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Self-Driving Big Rigs May Be Coming Soon on Texas Roadways

According to recent reports, self-driving big-rig trucks may be coming soon on interstate highways across Texas. Waymo, the self-driving division of Google parent Alphabet, recently announced that they are about to start dispatching mapping minivans, to be followed by large trucks, along Interstates 10, 20, and 45 and through metropolitan areas, including Houston, El Paso, and Dallas. The company reports that they have already mapped and tested their self-driving big-rigs in Arizona, California, and Georgia. Waymo is best known for its self-driving ride-hailing minivan service in suburbs surrounding Phoenix. The latest initiative is part of the company's ultimate vision to replace human drivers with self-driving tractor trailers controlled by sensors and computers.

Road Deaths on the Rise in Houston, and in Texas Itself

At least one person has died on Texas roads every day since November 7, 2000. Fatalities are on the rise despite the Texas Department of Transportation's and the Texas Transportation Commission's efforts to "end the streak."

Recent Study Finds Car Safety Systems May Lead to Distracted Driving

According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, multiple systems that are designed to make driving safer and easier are actually creating a greater risk of crashing. Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers, who conducted the study in collaboration with AAA, assessed video of actual driving behaviors and found that adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist technology systems were among the list of car safety systems that may lead to distracted driving. Adaptive cruise control helps drivers maintain a safe following distance on the highway by automatically accelerating or slowly down without the driver's help. Lane-keeping assist technology helps drivers stay in their lane by gently tugging the wheel when the car starts to drift out of lane. Both safety systems require the driver to remain alert and keep their hands on the wheel. When used correctly, these systems are designed to make roadways safer. However, researchers found that some drivers do not properly use or understand partially automated systems.

Cars Are Becoming Distractions for Drivers

Car manufacturers are adding all kinds of bells and whistles to their vehicles. Some are touting safety features while others are simply for aesthetics and to make the vehicles seem cooler, fancier, and more technologically advanced.

Deaths on Houston's Roads

Houston area roads still suffered a significantly high number of deaths in 2019 and will likely pass 2018's total. A recent study examined the greater Houston area consisting of Harris County and the seven adjacent counties. In these counties, local police, prosecutors, and transportation officials had taken several new steps to address the causes contributing to the high number of deaths. As of now, this has not yet reduced the number of deaths, but officials believe the efforts are helping.

$200 Million Verdict for Victim of Drunk Driving Accident

A Tampa, Florida jury awarded more than $200 million to a woman and her young child as the result of being injured by a drunk driver. The automobile collision left the woman and her then unborn child with debilitating permanent injuries.

Jury Holds Trucking Company Accountable for Putting Profits Over People

This past year, an Illinois Court of Appeals upheld a $54 million jury verdict that was rendered against an 18-wheeler driver and trucking company for causing a collision that resulted in serious injuries.

Dallas County Jury Awards $20 Million to Family of Man Killed by Greyhound Bus

A Dallas County jury recently awarded $20 million to the family of a 25-year-old man who suffered fatal injuries after he was run over by a Greyhound bus. The incident occurred in June 2017 when Hunter Brown was traveling to California on a Greyhound bus. When the bus driver stopped at a travel center in Central Point, Oregon, Brown and the other passengers got off the bus to use the restroom and buy food. According to the lawsuit, the bus driver did not take a mandatory head count before leaving the travel center prior to the stated time of departure. As the driver pulled away from the travel center, Brown and other passengers were still inside. Brown ran up to the bus and banged on the door to get in, but the driver kept going and ran him over. Brown's family alleged that the bus driver had violated the company's safety rules by failing to do a head count on passengers before he left the bus stop. The lawsuit also alleged that if Greyhound had provided a safe, responsible bus driver, Brown would not have died.

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  • 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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