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National Safety Council Estimates 40,000 Fatalities on U.S. Roadways in 2017

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According to preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council, approximately 4.7 million people were seriously injured and 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2017. These estimates are only slightly lower than figures from 2016. For nearly 100 hundred years, the National Safety Council has collected fatality data every month from all 50 states and the District of Columbia as well as the National Center for Health Statistics to ensure that deaths occurring on both private and public roadways are included in their estimates. The National Safety Council also tracks fatality trends. According to National Safety Council officials, an improved economy along with distracted driving, speeding, and failing to wear a seat belt are key factors impacting motor vehicle fatality trends each year. The National Safety Council's numbers differ from the official federal figures which will be released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) later this year. Unlike the National Safety Council, NHTSA's figures do not include fatalities on private roadways such as parking lots and driveways.

Antipsychotics Found to Be Overprescribed in Nursing Homes

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Human Rights Watch published a study finding that approximately 179,000 nursing home residents are medicated with antipsychotic drugs, even though they do not have schizophrenia or other serious mental illnesses.

Self-Driving Cars Face Litigation Hurdle

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One of the first lawsuits involving the collision of a self-driving car and a human driver was filed in California. The accident happened in December in heavy traffic outside of San Francisco. The lawsuit claims a Chevrolet Bolt that was operating in autonomous driving mode suddenly veered back into the motorcyclist's lane, knocking him to the ground. At the time of the incident there was a backup driver behind the wheel of GM's vehicle.

7 Things To Do After a Car Accident

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No one wants to think about the possibility of being involved in a major car accident. However, it can be helpful to be aware of what steps should be taken after an accident.

These tips can help protect an accident victim from a personal and legal perspective:

Settlement Reached in Improper Manual Body Cavity Search Suit

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On June 20, 2015 a 20-year-old college student, Charneshia Corley, was pulled over by Harris County Sheriff Deputies for allegedly running a stop sign and failing to use a turn signal. While the Deputies interviewed her, they claimed to smell marijuana emanating from her car. After thoroughly searching Ms. Corley's, they found nothing. The Deputies then decided to conduct a visual strip search and a manual body cavity search of Ms. Corley. The entire 11 minute search was caught on tape by the car cam.

Takata Airbag Recall Expands by Another 3.3 Million

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Recently, Takata Corporation, a Japanese manufacturer of airbags, had an additional 3.3 million airbags supplied to auto manufacturers recalled in the United States. The recalled airbags were supplied in over 43 million U.S. vehicles. Currently, approximately 20 deaths and 180 injuries have been linked to the faulty airbags.

The Design of Your Car's Seatbelt System May Be the Cause of Your Injury

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The term "submarining" refers to a dangerous phenomenon that occurs during a car crash that is caused by the design of the car's seatbelt system. The seatbelt system in your car is one of the most important features that can protect you from death or serious injury in a car crash. However, if designed improperly, a seatbelt system can be the cause of your injury.

Investigation into Young Father's Death at Recycling Plant

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In January of this year, the 26-year-old Byron Jones died when he fell into a tire shredder at Genan, Inc., a tire recycling plant in Sheldon, Texas. Genan, Inc. opened their Houston recycling plant in 2014; the company also has recycling plants in Germany and Denmark. According to the Genan, Inc. website, the Sheldon plant is the largest recycling facility in the world, taking in 100,000 metric tons of tires yearly.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2016-2017 Equal Access to Justice Champion

    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

  • Lead Counsel Rated

    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

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