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WHAT STEPS CAN YOU TAKE AFTER A TRAIN ACCIDENT?The statistics are shocking: almost every 115 minutes a person or vehicle is hit by a train. Every 90 minutes a train collides with another train or object or is derailed. And there are 5,800 vehicle train crashes in the United States each year, resulting in 1,000 deaths. Train accidents can occur as a result of track defects, equipment defects or signal defects or because of human errors. In each of these instances, a third party can be held liable.When a train accident occurs, victims can sustain serious injuries. If a railroad manager, engineer, supervisor or other employee was liable for the accident, you can file a personal injury claim. The question you can ask yourself, to determine if another person was liable, is "could somebody have prevented the defective equipment, property or tracks and thus prevented the accident from occurring.Common causes of train accidents include collisions with other trains, collisions with cars, collisions with pedestrians, derailments, on-board accidents and mechanical failure. Anything from excessive speed to poor track maintenance to driver fatigue or intoxication can cause an accident. If you were involved in a train crash, what should you do? You should first preserve any evidence that you can. Secondly, if your vehicle was involved in a train crash, you should contact your insurance company.Getting a Houston personal injury attorney on your side is imperative, an Injury Attorney can help you identify what parties could be held liable, help you locate witnesses, help you examine train wreck evidence, help you hire an accident reconstructionist and other experts such as train operators, mechanics and designers, and help you negotiate with insurance companies.

Getting a Houston personal injury attorney on your side is imperative, they can help you identify what parties could be held liable and help you negotiate with insurance companies. Call The Law Offices of Shane R. Kadlec today for a FREE Case Review.

Young people often get blamed for distracted driving. When you see a PSA about distractions in the car, it probably features a high school student or a college student texting and driving. For many, that’s the main focus with distracted driving.

That bias is somewhat unfair, though. Everyone faces potential distractions. In fact, some studies have discovered that parents face an incredibly high level of distraction just from having the children in the car. It may not be the teen you need to worry about; it may be the young parent with a baby or a toddler in the back seat.

When you talk to parents about this, they list a seemingly endless line of distractions. For instance, some parents know that their children want to hear specific songs, so they spend the entire drive trying to adjust the stereo or look up the requested songs on their phone. Others have to give the children toys and snacks to keep them happy in the car. Worse yet, many children will drop these items on the floor. They can’t get them while properly strapped into a car seat, so they’ll yell for their parent to pick the item up. Too many parents try to twist and turn around to grab the items without slowing down, much less stopping the car on the side of the road.

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The iPhone hadn’t been invented yet. Neither had Google Maps or Facebook. The last time the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducted a study of the causes of large truck crashes was from 2001-2003, when were significantly fewer high-tech distractions tempting truckers to shift their attention from the roads and traffic.

The agency recently announced that it’s launching a new study; research that will certainly examine the impact of distracted driving, as well as improvements in vehicle safety, roadway design, changes in driver behavior and other trends that have emerged over the past two decades.

The earlier study included a review of 120,000 crashes involving commercial trucks. The FMCSA notes that after that research project was completed in 2003, fatal truck wrecks decreased for six years, hitting a low of 2,893 in 2009. Since then, however, fatal crashes involving big rigs have risen – all the way up to 4,415 just two years ago.

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Workers' compensation exists to help protect employed people from the potentially severe financial hardship that results from a workplace injury or an illness acquired because of their job. Injured or sickened workers often have to deal with lost wages while also paying for expensive medical care after a workplace accident.

Unfortunately, some workers who get hurt may discover that there isn't a workers' compensation insurance policy in place for their employer. Although such coverage is mandatory in most states across the country, Texas does not require that employers carry workers' compensation insurance.

Some companies carry special insurance policies that protect them from liability when a worker gets hurt. Others gamble and take the risk of incurring potential liability if a worker gets hurt on the job. If you suffer a serious workplace injury and then discover that your employer does not offer workers' compensation, it does not mean you have to cover the cost of your care yourself.

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You just are on your everyday commute home from work, ready for the weekend. It’s your turn to drive in your work carpool, but as you are about to exit off the freeway, another driver doesn’t slow down and sideswipes your vehicle. It happens in a flash, and, much to your surprise, the other driver never even slows down, much less stops. What do you do now?

According to AAA, more than one hit-and-run accident happens every minute on U.S. roads. If you find yourself a victim of a hit and run, you need to take the following steps:

  1. Check yourself and other passengers for injuries and call 911 for help.
  2. Find out if there are any witnesses who saw the crash.
  3. Write down anything you, your passengers or witnesses can remember about the crash, such as the other vehicle’s make and model, its license plate number or what direction the driver went.
  4. Fill out an accident report with the police, giving a description of the vehicle that hit you and the circumstances of the crash.
  5. Take photos of the accident scene and damage to your vehicle with your cell phone.
  6. Report the accident to your insurance company.

Leaving the scene of an auto accident is a crime. It can be a felony if someone is injured seriously in the crash. If you never find out who the other driver was, your damage and injury claim will have to go through your auto insurance. Hopefully, you have purchased uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) coverage. Adding this coverage to your own auto policy is inexpensive, and is the most important coverage you can have on your family’s vehicles. Call you auto insurance agent today and ensure you have this coverage - before you need it.

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