Boating and other activities on the water are generally intended for fun and recreation and an opportunity to relax. Tragically, these activities can sometimes end in fatal boating or recreational accidents. When someone else’s negligence causes the death of a person on the water, it can give rise to a wrongful death claim. Although no amount of money can ever compensate you for the loss of a loved one, a wrongful death claim is a legal way to seek justice for your loved one and compensation for your family’s future.
Consumers have a right to expect products on the market to be safe for use. Defective products can cause serious or fatal injuries to unsuspecting users. Manufacturers and other parties along the chain of distribution may be held accountable for injuries or deaths caused by their products. If you have lost a loved one because of a defective product, you may be entitled to seek justice for your loved one and compensation for your family in a wrongful death product liability claim.
Texas is an at-fault or tort state for car accidents. The person at fault for the accident is responsible for paying for resulting injuries and property damage sustained by other parties involved. Normally, if you were injured in a crash caused by another driver, you may have the option of filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or filing a lawsuit in civil court. Recovering compensation may not be as simple in a collision with a government vehicle because of the doctrine of sovereign immunity.
The people we love are the most valuable thing in our lives. We are never really prepared for the death of a loved one, and our hurt is compounded when the loss is caused by the senseless actions of a careless or violent person. A wrongful death claim provides survivors the resources they need to move on and start rebuilding their lives.
The defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit will go to great lengths to avoid responsibility for the harm they have caused. They will argue that they weren’t responsible for your loss and might even try to destroy or cover up crucial evidence. Attorneys for defendants in a wrongful death case will try to create doubt and confuse the jury.
In July 2023, a large cargo ship loaded with nearly 3,000 vehicles caught fire off the coast of the Dutch Island of Ameland. Seven crew members leaped 100 feet into the sea to escape the blaze. The catastrophe left one sailor dead and 22 others injured. The Coast Guard reported that the fire could continue for days. Although the sides of the ship were doused with water, rescue workers were afraid of causing the ship to become unstable and sink if too much water was used to extinguish the blaze.
Dashboard cameras are now more affordable and much more commonly installed by drivers. These cameras can record what happens outside or inside a vehicle, including the events leading up to a car accident. In Texas, dashcam footage can provide valuable evidence in support of a personal injury claim.
A survival claim is a legal tool that allows the heir or executor of a deceased person’s estate to bring a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of the deceased person. A survival claim aims to seek justice for a deceased accident victim. Although a survival claim is similar to a wrongful death claim, they are not the same.
Tesla releases safety reports on its vehicles quarterly. These include Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y. The company claims its vehicles have achieved among the lowest overall probability of injury for any vehicles ever tested by the federal government’s New Car Assessment Program in its fourth quarter 2022 Tesla Vehicle Safety Report. Although the latest statistics look promising and crash rates have steadily improved, critics claim that Tesla’s data may be misleading.
Although you may be familiar with your own vehicle’s blind spots, the blind spots on a big-rig truck are larger and much more dangerous. The size and height of a big-rig truck make it impossible for drivers to see cars that may be driving in their “no zone” areas. These no-zone areas are the front, rear, and sides of the truck. If you travel in any of these areas, the likelihood of you being injured in a crash is substantially greater.
Human traffickers generally cannot commit crimes without relying on other industries, especially the hospitality industry. Hotels and motels are often used for sex trafficking, given the anonymity they offer. It is not always obvious or apparent who may be a victim, which means hotel employees cannot identify them unless they receive adequate training. Given the hospitality industry’s role in sex trafficking and the opportunity they have to battle this serious crime, they could be held liable for allowing it to occur on their property.