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Georgetown Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

Bicycle commuters must follow these safety tips

As a bicycle commuter, you probably enjoy this mode of transportation. Maybe you have found that it can save you quite a bit of time and money, while also helping you get a high level of exercise every day.

While there is nothing wrong with riding your bike to and from work, here's something to remember: Your safety should always come first.

The expensive aftermath of a dog bite attack

Dogs are popular pets for good reason. They're loyal. They can be trained to perform special duties, like assisting the blind or disabled. They are affectionate and friendly, when raised and handled properly. Sometimes, however, due to neurological issues or a history of abuse, dogs become violent toward humans. When that happens, the potential injuries to the victim can be devastating.

Even small dogs have the potential to cause serious injuries. Bigger dogs, as well as bully breeds with powerful jaws and hunting dogs, can pose a serious threat to humans. In some cases, a dog attack can prove fatal. Other times, dog attacks cause physical and mental fallout that can last for many years. Make sure you seek medical treatment after a dog bite attack and file a report about the incident, if necessary.

Who gets the house during a Texas divorce?

Other than custody of minor children, possession of, or the ability to continue living in the marital home, is often the most contested issue. Many times, a home represents the single largest investment a person makes over the course of life. The equity accrued in a home may also contain a significant amount of the assets your family acquired during your marriage. It's not unusual for there to also be major emotional value to the home, in the form of memories.

No matter how you feel about your house, to the courts a home is just another asset. Asset division is often a complex issue. The more assets you and your spouse have, the more difficult and contentious the process could become. If both of you hope to retain or live in the family home during or after the divorce, you may wonder how the courts make decisions about who owns the home.

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.