What should you do if you have an accident? Call a lawyer immediately. 1. A lawyer can help make sure important evidence is preserved. In many cases, there may be video recordings of the accident or other evidence that can be preserved, if the request is properly and timely made. 2. A lawyer will be on your side, when virtually no one is. The insurance adjuster is not paid to help you. The adjuster is paid to save the insurance company money. We have received countless calls from people who were tricked or lied to by adjusters. 3. A lawyer can put pressure on the insurance company to handle matters in a swift and expeditious manner. Insurance adjusters know they can’t pull the wool over an attorney’s eyes they way they can with those unfamiliar with the system. 4. A lawyer can help you get the proper medical care promptly. Many doctors will not treat patients who have been injured in an accident. This is because health insurance companies don’t always pay doctors promptly for treating accident victims. 5. If you do not have health insurance a lawyer can help you find doctors who will treat you while your case is pending. 6. A lawyer can help get the hospital to bill your health insurance. Often the hospital wants to avoid billing health insurance and instead files a hospital lien. The lien is filed by the hospital in an effort to make more money from treating you. 7. A lawyer […]
Why do I need to call a lawyer immediately after an accident?
From school kids riding on bike paths, to the avid bicyclists on the roads, there are a lot of bike riders in The Woodlands and Spring. Unfortunately, all too often, bike riders are struck by cars. Even wearing a helmet and other protective gear, a bike rider may suffer severe injuries if struck by a car. According to the NTSA, bicyclists accounted for 2.2 percent of all traffic deaths in 2016. Bicyclist deaths occur most often between 6 and 9 p.m. and in urban areas. The vast majority of bicyclists killed are male. The NTSA provides these pointers to avoid bike accidents: • Ride a bike that fits you—if it’s too big, it’s harder to control the bike. • Ride a bike that works—it really doesn’t matter how well you ride if the brakes don’t work. • Wear equipment to protect you and make you more visible to others, like a bike helmet, bright clothing (during the day), reflective gear, and a white front light and red rear light and reflectors on your bike (at night, or when visibility is poor). • Ride one per seat, with both hands on the handlebars, unless signaling a turn. • Carry all items in a backpack or strapped to the back of the bike. • Tuck and tie your shoe laces and pant legs so they don’t get caught in your bike chain. • Plan your route—if driving as a vehicle on the road, choose routes with less traffic and slower speeds. Your […]
Steps to follow if you are in an auto collision
Download In Case of Accident Brochure At the scene: • Make sure you are safe. If you are on the freeway, move to the shoulder if you can. Turn on your emergency flashers. • Unless the collision is extremely minor, call 911. • Do not admit fault or apologize. Simply ask if the other drivers and passengers are ok. • Do not say that you are uninjured. Due to the adrenaline, sometimes people do not realize they are injured until after they leave the scene. • The police officer will provide you with an information sheet with the insurance information for the other parties. • Get the names and contact information from witnesses. • If it’s safe to do so, take photographs of the vehicles and collision scene. If it’s not safe, or if you are taken by ambulance, take photos of the scene afterward or ask a friend to take photos. • If you are injured, allow the paramedics to examine you and if they recommend you go to the hospital, follow their recommendations. After the collision: • Seek medical treatment if you need it. Delays in seeking medical treatment will be held against you by the insurance companies. • Report the collision to the other driver’s insurance company and to your insurance company. • If you are injured, do not give a recorded statement without speaking with a lawyer. • If you are injured retain a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected. • […]
Unfortunately, the U.S. leads all other countries in refinery explosion deaths. For residents and plant workers located in Pasadena and Deer Park, the danger of plant explosions is a reality of life. High temperatures, high pressure applications and caustic substances can be a recipe for serious injury or death. Although workers compensation rules can sometimes severely limit recoveries by injured workers, it is important to thoroughly investigate the issues of whether the explosion was caused by a defective product, or by the negligence of the employees of company other than the injured worker’s employer. These issues can make a huge difference in the injured worker’s recovery. For these reasons, it is important that the injured worker consult an experienced lawyer before signing any documents after being injured in a plant explosion. The attorneys at Wham & Rogers have experience handling plant explosion cases and have roots in the Pasadena area. Mark Wham is a graduate of Sam Rayburn High School and Rene Rogers attended Deer Park High School. Attorneys with Wham & Rogers are available by appointment at 2600 South Shore Blvd Suite 300, League City, TX 77573.
How dangerous is distracted driving?
Distracted Driving Is a Factor in 15% of injury crashes 10% of fatal crashes and 15% of injury crashes in 2015 were distraction-affected. In 2015, there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. Cell phone use causes as much impairment as driving drunk People are as impaired when they drive and talk on a cell phone as they are when they drive intoxicated at the legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08%. Cell phone users are 5.36 times more likely to get into an accident than undistracted drivers. https://archive.unews.utah.edu/news_releases/drivers-on-cell-phones-are-as-bad-as-drunks/ Texting while driving increases the risk of crashing by 23 times Text messaging increases the risk of crash or near-crash by 23 times. Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55 mph Texting and driving is 6 times more likely to get you in an accident than drunk driving. It takes an average of three seconds after a driver’s mind is taken off the road for any road accident to occur. Reading a text message while driving successfully distracts a driver for a minimum of five seconds each time. The average speed in the US is about 55 mph. Taking five seconds to read a text in this time means that the driver travels the length of a football field without looking at the road. When you text while driving, the time that you spend with your eyes off the road increases […]
ChannelView Students Involved in Tragic Bus Crash
Shortly before dawn on Tuesday morning, a First Class Tours, Inc. bus carrying Channelview band students was involved in a tragic bus crash. The bus crashed into a 50 foot ravine in Baldwin County, Alabama. The students were traveling home to Channelview from a trip to Disney World in Florida. The driver was killed, and dozens of students were injured. This type of crash often causes traumatic brain injuries, as well as orthopedic injuries. By all accounts, this was a one-vehicle collision. The most common causes of this type of bus crash are driver fatigue and vehicle equipment failure. Federal and state law have strict requirements for interstate drivers of commercial vehicles. Despite these rules, which limit hours behind the wheel, and require scheduled rest breaks, a crash study by the Department of Transportation study found that, in collisions where the truck was at fault, 87 per cent were caused by driver fatigue. Many of these collisions occur between midnight and 6 a.m. — the time of day when drivers are naturally drowsy. Federal and state laws also require regular maintenance and daily inspection of commercial vehicles. Equipment failure, such as brakes that are dangerously worn or out of adjustment, often cause fatal collisions. It is the driver’s responsibility to check his rig at the beginning of every trip, and to submit a vehicle maintenance report. In spite of these requirements, poor vehicle maintenance is also a major cause of truck and bus collisions. The tour company’s online safety record […]
Mild traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome
One-third of all concussions are missed in emergency room examinations If you were “dazed” or “confused” following an accident, and are suffering from symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, headaches, trouble sleeping, blurred vision or ringing in your ears, you may have suffered a concussion. A mild traumatic brain injury is defined as a brief period of being “dazed or disoriented,” or a brief loss of consciousness. Statistics show that 33% of concussions are missed in emergency room examinations. One reason for this is that mild traumatic brain injury does NOT show up on a CT scan or an MRI. Standard neuroimaging will identify large focal contusions or hemorrhage, but conventional CT and MRI testing does not identify diffuse axonal and vascular injury, both of which are major drivers of poor clinical outcome after traumatic brain injury. Sharp DJ, et al. Practical Neurology 2015;15:172–186. doi:10.1136/practneurol-2015-001087. Traumatic brain injury has been identified as a health epidemic Traumatic brain injury has been identified as a health epidemic by the World Health Organization and the United States Centers for Disease Control. Each year over a million American suffer concussions Each year in the U.S., 1,000,000 people suffer concussions; 300,000 of these result in serious, long term injuries. Centers for Disease Control, Report to Congress on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury In the United States: Steps to Prevent a Serious Public Health Problem. Mild traumatic brain injury can have long-lasting symptoms A mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have serious and long-lasting symptoms, especially in persons […]
Pedestrian Right of Way
The Woodlands and Spring has more than 160 miles of pathways designed for residents to walk or run. Many of pathways cross lanes of traffic, and unfortunately, pedestrians are sometimes struck by a vehicle while using the crosswalks. We are often asked who has the right of way on crosswalks in the The Woodlands and Spring. Texas law requires vehicles to yield right of way to pedestrians in the following situations: When a pedestrian is crossing at a crosswalk facing a “walk” signal; If there is no traffic control signal and the pedestrian is already crossing in the vehicle’s half of the roadway or close to a vehicle’s half of the roadway; When the vehicle is entering or emerging from an alley, building, private road, or driveway and the pedestrian is crossing entrance on sidewalk; A pedestrian who has legally entered a crosswalk does have the right of way as to oncoming vehicles. This applies to a marked or an unmarked crosswalk; A pedestrian has the right of way to cross the road, when it is safe to do so, at any part (i.e., at the middle portion of the street) of a roadway that is not controlled by a traffic light. [ 552.005 (b), Texas Transportation Code] However, even if a pedestrian is technically in violation of the right of way rules, a driver who hits a pedestrian may still be liable; drivers are required to keep a proper lookout, and must safely control the speed of their vehicles, […]
Personal Injury Protection Coverage and How It Works
How do I get Personal Injury Protection coverage? In Texas you have the option to purchase Personal Injury Protection coverage (known as “PIP”) with your automobile insurance coverage. In fact, your auto insurer must offer you the PIP coverage. If you decline the coverage, you must sign a statement refusing the coverage. How much coverage is available under Personal Injury Protection coverage? Personal injury protection usually provides $2,500 to cover your out of pocket medical costs and lost wages due injuries you sustained in an automobile collision, whether you are at fault or another driver is at fault. Some companies offer personal injury protection coverage of $5,000 or even $10,000.00. How much does Personal Injury Protection coverage cost? Personal Injury Protection coverage is affordable. $2,500 in coverage usually costs no more than $50 per year. What is covered under Personal Injury Protection coverage? Medical bills and lost wages are covered under Personal Injury Protection coverage. How do I get reimbursed under Personal Injury Protection coverage? If you are injured in an automobile accident, you can call your agent or insurance company to open a PIP claim. You will be assigned a PIP adjuster to handle your claim. You will need to provide the adjuster with copies of your medical bills and, if applicable, proof of your lost wages. How long does it take for the insurance company to pay my Personal Injury Protection claim? Your PIP adjuster will be able to tell you when to expect your check for reimbursement, […]
What caused my house to flood?
What caused my house to flood? One obvious answer is Harvey. However, the process of developing a subdivision is a process that must safeguard against extreme weather events. The area around your home and subdivision must be taken into account in designing a residential development. And each neighborhood must be designed to drain properly under heavy rains. The developer’s duty of prudent development includes thorough study and analysis, and taking design and engineering steps to ensure proper drainage, to protect the area against high water events. There are many reasons a home floods other than “it just rained too much.” Wham & Rogers, PLLC is beginning the process of examining these reasons to determine if more should have been done in the development and construction in The Woodlands and Spring and surrounding areas. If you have any concerns about your home and subdivision, please call for a free consultation.