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Check out all the latest news and updates from The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare in our blog. From tips about pursuing legal action to news about Personal Injury Cases, we offer a variety of insights about Personal Injury Law. We can help you understand the world of Injury, Wrongful Death and Insurance Law, so be sure to check back frequently to read our posts. Do you have questions about our posts or have you suffered an injury from someone else’s negligence? Contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare today to find out how we can help.


Avoid Being the Victim of a Trucking Accident: Tips from the Truck Accident Lawyers in Carrollton

by Texas Christian injury lawyer, Tim O’Hare

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Trucking accidents are making big headlines in Texas recently. Sadly, just this week, three people died as a result of a fiery multi-car accident involving at least one big rig on Interstate 35 in Waco. Earlier this year, an East Texas high school track coach was killed and 18 students were injured in a wreck involving an 18-wheeler.

Every year, there are more than 450,000 trucking accidents on U.S. roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 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.

Oftentimes, these deadly trucking accidents are attributed to driver negligence, often on the part of the truck driver. A driver’s negligence can be caused by one of a number of factors, including: talking on the phone, texting, driving while fatigued or drowsy, speeding, inattentive driving, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, inexperienced driving or improperly loaded or overloaded cargo in a commercial truck.

Not all accidents can be avoided, but many can. As the driver of a passenger vehicle, 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 driving guidelines regarding large trucks:

Treat trucks differently than other cars. Big rig trucks weigh as much as 30 times more than a passenger car. Due to their sheer 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. The size of an 18-wheeler also makes it difficult for the truck driver to change lanes. Never pull out in front of a semi truck and avoid situations where you may need to suddenly stop in front of a large truck.

Keep yourself 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.

Never stop on the side of the road. Pulling onto the shoulder of a busy highway could cost you your life. If you have a flat tire or are having trouble with your car, if at all possible, pull completely off the road, either onto the grass or onto a side road or into a parking lot. Drivers of large trucks like 18-wheelers may have a hard time seeing a car stopped on the side of the road until it is too late — especially at night. If you do stop on the side of the road, do not stay in your car. Watch for traffic and carefully get you and your passengers out and move as far away from traffic as possible until help arrives.

Always drive with caution, keeping in mind the added difficulty truck drivers may face when it comes to sudden stops, changing lanes or adverse weather.

Victims of trucking accidents can receive compensation if they have suffered bodily injury or property damage in an accident caused by the truck driver’s negligence or fatigue. 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.

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By : Tim O'Hare /July 18, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Don’t Be a Victim of Drunk Driving — Fourth of July Safety Tips from the Dallas Car Accident Lawyers

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by Dallas Car Accident Lawyer, Tim O’Hare

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Americans love to celebrate Fourth of July with friends, food and fireworks — and often alcohol. Tragically, the Independence Day holiday weekend is one of the deadliest on roads across the nation due to drunk driving crashes.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in the last 25 years, half of the accidents that occur on Fourth of July weekend involve alcohol. Forty-three percent of all traffic fatalities over Fourth of July weekend are alcohol-related, ranking even higher than the New Year’s holiday. In 2015, nearly 150 people were killed in crashes involving at least one drunk driver.

Many law enforcement agencies across the state of Texas have designated this holiday weekend a “No Refusal” weekend. During a No Refusal weekend, any motorists or boaters suspected of drunk driving who refuse to have their blood or breath drawn will have a search warrant issued against them for police to take a blood specimen to test their blood-alcohol level.

Whether you’re celebrating at Kaboom Town! in Addison, at Dallas’ official Independence Day celebration, Fair Park Fourth or one of the numerous other celebrations taking place over the next few days in North Texas, it’s important that you stay on high alert while on the roads. Texas law does not take drunk driving lightly. The same rules and restrictions apply to boaters.

Don’t let yourself or your family become victims of drunk driving this Fourth of July. Here are a few reminders to stay safe:

Choose a designated driver. The safest option is to avoid drinking alcohol altogether, but if you’re going to party where you know there will be alcohol, plan ahead and select a designated driver or alternative form of transportation. Before you get to the party, know exactly how you will get home. If you’re hosting a celebration, be sure to provide plenty of nonalcoholic drink options for the designated drivers.

Avoid late night driving. Nobody likes to leave a party early, but if it means getting home safe, it’s definitely worth it.

Drive in the right lane. Sticking to the right lane can save your life from drunk drivers and wrong-way drivers alike. Often times drunk drivers drift out of their lane or into oncoming traffic. The further you are to the right of the road, the better your chances of avoiding being side swiped or hit head-on by a drunk driver.

Be smart this Fourth of July. Your safety and the safety of those around you depend on it.

If you or a loved one has been injured or even killed as a result of drunk driving, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with a Dallas car accident attorney.

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By : Tim O'Hare /July 01, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Texas Governor Signs Law Banning Texting While Driving

by Distracted Driving Lawyer in Dallas, Tim O’Hare

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Texas is cracking down on distracted driving. On Tuesday, June 6, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a statewide ban on texting while driving into law. The ban takes effect Sept. 1.

The ban comes just months after 13 people were killed when their church bus was hit by a driver who claimed he was texting.

In 2016, there were 109,658 traffic accidents in Texas involving distracted driving. In those accidents, more than 3,000 people were injured and 455 were killed, according to TxDOT.

Texas joins at least 47 other states with similar laws. Once the law takes effect, law enforcement will be able to pull drivers over for suspected texting while driving. Under the law, first-time offenders may be punished with a fine of up to $99. Repeat offenses would be punishable by a fine of up to $200.

The new ban is on texting only; it does not cover other phone use, such as map applications. Gov. Abbott hopes when lawmakers meet in special session in July and August, they will rollback existing local ordinances that ban mobile device use beyond texting to avoid a “patchwork of regulations,” and keep the law consistent statewide.

While texting may be one of the most common distracted driving offenses, it is not the only way a driver may become distracted. Any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from driving is considered distracted driving and may endanger not only the driver, but his or her passengers, pedestrians and other motorists. In addition to texting, other high-risk behind-the-wheel activities include:

• Posting to social media
• Checking email
• Eating
• Grooming
• Reading
• Programming a navigation system
• Watching a video
• Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in an accident caused by distracted driving, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare to speak with a Dallas-Ft. Worth distracted driving lawyer.

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By : Tim O'Hare /June 16, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

By Texas Christian Injury Lawyer, Tim O’Hare

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If you’ve been injured in an accident — whether in a vehicle, by a defective product, while at work, or on someone else’s property — you may be on the fence wondering if you really need to hire a personal injury lawyer. After all, aren’t most personal injury attorneys just “ambulance chasers” trying to profit off the pain and suffering of others?

Unfortunately, personal injury attorneys have not always been portrayed in a positive light, but the reality is, in most cases, the victim of an injury in any of the scenarios mentioned above can benefit significantly from hiring a trusted lawyer. 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.

Here are four legitimate reasons you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney in Dallas:

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

Wrongful death — Wrongful death cases can be caused by car accidents, work accidents, dangerous or defective products, unsafe premises, accidental fires and many other acts of negligence. Have you lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person? If so, you may be eligible to make a wrongful death claim. Surviving beneficiaries of the deceased, including the surviving spouse, children and parents can file a wrongful death claim.

Slip and fall — Did you suffer an injury after slipping and falling on either public or private property? Public locations like stores, restaurants and offices are common sites for slip and fall injuries. Sometimes a slip and fall is no one’s fault, however, they can be the result of a company or property owner’s negligence. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to money for your losses.

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. Defective products can cause serious injuries that result in significant medical expenses and suffering. Types of products liability cases include defective tires, SUV rollovers, negligent vehicle maintenance, improper machine maintenance, flammable products, defective safety equipment, design defects, pharmaceutical defects, manufacturing defects, improper product instructions and failure to warn. If you have been injured by a defective product, you may be entitled to money for medical expenses, emotional trauma, lost wages and the diminishment of your quality of life.

How one of D Magazine’s best personal injury lawyers in Dallas 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:

Avoiding 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 or lost a loved one in a car accident, suffered injury in a slip and fall accident, 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 07, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

What You Need to Know About the “Fatal Four” from a Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer

by Texas Christian Injury Lawyer, Tim O’Hare

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Every year, thousands of workers are killed on the job. Out of 4,379 worker fatalities in private industry in 2015, 937 (or one in five) were in construction. Excluding car accidents, the leading causes of private sector worker deaths in the construction industry were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between objects on the job site. These are the construction industry’s “Fatal Four” – they accounted for more than half (64.2 percent) of the construction industry deaths in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 602 workers’ lives in America every 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 30, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

D Magazine Recognizes Tim O’Hare as One of Dallas’ Best Lawyers

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For the fourth consecutive year, Tim O’Hare has made the list of Dallas’ Best Lawyers in D Magazine.

The list of top lawyers in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex appears in the May issue of D Magazine. Selections for the list are made by a group of lawyers and editors who review peer nominations submitted for the recognition.

In years past, less than 25 injury lawyers (of the more than 1,000 in the Metroplex) make the list. “It is an honor to again be recognized by my peers and D Magazine for the work we do on behalf of injured victims and family members who have lost loved ones due to negligence,” says O’Hare.

In all, there are just over 500 names on the list — just about two percent of the approximately 25,000 attorneys in the Metroplex.

In addition to the D Magazine recognition, this adds to a long list of awards and honors for Tim O’Hare including:

• Texas Super Lawyers 2014, 2015 and 2016
• A/V Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking available.  (Click here to view profile on martindale.com.)
• Avvo.com 10 of 10 rating based on Tim’s his ethical standing with the Bar Association and endorsements by both peers and clients. (Click here to view profile on Avvo.com.)
• Top Transportation Lawyers in the country by The American Lawyer Magazine.
• Top Personal Injury Lawyers in the nation by The National Law Journal.
• Named one of Texas’ Legal Leaders.
• A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

If you or a family member has suffered a serious injury as the result of a car wreck or work accident, or other injury, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

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By : Tim O'Hare /May 11, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Share the Road: Motorcycle Safety Tips from Your Personal Injury Lawyers in Carrollton

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by Texas Christian injury lawyer, Tim O’Hare

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Whether you ride a motorcycle or not, anytime you are operating a vehicle on the 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.

Share the road with motorcyclists and other motorists and take precautions to avoid an accident that could be prevented.  In recognition of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, here are three tips for all drivers from one of D Magazine’s best personal injury lawyers in Dallas:

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 not only makes it more easily hidden from the sight of other drivers, 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 three to four 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 do. 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 Dallas – Ft. Worth personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. Tim O’Hare is a motorcyclist and has had his motorcycle license for almost all of his adult life.

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By : Tim O'Hare /April 29, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

Injured By Another? Don’t Be a Victim Twice! Tips to Protect Yourself from one of D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas

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By Dallas Car Accident Injury Attorney, Tim O’Hare

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If you have been injured as the result of a car accident, fall or workplace injury you are probably learning just how difficult it is to navigate the maze of insurance laws. Dealing with insurance companies be a frustrating, anxiety-filled ordeal, but the good news is you don’t have to handle your injury claim on your own. And in our opinion, you shouldn’t try to.

Insurance adjusters can be tricky, to put it nicely. Often, the goal of insurance companies and the adjusters that work for them is to get individuals to settle for far less than what they are entitled to. When the insurance company is all about the bottom line, it isn’t uncommon to see insurance adjusters pulling out stunts to ensure they pay out as little as possible.

Insurance adjusters may try to hit you when you’re at your weakest point, for example, visiting you in the hospital and attempting to get you to sign a release, waiving your rights to a claim while you are on morphine or other drugs that may cloud your ability to think clearly. In some cases, the adjusters will get to you before you know the full extent of your injuries, promising to pay for future medical bills with an amount they know won’t cover your future bills. It’s often the victim who pays the consequences. Insurance companies have also been known to hide documents, fail to release documents and outright lie about what a witness had to say about an incident.

Don’t let yourself be a victim twice. Hire a Dallas – Ft. Worth personal injury attorney who 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. Insurance adjusters are less likely to try to take advantage of you if you have legal representation, and won’t get away with it if you hire this firm.

You may consider hiring a personal injury attorney another unnecessary expense, but 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.

If you have the misfortune of being injured due to the fault of another, hire a lawyer who deals strictly in personal injury law as he or she will be familiar with all the laws pertaining to your case, laws that often vary by state. A personal injury attorney 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 lawyer will provide the best representation to handle your case.

In addition to hiring an attorney who will work for you, it is important for you to know what information you should and shouldn’t give to an insurance adjuster who may contact you regarding your accident. Here are two things you should know:

Don’t Talk to the Insurance Company – Let Your Law firm Do the Talking for You. Many law firms won’t handle your property damage.  We handle property damage for our clients, and don’t charge a thing.  If a client talks to them, there is very little doubt the adjuster will seek information in an attempt to limit your damages – we make sure your damages are fully recovered. They do not have your best interests at heart – they have their pocketbook at heart.

Be Patient About Your Case.  Dealing with the insurance company, complex rules of law and evidence, and medical providers takes time.  To do things right does require time – a reputable personal injury lawyer will do things as fast as possible, but sometimes it takes a lot of time to get things done right.  Patience pays off in the end.

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 Law Offices of Tim O’Hare to speak with an experienced Dallas – Ft. Worth Personal Injury Attorney. 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 /April 21, 2017 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More

10 Truths About Distracted Driving from Your Distracted Driving Lawyer in Dallas – Ft. Worth

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by Distracted Driving Lawyer in Dallas, Tim O’Hare

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Just over a week ago on March 29th, 13 people died tragically on a two-lane Texas highway. The victims, all senior citizens, were returning home from a church retreat. The small bus they were riding in was hit head on by a pickup truck. There were two survivors. One individual in the bus, and the driver of the truck.

After the accident, the 20-year-old driver of the truck confessed to witnesses he had been texting while driving. Witnesses also captured cell phone video of the young man driving erratically on the road, moments before the head-on collision that tragically took the lives of 13 people who leave behind grieving families.

This accident was entirely preventable. And sadly, it is just one example of people losing their lives due to distracted driving. Do you use your cell phone while driving? Ladies, have you ever applied your makeup on your morning commute to work? Any activity that takes your attention off the road, even for a split second, is considered distracted driving, and it can be deadly.

Here are 10 shocking truths about distracted driving you need to know:

• More than 37,000+ people die in automobile crashes in the U.S every year, and sixty-four percent of all traffic accidents in the United States involve cell phone use.

• Of those 64%, about 421,000 people are injured in crashes involving a driver who was in some way distracted.

• More than 78 percent of all distracted drivers are distracted because they have been texting while driving. One in every four car accidents in the U.S. are caused by texting while driving.

• If you text and drive, you spend 400 percent less time looking at the road compared to drivers who do not text while driving, and you are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident than you are if driving while not distracted.

• If you text while driving, it only takes three seconds after you take your eyes off the road for an accident to occur. Reading a text message while driving distracts a driver for a minimum of five seconds each time.

• The average speed in the U.S. is about 55mph. Taking five seconds to read a text at 55mph means the driver travels the length of a football field without looking at the road, or while distracted.

• Every day, 11 teenagers die because they were texting while driving. Ninety-four percent of teenagers say they understand the consequences of texting and driving, but 35 percent of them admitted that they do it anyway.

• Teen drivers are 400 percent more likely to be in a car crash when texting while driving than adults.

• Ten percent of adults and 20 percent of teenagers admit they have entire conversations by text while driving.

• A study at The University of Utah found out the reaction time for a teen using a cell phone is the same as that of a 70 year old who isn’t using one.

Don’t kid yourself into believing it won’t happen to you. The fact is, it could happen to you and, if you continue to text while driving, chances are, it will happen to you.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in an accident caused by distracted driving, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare to speak with a Dallas-Ft. Worth distracted driving lawyer.

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By : Tim O'Hare /April 10, 2017 /Blog, Design /0 Comment Read More

What You Should Know About Trucking Accidents from the Truck Accident Injury Lawyers at O’Hare Law Firm

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by Dallas – Ft. Worth, Carrollton Personal Injury Lawyer, Tim O’Hare

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

Trucking accidents can sometimes be attributed to driver negligence on the part of the truck driver. A truck driver’s negligence may be caused by one of a number of factors, including: talking on the phone, texting, driving while fatigued or drowsy, speeding, inattentive driving, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, inexperienced driving or improperly loaded or overloaded cargo in a commercial truck.

While not all car accidents are preventable, many are. Follow these tips regarding large trucks to help keep you and your family safe while driving on Texas roadways:

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 sheer size of an 18-wheeler also makes it difficult for the truck driver to change lanes. Avoid driving directly next to a large truck for a long time.

Be sure you are visible to the truck driver. 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. Semi 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.

The best advice for keeping yourself safe on the road with large trucks is to drive with caution, knowing the added difficulty large truck drivers may face when it comes to sudden stops, changing lanes or adverse weather.

Victims of trucking accidents can receive compensation if they have suffered bodily injury or property damage in an accident caused by the truck driver’s negligence or fatigue. If you have been involved in a traffic accident with a commercial truck, contact the experienced truck accident lawyers in Carrollton and Dallas at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. We will help you receive all due compensation for your injury or loss.

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By : Tim O'Hare /April 01, 2017 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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