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Motorcycle Riders Beware

If you are a motorcycle rider in Harris County, it's likely that you use the HOV lanes throughout town. If so, BE CAREFUL! METRO is the entity responsible for the HOV lanes and they don't always warn you of the dangers out there. The latest example is the 45 South HOV lane. If you use this HOV lane to come from Clear Lake in the mornings, you better be careful when you get to the downtown exit. There is a metal gate arm at the exit into downtown which is operated by a electric motor. The electric motor is turned off and on by the "loop sensors" located in the pavement. Unfortunately, these loop detectors and gate arm mechanisms were never designed for motorcycles. This recently came to my attention in a current lawsuit I have filed against Metro. When we inspected the scene, I noticed a big warning on the gate arm itself which says "Cars Only, No pedestrians, motorcycles or bicycles." The reason the manufacturer of this equipment puts this warning on there is because the "loop sensors" operate on an electromagnetic force. Cars are the only thing which contain enough metal to trip the "loop sensors" and make the gate arm go up and down. Metro knew of this limitation the day the gate arm was installed. However, they never told any one about this. Instead, they promote the HOV lanes to motorcycles as a safe place to travel. Bottom line is be very careful. These unassuming gate arms can cause serious injury to those on motorcycles.

New Study on Birth Injuries

A new government study found some interesting results and disparities in injuries to women and babies during childbirth. From the study, released this month by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, it appears that poor women are less likely to be injured during deliver, but their babies are at higher risk.

Hurricane Ike Claims: What to do

It has been nearly six months since Hurricane Ike made landfall. The damage that Hurricane Ike caused to many home and land owners throughout the Houston and Galveston area was tremendous. If you are one of the many who suffered a loss from Hurricane Ike, you have most likely made a claim with your insurance company in order to recover the funds needed to rebuild and repair your damage. A large amount of these types of claims have been settled in a timely fashion by the insurance companies. However, we are still getting calls from homeowners that are still waiting on the insurance company to pay them the money to repair their homes so they can move on with their lives. In fact, we are currently representing clients who, through no fault of their own, are still waiting for the money to make the necessary repairs to their home. Some of our clients have been out of their homes for nearly six months. These are cases where the damage to the clients' homes was great and clearly caused by Hurricane Ike.

Unveiling Of The Inaugural Hnba Journal Of Law & Policy

The Hispanic Bar Assoc, of Houston, the Mexican American Bar Assoc. of Houston and the Hispanic National Bar Assoc. joined efforts on October 23, 2008, in Houston, Texas, at the historic Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels & Friend law firm, to honor and celebrate the unveiling of the HNBA Journal of Law & Policy inaugural edition. The evening's events brought together local attorneys and law students, as well as many Texas trial and appellate judges. All present were very impressed with the groups' efforts and enthusiasm and vowed to support the organizations in the future.

Putting the Brakes on Unsafe Trucking Companies

There is a relatively new organization whose sole focus is on making the trucking industry safer for the highways across America. The Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (AITL America) was founded last year by a victim of a severe trucking accident whose goal is to help eliminate unsafe and illegal interstate trucking practices. Each member of the organization pledges to work aggressively within the law through learning, legislation and litigation to achieve their mission of dramatically reducing the number of traffic accidents, injuries and deaths across America that are caused by those trucking companies who have unsafe practices.

How To Make Sure Your Vote Gets Counted On Election Day

As you know, America is dealing with various important issues-the economy, the war in Iraq, the Afghanistan operation, immigration and education. Consequently, this upcoming presidential election has taken center stage, causing millions of Americans to vote, many for the first time. It is estimated that 130 million Americans will vote so expect long lines and ID checks.

Medical Malpractice

Economist, Frank A. Sloan, a Professor of Economics at Duke University and Lindsey Chepke, a Research Assistant at the Center of Health Policy at Duke University explore in detail the present medical malpractice process from various angles such as legal, medical, economic and insurance perspectives with analysis on past efforts at reform, and other realistic, achievable approaches to policy recommendations. In this book, discussion is made of the five myths of medical malpractice such as:

Choosing and Preparing Expert Witnesses is Crucial to Winning Cases

Expert testimony has become the critical element in many civil and criminal cases. The outcome of personal injury litigation can depend on just a few words from an expert witness whom the Court recognizes as a credible and reliable authority.

What Qualifications Should I Look For In a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Claimants do not know in advance they are going to be victims of an accident, and their first contact with a lawyer is often after their accident. An examination of the qualifications of the lawyer you are considering is crucial. There are many tools available to help you - the internet, firm websites and legal publications. So what do you look for?

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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