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Georgetown Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

Understanding how Texas courts determine custody in divorce

There are a lot of variables involved in the average divorce. Aside fromĀ complicated asset division questions, custody is usually the most difficult issue to tackle. Was there a reason for the divorce, such as abuse or chemical dependence? Is one spouse asking for custody and the other one isn't? Which parent can better provide and care for the children? What, in general, is in the best interests of the minor children from the marriage?

It can be hard to predict the outcome of custody proceedings during a divorce. Because there are so many factors and because much of the decision-making is subjective and performed by a judge, you, as one of the divorcing parents, may have very little control over the end result. In general, however, there are certain standards you can expect during the custody hearings and decision-making in your divorce.

You suffered medical malpractice. Now what?

Medical malpractice can occur thousands of ways, but the end result is where things get tricky. Maybe your doctor performed a surgery and left something inside you, or perhaps failed to diagnose a life-changing or life-threatening condition. Maybe your doctor negligently prescribed opioid painkillers to you, leading to an addiction to opioids. Maybe your doctor prescribed a medication that presented serious dangerous side effects.

These are only some of the many ways medical malpractice might occur. If you believe that you suffered medical malpractice, what are you going to do about it? You may have more options than you realize, but you won't know until you take action and start the wheels turning toward justice.

Understanding complex asset division in Texas divorces

There's a common saying that more money means more problems. That is definitely the case in divorces. The more assets you have and the higher the overall value of your marital estate, the more complicated and protracted the asset division process can become.

Many people don't really understand the basic rules and laws guiding asset division, which can result in unrealistic expectations for the outcome of the divorce. Unless you agree on terms of your divorce or have a prenuptial agreement in place, Texas family courts will decide all major factors.

Have you been putting off creating your Texas estate plan?

Estate planning isn't something that many people look forward to. However, it is the responsible thing for any adult to do, particularly if you have a spouse or dependent children. Waiting until you reach retirement age could leave your family in a very vulnerable position. It may feel morbid to acknowledge, but you could die suddenly without any notice.

An accident at work, a motor vehicle collision or a sudden medical event, like a heart attack, could happen without any warning. If you don't have a last will and estate plan in place when that happens, your family could get stuck in legal limbo.

After a car accident, follow these steps

Imagine driving down I-35 on Friday afternoon. You just got off work and the only thing you had on the schedule for the weekend were a couple of days of rest and relaxation at Lake Georgetown. Unfortunately, when traffic suddenly came to a stop in front of you, your plans went up in smoke. While you stopped in plenty of time to avoid hitting the car in front of you, the car behind you did not. Now that you have just been in a wreck that was not your fault, what do you do?

Motor vehicle accidents can happen anywhere and at any time while we are behind the wheel. Usually, it seems like they always happen at the most inconvenient times. The best thing you can do is to be prepared. Knowing what to do after an accident can help you get the best possible results when it comes time to file your claim. Her are some steps you should take after an accident that was not your fault.

The emotional and physical effects of a brain injury

There are many different things that you might experience if you are in a car accident. With all of the adrenaline that is pumping through your body at the time of the crash, you might not realize that you are actually hurt.

One of the injuries that you might suffer and not realize right away is a brain injury. These can take days or weeks to notice, so you have to be sure that you are being watchful for symptoms.

Distracted driving kills: Stay focused to stay safe

In 2015, distracted driving took the lives of 3,477 people. Distracted driving, which includes but isn't limited to texting behind the wheel, is so dangerous that it's been a point of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to get people the facts about it to help them understand why it's so dangerous.

Distractions cause accidents that can be deadly. Even when someone isn't killed, statistics from 2015 show that 391,000 people were injured in distracted-driving crashes.

The most important damages you will claim after a car accident

After hearing news articles about multimillion-dollar personal injury verdicts, Texas car accident victims are understandably curious about the "dollar value" of their car accident claims. For this reason, the first question on the minds of people hurt by negligent drivers is usually: How much money can I pursue in my injury claim?

The problem is that answering this question is not that simple. No two motor vehicle accident scenarios are ever the same. Some have minor injuries, some have catastrophic or fatal injuries, and they all have different events that transpired before the crash. All of these facts, and many more, will affect the amount of money a plaintiff can pursue as car accident damages, and often the full extent of these facts is not revealed until well into the litigation process.

Motorcycle drivers need to watch out for reckless drivers

Standard passenger vehicles like cars, vans, station wagons and SUVs are supposed to share the road with smaller vehicles. In Texas, motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles can all legally drive on public roads, and motorcycles of a minimum size can also drive on highways, freeways and interstates.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of drivers who fail to understand that sharing the road means checking for smaller vehicles, like motorcycles, and yielding to them when they have the right of way. Staying safe when you ride is important to everyone who loves you, including your family.

Chest injuries: A common problem for car accident victims

Let's say you were driving to work early on a Monday morning. You wanted to get a head start on some reports your boss asked you to prepare, so you made it your goal to get into the office by 5 a.m. What you didn't count on was the fact that you'd be sharing the road with a drunk driver.

A man in a pickup truck came flying out of nowhere, straight through a red light and t-boned your compact car. You were lucky to survive, but not without suffering severe chest injuries. What you've now come to discover is that chest injuries are some of the most common problems suffered by motor vehicle accident victims.