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3 Terrible Reckless Driving Consequences

When you’re traveling for your daily commute, reckless driving consequences are usually the last things on your mind. It’s a known fact that releasing pent-up frustration can be healthy. Crank up the music, and sing at the top of your lungs. Scream into a pillow. Work it out at the gym. But one of the worst places to vent is behind the wheel of a two-ton missile, otherwise known as your car.

 

 

Temper, emotion, busyness, even the temptation to have a little fun can have horrendous repercussions if you’re not thinking about reckless driving consequences. In Texas, reckless driving is defined as willfully operating a vehicle without regard for the damage you could do to yourself, other people, or property.

 

 

  1. Speeding

Speeding can cover more than just driving above the posted speed limit. Driving too fast for road or weather conditions is easy to do, especially if you’re in a hurry. Just ask first responders who grimace every time flash flood warnings are issued — it means they’ll probably be rescuing someone who overestimated their driving skills and underestimated the power of less than a foot of moving water.

 

At best, reckless driving consequences could include a misdemeanor charge, a fine, or maybe jail time. At worst? Innocent lives could be affected.

 

 

  1. Eluding Police

In Texas, if you fail to immediately pull over if signaled or verbally ordered to do so by a uniformed officer in a marked car, you could face a charge of fleeing or attempting to elude. Police, who have seen too many innocent victims in the aftermath of police chases, take this very seriously. You could be looking at up to a year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines. Throw alcohol into the mix, and your license could be suspended for a very long time.

 

 

  1. Drag Racing

If you’re charged with drag racing, now you’re flirting with a felony. If someone is hurt or killed as a result, the reckless driving consequences could be a couple decades behind bars.

 

 

In any case — especially yours — don’t set foot in a courtroom without skilled representation by your side. Going it alone could be the most reckless act of all.

Fatigued Driving: 6 Signs You Might Be Too Tired to Drive

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It’s safe to say that the vast majority of drivers would never attempt to operate a vehicle after drinking alcohol or taking certain kinds of medication. These same drivers, however, think nothing of fatigued driving—getting behind the wheel (or hopping on their motorcycle) when they’re tired. In their minds, a yawn is not the same as a shot or a pint.

 

 

In reality, more than one-third of drivers have engaged in fatigued driving and fallen asleep at the wheel. Some of them are lucky enough to snap back awake in time to avoid a wreck. Some keep driving, seemingly functional while their conscious minds have checked out, only to blink and wonder how they missed their turn 20 miles ago. Too many cause an accident, hurting themselves and, often, someone else.

 

Don’t be a tragic statistic. The signs you shouldn’t be driving are often subtle.

 

Signs You Could Be Too Tired to Drive

 

1. You didn’t get enough sleep the night before. Combine a restless night with a long day at work, and it’s safe to say you shouldn’t embark on a long, monotonous trip, even if you think you’re stoked on caffeine.

 

2. You’re using the headrest. If you’re too weary to hold up your head, you’re not alert enough to drive any distance—short or long.

 

3. You can’t remember driving the past few miles. Muscle memory will only get you so far. If you’re well into your journey and it seems you just left, you’ve been snoozing, possibly even with your eyes open.

 

4. Your eyes are scratchy. Constantly needing to rub your eyes is a sign you’re too tired to keep going. Pull over at a rest stop and take a nap.

 

5. You keep hitting the rumble strips. This means you’re driving out of your lane, and you are fatigued driving. Get out from behind the wheel as soon as possible.

 

6. Your muscles feel twitchy. Lack of sleep can cause the release of stress hormones, which can make you achy, restless, and irritable. If you find you can’t keep from shifting in your seat, or you feel an uncontrollable need to shake out your arms and legs, you’re fatigued driving.

 

If you’ve been hurt in an accident and you suspect the other driver was fatigued driving, we can help. Call us today!

Essential Information to Tell Your Truck Accident Lawyer

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A truck accident lawyer needs information—and lots of it—to adequately present your injury case to the judge. That usually means more than just showing up with any casts, stitches, bumps, or bruises and trying to have your injuries tell the story.

 

 

 

 

In addition to discovering and preserving evidence such as the trucker’s driving record and work history, cell phone time and date stamps, truck maintenance history, and load or overload weight, a truck accident lawyer needs nothing but the truth from victims.

 

Have nothing to hide? Great. Are there a few blemishes on your own driving record? Come clean now so your lawyer won’t be handicapped by any surprises. Also tell your lawyer the following information:

  • Your health history. The trucking company’s attorneys will try to claim that your pain and suffering are a result of a pre-existing health condition, not because your half-ton car was totaled by a ten-ton truck. That broken shoulder? Oh, you had a baseball injury in high school, so tough luck. Memory loss? Remember that time you got a concussion when you flew off your ATV? No? Well, here it is in your medical records. Massive blood loss? Hmm, looks like you’re taking a medication that could cause lots of bleeding from a paper cut. Make sure your health records are in order and your truck accident lawyer has copies.
  • Past insurance claims. Have you filed insurance claims in the past, especially after previous accidents? Lawyers for the other side will be looking into your claim history—for health, auto, and homeowner’s insurance policies. Your own lawyer needs to know it before they do.
  • Your legal history. Your truck accident lawyer needs to know more than your driving record—from parking tickets to moving violations. If you’ve tangled with the legal system for any reason, no matter how far back, tell your attorney. This is true even if records involving specific incidents have been sealed or expunged. Your lawyer will, in many cases, be able to move quickly to ensure your prior record has no bearing on the current case.

 

When you need representation, we’ve got your back. Call us if you need a truck accident lawyer.

The 5 Most Destructive Types of Truck Wrecks

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Texas consistently ranks at or near the top for the number of fatal truck wrecks, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Of course, the Lone Star state’s sheer size accounts for a large part of this ranking—all the more reason to stay alert when traveling along our thousands of miles of asphalt ribbon.

 

 

 

 

Whether you drive a truck or share the highway with them, awareness of all the ways a truck can run afoul of the laws of physics can go a long way to keeping you safe.

 

Consider the five most destructive types of truck wrecks you never wish to encounter:

 

1.Rear-end collisions. The bigger and heavier the vehicle, the longer it takes to stop. Truck wrecks like this happen when truck drivers are distracted by cell phones, too tired to pay attention, or driving a truck with poorly maintained brakes. Even when truck drivers are doing everything right, drivers of smaller vehicles can contribute to rear-end collisions by cutting into that large, inviting space the trucker needs to safely stop.

 

2.Rollovers. A truck can easily roll over in a number of situations:

  • Entering a curve at a too-high speed
  • Drifting out of a lane and correcting too sharply
  • Swerving to avoid another vehicle
  • Loss of control due to a tire blow-out

 

3.Underride. Cars that follow a truck too closely can become lodged under the trailer if the trucker is forced to slam on the brakes.

 

4.Blind spots and wide turns. A simple rule of thumb is, if you as a car driver can’t see a truck’s mirrors, the truck driver can’t see you. It goes both ways—truckers should always assume there’s a car or motorcycle lurking in blind spots when changing lanes or making a wide, right-angle turn.

 

5.Unsecured load. Loads that aren’t properly secured, particularly on a flatbed truck, can be a deadly hazard to both truckers and other drivers when tons of weight shift to one side or spill all over the highway.

 

Involved in one of the many truck wrecks that occur in Texas each year? Let us shoulder the load while you recover. Contact us today.

Tips to Find the Right Car Accident Lawyer in San Antonio

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Want to know the truth about finding the right car accident lawyer San Antonio residents? You’re in the driver’s seat.

Yes, presumably your lawyer has the expertise to shepherd your case through the legal system while you concentrate on recovering from your injuries. But that doesn’t mean you have to sit on the sidelines and hope for the best.

Here are a few things you should expect from your car accident lawyer San Antonio residents. And if you aren’t getting most of them, it might be time to seek a different attorney:

  • They speak your language. We aren’t just talking English, Spanish, or other second-language skill (though that’s a plus, if multi-language fluency is a skill you need). Your lawyer should be able to translate legalese so you can easily understand what’s taking place.
  • They don’t leave you hanging. From day one, your car accident lawyer in San Antonio should extend the common courtesy of responding to your phone calls and emails in a timely fashion. Yes, your attorney has a life outside of work, but if they promise to respond within one business day, they should stick to it.
  • They live up to your expectations. Just because a lawyer passed the bar exam doesn’t mean they’re automatically good at what they do. A good car accident lawyer in San Antonio is not only ethical, they are sticklers for getting things right the first time. No one wants a lawyer who misses filing deadlines, shows up to proceedings late or unprepared, or worse, fails to recognize a conflict of interest.
  • They’re upfront about their fee structure. When your lawyer answers an email or a quick question via phone call, do they charge for their time? How much? Will you be billed monthly, or did your lawyer take your case on contingency (they’re paid only if they win the case for you)? How are costs calculated? Get everything in writing.
  • They tell you what to expect. No good car accident lawyer in San Antonio will allow you to enter a court hearing unprepared for what could and will happen.

 

Expect the best from your lawyer? Good, because we expect the best of ourselves. Contact us if you need a car accident lawyer, San Antonio based. We look forward to meeting you.

Searching for a Truck Accident Lawyer? San Antonio Has the Best

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Not every truck accident lawyer in San Antonio is the same. If you’ve been involved in a collision with a careless truck driver, it’s crucial that you know the difference between a good and bad lawyer, or you could end up on the short end of a settlement.

 

 

 

 

The Bad: Anatomy of a Trucking Company’s Lawyer

 

• They’re quick. As soon as a trucking company learns one of their drivers has been involved in an accident, they hit speed dial to their insurance company. It’s amazing how fast an insurance company’s rapid-response team can get to an accident scene—often before first responders have finished stabilizing the victims. Claims investigators waste no time scouring the accident scene for evidence, and you can be sure they’re not on your side. They’re looking for “evidence” to prove the truck driver was not at fault. In a worst-case scenario, evidence crucial to the victim’s claim might go missing.

 

• They’re smooth. Before you’ve even been transferred to a hospital room from the ER, lawyers for the trucking company could be pushing a document under your nose for you to sign. In soothing tones, they’ll try to convince you it’s in your best interest to sign, that the case is open and shut, so don’t bother retaining a lawyer of your own. Don’t fall for it.

 

• They’re sneaky. They know the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations inside and out, and they know how to appear to follow the letter of the law while skirting its intent. Most trucks carry “black boxes” just like airplanes, and if you don’t hire a fast-acting truck accident lawyer in San Antonio, evidence contained on it might be “accidentally” purged.

 

The Good: Anatomy of Your Trucking Accident Lawyer

 

• Your lawyer will immediately file a lawsuit to preserve evidence favorable to your case. No evidence will be destroyed on your lawyer’s watch.

 

• Specializes in the trucking industry and thoroughly knows its practices and the local, state, and federal laws that apply. Keeps updated on the latest regulations and industry news.

 

• From many years of experience, is aware of the multiple ways a truck driver can push and outright violate regulations designed to prevent accidents. Uses this knowledge and experience to advantage when preparing your case and gathering evidence.

 

• Has your best interests at the forefront, not the trucking company and its insurance company. Will fight on your behalf until you receive the compensation you’re due.

 

Don’t be sweet-talked or bullied into accepting a less-than-adequate settlement. Our experienced truck accident lawyer in San Antonio is ready to help.

Suffering from Head Trauma? A San Antonio Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

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Just because your accident didn’t result in you lying unconscious in bed for weeks or months doesn’t necessarily mean you haven’t suffered a serious head injury. That’s why you need a San Antonio personal injury lawyer who is up to speed on all the latest research into the symptoms and treatment of traumatic brain injuries.

 

 

 

Outward Signs of Possible Brain Injury

A medical diagnosis of any degree of brain injury can be difficult, particularly if the patient has a pre-existing condition that might mask the symptoms of mild impairment.

 

Here are some of the signs first responders and doctors look for that indicate they could be dealing with head trauma:

 

  • Bleeding scalp wounds
  • Facial fractures, open or closed
  • Facial bruising
  • Loss of consciousness for any length of time
  • Nasal discharge, whether bloody or clear
  • Stiffness in the cervical spine

 

Timely documentation (written and images) are critical not only for diagnosis and treatment, but to provide a solid foundation on which a San Antonio personal injury lawyer can build your case.

 

Subtler Symptoms to Watch for

Some symptoms of brain injury can be deceptively mild and too easily brushed off. The symptom may depend on which of the brain’s six main regions are affected. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to:

 

Frontal lobe (forehead/crown)

  • Inability to perform a common, multi-step task in sequence
  • Fixation on a single thought or idea
  • Mood swings
  • Sudden onset of ADD-like behavior
  • Unable to come up with the words to complete a sentence

 

Parietal lobe (sides)

  • Difficulty reading or writing
  • Can’t tell left from right
  • Inability to solve simple math problems
  • Loss of eye/hand coordination
  • Lack of awareness of personal hygiene

 

Occipital lobe (back)

  • Visual disturbances
  • Hallucinations
  • Inability to distinguish colors or recognize a written word
  • Reading/writing impairment

 

Temporal lobe (above ears)

  • Inability to recognize familiar faces
  • Memory loss
  • Constant talking
  • Unusual increase in aggressive behavior

 

Brain stem (core of brain)

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Decreased breath control
  • Balance disturbance
  • Insomnia

 

Cerebellum (base of skull)

  • Decrease in fine motor skills
  • Muscle tremors
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Slurred speech

 

Because the brain can take several months to heal, the effects of a brain injury can impact almost every area of a victim’s life, from personal relationships to their ability to hold on to a job. These same symptoms can make it nearly impossible to gain adequate compensation through insurance or the court system.

 

That’s why it’s critical to contact a San Antonio personal injury lawyer as soon as possible—before you think you need one. The Law Offices of Pat Maloney offer an experienced team of personal injury lawyers ready to help. Contact us today!

4 Reasons a San Antonio Car Accident Attorney Is Worth Your Time

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We know what many people think when they hear “car accident attorney.” Trust us. We know. Misconceptions that include the word “ambulance” and some form of the verb “chase.” But stereotypes aside, if you’re ever in a serious wreck, a San Antonio car accident attorney could literally be a lifesaver.

 

 

 

 

Here are four main reasons it’s worth your time to research a good San Antonio car accident attorney:

 

1. Your injuries are serious. In the immediate aftermath of an accident, your adrenaline is pumping. That’s why you may not realize until later that what you thought were a few bumps and bruises are actually the outward signs of more serious injuries. These injuries could impact your job, your personal relationships, even your life. So when the first responders arrive at the scene, don’t waive the option to be transported to an emergency room. Start covering all your bases from day one—even moment one.

 

2. Recovery will take longer than you anticipated. What you thought was a simple broken bone turns into a complicated mess of pins, plates, surgeries, months of physical therapy, and an eye-crossing morass of bills and insurance claims. Trying to handle it all yourself while recovering from a serious injury is a nightmare. An effective San Antonio car accident attorney can relieve you of a significant amount of that burden so you can concentrate on healing.

 

3. The insurance company uses delay tactics. The insurance company for the at-fault driver will do everything it can to avoid making a payout. It will claim you don’t have enough proof that their client caused the accident. Meanwhile, your bills are mounting.

 

4. You receive unfair settlement offers. The at-fault driver’s insurance company may attempt to rush you into accepting a lump-sum settlement that won’t make a dent in your medical bills, claiming that if you push for a fair settlement, the answer could be “no” and you’ll get nothing. Don’t fall for it. Sign nothing until you have a San Antonio car accident attorney on your side.

 

Don’t settle for less than you deserve! Give your San Antonio car accident attorney, Pat Maloney, a call today. Don’t wait!

Demand Justice with an Experienced San Antonio Truck Accident Lawyer

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The words “minor” and “truck accident” seldom appear in the same sentence. Trucks are big and heavy; most cars don’t hold up well to what a truck would consider a love tap. Trucks are notorious for having major blind spots, but before you let a truck driver shrug it off with a “Sorry, I didn’t see you,” get on the phone with an experienced San Antonio truck accident lawyer.

 

 

 

 

How can a San Antonio truck accident lawyer help you?

 

Gathering Evidence

 

Chances are, the driver of the truck you tangled with is backed by a trucking company, and trucking companies won’t hesitate to use their lawyers to twist everything around to make it look like the accident was your fault. With an experienced San Antonio truck accident lawyer on your side, you can concentrate on healing from your injuries while your attorney:

 

Studies reports and documentation generated by police and other first responders.

Tracks down witnesses and gathers their statements.

Determines if any nearby security cameras captured any video or photographic evidence.

Contacts specialists, such as computer graphics experts, to re-create the accident using available evidence.

Represents you in settlement negotiations with the trucking company’s legal team.

Collects information about the truck driver’s training, prior driving record, and possible criminal record.

 

Knowing the Law

 

An experienced San Antonio truck accident lawyer knows which trucking companies tend to travel more on local, regional, state, or interstate roads, and which laws apply. He or she also knows what kinds of logs truck drivers are required to keep, including driving hours vs. rest hours, routine drug testing, vehicle load, and maintenance records. In addition, if the truck was subject to a recall, the ultimate fault may rest with the manufacturer.

 

If you need a San Antonio truck accident lawyer, contact us today. One of our outstanding team members is ready to back you up.

Being Sued? A San Antonio Car Wreck Attorney Can Protect You

Many a San Antonio car wreck attorney wishes more clients would have followed a few simple steps after a car wreck. What you say—or don’t say—can come back to cause heartache and headaches after the dust has settled.

 

 

 

 

At the Accident Scene

 

• Don’t say anything incriminating. Other than asking the other driver if they are all right and exchanging contact and insurance info, don’t talk about the accident at all. Don’t say what you were doing when it happened, what you think caused it, and how the other driver was driving. Don’t even say you’re sorry for what happened. “Anything you say can and will be held against you” applies here.

• Call the police or highway patrol. Even if no one appears injured and the vehicle damage seems minor, call the authorities. In most cases, if you wind up on the wrong side of who’s at fault, the court and the insurance companies will require an official record of the accident.

• Take pictures. Your cell phone will come in handy to take quick pictures and video of the accident scene in general, along with details of injuries and damage to the vehicles. Noting malfunctioning traffic signals, poor signage and pavement markings, and weather and road conditions can all add up to evidence in your favor.

• Gather witnesses. If anyone stops to help, get their names and contact information as possible witnesses.

• Be detailed. Don’t withhold any information from the police when they arrive on the scene. Don’t admit fault, but be detailed in your account.

• Notify your insurance company. Before you leave the scene, or as soon as you can afterward, call your insurance company to let them know what happened.

 

In the Aftermath

 

Be seen by a doctor even if you don’t think you were injured.

Check with your insurance company or the police to determine if your state requires that you file a report with the department of motor vehicles.

Call a San Antonio car wreck attorney to make sure everything is being done to protect you if you are sued.

 

If you learn that the police have determined you’re at fault in an auto accident, call a San Antonio car wreck attorney today.