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5 Most Common Offshore Oil Rig Accidents

5 Most Common Offshore Oil Rig Accidents 

In a recent seven-year period, the U.S. oil and gas extraction industry (this includes both off- and onshore) had a fatality rate that was seven times higher than all other workers in the U.S. If you are injured in an oil rig accident, you have rights. One right is to hire legal representation at the Burkett Law Firm to help you secure the compensation you deserve. It’s also smart to learn more about the most common accidents that occur so

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How Much Is My Texas Car Accident Case Worth?

How Much Is My Texas Car Accident Case Worth?

Just like in all other states, adding up the costs related to your accident and Texas car accident injury will help ensure you are offered a fair settlement. After a serious accident, your life may change significantly. While it may be difficult to handle at this time, the sooner you start to track your expenses and other indications of your case value, the better off you will be. Keep in mind that you don’t have to do this alone. At

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Why Are Truck Accidents Seen as More Complicated?

Why Are Truck Accidents Seen as More Complicated?

In 2020, Texas saw 32,562 commercial motor vehicle crashes. Of that number, 513 crashes were fatal, resulting in the death of 581 people. Often, truck accidents are seen as more complicated than regular car accidents, due to a range of factors. If you have been involved in a truck accident, you may be interested in pursuing compensation but may feel overwhelmed by looming complications. In this article, we’ll walk you through the reasons that make Texas truck accidents difficult to

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The Top Tips for Sharing the Road to Avoid a Truck Accident in Texas

The Top Tips for Sharing the Road to Avoid a Truck Accident in Texas

It’s pretty obvious, but commercial trucks are usually the biggest vehicles on the road. Due to their size and weight, large trucks take more time to slow down, stop and speed up. They also require more space to maneuver safely and usually have more blind spots than other types of vehicles. In Texas, the roads and highways are full of large commercial trucks, which means that accidents involving these trucks are bound to happen. If you want the best chance

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Understanding Motorcycle Accident Law in Corpus Christi, TX

If you have been in a motorcycle accident in Corpus Christi, Texas, you need compensation for your injuries and damages. Seeking compensation isn’t something you should go about on your own. You need a motorcycle accident lawyer who can navigate the legalities surrounding motorcycle accidents and liabilities in Corpus Christi. The motorcycle laws of Texas are some of the most complicated of any state. Luckily, we are here to give you a quick walkthrough of the laws that you need

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Understanding Your Rights in a Premise Liability Case

If you suffer an injury on someone else’s property and experience an injury because of negligence or unsafe conditions, it may be possible to hold the owner or manager of the property responsible for damages based on Texas premises liability law. Cases related to premises liability in Texas are extremely difficult to pursue. One reason for this is that they are usually complex and require the plaintiff (victim) to prove several elements to ensure their case is successful. However, we

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The Jones Act Explained: Facts, Figures, and What You Should Know

Have you heard of the Jones Act? If you are a maritime worker, you already know it’s a part of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 that helps to protect injured maritime workers. It explains important things like seaman’s rights after they are injured. Some people consider this Act an extremely important part of legislation that impacts and protects maritime workers. The Jones Act was named for Wesley Jones, the Senator that created it, and was used to replace several

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Rideshare Accidents in Texas (What Are My Options)?

Rideshare Accidents in Texas (What Are My Options)?

The use of Uber and Lyft services (along with other rideshare vehicles) is growing in Texas. However, each time you use these services, you are putting your safety and life in someone else’s hands. Unfortunately, not all rideshare companies use sufficient screening for drivers. If you are involved in an accident using a rideshare service, it can be difficult to figure out who is at fault and who should be responsible for covering your lost wages and medical bills. At

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How to Maximize Your Personal Injury Lawsuit Compensation

How to Maximize Your Personal Injury Lawsuit Compensation

Have you decided to file a personal injury lawsuit for the injuries you sustained due to the fault or negligence of another party or entity? If so, you need to do everything possible to maximize the compensation you receive. An important part of ensuring you make a full recovery is receiving adequate compensation. The steps you take after an injury matter. There are certain steps you can take to make the most of your personal injury claim. One of the

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Why You Should Never Apologize After a Car Accident

Why You Should Never Apologize After a Car Accident

After an accident, even one that’s clearly not your fault, saying “I’m sorry” may feel natural. However, you should avoid saying “sorry” or any other word of apology in this situation. This is because doing so may result in the other party taking it as an admission of guilt. This is especially the case if you are speaking to an insurance adjuster. Instead of saying you are sorry, you can try to express your concern for the other party in

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Tips for Choosing a Brain Injury Attorney

Tips for Choosing a Brain Injury Attorney

If you experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it may change every aspect of your life. It’s estimated that over 400,000 people experience TBIs around the U.S. each year. Many of these injuries are caused by an accident resulting from another person’s negligence or fault. For those who suffer a TBI, they may have to live with serious and lasting symptoms, including the loss of mental capacity, loss of focus and concentration, and the inability to control their emotions. Even

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Common Injuries in a Texas Car Accident

The Most Common Injuries in a Texas Car Accident 

When your vehicle collides with another in an accident, the result can be devastating for everyone involved. The injuries in a car accident can range from minor bumps and bruises to severe injuries and even fatalities. The severity of the injury usually depends on the type of accident, the force of the vehicles when they collide, and other factors like the safety features used or employed in the vehicle.  It can be confusing after a Texas car accident to know

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Getting to Know the Symptoms of a Mild TBI After a Texas Accident

A traumatic brain injury or TBI is well-known for its unpredictable nature. Unfortunately, these injuries can also have a huge impact on the lives of the victim and their families. Even though the severity of a TBI varies (just like other injuries), all types of head trauma have the potential to disrupt your day-to-day life, require a long recovery period, and even make the future unknown.  Our legal team has years of experience advocating for victims who have experienced all

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Did You Experience Whiplash in a Corpus Christi Car Accident or Is it More Serious?

Did You Experience Whiplash in a Corpus Christi Car Accident or Is it More Serious?

After a car accident in Corpus Christi, it’s not unusual to experience some aches and pains. One of the most common parts of the body that may experience pain is your neck. If this happens, you may wonder – did you experience whiplash, or is it something more serious?  The fact is, anyone can be in an accident, at any time. Because of this, you need to know when to pay attention to the aches and pains they cause.  After

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How Long Do You Have After a Car Accident to File a Lawsuit in Texas?

According to Texas law, you have a set time limit to file your legal claim after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. If you cannot reach an agreement with the insurance company to provide compensation for your damages and injuries, then filing a lawsuit is the next logical step to collect the compensation you are owed.  However, in Texas (like in many other states), you have an established amount of time for filing your personal injury lawsuit after a

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How Long Can a Corpus Christi Personal Injury Case Take?

Have you been injured in an accident with a negligent motorist in Corpus Christi, Texas? If so, the first steps to take include getting to a safe location, talking to the police, and receiving medical attention.  Once this is done, we recommend reaching out to our legal team at the Burkett Law Firm. We can review the facts of your case, question any witnesses, gather documentation and reports and help you pursue a personal injury claim.  When you find an

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How Pre-Existing Conditions May Impact Your Texas Personal Injury Claim 

Accidents occur in Texas every day. In fact, TxDOT reports an accident occurring every two minutes that results in an injury. This means that almost 90K people are seriously hurt in Texas car accidents every year.  If you are involved in a car accident, the most important first step is to get medical treatment for any injuries you sustained.  It is also a good idea to retain the services of a personal injury attorney if the accident was caused by

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Common Causes of Truck Driver Fatigue in Texas

Any time someone is tired while behind the wheel, it presents a potentially serious and dangerous situation. However, if truck drivers are tired, they can make mistakes that result in accidents or fall asleep behind the wheel, which can have devastating consequences for them and others on the road.  Unfortunately, the state of Texas consistently ranks at or near the top of the list when it comes to truck accidents. Many of these accidents are caused by cases of truck

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Tips for Strengthening Your Corpus Christi Premises Liability Lawsuit 

Premise liability cases occur if your injury was caused by defective or unsafe conditions on someone’s property. If you suffered an injury at someone’s home, a commercial property, apartment building, or similar location because of negligence, you might have the right to file a premises liability claim. However, you must prove negligence was present for this to be possible.  In this type of situation, hiring our experienced premises liability attorneys can help you with your case and ensure you recover

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7 Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Corpus Christi Personal Injury Lawyer 

Have you or someone you know been in an accident? Were you on the receiving end of a slip-and-fall incident or the victim of a physical altercation? In these situations, you need to seek compensation from the person who caused your injuries. However, in Corpus Christi or any other part of Texas, getting compensation can be complicated. This is why you need a Corpus Christi personal injury lawyer. A Corpus Christi personal injury lawyer isn’t hard to come by in

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What Is the Process in a Texas Personal Injury Case?

No one ever expects to be injured in a car accident, but the reality is that accidents happen every day. In Texas, as in other states, some laws dictate when and how a personal injury case may be filed.  Generally, a person has two years from the date of the injury to file a suit. This is known as the statute of limitations. However, there are some exceptions to this rule, so it is essential to consult with an attorney

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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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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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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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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: 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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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: 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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