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The Autonomous Vehicle Revolution Is Here. But Are We Ready?

A rising tide lifts all boats. But will the autonomous vehicle revolution lift everyone in our transportation system? It depends, according to a recent report published by The Greenlining Institute, an Oakland based public policy advocacy organization. The report, titled "Autonomous Vehicle Heaven or Hell? Creating A Transportation Revolution that Benefits All" provides an in-depth analysis of the benefits, costs, policy issues, and solutions for the self-driving industry becoming a mainstay in our rapidly changing society. In the last decade, the rapid development of self-driving technology and autonomous vehicles has introduced a new set of rules for the road.

Shortcomings of Autonomous Driving Technology

For decades Detroit, Michigan, has been dubbed the epicenter of automotive innovation. In fact, more than 70 percent of U.S. automotive R&D occurs in Michigan. Currently, Michigan ranks number one in the nation in connected and automated vehicle projects. With more than 2,500 mobility-related patents awarded in Michigan over the past five years, the state continues to lead the industry in autonomous technology innovation. Consequently, it is no surprise that Detroit hosts the annual North America International Auto Show (NAIAS), which serves as the global stage for companies to debut new vehicles and innovations in automotive technology.

Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Suffers a Tragedy

A collision involving an 18-wheeler and an SUV occurred on February 19, 2017. This wreck ultimately took the life of the driver of the SUV. Due to the severity of the damage, it was not until two days later that the driver's body from the SUV was identified to be that of 20-year-old Alexander Jones. Mr. Jones was a member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and held the position of Command Sergeant Major for the Combined Aggie Band. He was also going to be the Commander for the Combined Aggie Band for 2018.

A Car Wreck, and the Two Parts to an Insurance Claim

While everyone knows car insurance covers the car, most people are not aware that the car insurance can cover medical bills. There are two parts to an insurance claim for a car wreck. The first part is a property damage claim that involves the damage done to the vehicle. The second part is a bodily injury claim that involves injuries sustained by the people in the vehicle.

Another Fatal Wreck

Family members and loved ones are mourning the loss of a person whose name has not been released. The individual was killed in a fatal collision during rush hour this rainy morning. The incident occurred on the outbound side of U.S. 59 near Kirby, and it reportedly involved a pedestrian at the southbound ramp. The crash happened shortly after 6:00 a.m., snarling morning traffic. At this time, additional details have not been provided by authorities.

How Many Deaths Does It Take Before Our Texas Roads Get Safer?

Texas safety guidelines exist and mandate that protective barriers should barricade concrete bridge posts that are less than 30 feet from the freeway road. Not only does this safety precaution exist, it is often not adhered to in different locations throughout Texas. On numerous occasions, these precautions have been taken only after the loss of a life. Is death what is required to increase safety?

Suspect Appears in Court after Deadly Police Chase

Garrett William Nee, 29, appeared in court to face charges of murder and manslaughter stemming from a police chase that occurred on June 19, 2016. He pleaded not guilty.

Girl Killed, Mom Injured in Sealy Bridge Collapse

An accident involving an 18-wheeler killed a child and seriously injured a woman near Sealy yesterday. The truck hit a bridge located on Highway 36 at Highway 90, causing it to collapse. The truck had just dropped off a dumpster when it approached the bridge with the boom still raised. The truck hit the warning device that hangs over the roadway to alert drivers that they may hit the bridge. The warning indicators were struck, but the truck didn't stop. It hit the bridge with such force that it knocked off a section of concrete and dislodged the steel beam.

Drivers at Risk Due to Concrete Bridge Posts

People on today's roadways are constantly confronted with hazards. Whether it is a distracted driver, an improperly maintained vehicle or weather conditions, the danger of a serious accident is ever-present. Fortunately, there are state and federal guidelines designed to help reduce the risk of serious injury and death in a crash. For example, Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) guidelines suggest that guardrails should be installed at certain locations. Guardrails are designed to flex and catch cars, redirecting them into the roadway, which can often reduce the likelihood of serious injury and death.

Traffic "Accidents"

Fatalities caused by drivers in traffic collisions, crashes, and other incidents have risen to a rate not seen in fifty years. Estimates from the National Safety Council reveal deadly crashes rose by nearly eight percent in 2015, claiming the lives of roughly 38,000 people. However, many groups, which include federal officials and state and local leaders, do not want these incidents referred to as "accidents" anymore. These groups feel the word trivializes the most common cause of traffic collisions: human error.

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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