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Tips for Proving Negligence After a Slip and Fall Accident

If you are injured due to a slip and fall accident, you may find you cannot work for several weeks, months, or even longer. When this accident occurs at a business or another property, you may have the right to hold the property owner liable for your injuries. If this happens, you can recover compensation. However, slip and fall cases are rarely black and white. Because of this, it is best to hire an experienced Corpus Christi personal injury attorney

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Semi Truck Crash Investigations

Essential Information about Semi Truck Crash Investigations

After an accident with a semi-truck or other large truck involving injuries or fatalities, the authorities will carefully investigate the accident. The investigation considers factors like why the accident occurred and who is at fault. While you may believe the authorities do everything possible to protect your interests, this is not always the case. That’s why most experts recommend hiring an experienced Corpus Christi truck accident lawyer from the Burkett Law Firm. Our team will protect your rights and work

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Truck Driver Shortage: Does It Mean More Accidents?

There’s a massive truck driver shortage in the U.S. right now. In fact, trucking companies are down approximately 60,000 drivers, with estimates projecting this number to increase to more than 160,000 by 2028. Unfortunately, the problem doesn’t just impact consumers and the trucking industry itself – it also presents a serious hazard to motorists who are on the roads with trucks day in and day out. For example, with this shortage, trucking companies are putting more pressure on drivers to

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car safety tips for kids in Texas

Car Safety Tips for Kids in Texas

Do you go on long drives with your children? Are you fond of getting them in the back seat, buckled into their car or booster seats, en route to school? If you have answered “yes” to either or both of these questions, chances are that car safety is important to you. Older children, particularly those that are school age, will already be aware of the role they play in car safety. Often, these children know the importance of buckling in,

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Texas Car Accidents by the Numbers

Texas Car Accidents by the Numbers

Do you drive anywhere in Texas? Driving in the Lone Star State can be an experience that invigorates the senses, especially along rural roads and highways. Nonetheless, Texas car accidents do occur, and thousands of them happen in parts of the state that are heavily populated. Texas has some of the highest incidences of car crashes of any state. According to Policy Genius, Texas is one of the top five car accident-prone states, ranking second to California. With Texas car

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Questions to ask a Texas Personal Injury Lawyer

Questions to ask a Texas Personal Injury Lawyer

10 FAQ and Answers for a Texas Personal Injury Lawyer Finding a quality, experienced personal injury attorney can feel like a daunting process if you are injured. This is especially the case when you see countless “over the top” advertisements for personal injury lawyers in your area. While it can take some time and effort to find the right lawyer for your needs, a good place to begin your evaluation is with a face-to-face consultation. During this consultation, you will

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9 Things to Do After a Car Accident

9 Things to Do After a Car Accident

It is estimated that approximately 3,700 people in the U.S. lose their lives due to a car accident every day. This does not even account for the thousands of injuries that occur. If you are involved in a car accident, it can be a scary and frustrating time. While this is true, it is still important to take the right steps to protect your right to collect damages from the at-fault party. 1. Do not Leave the Scene of the

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10 Types of Distracted Driving That Cause Accidents

10 Types of Distracted Driving That Cause Accidents

By now, most people realize that distracted driving is dangerous. But even so, this remains a major problem throughout the United States (and many other parts of the world). As a driver, it’s critical to understand the many types of distracted driving. This knowledge will help you avoid a situation in which you put yourself and others on the road at risk of an accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are three categories of distraction

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Understanding Negligence

Understanding Negligence in Texas

When it comes to personal injury claims, there’s no shortage of things you need to know. And at the top of the list is a sound understanding of negligence. Negligence laws vary by location, so you must focus solely on the state in which you are filing a claim. At The Burkett Law Firm, we have been fighting for the rights of Texas injury victims for three generations. For that reason, we are in the unique position to not only

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7 Most Common Corpus Christi Personal Injury Cases

7 Most Common Corpus Christi Personal Injury Cases

In 2019 there were 37 fatalities in Corpus Christi due to car accidents, with 11 of these fatalities involving a drunk individual. Each year, the number of injuries and fatalities seems to go up, leading to more and more personal injury cases. Unfortunately, car accidents aren’t the only cause of personal injury claims. If you live in this area, you may wonder – what are the most common personal injury cases? At the Burkett Law Firm, we see hundreds or

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What Do I Need to Know About Suing for Personal Injury Damages in Texas?

What Do I Need to Know About Suing for Personal Injury Damages in Texas?

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another party, it’s imperative to learn more about your legal rights. This will lead you to address an important question: what do you need to know about suing for personal injury damages in the state of Texas? The first thing you must do is pinpoint the reason for your personal injury claim. There are various types of cases, including but not limited to: Car accidents Commercial

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Reckless Driving and Accidents in Corpus Christi

Reckless Driving and Accidents in Corpus Christi

It will only take the act of one reckless driver to change how you live your life. Residents of Corpus Christi know how tough traffic can be. Throw in just one reckless driver into the mix and what you get is havoc. If you get into a car accident in Corpus Christi, keep in mind that the legal clock will begin ticking at the moment of impact. This time counts down to your allowable limit to begin a civil lawsuit.

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5 Common Causes of Texas Truck Accidents

5 Common Causes of Texas Truck Accidents

Texas is constantly ranked as one of the leading states for fatal truck accidents. Unfortunately, this is not a trend that seems to be going away any time soon. Just consider the truck accident statistics from 2020: 513 total commercial vehicle accidents that resulted in at least one death 581 total people died 1245 serious injuries occurred 7342 non-incapacitating injuries were recorded With this information in mind, it is clear that truck accidents are a huge concern for Texas residents

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crash provoked by common causes of car accidents in Corpus Christi

Common Causes Of Car Accidents in Corpus Christi

There is a misconception among people that a majority of car accidents take place due to weather hazards. It is true that a good number of road accidents can be attributed to weather conditions but only in places that experience inclement weather. The main causes for car accidents all across the nation include factors like road rage, speeding, aggressive, drunk or distracted driving, fatigued driving and so on. In other words, it is not the weather or road conditions, but

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woman calling the car insurance company after an accident

Car Insurance Companies: Should You Talk to Them?

If you suffer injuries in an auto crash or your car is damaged, you will want to seek compensation for your loss from the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier. Like most accident victims, you want to do it fast and put the whole ordeal behind you. As such, you might be tempted to think that the best course of action is to approach all the involved insurance companies and get the settlement over with as quickly as possible. If that is

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example of hit-and-run accidents in Texas

Hit-and-Run Accidents in Texas: Protecting Yourself and Your Rights

In the state of Texas, hit-and-run accidents are considered serious offenses. This occurs when drivers leave the scene of an accident without taking time to identify themselves to the other parties involved or the police. This also involves not helping individuals who may have been injured or even killed because of the accident. Suppose you happen to be a victim of a Corpus Christi hit-and-run accident. In that case, you need to take time to notice and remember as much

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Injury Claims & Texas Statute Of Limitations

Were you or a loved one injured in the state of Texas? Do you believe that another party — such as a negligent driver — was responsible for the accident and injuries? Are you wondering how much time you have to file a personal injury claim? In Texas, just the same as other states, there is a statute of limitations on motor vehicle accident cases. In other words, you have a predetermined period of time to file an injury claim.

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parking lot accident

Parking Lot Accident: What To Do When Someone Hits Your Parked Car in Texas

Any time motor vehicles are involved there’s a chance of a serious accident and resulting injuries. For example, someone could strike you while you’re driving on the highway. Or perhaps you’re crossing the street when a negligent driver hits you. Your parked car could even be in the line of fire. If you suffered a parking lot accident in Texas, consult with an experienced car accident lawyer in Corpus Christi who can explain the key steps to take during the

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product liability

How Do I Know If I Can Sue For A Defective Product In Texas?

Defects in the design, manufacturing, or marketing of products can result in serious personal injuries. At The Burkett Law Firm, our Corpus Christi personal injury lawyers help you hold those at fault accountable. Find out more about product liability lawsuits and when you can sue for a defective product in Texas. Statistics on product liability lawsuits in Texas The Texas Department of Insurance reports that close to 800 liability claims are filed throughout the state each year. Among the most

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pedestrian car accident

Pedestrian Car Accident: What To Do If You’re Hit By A Car In Texas

A pedestrian car accident in Corpus Christi can result in serious, potentially life-threatening personal injuries. When the reckless actions of motorists are to blame, our Corpus Christi car accident lawyers at The Burkett Law Firm help you hold them accountable. Find out more about the common causes of pedestrian accidents and what to do if you are hit by a car in Texas. Common causes of pedestrian car accidents in Texas Texas has one of the highest rates of pedestrian

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total loss car accident in Texas

Total Loss Car Accidents: What To Do Next

Texas car accidents happen on an unfortunately frequent basis and can result in serious personal injuries and property damages. Depending on the severity of your crash, this may include reimbursement for the costs of repairing your vehicle if it’s deemed a “total loss”. If this is the case, your settlement amount should be enough to cover replacement costs. At The Burkett Law Firm, our three generations of Corpus Christi car accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you need

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accident damages

Damages You Can Recover After a Texas Car Accident

Car accidents in Corpus Christi can leave you suffering serious personal injuries. When another driver’s reckless behavior is to blame, you have the right to hold them responsible. The term ‘damages’ refers to compensation you may be entitled to in a car accident claim. Our car accident lawyer in Corpus Christi explains the different types of damages and steps you can take to help ensure you get the maximum amount you need to recover. What are compensatory damages? Section 41.01

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What’s The Difference Between Workers’ Comp vs Personal Injury in Texas?

In many ways, a workers’ comp claim and personal injury claim appear to be one and the same. And while there are some similarities, there are various differences that dictate which option is the best for pursuing compensation after your accident injury. If you’re wondering which path to take, our personal injury lawyer in Corpus Christi is here to explain the biggest differences between workers comp vs personal injury in Texas. Workers comp vs personal injury in Texas: Fault matters

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non-owner driver car accident

Texas Car Accident Caused By Non-Owner Driver: Sue The Driver Or Owner?

Every time you get behind the wheel you’re at risk of suffering an injury in a car accident. Even if you do everything you can to remain safe, there’s no way of knowing if another driver will act in a negligent manner. As you review the finer details of the accident, you may learn that the at-fault driver did not own the vehicle they were operating. This will add another layer of challenges to an already complex claims process. If you’re

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Car Insurance Adjusters: What They Do & How To Talk To Them

Were you injured in a Texas car accident? Are you filing an insurance claim in an attempt to collect compensation for your injuries and other damages? The first call you’ll make is to your insurance agent. This person will gather the necessary information, start the claims process, and act as a general point of contact in the future. Sooner rather than later, a car insurance adjuster for the at-fault party will get involved. Also known as a claims adjuster, the

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What Are Punitive Damages In A Texas Personal Injury Case?

  If you have any type of personal injury case—whether it stems from a car crash, truck accident, or oil field accident—it’s critical to understand all of the potential damages you can seek. Punitive damages have nothing to do with your physical and emotional injuries from the accident. These damages are a monetary award given to the victim as a means of punishing the at-fault defendant for their negligent behavior that caused the accident. This award also helps to discourage

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hit and run car accident

Are Hit And Run Accidents Covered By Insurance In Texas?

  If you’re involved in a car accident, it’s your hope that the other party stops their vehicle and remains on the scene to exchange information and speak with police. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Hit and run accidents remain a major problem in Texas, with people fleeing the scene for reasons such as: They are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and don’t want to go to jail; They were texting and driving (or engaging in some other

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two of the three types of distracted driving caused by grooming and cell phone use

Beyond Texting and Driving: The Many Types of Distracted Driving

We live in a world that constantly craves our attention. Online deals, social media feeds, and notifications on our phones seek to shift our focus in their direction, asking us to multi-task. But driving is one aspect of life that demands our concentration 100% of the time. The many types of distracted driving are a leading cause of car accidents across the U.S. and in Texas. When a driver focuses on something else other than driving, he/she can’t quickly react

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two men arguing about car accident damage

How to Show Accident Damage and Prove Who’s At Fault in an Accident Claim

Showing proof that someone caused your car accident damage and injuries is far more than he-said, she-said. If you’re preparing to file a car accident claim, simply pointing the finger won’t cut it. It takes several pieces of evidence to show accident damages and to prove who’s at fault.  If you don’t know what kind of evidence to include in your car accident claim, consult a skilled Corpus Christi car accident attorney at The Burkett Law Firm. We’re three generations

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Two people fighting over a good settlement offer

What Is A Good Settlement Offer After An Accident?

When you get injured, you may be eligible for a settlement offer. After all, about 95% of lawsuits end up getting settled before they go to court. This is for a few reasons: Going to court is time-consuming, expensive, and it can damage a person’s reputation. Settling is easier and a better financial decision, usually. You may be wondering what your settlement could be. If you’ve already gotten a settlement offer, you might be wondering if it’s a good offer.

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Child in a car seat to prevent child accident injuries

Child Accident Injuries: When Is The Parent At Fault?

As a parent, it goes without saying that you do your best to keep your children safe and healthy at all times. Unfortunately, even if you’re in the right frame of mind, it’s possible that you could make a mistake that increases the risk of child accident injuries. When children are involved in a car accident, you’ll likely have additional questions, concerns, and stress. Don’t hesitate to call on the knowledge and compassion of the Corpus Christi personal injury attorneys

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types of pain and suffering that can be calculated in a personal injury claim in Texas

What Is Included In Pain and Suffering and How Much Can You Get For It?

While watching personal injury cases on your favorite reality court shows on TV you may hear talk of someone suing another person for pain and suffering. Although you’ve heard it over and over again, you may not really know what it means. You also may not recognize that it is a major piece of a personal injury case. With over 40 years of experience in handling personal injury cases, The Burkett Law Firm understands pain and suffering all too well.

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Sports athlete receiving treatment for spinal injuries

The Dangers of Spinal Cord Injuries In Sports-Related Accidents

Playing sports can be beneficial to the body. It is a way to engage with others through teamwork, and promote overall health and well-being. Athletics, however, do not come without risk of injury to the spine. Spinal injuries are tragic events that take place in all types of physical sports including football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and gymnastics. Since spinal injuries can shake up an athlete’s way of living, our Corpus Christi spinal injury attorneys will walk you through how sports-related

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Person in wheelchair facing maximum medical improvement for paralysis injuries after accident.

What Is Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) in a Personal Injury Case?

When you get injured in an accident, it can take just a few weeks to heal. However, if you experience a severe injury, it could take months or years to heal. In some cases, you may be living with your injury for the rest of your life.  When your doctor is treating you, they will use what’s called maximum medical improvement (MMI) to let you know what your recovery will look like from now into the future. Then, you can

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Hospital lien bill after a car accident in Texas.

What Happens When I Get A Hospital Lien After A Car Accident?

You recently got into a car accident that was so bad you had to be rushed to the hospital. Even though you couldn’t provide any insurance information or payment, the hospital treated you – as Texas hospitals are legally required to do. Now, you’re dealing with medical bills and hospital debt and you don’t know what to do. The truth is you’re not alone. According to Debt.org, hospital costs in the United States are an average of $3,949 per day

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Corpus Christi car mechanic performing work that may contribute to a car accident.

Holding A Repair Shop Or Auto Mechanic Liable For A Car Accident

When you visit a repair shop or auto mechanic, you expect them to provide a high level of service. And of course, you also expect that they’ll make decisions and repairs with your safety and well-being in mind. But here’s the problem: Even if you have a recommendation from someone you trust, there’s no way of knowing if a repair shop or mechanic will do what they say. In fact, they could make a simple mistake that puts you at

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Injured car accident victim suffering from whiplash

Whiplash Caused By A Car Accident – Is This Your Only Injury?

  According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 12,186 serious injury crashes in 2018 with 14,937 people sustaining a serious injury. While these injuries take on many forms, those associated with the neck and back are typically among the most common. Whiplash is a common, yet serious, injury that often results from a car accident. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines whiplash as follows: Whiplash-a soft tissue injury to the neck-is also called neck sprain

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Personal injury victim expressing anger on social media.

Can Insurance Companies Use Social Media To Ruin A Personal Injury Case?

There are over 330 million people in the United States. Just last year, over 70% of the U.S. population had a social media account. With a tap of the send button, your friends, family, and even strangers can receive instant updates of the largest or smallest events in your life. Think twice before you tweet, snap, and post When you’re in the middle of a personal injury case, just remember the Miranda Warning, “You have the right to remain silent.

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A car with personal possessions inside being towed away after serious accident in Corpus Christi.

What Happens To Your Personal Possessions After A Car Accident?

Immediately after a car accident, your mind is occupied on your safety and healing, especially if you have injuries. Your next reaction is the thought of your personal possessions like your phone, purse, personal electronic devices and any other expensive or sentimental value items. When you’re involved in a serious car wreck where you sustained injuries, do you know what happens to your personal possessions? Here’s how to quickly claim the items that are rightfully yours. Your personal possessions were

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Confused Corpus Christi car accident victim in need of a car accident checklist.

A Checklist For What To Do After A Car Accident

You’re taking a risk every time you get behind the wheel of your car. Even if you’re the safest driver on the road, you could still find yourself managing the aftermath of an accident. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 256,338 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2019. And that doesn’t even take into account the thousands of people who were killed on the state’s roadways. It’s imperative to take the right steps after a car

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Corpus Christi road rage incident.

Road Rage: How To Protect Yourself

No matter who you are, where you’re driving, or how cautious you are, you could one day find yourself dealing with a road rage incident.  Get this: Over a seven-year period in the United States, more than 12,000 injuries and 218 murders were attributed to road rage. Locally, a road rage incident between two drivers in Corpus Christi caused a nearby elementary school to go into lockdown earlier this year. This goes to show how the violence of road rage

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Increased car insurance costs after a car accident in Texas.

How Much Does Car Insurance Go Up After An Accident?

Auto insurance premiums can be expensive nationwide but, according to Forbes, Texans spend an average of $1,009 a year on auto insurance. Texas law requires drivers to carry auto insurance for two reasons: to protect your assets and to pay for vehicle damages and bodily injuries when accidents occur. While the Texas Automobile Insurance Plan Association (TAIPA)’s recently approved 4.8% hike in auto rates takes effect March 1, 2021, and impacts our wallets even more, every driver wonders, “Will my

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Medical bills after a car accident in Texas.

Paying Medical Bills After A Texas Car Accident

Regaining a normal quality of life after a car accident should be a victim’s main priority. But the medical bills in the aftermath of an auto collision can add up to thousands of dollars, quickly. With the understanding that the rising cost of healthcare in Texas is a growing topic of concern, most people don’t have the money to pay for medical bills up front.  When medical bills pile up, they can lead to a mountain of debt that the

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Measuring the time frame for a car accident settlement.

What Does The Car Accident Settlement Time Frame Look Like?

Everyone wants justice now and they want it fast. But no one ever said the road to justice is a toll road. Recovering financial compensation damages caused by a car accident is often a difficult and long process that can take a few weeks up to several years depending on the injuries, the issues surrounding the case, and the number of parties involved.  This article provides a brief overview of determining factors that impact the time frame of a car

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Truck drivers risk accidents during bad holiday weather.

Commercial Truck Accidents During the Holidays: What You Need to Know

With 36% more vehicles on America’s roads during the holidays, drivers should beware, as commercial trucks are more likely to be involved in accidents during this time of year. As we’re already in the midst of the holiday shopping frenzy, it is important to understand the dangers of being on the road alongside 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, big rigs, and other commercial trucks that move various items during the holiday season.  If you are involved in a trucking accident this holiday

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Under Texas laws, motorcyclists not wearing a helmet may still recover damages for accident injuries, but the amount may not be what you expect.

Can I Still Recover Damages If I Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet During a Motorcycle Accident?

While motorcyclists are always advised to wear a helmet, Texas law has made helmets optional for some motorcycle riders so many motorcyclists in Texas may wonder, “Can I still recover damages if I wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time of the motorcycle collision?” The short answer is yes you can, but if you were not wearing a helmet during your motorcycle accident in Corpus Christi or other parts of Texas, the insurance company is likely to use this fact

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The danger of Texas roads increases during the nighttime with higher rates of fatal car accidents.

Nighttime Car Accidents & Safety Tips

There’s no doubt that driving at night is dangerous. Although only a quarter of vehicles are on the road at night, almost 50% of the traffic deaths happen at this time. In fact, the NHTSA reports that the passenger vehicle occupant fatality rate at nighttime is three times higher than the daytime rate. But what makes driving at night so dangerous? Keep reading to discover four major causes of nighttime car accidents as well as night driving safety tips. What makes night

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5 defensive driving tips for new drivers in Corpus Christi

Top 5 Defensive Driving Tips for New Drivers

There’s no denying that our Texas roads are inherently dangerous. In 2018 alone, the Texas Department of Transportation recorded 12,186 serious injury crashes, 14,937 serious injuries, and 3,652 traffic fatalities. And the sad reality is that most of these accidents happened in Houston, Dallas, and Corpus Christi. This chilling reality means that you have to drive defensively at all times. That is, drive with caution and identify what other drivers and road users around are doing so you can anticipate their

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Texas product liability claims involving defective childrens' toys

Texas Product Liability & Defective Children’s Toys

If you have children, your holiday shopping list is probably filled with toys for your little ones but while toy manufacturers have a legal obligation to produce safe products for consumers, hundreds of thousands of children are injured due to defective toys every year. Dangerous children’s toys Many product liability claims against toy manufacturers involve the following types of dangerous children’s toys: Bath toys Battery-operated toys Balls Non-motorized riding toys, including scooters and tricycles Stuffed toys Toy vehicles Toy-building sets

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Apeman C450 Dash Cam

Holiday Gift Guide – Dash Cams

If you have a car lover in your life, you are likely on the hunt for a functional gift to give. Lucky for you, we’ve spent hours researching the perfect gift ideas and there’s nothing that beats dash cams. Below is a rundown of some of the best dash cams to gift that car lover in your life this holiday season. Best dash cam selection 1. Apeman C450 Dash Cam Apeman C450 is an affordable dash camera that captures both video

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