Never Represent Yourself in an Injury Case

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What are the ramifications if you choose to represent yourself for the injuries you sustained in an accident?  Among other things, do you know how to draft an injury lawsuit that will withstand a motion to dismiss? Springer & Lyle drafts and litigates lawsuits. That's just part of their job. Most injury cases arise from motor vehicle or on premises accidents. That means it's highly likely that the person you're claiming against is insured. When the insurance adjuster tells you that they've handled thousands of cases like yours over the years, it might not be an exaggeration. This is … [Read more...]

Phones Aren’t the Only Cause of Distracted Driving

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With new laws, increased penalties and enforcement, along with public service messages, Springer & Lyle believes the public is getting the message about the dangers of cell phone use and texting while driving. However, more reminders are needed about the dangers of distracted driving in general. These distractions involve eating, changing music or radio channels, using navigation systems, attending to personal hygiene and even putting on makeup. The list can go on. Whenever a driver diverts their focus from driving, they're reducing their effectiveness and risking their own personal … [Read more...]

Failure to Properly Train Truck Drivers

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Springer and Lyle has represented many individuals who were injured in truck accidents across Texas. The driver of a tractor-trailer is required to have a commercial driver's license for several reasons, with the primary reason being safety. The vehicles they drive are gigantic. They weigh in excess of 60,000 pounds and have more and larger blind spots than smaller vehicles. They require considerably more stopping distance. They aren't easily maneuvered, and they travel at high speeds. They're much more likely to cause severe injuries or death than other motor vehicles. When drivers are … [Read more...]

Transvaginal Mesh Litigation

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Transvaginal mesh has become a nightmare for thousands of women who have suffered severe adverse effects involving erosion and migration of the mesh along with perforation of organs from it. Surgical mesh was designed over 60 years ago for repairing hernias. It's a woven material made of synthetic or biological materials that usually comes in a prepackaged kit along with tools to aid in the surgical procedure. Because mesh was widely successful in the treatment of hernias, surgeons began using it in other parts of the body that needed support. About 20 years later they began inserting it … [Read more...]

Construction Site Injuries

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Construction work has the highest rate of job related injuries and fatalities in the country. There's a major misunderstanding of the law involving construction accidents in the belief that workers' compensation is the only available remedy when somebody is hurt or killed on a job site. That statement might generally be true, but there are many times on construction sites where workers are injured through the negligence of somebody on that site who wasn't their co-worker or employer. Those are known as third party liability cases. As opposed to restrictive workers' compensation laws, the law … [Read more...]

Drowsy Driving Accidents

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 100,000 motor vehicle crashes are directly attributable to driver fatigue every year. Those are only the drowsy driving accidents that were reported. Many more went unreported. That means driver fatigue contributes to far more accidents than we realize. From the information that has been reported, over 1,500 deaths per year are connected with drowsy driving. Another 70,000 people are believed to be injured. The personal injury attorneys at Springer & Lyle are always available to answer your questions regarding motor … [Read more...]

Speeding and Crashes

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People don't think of speeding as being the cause or a contributing factor in motor vehicle collisions because it's so common. We all catch ourselves speeding at one time or another, but speeding can be deadly. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, speeding contributes to about 33 percent of all motor vehicle accidents. The faster a vehicle is traveling, the less reaction time is available. There's also the increased energy thrust on the human body at high speeds. The likelihood of serious injury increases exponentially the faster we travel. In 1995, congress repealed the … [Read more...]

4 Common Causes of Truck Accidents  

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Truck accidents ordinarily cause much greater damage than car accidents. A tractor trailer on the road can be more than 60 feet long and weigh more than 80,000 pounds. Because of a semi-tractor's size and weight, victims of trucking accidents are far more likely to sustain very serious and debilitating personal injuries or even be killed. Most truck accidents result from one or a combination of the following causes. 1) Driver error is often the result of fatigue, distraction or inattention. Whenever one of these situations is experienced by a driver, the risk of an accident increases … [Read more...]

Don’t Talk To The Other Side’s Insurance Company If You Have Been In An Accident

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In the very early stages of an accident case, you might consent to giving a statement to the adverse insurer before you ever retain counsel. Those statements are either written or recorded. The adjuster from the adverse insurer tells you that they just merely want to get some information about the accident, your injuries and damages, but the actual purpose of the statement is to obtain admissions from you which may be used against you in trying to avoid responsibility. Unfortunately, many people talk to the adverse party's insurance adjuster before they ever talk to their own attorney. Don't … [Read more...]

Comparative Negligence  

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Unless you've been stopped at a red light for 30 seconds minding your own business and suddenly get rear-ended, fault can be a contested issue in motor vehicle accident cases. There are circumstances surrounding some accidents where the resulting personal injury and property damage are the fault of both parties. That's where the law of comparative negligence is argued. Pursuant to  the law of comparative negligence, if an accident victim is found to be partially responsible for  their property and personal injury damages, the percentage of fault attributable to them is deducted from a 100 … [Read more...]