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Jeff Rasansky September 20, 2017

Answer: Generally speaking, the term “accident” refers to an unintentional collision. At the same time, many people feel as though referring to collisions as “accidents” implies that no one was at-fault, and/or works to downplay the root cause of most car crashes: human error. Someone is almost always at-fault for a motor vehicle collision (except in…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: It happens; you get into a car accident and shortly find out that the other driver is uninsured. In such cases, your best option may be to file an uninsured motorist claim. This will help you recover money damages that will go toward compensating you for your injuries as well as the damage to…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Being involved in a hit and run accident can be frustrating. Your best chance for finding the driver is to collect as much information as possible (e.g. the color, make, model of the car and license plate number if available). If you are physically able to do so, gather as much information from witnesses…

Jeff Rasansky September 18, 2017

Answer: First thing’s first. If you are not an attorney who’s litigated a case before, you really should not be negotiating a settlement. Insurance companies do this every single day and they know every single trick they can use in order to limit the value of your claim – or to deny liability outright. Most…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: There are no exemptions within Texas law that allow any vehicle other than an emergency vehicle to proceed through a red light. The motorcycle operator must legally turn or change lanes when it is safe to do so and then locate a different route. The Texas Transportation Code does requires certain traffic-controlled traffic signals…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Before September 1st, 2009, Texas had no laws governing age, height or weight of motorcycle passengers. However, after HB 537 was passed during the 31st Legislative Session, no passengers under the age of five were allowed on motorcycles. The laws on helmet requirements remained the same: passengers under the age of 21 were required…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: I know you were hoping for an easy answer, but determining the potential value of a motorcycle accident case is hard (okay, impossible) to do without knowing the details of a case. How serious are your injuries? Do you have a permanent disability or chronic pain? Do you know the policy limits of the defendant’s…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Lane splitting refers to moving through congested traffic on your motorcycle – essentially, driving between two lanes of congested traffic. Different states have their laws regarding this kind of behavior. In Texas, the law doesn’t expressly forbid or allow lane splitting. Because of this, determining liability in an auto accident caused by lane splitting will…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: In Texas, motorcycle riders must always wear a helmet if they are under the age of 21. If “the person required to wear protective headgear was at least 21 years old and had successfully completed a motorcycle operator training and safety course… OR was covered by a health insurance plan providing the person with…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Honestly, you really can’t know if your airbags are safe.  The airbag compartment is sealed, which means it is impossible to know if you even have airbags or what kind of condition they are in. However, here are some tips that can help you identify a potential problem. If own a used car, order…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Many elderly drivers are safe drivers but you are right to be concerned. Drivers over the age of seventy-five are more likely than younger drivers to be fatally injured in a Texas car accident. If you are concerned about your mother’s driving abilities, it may be a good idea to talk with her doctor….

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: After a Dallas car crash, it is somewhat common for accident victims to turn down a medical examination by paramedics at the scene or to refuse to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. While these decisions may seem like the right choice at the time, it is very important that you follow the recommendations…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Who is at fault for your ATV accident or injury depends heavily on the details of the accident and the evidence available. Understanding who is at fault for your all-terrain vehicle crash means understanding why the crash took place and whether or not it was preventable. With that in mind, here are some common responsible…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: According to the Texas Transportation Code, reckless driving consists of operating a vehicle with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others or personal property. Reckless driving has more serious consequences than a simple moving violation and traffic ticket – it is a misdemeanor offense that comes with fines up to $200, possible…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Losing an unborn baby due to injuries sustained in a traffic accident (or any other kind of accident) can be extremely traumatic. Because of the nature of the loss in this type of accident, many states have struggled to decide upon a fair way to handle these cases and determine fair compensation. In 2003,…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: Depending on the particulars on your Texas personal injury lawsuit, information taken from a car black box recorder – also known as an event data recorder (EDR) – can either help or harm your case. EDRs are increasingly common in newer cars, and some vehicle owners don’t even know that their car contains a black…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: If you were seriously injured in a car-vs-pedestrian accident that was caused by a negligent driver, you can likely file a claim against the driver for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. If a loved one (such as a spouse, child, or parent) was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident,…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: If you or were seriously injured in a Texas bicycle accident, you may file a lawsuit in order collect damages from the person or entity that was at fault for your accident. Damages could include medical bills, lost wages, loss of future wages, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. Before filing a lawsuit, it is…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: A phantom vehicle, according to insurance companies, is a vehicle that causes a car accident or car accident injury without ever coming into contact with the car that crashes. In the majority of cases, a phantom vehicle will leave the accident scene in the seconds after causing the crash, making it difficult to prove…

Jeff Rasansky August 10, 2017

Answer: A “miss and run” car accident is like a hit and run accident – except that the vehicle that causes the accident does not make any visible physical contact with your car before speeding from the scene of the crash. Also known as a phantom car accident, miss and run accidents can still result in serious…

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