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Insurance Claims after Ice-Storm Damage

By Feb 20, 2021 Posted in Insurance

Following Winter Storm Uri, many Houston-area homes have been damaged by burst pipes, and even by issues like sewer backup resulting from long power outages at treatment facilities. If your property has been damaged—although legal issues may be low on your list of priorities right now—there are some important things to keep in mind for insurance claims: Report your claim as soon as possible. Read your homeowner’s insurance policy carefully. It likely contains conditions about giving prompt notice of damage, and how and to whom you must give notice. Insurance companies will use any failure to comply with those conditions to deny your claim. If you have already missed deadlines, you should still make an effort to comply—“substantial” (but not precise) compliance is often enough to protect your rights. Document all damage. Take pictures of the damage and surrounding areas, fixtures, and keep copies of any repair quotes or receipts. Save and bag all damaged materials. Do not give into pressure from your insurance company to accept a quick settlement before fully evaluating your damage. If your insurance company denies your claim, don’t just take their word for it. After crises like this one, insurers often start to issue bad faith, blanket denials of coverage—it happened after Hurricane Harvey, too. Your property damage may be covered even if your insurer says otherwise. Finally, if you feel that your insurer has denied your claim in bad faith or is undervaluing your property damage, or if you simply want assistance navigating this […]

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How (and Why) to Get Your Crash Report

By Feb 16, 2021 Posted in Automobile Issues

HOW DO I GET A COPY OF MY ACCIDENT (CRASH) REPORT? Texas crash reports are available online from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Because they contain confidential information, crash reports are not available for online viewing by the general public, but you can download your crash reports from the TxDOT website.    WHEN WILL MY CRASH REPORT BE READY? Texas Transportation Code (TTC) §550.062 requires a law enforcement officer who investigates a crash and completes a Texas Peace Officer’s Report (CR3) to submit the report to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) not later than the 10th day after the date of the crash.  However, the reports are sometimes available for download sooner, and sometimes it takes longer for the report to be posted.  In cases involving a drunk driver or a fatality, it may take considerably longer for the reports to be posted. WHY DO I NEED A COPY OF THE CRASH REPORT? The crash report contains important information, including:             The names of the parties involved and their auto insurance information             A description of how the accident occurred and who was at fault             Whether anyone was injured and whether they were transported by EMS             The name of the tow truck company HOW DO I GET A COPY OF MY DRIVING RECORD? You can download your own driving record after paying the fee, at this link. The personal injury attorneys at Wham & Rogers can help you obtain your crash report and with your personal injury claim in The Woodlands, […]

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Trucking Safety—Extreme Weather Regulations

By Feb 16, 2021 Posted in Legal Issues

The past few days have highlighted the danger of icy road conditions, including through massive pileups in Fort Worth and Magnolia. The wrecks, and the 100-car-plus pileup in Fort Worth in particular, have led many to focus on the need for “de-icing” on roadways. To be sure, de-icing is helpful. But it’s not always practical—just a few days ago, for example, drivers were stuck on a Hempstead flyover for hours waiting for TxDOT crews to de-ice the road. These road safety conversations are overlooking a key factor: commercial trucks. Look at the pictures and video from the deadly Fort Worth crash, and see just how many 18-wheelers were involved. One picture shows two tractor trailers with more than 20 cars crushed between them, highlighting just how much more devastation these trucks can cause compared to passenger cars.   The thing is, those trucks weren’t supposed to be on the road at all. The Texas commercial drivers’ license handbook tells truck drivers: “If the surface is icy, reduce speed to a crawl and stop driving as soon as you can safely do so.” That requirement tracks federal regulations, which require “extreme caution” in cases of snow, ice, or sleet, and require trucks to stop when the conditions are sufficiently dangerous. In the Fort Worth wreck, the trucks were obviously on the road. And even if they did not have enough time to stop after noticing the ice, they certainly seem not to have slowed to a “crawl.” The failure to follow regulations may […]

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Why should you hire a Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer & What Does it Mean

By Feb 12, 2021 Posted in Uncategorized

Why should you hire a Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer? If you or a loved one is injured or killed in a car or truck crash, your choice of lawyer can make a huge difference. Here’s why it matters.Only 3% of Texas lawyers are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law Only 3% of Texas lawyers are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law The vast majority of Texas lawyers are not Board Certified. In fact, only 3% of Texas lawyers are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law. What is Board Certification? Board certification  recognizes the lawyer’s special knowledge, skills and proficiency in a specific area of law, as well as professionalism and high ethical standards. Board certification helps consumers identify specialists in various areas of law. What is the Texas Board of Legal Specialization? The Texas Board of Legal Specialization is the largest single-state certification program for lawyers in the United States. The Bar Rules in Texas prohibit any attorney from advertising as a “specialist” unless she or he has earned certification from the Texas Board of Legal Specialists. There are 24 different areas of practice. Board-certified lawyers in Texas must attend ongoing continuing legal education (CLE) and show continuing involvement within the field of practice. What is Personal Injury Trial Law? Personal Injury Trial Law involves litigation of claims involving trauma or disability based on an individual’s mental or physical injuries and/or trauma from automobile accidents, professional malpractice, defective products or negligence by another party or individual. It […]

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