What To Do After a Car Accident

Posted by on Jun 2, 2019

We all strive to be as safe of a driver as we can possibly be, however, it is impossible to ever be completely safe on the road. If you have a long daily commute, or if you drive frequently throughout the day, odds are high that at some point, you will either witness or (unintentionally, of course) participate in a motor vehicle collision.

Information and articles about how to drive safely and prevent car collisions are important. However, it is also important that as a driver or passenger, you know what to do after an inevitable car accident. The difference between reactions to a car accident can be the difference between life or death, injury or safety, and compensation or deprivation.

While I am a lucky driver and certainly not an experienced expert regarding what should be done after a car accident, I have done extensive research on the matter. In this article, I will discuss important steps to take after a car accident in order to be healthy and potentially pursue legal action against a negligent driver:

According to the website of Portner Bond, PLLC, a law firm that frequently advocates on behalf of car accident personal injury victims, one of the first things to do after a car accident is remain on the scene. If you try to flee the site, for any reason, it can be perceived as criminal by emergency officials or authorities responding to the crash. Stay near your car and wait for authorities unless you must assist another person in an emergency.

Some other miscellaneous things to do that could or could not pertain to your specific collision include:

  • Call the authorities if another person has not already done so; ask if they have, do not assume
  • Check function and health of limbs, extremities
  • Verify the safety of passengers in crashed vehicles
  • Ask bystander witnesses for contact information, might be important for later litigation or investigations

In addition to these helpful tips, it is also important to document as much as possible about the collision. This means that you should take pictures or videos of the collision site, the damage done to all of the vehicles involved, the weather conditions at the time of the accident, as well as the quality and appearance of the road.

While blurting out, “Sorry” will not indicate that you have the full legal liability for the crash, it is still in your best interest to not be overly apologetic to the other person involved in the crash. Your comments could be used in future litigation to indicate that you perceived the accident to be your fault — and you probably do not want that!

Another suggestion for an action to take after a car accident is to call a lawyer as soon as you can. Of course, your health and safety are important and you shouldn’t prioritize discussing your case over getting cuts and injuries taken care of. However, an attorney with experience in handling car accident personal injury cases is a valuable asset.

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A State-By-State Analysis of Marijuana Possession

Posted by on Jul 4, 2018

Whether you support or are against possession of marijuana charges, the fact remains that in most states, this possession is a crime. As explained in this article, marijuana possession charges can result in serious punishments if there is a large amount of the substance involved.

Our framers of the Constitution, for the most part, left criminal law matters to the state. As such, each state has its unique drug laws and regulations. However, there are still federal laws that concern controlled substance possession, but I am particularly interested in state criminal laws. I decided to do a brief state-by-state survey on statistics concerning marijuana possession. Here’s what I found:

Felony possession of marijuana often results in a prison sentence that is more than one year. Felony possession is a much more serious charge than misdemeanor possession. Having a felony on your record can be life-changing, and can lead to difficulties in finding employment or getting specific benefits. However, this is not to say that misdemeanors are not serious. Though they are not as serious as felonies, they can still have severe effects on the lives of the convicted.

States raise marijuana possession to the felony level based on the amount of the substance. There are ten states that do not have any felony marijuana possession charge, including California, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. In fact, some states have removed criminal penalties entirely for marijuana possession. Moreover, states like Colorado have legalized possession of a small amount of marijuana. Some states are very strict when it comes to marijuana possession. In Arizona, any amount of marijuana can result in a felony charge. In Florida, if you are in possession of more than 0.7 oz., you could be charged with a felony. If caught with over 0.5 oz. of marijuana in Tennessee, you could also be charged with felony possession.

Contrast these strict states with states that have legalized some form of marijuana possession. These states are Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Colorado, and Washington D.C. Many states have decriminalized possession, including Illinois, California, and New York. The states where any form of marijuana possession can still be illegal are in the South. These charges are much worse if possession occurs in specific areas including schools and other places of public accommodation.

It is crazy to see how different and unique the laws of each state are concerning marijuana possession. Some states do not care about it at all, some states have decriminalized it, and some states push heavy penalties for any amount of possession. The trend seems to be that more and more states are moving toward decriminalization, and sometimes legalization, of marijuana possession. It will be interesting to see what the future holds regarding marijuana possession laws. Until then, it is important to know and understand the differences between the laws do avoid serious punishment.

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I’m Curious About Bankruptcy

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017

When is it right to declare bankruptcy? That’s the question on my mind these days. I’ve found myself more underwater than I expected after my year exploring new careers. I should have just stuck with my old job—I was working as a bar manager and making pretty decent money—but I’d convinced myself I was capable of doing more with my life.

It turns out, I was, but not for nearly as much money. I’ve picked up some work as a photographer—the dream job—but with so little experience, I mostly work for free. It feels great to get the photos posted and seen online and around Waco, but it’s cost me quite a bit. I’ve taken on a mountain of credit card debt, which just sits atop my mountain of college loan debt, which is nestled next to my mortgage for the house I foolishly bought two careers ago (when I was an office manager).

Now, I just don’t know. The debt is crushing. I want to keep going with the career, but I can’t so long as I owe so much of my measly income. Should I just go ahead and declare bankruptcy? What kind do I even declare?

I know there are those out there who assure me that bankruptcy isn’t that painful. I’ve seen a Central Texas bankruptcy lawyer’s websites that say all the right things: that it’ll help turn my life around, that it’ll be a relief, that I’ll walk away from some debt and reorganize some debt and I’ll be able to breathe again. That’s what I want to hear, but I’m afraid I’m just canceling out all the noise that suggests I’m in for far more financial hurt than I’m prepared for.

I mean, I don’t even know if I’ll lose my house. Or my car. Or my camera? What exactly am I entitled to holding on to?

Again, the lawyer pages all say I can keep those things, but can I trust them? Maybe I should have chosen this career change to be in law. At least I’d have an idea what I’m up against by now.

Maybe I’m not even afraid of losing everything. Maybe, honestly, I’m afraid of looking like a loser. That’s the word I associate with bankruptcy. Loser. I know, I’m aware at least, that very successful people declare bankruptcy sometimes. The president’s done it more than once they say. So it can’t be that bad. Can it? There are so many “chapter” types. Maybe some of those are for rich guys who aren’t losers and the other chapters are for photography fans who happen to also be losers.

Maybe I should just hang on for a while longer and wait to see if that great big photography contract comes in. Or maybe I should go back to the bar.

I have no idea at this point. All I know is I need to make a choice one way or the other.

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Treatments available for individuals infected by rabies

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016

People in the U.S. who have been bitten by animals like dogs, on rare occasions, may be infected by the rabies virus. Dog bite victims should immediately seek medical attention mostly if they are not sure if the dog that bit them had its vaccines.

Rabies, unfortunately, is fatal, and people who have been infected by the virus are often required to undergo series of vaccine shots to suppress viral infection in their body. An individual who has been bitten by a dog may be given “rabies immune globulin” or the fast-acting vaccine that prevents the virus from spreading. Rabies shots are often considered when the victim fail to determine if the dog has a virus. A person who had been injured by an infected dog may experience symptoms like nausea, fever, hydrophobia, confusion, insomnia, lower leg paralysis, depression, and agitation. The virus from the dog’s saliva that had been transmitted through biting will affect the victim’s central nervous system and until it reaches the brain. A person may later die from rabies if his or her brain and spinal cord become swollen. Persons who have been confirmed to have been infected by rabies are given rabies vaccine shots for not less than 14 days.

Unlike rabies immune globulin that is usually injected near the bite area, rabies vaccines are injected in the arm for the body to detect infected areas. Families whose loved ones have been bitten by someone else’ dog should immediately report the incident to local authorities including animal control. According to the website of the Abel Law Firm, individuals whose injuries were caused by negligent pet owners may be able to pursue a claim to cover medical expenses, pain, and suffering. People should note that pet owners can be held responsible for the behavior of their pet.

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Self-esteem and Depression

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016

Self-esteem is characterized by the feelings you have about yourself or how much confidence you have. While it is normal to lack confidence or self-esteem from time-to-time, many people can experience negative feelings about themselves frequently and focus on them often. When this is the case, it can result in chronic depression and anxiety disorders.

While low self-esteem is not an officially recognized mental health problem, many scientists and psychologists believe that negative thoughts of oneself can be a large contributing factor to developing depression. Those with depleted self-esteem may believe that they cannot be promoted at work, leading to a dead-end job, or that they are unworthy of love causing them to stay in unhealthy relationships. When a lack of confidence puts an individual in these situations, it can be easy to develop depression on top of negative self-esteem. A person with low self-esteem may exhibit signs such as fear of social situations, drinking excessively, lack of self-care, and trying to be a perfectionist—all of which can directly correlate with depression.

Depression is far more common than most individuals think, with 7%, or 15.7 million, of all adults suffering from the mental disorder, according to the website of The Solace Center. Those who have depression will often have low self-esteem that may have caused the disorder or exacerbated their symptoms. Fortunately, a number of treatment options are available, including medication, therapy, or a combination of both. While low self-esteem and depression can have a major impact on an individual’s life, with proper care, it does not have to control you.

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Keeping your Hearing Safe while Shooting

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015

While guns are usually associated with violence, injury, sometimes even death, it is very surprising that target shooting and hunting are among the sports with lowest occurrences of injury in the country. These sports are far safer than other more common sports, such as basketball and running. However, no sports activity is totally risk-free. In fact, one of the dangers shooters are exposed to is impaired hearing.

The sound of gunfire can be way beyond our ears’ threshold of pain, which means a short exposure to it may cause ear damage that could be irreversible. However, this doesn’t mean that you can never enjoy these sports. Here are some simple steps in protecting your ears while on a shooting range:

Use ear protection

Ear protections range from simple ear plugs to sophisticated electronic ear muffs. These are effective in significantly reducing the noise level down to what your ears can handle safely. Ear muffs could be your best option when in an indoor shooting range, although you would prefer wearing ear plugs when hunting outdoors.

Learn about suppressors

Suppressors, sometimes called silencers, are gun equipment mounted onto the barrel to reduce gunfire sound. Although suppressors are commonly sold as a separate piece, Suppressed Weapon Systems found a way to integrate suppressors to barrels so that they will be one piece. Suppressors are great in reducing the risk of hearing damage, and are a perfect hunting partner, too.

If you are currently into the sports of target shooting or hunting and have been experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it is wise to consult with a healthcare professional right away for prompt diagnosis and treatment:

  • Ringing in the ear
  • Ear pain
  • Ear irritation
  • Pus coming out from the ear
  • Muffled hearing
  • Trouble hearing what other people say
  • Listening to radio/TV louder than usual
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Famous People Born in Space City

Posted by on May 11, 2015

Houston is a relatively young city. It was founded in 1836 on 6,642 acres of land. Today, Houston is the biggest city in Texas (where everything is big) and the fourth biggest in the US. With a population of about 2.2 million people from almost any culture and ethnicity you can think of, it would be strange if no one famous ever came out of it. Here are three of some of the well-known people to come out of the Space City.

Kenny Rogers

Singer, songwriter, Grammy award winner, and namesake and franchise owner of the fast food chain with the best corn muffins, Kenny Rogers was born in Houston in 1938. He is best know for his country music, and scored one of his biggest hits when he recorded the duet “Islands in the Stream” with Dolly Parton in 1983. Rogers also tried his hand at acting in the 1980s series The Gambler among other, and he was pretty good for a true blue country singer. He now also has a record label, Dreamcatcher Entertainment.

Howard Hughes

The eccentric central figure played by Leonardo di Caprio in the movie The Aviator was born in Houston on Christmas Eve in 1905. Howard Hughes was heir to his family’s oil tool millions, and he invested it on films and his passion for flying. He was an excellent pilot and a shrewd producer. However, his main claim to fame was his bizarre behavior after a flying accident. He became a recluse and obsessive-compulsive. There were many rumors about what he did behind closed doors. He died in 1976, and this aroused public interest because of the fake wills that started surfacing.

Marlen Esparza

The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Marlen Esparza was born in Houston in 1989. She grew up among people that were passionate about boxing. By the time she was 16, she managed to snag the National Championship, the youngest ever. She earned a place on the Olympic boxing team as a flyweight in 2012 and won a bronze medal.

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Letting Love Back Into Law: The Tale of John Eddie Williams, Jr.

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015

From the very beginning, John Eddie Williams was always meant to be a lawyer.

His mother was endlessly fascinated with legal procedures and the law in general, and ended up pointing him into the direction of this practice. Perhaps he was always destined for this route. Williams goes on record to say that ever since he was younger, his mother used to tell people: “Johnny is going to be a lawyer!”

His beginnings were inspired by passion and curiosity because of that – and because he grew up with a father and a grandfather who were union longshoremen, he has always had an affinity and deep set compassion for the rights of individual workers. When he had first begun practicing law, he worked for an impressive firm that mostly had big name brand corporations as clients. This inspired him to start his own firm with the dedication to represent the proverbial “little guy” from “the bad guys.”

Some of his cases have included asbestos-related injury lawsuits, major plant explosions, and catastrophic injuries. Perhaps one of his most notable cases is that he represented the entire state of Texas against the tobacco industry, which resulted into the largest settlement in the history of the United States. He brings forth this same passion, integrity, and perseverance which has led him to have been once the president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association as well as the Houston Trial Lawyers Association.

Having had graduated as cum laude from Baylor University in 1976 and graduating as first from Baylor University School of Law in 1978, he was the recipient of the Baylor Lawyer of the Year award in 2002 and was awarded Baylor Alumnus of the Year 2012-13. John Eddie Williams, Jr. has certainly done his mother, his family, his school, and his people proud, staying strong and firm in his beliefs, showing that there is still love in law.

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Justice After an Airplane Accident

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015

It has been said that the world was never the same again after that one dreadful day in 2001 – and it was no accident. Fear of flying has only increased due to reports such as these and, as of more recent times, there have been more incidents that make people justifiably anxious with airborne travel. That is why, with the continuous advancement of technology, people work tirelessly in order to improve the system, never wanting for such incidents to occur again.

Though not as common as accidents that occur on land or sea, according to the website of the Sampson Law Firm, the aftermath of an airplane accident is so much more devastating. Sometimes, there is truly nothing that could have been done as perhaps the accident was born out of unforeseeable and uncontrollable circumstances. However, after all the devastation that airplane accidents have caused, it is the responsibility of all the crew and the manufacturers of these aircrafts to ensure passengers of only the safest form of transport that is possible. If an accident is caused due to negligence, you are warranted to take legal action in order to receive justice and due financial compensation.

There is no lack of warning or horrid stories from the past about the aftermaths of airplane accidents. It makes it that much more painful to have an accident that should have been preventable but wasn’t. If this is the case and you are looking for some closure and recompense for your loss, it is advisable for you to seek legal aid immediately.

The only thing that you need to be concentrating on is trying to get your life back together, or as normal as it can be again, after such a traumatic experience. However, seeking legal action will allow for those responsible for such a horrible situation to be accountable for their mistake or negligence and give the bereaved some semblance of peace that can only be achieved by a closed case.

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In Need Of A Lawyer? Take These Tips To Heart

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014

A long-standing joke about lawyers is that they are actually “liars” who will take any money from you that they can. Don’t become a statistic and fuel this joke – select a lawyer that will really work for you! Read this article for tips on selecting someone that really knows their stuff.

Ask for a free consultation. Many lawyers will offer a free consultation, so you can have your questions answered. During the consultation, you can also see if you are comfortable with that lawyer. Always go to more than one free consultation so you have a good mix of lawyers to choose from.

A good tip to remember when looking to hire a lawyer is to make sure you find a lawyer that has the necessary experience that you’re looking for. If you’re going to court soon for a criminal case, it wouldn’t make sense to bring on a divorce lawyer, you’ll need a criminal lawyer.

Make sure that you have a decent interaction with any attorney before you invest any money. You may have to spend a good amount of time with your lawyer, so it is important that you choose one that you don’t have any issues working with. Take the time to sit down with any potential attorneys and see if you get a good feel for them.

Use Google to your advantage when it comes to hiring a lawyer. Look for reviews about any attorney you are considering. Some lawyers like the Abel Law Firm have reviews right there on their website. If the general consensus is that the attorney you are interested in is lazy and incompetent, you should do your best to look for another attorney to handle your case.

Instead of becoming a victim who must pay high bills for little quality service, do your homework and find a reliable lawyer. You can easily find someone that will help you in the courtroom. Remember these tips next time you find yourself in a sticky situation, so you can come out on top!

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