an expert in their field, there is no excuse for an attorney who doesn’t respect their clients. Keeping you informed and making sure you understand your options is invaluable and the mark of a good attorney. Hire an attorney who will set fair expectations not someone who will promise the moon. Be wary of attorneys who promise something that is too good to be true.

♦  Transparency & Communication

Look for an attorney who is transparent about the legal process. It’s okay to not understand the entire process, that’s why you are hiring a qualified lawyer. You should be able to ask your attorney about the legal process and to get straightforward answers explaining your next steps. Your attorney should keep you informed and aware of the process every step of the way.

♦  Connections & Resources

When deciding on a law firm, look for a firm with the connections to be successful. Deciding between a large or small firm can be challenging. While it might seem like a good idea to go with a smaller firm and receive more one-on-one support, some aspects of trial can benefit from a larger legal team. Major corporations and even some smaller businesses may spend thousands of dollars on “expert” witnesses to attack your case. These experts can be tough to match without the resources to hire your own experts or researchers to prove those other experts wrong. Othertimes, companies may intentionally swamp your lawyer with paperwork to slow the legal process down. Having a firm with a team capable of handling these complicated and labor intensive processes is critical. Look for a firm with the connections to industry leaders and competent staff to tackle whatever your opposition throws at you.

♦  Experience

Having an experienced attorney with an equally experienced legal team encapsulates all of these critical components. An attorney who has a proven record of success in negotiations and the courtroom is of the utmost importance. You want an attorney who has a reputation of success and integrity handling complex cases while also taking the time to answer any questions you might have.

Preparation Checklist

The better prepared you are for your personal injury lawsuit, the more likely you are to receive maximum compensation as quickly as possible. Before the initial meeting with your personal injury lawyer, it’s important to gather all information applicable to your claim in order for him or her to fully investigate your case. 

Information

  • Name and address of ambulance service
  • Name and address of the emergency room where you were initially taken
  • Dates you were admitted to the emergency room and the hospital
  • Names and business addresses of all doctors who have examined you
  • Names and addresses of chiropractors you have consulted
  • Names of all people who were involved in the accident
  • Names and addresses of witnesses to the accident
  • Dates you missed work because of the accident
  • Name and telephone number of each insurance adjuster you have talked to
  • List of people you have talked to about the accident or your injuries

Documents

  • Accident report
  • Copies of any written statements
  • Your automobile insurance policy if you were injured in a car accident along with the “declarations” page or “coverage certificate” that sets forth what kinds of coverage you have purchased and what the policy limits are
  • Your homeowner’s or renter’s policy, along with the declarations page or coverage certificate
  • Medical or disability insurance policy or coverage certificate
  • Other policies, including major medical, hospitalization, veterans insurance
  • All correspondence you have received from any insurer about the accident or your injuries
  • Medical bills
  • Receipts for things you have had to buy because of your injury
  • Receipts for things you have had to fix because of the accident

For a printable copy of this checklist, please click here.


What to Expect: A Timeline

The litigation process of a personal injury claim is a lengthy and complex one, and most people do not have experience with such legal proceedings. Understandably, you and your family are anxious to pursue the justice you deserve. While the majority of personal injury claims end in a settlement before it can go to trial, it is important to familiarize yourself with what to expect–from your first meeting with an attorney to the conclusion of a trial. 

 

  • Meeting with a Personal Injury Attorney

 

The first step after receiving medical treatment for your injury is to meet with an experienced personal injury attorney for a professional consultation as to whether you have a valid claim. Most personal injury lawyers do not charge a consultation fee, so beware of those who do. It’s important that you bring any supporting documents for your case, including medical records, police reports, photos, and notes you’ve taken. Be prepared to answer many questions, as your attorney will need to get a full understanding of your case.

 

  • Evaluating and Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

 

Selecting the right attorney for your claim can mean the difference between winning and losing your case, so it’s important to consider your legal representative carefully. Be sure to look for the top 10 attorney qualities, listed above, that will prove valuable in your case. Keep in mind during your initial meeting, a good attorney will never make promises about how much money you can expect to receive. Once you have made your decision, you will be asked to sign a client contract that specifies the exact attorney fee. Most personal injury attorneys are paid on a contingency basis, meaning there is no fee unless your case is successful. 

 

  • Investigating Your Case

 

To fully understand how you were injured and the extent of your injuries, damages, and costs, your attorney will conduct a full investigation into your case. He or she will contact the insurance company directly and possibly the attorney representing the party responsible for your injuries. Your attorney will keep you up-to-date on any negotiations and developments throughout the litigation process. At this point, you must prioritize your medical treatment and returning to your normal routine.  

 

  • Settling Your Case Prior To Filing A Lawsuit

 

Only five-percent of personal injury claims, especially those involving automobile accidents, actually go to trial. The remaining 95% are settled before a lawsuit is filed. While your attorney negotiates with the insurance company representing the party responsible for your injuries, be prepared to receive an offer of settlement. If the offer is made, your attorney will advise on whether or not you should accept it. Ultimately, you, and only you, have the power to decide if the settlement is acceptable. You don’t want to settle too early to “get it over with”, as you might not fully receive the compensation you deserve.

 

  • Filing Suit In Court 

 

If an agreement cannot be reached on a settlement, your attorney will file a lawsuit in court, and a judge will set a deadline for each phase of the litigation proceedings. This is where your armor will be put to the test, as the process can take several months to several years depending on the complexity of your case. Remember, your attorney has no control over the length of time it will take to resolve your case.

Pre-Trial Phases

Complaint and Answer 

One of the first documents filed in any personal injury lawsuit, the Complaint is a document outlining your allegations regarding the injuries you’ve sustained, the facts surrounding them, the individual(s) you are suing, the legal basis of your claim, and the amount of damages you believe you are owed. After the Complaint is filed, the defendant has 30 days to “answer” to your allegations. 

Discovery

The discovery phase involves a collection and exchange of testimony, evidence, documents and information between each party. This includes written documents, such as interrogatories and requests for documents, and oral depositions. Depositions involve the questioning of witnesses, experts, and each party by a lawyer. 

Motions

The motion phase involves a submission of a written request or proposal to the court by the defense attorney. There are a variety of motions and they typically ask for a strategic ruling or direction that falls in favor of the defendant.

  • Going to Mediation

Once the court proceedings begin, both parties may be unwilling or unable to resolve a dispute–at which point they may decide to work with a neutral third party. This method of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is called mediation. It is essentially a bargaining process by which a resolution between both parties is reached under a supervised exchange of information. Although sometimes statutes, rules, or court orders may require participation in this process, mediation is usually voluntary.

 

  • Going to Trial

 

When your case goes to trial, your attorney will present his or her arguments to the judge or jury, then the individual(s) responsible for your injuries will put on their defense. Once the arguments are presented, the judge or jury will determine if the defendant is legally responsible, and, if so, the amount of damages the defendant must pay you.

A personal injury trial consists of six phases: 

      1. Jury selection
      2. Opening statements
      3. Witness testimony and cross-examination
      4. Closing arguments
      5. Jury instruction
      6. Jury deliberation and verdict

 

  • Post-trial

While your case may be over at this point, even if the jury ruled in your favor, the defense could appeal the case and ask a higher court to reconsider the verdict. Before you receive compensation, your attorney must first pay any agencies that have legal claim to some of the damages awarded. After that, you will receive a check and the money is yours to keep.

Conclusion

Congratulations! You have reached the end of your journey and your personal injury lawsuit is now over. You’ve navigated a complex litigation process, after many twists and turns, under the guidance of a trustworthy attorney whose expert decision-making skills have delivered you the justice you deserve. You had one opportunity, acted quickly, prepared yourself, remained focused, and battled through it. 

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Arlington — 2 Construction Workers Injured on the Job at Ballpark Development Site

Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 1:41 pm by Williams Hart   

Shortly before 11AM on Friday, June 14th, two Arlington construction workers were injured on the site of a development project across from Globe Life Field at 1650 E. Randol Mill Rd. Scheduled to be ready for the 2020 season, the new Texas Rangers’ stadium is now over halfway complete and will house up to 41,000 guests. 

Authorities report that both workers were treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries before being taken to nearby hospitals. 

No further details were provided. The investigation remains ongoing.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, out of 4,674 worker fatalities in private industries in 2017, 20.7% were in construction. The leading causes of construction industry deaths and injuries are falls, followed by struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between equipment or objects. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that eliminating these ‘fatal four’ leading causes of construction worker injuries would save 582 workers’ lives in America every year.

Construction workers are especially subjected to occupational fatalities or injuries. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in work-related injuries and can help you get the justice that you deserve.

If someone you or someone you love was seriously hurt or fatally injured in a work-related accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience assisting victims of work-related injuries. Please do not hesitate to contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


The ‘Fatal Four’–What Does a Construction Site Injury Look Like?

Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 1:17 pm by Williams Hart   

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas had the highest number of fatal work accidents in 2016. One in five of those fatalities were construction site accidents, with 64% of those related to the “Fatal Four”.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration identified the leading causes of construction industry deaths and injuries as: falls, struck-by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between equipment or objects–otherwise known as the “Fatal Four”.

Falls

Falls are the leading cause of injury in the construction industry. These injuries occur when personal fall arrest equipment is not used properly, perimeter protection is not installed or maintained, floor openings are improperly secured and labeled, and ladders and scaffolds are not scaled safely.

Struck-by object

The second leading cause of injury in the construction injury is struck-by objects. Employees are especially exposed to these hazards when they position themselves between moving and fixed objects and/or do not high-visibility clothes near equipment/vehicles.

Electrocution

The third leading cause of injury in the construction industry is electrocution. This type of injury is typically caused by lack of awareness of power lines and not maintaining a safe distance from them, operating portable electric tools that are not grounded or double insulated, not using ground-fault circuit interrupters for protection, and poor visibility on ladders and scaffolds.

Caught-in or in-between 

The fourth leading cause of injury in the construction industry is caught-in or in-between objects or equipment. These accidents occur when an employee enters an unprotected trench or excavation 5 feet or deeper without an adequate protective system in place, such as sloping, shoring, benching or trench shield systems.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that eliminating these ‘fatal four’ leading causes of construction worker injuries would save 582 workers’ lives in America every year.

Construction workers are especially subjected to occupational fatalities or injuries. Fortunately, there are lawyers who specialize in work-related wrongful death and personal injury cases and can help you get the justice that you or your family deserve.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or fatally injured in a construction site accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience assisting families of wrongful death victims. Please do not hesitate to contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.

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