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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.

Injuries Caused by State or Local Governments

In our complex modern society, with many and varied governmental activities, employees working for governmental units often injure citizens through their negligence. A common example occurs when a government employee causes a motor vehicle collision.

Jury Awards Man $14 Million in Hyundai Airbag Case

A jury awarded a Virginia man $14 million after finding that his serious brain injuries were due to a defect in the design of his Hyundai's airbag system.

Chrysler Recalls Pickups and SUVs

Chrysler, for the second time, has recalled hundreds of thousands of pickup trucks and SUVs because their rear axles can lock up unexpectedly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a nut in the rear axle can come loose because of a missing adhesive patch, resulting in the axle locking and the driver losing control of the vehicle.

Jury Awards $4.2 Million Verdict in Nissan Altima Faulty Roof Case

An Essex County jury has ordered Nissan to pay Larry Clanton $4.2 million for his injuries and damages suffered after a run-away tire fell off a pickup truck and struck the roof of Clanton's Nissan Altima. The verdict was just announced last week. As Clanton was driving to meet friends at the Jersey Shore in July of 2006, a 73-pound tire bounced onto the roof of Clanton's Nissan Altima, cracking and collapsing the roof. The roof collapse caused Clanton's head to push forward and fracture his cervical spine.

You're Liable for Other Drivers - Like It or Not

"Leaving the keys out is like leaving out a loaded gun," Benny Agosto, Jr. was quoted as saying in an article on Fox Business. The article discussed the hidden dangers of the already unfortunate situation where an unauthorized person drives your car and gets into an accident.

Is Texas Ready for 85-mph Speed Limit?

Earlier this year, the Texas Transportation Commission approved higher speed limits for some Texas roads. This Wednesday marks the opening of a new, 40-mile stretch of Texas Highway 130 toll road with the nation's highest speed limit: 85 miles per hour. While State officials say they are not worried about increased danger, many others are skeptical about the dangers the increased speed limit has in store for Texas motorists.

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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