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5 Quick and Easy Tailgate Recipes

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by Tim O’Hare

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Football season is (finally) here, and that means it’s time for one of my favorite pastimes: tailgating.

No tailgate or game watching party is complete without food, and let’s face it — the best football food is party food. Here are a few quick, easy (and delicious!) recipes you should try this football season.

Touchdown Chili

Ingredients:
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 (14 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
4 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 (14 ounce) can ranch style beans
1 (14 ounce) can pinto beans
1 (14 ounce) can kidney beans
1 (10 ounce) can Rotel diced tomatoes
1 (1 1/4 ounce) package McCormick mild chili seasoning
2 lbs ground chuck

Directions:
Brown Ground Chuck. Add all canned items, including juice, into large pot. Cook until onion and pepper are tender. Serve.

Party Ryes

Ingredients:
1 lb ground chuck
1 lb bulk pork sausage
1 lb Velveeta cheese, diced
1 12 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon oregano
12 teaspoon garlic powder
12 teaspoon ground pepper
2 loaves rye cocktail bread

Directions:

Brown meats and drain off fat. Add meats and cheese in frying pan and stir over low heat until melted. Mix in spices and Worcestershire sauce. Spread mixture on cocktail rye slices. Place on cookie sheet and bake approximately 10 minutes at 400°F until hot. Serve hot or warm.

Jalapeño Poppers

Ingredients:
10 fresh jalapeno peppers
8 ounces cream cheese
1 lb bacon
20 toothpicks

Directions:
Halve and seed the jalapenos. Roast on a hot grill just until skins start to turn dark. Slice the bacon strips in half. Fill the jalapeno halves with cream cheese. Wrap halves with bacon and secure with a toothpick. Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes, or until bacon is done. Serve warm.

Grilled Corn

Ingredients:
4 ears fresh corn, in their husks, rinsed
14 teaspoon kosher salt
14 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges

Directions:
Prepare grill with direct, high heat, about 550°F. Remove just the visible silks from the tips of the corn. Peel a few layers of husk off, leaving a few layers covering the corn. Place corn on the hot grill. Cover. Turn corn occasionally, until the husks are charred on all sides, about 15 to 20 minutes. (Approximately 5 minutes on each side.). Remove corn from the grill. Let sit for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the silks and charred husks from the corn. Cover stem of corn with a piece of aluminum foil, making a handle for the corn. Squeeze lemon wedge over hot corn. Mix salt and pepper in a small bowl. Dip lemon wedge into spice mix and rub into corn. Serve immediately.

Mini Pizzas

Ingredients:
1 (10 count) package refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
14 cup pizza sauce
10 slices pepperoni
34 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Flatten each biscuit into a 3-inch circle and press into a greased muffin cup. Spoon 1 teaspoonful of the pizza sauce into each cup. Top each with a slice of pepperoni and a spoonful of cheese. Bake at 425°F for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or chilled.

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By : Tim O'Hare /September 26, 2016 /Blog /0 Comment Read More
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Top Two Reasons You Should Consider Estate Planning

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No matter your age, health or wealth status, estate planning is something every adult should consider yet many people discount its importance. Taking steps to plan your estate now will help ensure your family, property, and finances are taken care of after you die.

Your misconceptions about planning your estate — including writing a will — could cause unnecessary stress and frustration for your loved ones in the event of your death. Here are two reasons every adult should take the time to carefully plan his or her estate.

Estate planning isn’t just for the wealthy.
Everyone needs a will, no matter the value of your estate. In your will, you can direct a person (or persons) as your legal representative(s) to carry out your wishes and designate who will receive your property and assets (no matter the value) upon your death. A will must pass through probate. In other words, a court will oversee the administration of your will and ensure that it is carried out the way you wanted. As such, a will becomes public record. A will also allows you to predetermine who will take care of your kids—this is the primary reason even young adults who have children should have a will. If you die without a will, it can be very costly to your family and heirs, and you will have no say over the division of your assets. State heirship laws take over.

For more on wills, read our blog:
5 Reasons Everyone Needs a Will

Every parent should consider setting up a trust.
Truth: If you have children, consider a trust. A trust is often used when dealing with minors. If you have a trust, you can ensure that any assets left behind for your children are not used or spent by someone else. Trusts can also be beneficial if you are leaving money to someone who may not be mature enough to handle it appropriately. Finally, trusts can also reduce the taxes your heirs might otherwise have to pay and provide greater protection of your assets from creditors and lawsuits.

Taking time to discuss your estate plans with your heirs can help prevent confusion or disputes down the road. Family conflicts are unfortunately common when dealing with a loved one’s estate, but by planning ahead, you can help reduce or eliminate any potential arguments among your family and children after you die.

Navigating the estate planning process can be stressful and confusing, but an experienced wills and trusts attorney can help you plan your estate and guide you through the process. An attorney will explain the legal terms and help ensure that your will or trust is prepared properly so there are no questions in the event of your death. Your attorney can also help review your financial assets and verify who can receive what from your retirement accounts.

Do you need a will or trust? Contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a reputable attorney who can help you with estate planning needs.

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By : Tim O'Hare /September 07, 2016 /Blog, General Civil Law /0 Comment Read More
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Determining Liability in a Personal Injury Case

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Determining liability is the first step in any personal injury case. Liability refers to whether a person or entity is legally responsible for the damages suffered by another party in an incident resulting in an injury. In any personal injury claim, liability of at least one party (individual or entity) must be established in order for an injured victim to recover any financial compensation for his or her injury claim.

The burden of proving liability falls on the victim, or plaintiff, in an injury case. In some cases, more than one party may be found liable. For example, in an accident where a commercial truck is involved (and at fault), the driver may be found liable, but his or her employer may also be found partly responsible, as well.

Negligence is the most common theory of liability in a personal injury case. Negligence means that the person or entity causing the accident acted in an unreasonable manner. For example, a driver may be found negligent in a car accident case if he or she was speeding at the time of the accident, or perhaps ran a red light, resulting in the collision.

Proving negligence isn’t always obvious. To prove negligence, the injured party must establish that the defendant had a responsibility to take reasonable care to prevent an accident, and failed to do so. It must also be established that injury or harm to another person occurred as a direct result of at least one party’s negligence in order to recover damages.

In addition to situations involving injuries resulting from an auto accident, personal injury cases may also involve injury resulting from a dangerous or malfunctioning product. Products liability is an all-encompassing term when someone is injured due to a product defect. Common types of products liability cases include (but are not limited to): defective tires, SUV rollovers, negligent vehicle maintenance, flammable products, defective safety equipment, design defects, pharmaceutical defects, manufacturing defects, improper product instructions and failure to warn.

Every year, thousands of recalls are issued on products, from vehicles to food to household items, because those items are defective or contaminated and are a potential harm to consumers. Manufacturers have a responsibility to uphold the integrity of their products, and to inform the public if they are at risk of injury, illness or death due to a defective product. Consumers who are injured by a defective product can file a legal claim against the manufacturer of that product.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one as a result of a traffic accident or a defective product, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with a Dallas personal injury attorney.

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By : Tim O'Hare /August 31, 2016 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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Back-to-School Safety Tips for Kids and Adults

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by Tim O’Hare

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Summer has come to an end and kids in Dallas – Ft. Worth are preparing to head back to school. As a new school year begins, it’s important for drivers to review school zone laws and for parents to remind their children how to stay safe on their way to and from school.

In addition to lowering speed in school zone areas, Texas’ school zone laws limit cell phone use in active school zone crossings, including all school properties, parking lots and drop off lanes. Drivers who violate the cell phone ban face fines of up to $200. There are exceptions for hands-free devices, emergency calls and vehicles that are stopped.

Don’t just watch your speed when traveling through a school zone. Keep your eyes out for children who may be crossing the road and follow any signs held by school crossing guards.

No matter how late you may be on your way to work, speeding through a school zone is about more than fines and court costs — it’s about protecting our children. According to NHTSA, an average of 18 school-age children die in school transportation-related crashes each year. Of those, six are occupants of a school transportation vehicle, while the other 12 are pedestrians.

Before sending your child back to school, take a few minutes to review these school bus and school crossing safety tips from the NHTSA with your child:

1. Always get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is due to arrive.
2. Never run across the road to catch the bus.
3. If you have to walk on roads where there is no sidewalk, walk against traffic. Try to stay off the road as much as possible.
4. When crossing the street to get to the bus, always look left, then right, then left again. If cars or other objects are obstructing your view, go to the nearest corner crosswalk.
5. When the bus approaches, stand at least three large steps from the curb.
6. Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says it’s okay to board before stepping onto the bus.
7. Never walk behind the bus or close to the side of the bus. You could be in the driver’s blind spot.
8. If you drop something near the bus, don’t pick it up until you tell the bus driver or he or she may not see you.

As adults, we have the responsibility not only to teach our children to be safe, but to make a habit of always practicing safe driving, especially in school zones. Put away any hand-held devices when driving through school zones, observe the posted speed limit, and watch for children crossing the street. If you are unsure if a school zone is active, always assume it is.

If you or your child has been hurt as the result of a school transportation-related accident, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with a Dallas – Ft. Worth personal injury attorney.

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By : Tim O'Hare /August 22, 2016 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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Pokémon Go Tip: Don’t Chase Pokémon While Driving

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The Pokémon Go craze has taken over this summer — kids, teens and adults alike are scouring businesses, parks and in some cases, private properties (which, as a reminder, is illegal) to capture all the characters.

Over the past few weeks, several people have found themselves in precarious and even dangerous circumstances due to the game, including one driver in Baltimore who crashed his car at a high speed into a parked Baltimore police cruiser last weekend. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. In another incident, a driver in Auburn, New York received minor injuries after crashing his car into a tree while playing Pokémon Go.

Federal officials estimate that distracted driving of all kinds — Pokémon Go included — contributes to at least 16 percent of all fatal car crashes. That equates to about 5,000 deaths per year, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. After decades of declines, highway fatalities have been on the rise in recent years, due to distracted driving.

If you’re a Pokémon enthusiast, here are some safety rules to remember next time you’re out chasing Pikachu:

  • Never play the game while operating a motor vehicle or riding a bicycle.
    • Do not trespass on private property.
    • Always be aware of your surroundings, paying attention to potential hazards around you including roadways, waterways, drop-offs, etc.
    • Do not enter or stop traffic in an attempt to catch a Pokémon.
    • Travel in groups and only play in public locations that are well-lit.
    • Be cautious about sharing your location while playing the game as strangers can see this information.

There are some definite pros to this new Nintendo craze. Kids are playing with their parents and people are making new friends playing the game. It is also getting kids and adults off the couch and out of the house, getting some exercise and breathing in fresh air. But the safety concerns are also valid. If you play Pokémon Go, be smart while playing and pay attention to your safety and the safety of those around you. You could save a life.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in a car accident, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with a Dallas personal injury attorney.

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By : Tim O'Hare /July 25, 2016 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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Do I Need an LLC?

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If you are in the process of launching a new business, there are many decisions to be made. One of which is whether you need an LLC, or if another type of legal business structure would better suit your company.

There are different kinds of legal entities for business owners to consider, each of which provides a different set of protections for the business owner’s interests and liabilities. So which is the best legal structure to protect your interests and assets? The answer to that question is dependent on a number of factors.

Here is a basic breakdown of the differences between an LLC and a Corporation (C-corp or S-corp).

LLC A Limited Liability Company (LLC) can protect your personal assets from lawsuits or debts that arise from your business. For example, if you own a business that has public traffic, an LLC can protect your personal assets from lawsuits in a potential slip-and-fall situation. Additionally, an LLC can protect you from being personally liable for business debts or unpaid bills.

LLCs are ideal for small businesses and businesses that hold property such as real estate that is expected to increase in value. Some businesses cannot operate as an LLC. For example, businesses in the banking, trust and insurance industry are generally prohibited from forming an LLC.

Corporation A corporation can also provide limited liability for the business owner while offering additional benefits. A corporation may be a better fit for your business if:

• You plan to have multiple investors in your business or plan to raise money from the public.
• You’d like to provide fringe benefits to owners, such as health insurance.
• You want to offer stock options and stock bonus incentives to employees.

Determining what type of business structure is best can be a difficult and complex decision. Need more help determining the best fit for your business? Hire a small business lawyer to help you make the right choice. Contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for help with your business formation decisions.

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By : Tim O'Hare /July 07, 2016 /Blog, Small Business Law /0 Comment Read More
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Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?

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by Tim O’Hare

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If you have been injured as the result of a car accident, a defective or recalled product, a fall or injury at work or on someone else’s property, do you really need to hire a personal injury lawyer? Aren’t most personal injury attorneys just “ambulance chasers” trying to profit off the pain and suffering of others?

While personal injury attorneys have not always been portrayed in a positive light, the reality is, in most cases of injury, the victim can benefit significantly from hiring a trusted lawyer.

If you have been injured, you may face a long legal battle to receive any due compensation for your injury. Navigating the maze of insurance laws and dealing with insurance companies is often a frustrating and anxiety-filled ordeal, and yet, many people assume they can handle their injury claim on their own, without the help of an attorney.

There are many reasons one might need to hire a personal injury lawyer, here are a few examples of common personal injury claims:

Motor vehicle accident If you are injured or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident such as a car, bus, boat, or motorcycle accident that was caused by another person, perhaps due to drunk driving or distracted driving, you may be entitled to a personal injury claim. A lawsuit may help you recover compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and/or loss of companionship, for example.

Wrongful death Have you lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person? If so, you may be entitled to make a wrongful death claim. Surviving beneficiaries of the deceased, including the surviving spouse, children and parents may be able to file a wrongful death claim.

Injury suffered on someone else’s property If you have suffered an injury while on someone else’s property, you may have grounds to make a premises liability claim. Premises liability cases, like many other personal injury cases, can be complicated, as it has to be proven that the property owner was negligent and the injury suffered was a result of that negligence.

Injury suffered by a defective or recalled product Products liability is another common category of personal injury cases, as thousands of product recalls are issued every year on items determined to be of potential danger to consumers.

How a personal injury lawyer can help you

Hiring a personal injury attorney for any of the reasons listed above should not be considered an unnecessary expense. Doing so can pay back multiple dividends, decreasing your stress level and helping you recover more money than you ever could on your own to help you pay for medical bills, recover your lost wages and be compensated for your pain, hassle and scarring.

There are many ways a personal injury lawyer can save you time, money and frustration, including:

Avoid the hassle of dealing with the insurance company. Insurance adjusters can be tricky. They often strive to get individuals to settle for far less than what they are entitled to. A personal injury attorney will work for you, dealing with insurance companies and the law, to ensure you are treated fairly and receive what the law says you are due.

A personal injury lawyer will be familiar with all the laws pertaining to your case. Laws often vary by state, but an experienced attorney will know your state’s laws and how the laws affect your case. They will also have the necessary knowledge to help you receive fair compensation. If your case for any reason needs to be disputed in court, a personal injury attorney will provide the best representation to handle your case.

Hiring a personal injury lawyer allows you to focus on your own healing rather than being consumed by your case. Being injured in a car accident or in a work-related accident can be life changing. Don’t take on the unnecessary burden of dealing with the insurance companies on your own. Hire an experienced personal injury attorney to focus on your case so that you can focus on yourself. While it may seem costly at first, it will pay off in the end when you receive the full amount owed to you, rather than only a portion of that, which is likely what you would receive if working without an attorney.

If you have been injured in a car accident, suffered injury on someone else’s property, or suffered an injury through no fault of your own in another manner, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. We will help you in your time of need and make sure you are not taken advantage of.

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By : Tim O'Hare /June 27, 2016 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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Motorcycle Safety Month: Safety Tips for All Drivers

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by Tim O’Hare

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May is Motorcycle Safety Month. If you are out on the road, you are responsible to do your part to keep all motorists safe, including motorcyclists. Ninety-eight percent of motorcycle riders who are involved in accidents are injured. Of those, half of them suffer serious injuries.

No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, it is your responsibility to share the road with motorcyclists and other motorists and take certain precautions to avoid an accident that could otherwise be prevented.

Do your part to keep all drivers safe with these tips:

Check twice for traffic when changing lanes or turning at intersections. The profile of a motorcycle is much smaller than that of a car or truck. A motorcycle’s small size can not only make it more easily hidden from the sight of a vehicle driver, but it can also make it appear further away than it is. The smaller size of motorcycles can also make it difficult for other motorists to judge how fast a motorcycle is traveling.

Don’t follow motorcyclists at close distances. Some motorcyclists slow their speed by downshifting rather than breaking. Motorists should allow at least 3 to 4 seconds following distance, and predict when a motorcyclist in front of them may slow down. When roads are wet, motorcycles can have a difficult time stopping quickly, and should be allowed more space from other motorists.

Be aware that a motorcyclist may often change positions in a lane. Motorcycles do not respond to road hazards, such as debris and potholes as well as other vehicles might. Because of this, a motorcyclist might often be seen changing his or her position within a lane, to avoid potential hazards. Motorcyclists may also change positions in a lane to be seen more easily by other drivers.

Safety on the roads for all drivers is dependent on drivers being aware of their surroundings and others on the road. For more information on sharing the road with motorcyclists, read this list of tips from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in a motorcycle accident, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare, the Dallas personal injury attorney who has been riding motorcycles for most of his adult life. Hiring a lawyer who also rides to handle your motorcycle case is the right choice.

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By : Tim O'Hare /May 19, 2016 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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Dangers of the Construction Industry: The Fatal Four

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Every year, thousands of workers are killed on the job. In 2014, 4,679 workers were killed on the job, according to the United States Department of Labor, and more than 20 percent of those were in construction. One in five work injuries occur on construction sites.

Falls are responsible for the most construction site injuries and deaths, followed by workers being struck by an object, electrocutions, and workers getting caught in-between objects on the job site. These are the “Fatal Four” of construction site injuries, and were responsible for more than half of all construction worker deaths in 2014. Eliminating the “Fatal Four” would save more than 500 workers’ lives in America each year.

Some of the most common construction site accidents include:

• Falls from scaffolding
• Crane or building collapses
• Falling objects
• Electrocution, fires and explosions
• Faulty tools or equipment
• Dangerous chemicals

If you have suffered an accident on a construction site, you may be entitled to substantial money damages including reimbursement for medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental and emotional anguish, lost wages and benefits, future earnings and diminishment of enjoyment of life due to your injury. Spouses of the injured may also be entitled to collect damages for the loss of pleasure or companionship.

In cases where your injury was the result of gross negligence on the part of another individual or entity, such as an employer or manufacturer, you may be able to collect punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer and to prevent the misconduct from being repeated in the future. In the event of an on-the-job injury or death, property owners, employers, architects, manufacturers, and even insurance companies might be liable for:

• Faulty machinery/tools
• Unsafe procedures or working conditions
• Negligent management
• Inadequate training
• Explosions or fires
• Failure to provide necessary safety equipment
• Unrealistic employer demands that led to safety shortcuts
• Exposure to toxic fumes or substances

If you have been injured in an accident on a construction site, or another work-related accident, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. We have represented clients against employers, manufacturers and other defendants who have caused workplace injuries, and we have successfully handled numerous cases. We know which medical experts and occupational experts you will need, and our personal injury attorneys will stick with your case no matter how long it takes.

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By : Tim O'Hare /May 09, 2016 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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Trucking Accidents: What You Need to Know

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Each year, more than 450,000 trucking accidents occur on U.S. roadways, nearly 5,000 motorists are killed in accidents involving large trucks and an estimated 140,000 are injured. In an accident involving a passenger vehicle and a semi or commercial truck, 74 percent of those killed are passengers in the car.

Commercial trucks are significantly larger than passenger vehicles, posing a serious risk to the drivers and passengers of other vehicles in the event of an accident. While not all car accidents are unavoidable, many are. As a driver, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself and your passengers from an accident that could lead to serious injury or death. Keep yourself and your family safe by following these safe driving guidelines:

Treat trucks differently than other cars. Trucks can weigh as much as 30 times more than a passenger car. Due to their size, it is nearly impossible for semi trucks to come to a sudden stop. For example, a semi truck that is moving at 55 miles per hour can take the length of a football field to come to a complete stop. Avoid cutting off a semi in traffic or putting yourself in a situation where you may have to suddenly stop in front of a semi. The size of an 18-wheeler also makes it difficult for the truck driver to change lanes.

Stay visible. Driving next to a semi or directly behind one can make it very difficult for the truck driver to see you. Do not follow too closely or stay directly next to a semi truck. A general rule is that if you cannot see the truck’s side mirrors, the driver cannot see you.

Do not stop on the side of the road. If you have to stop your vehicle for some reason, avoid stopping on the shoulder of the road. Truck drivers may not see you stopped until it is too late. If you must stop, try to pull completely off of the road, either into the grass or on a side road. If you do stop on the side of the road, do not stay in your car. Get out and move away from traffic.

If you are involved in a trucking accident and the truck driver is found to be at fault, you may be entitled to receive compensation for bodily injury or property damage. Damages may include:

• Medical expenses including ambulance fees, hospital and doctor visits, in-home care services, physical therapy, etc.
• Pain and suffering including mental and physical distress.
• Lost wages to cover pay for any lost work due to the accident and follow-up medical appointments.
• Lost earning capacity in the event you are unable to continue working due to impairments from the injuries.
• Loss of companionship, covering the loss of affection or relations in a marriage or the loss of a loved one.
• Special damages covering general monetary losses after an accident.

If you have been involved in a traffic accident with a commercial truck, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. We will help you receive all due compensation for your injury or loss.

Call The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for your FREE Case Evaluation 
972-960-0000 or Toll-Free 888-960-0020

 

By : Tim O'Hare /April 28, 2016 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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