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5 Things You Should Know About Writing a Will

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Nobody wants to think about planning for his or her own death, but it’s something every adult should consider—sooner, rather than later. Some of the things you need to consider include life insurance and creating a will.

What is a will?

A will is an estate plan that goes into effect after you die. 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 upon your death. A will does not cover any property that is held in a trust or joint tenancy, but only property that is held in your name. 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.

Here are 5 things everyone should know about writing a will:

  1. Everyone needs 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. Writing a will alleviates the burden placed on your family after you die. A will also allows you to specify funeral arrangements and to predetermine who will take care of your children—this is the primary reason even young adults who have children should have a will.
  2. Work with an attorney. Every state has different rules and regulations regarding wills. It is in your best interest to work with an attorney who fully understands the legalities surrounding writing a will in your state and is experienced in estate planning and death taxes. Hiring an attorney to help you write your will ensures that you have a properly created legal document.
  3. Carefully select the executors of your will. These are the people you will assign to carry out your final affairs after your death. Choose people you trust and you know will be up to the task. You may also want to choose a backup executor in the event your first choice is unable to serve as executor upon your death.
  4. Discuss your plans with your family. After you plan your estate, take time to discuss those plans with your heirs to 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.
  5. Consider a trust as well. Unlike a will, a trust goes into effect as soon as you create it. It is a legal arrangement in which you designate an individual or an institution (such as a bank or law firm) as your “trustee” to hold the title to your property. You can also designate a beneficiary or beneficiaries to receive what is left of your estate after you die. A trust will only cover property that has been transferred to the trustee. Any property you wish to be included in your trust must be put in the name of the trust. A trust does not pass through probate, which can save both time and money. Because a trust is not probated, it can remain private.

An experienced will and trust attorney can help you determine if you need to set up a will or a trust to handle your estate and guide you through the process. An attorney will explain the legal terms and help ensure that your will or trust is set properly so there are no questions in the event of your death. Your attorney can also help review your financial assets and double check 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.  We can prepare your will and/or trust quickly, with minimal hassle to you.

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By : Tim O'Hare /February 17, 2015 /Blog, General Civil Law /0 Comment Read More
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Words and Actions Matter More Than You Know

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When I decided to practice law, my primary motivation was the opportunity I knew I’d have to make a difference in the lives of others. At some point in each of our lives, we need someone to have our back — an advocate to stand up for us. That is what I want to be for each of my clients.

You don’t have to be an attorney to make a difference in another person’s life — each and every one of us are afforded opportunities on a daily basis to make a difference through our friendship, the way we care for others, and how we respond to someone who may find himself in a difficult situation.

Recently, I received a note from a past client, and his words to me were an encouraging reminder to keep doing what I’m doing, both inside my law office and outside in every day experiences. I hope you’ll find some inspiration in his words as well.

Backstory: This gentleman has led a rough life, even spending time in jail at one point. He came to me as the father of a young boy who was dying of cancer. His son had been given a prescription for pain medicine to help him cope with a tumor growing inside his head. The pharmacy mistakenly labeled the bottle with a dosage of 10 times the dose of medicine he was supposed to receive. After one dose, his son slipped into a coma and his parents were told to say goodbye. Miraculously, he recovered from this incident, but passed away a short time later from the cancer.

He writes:

“I hope that all is well with your family and practice. Again, I want to stress to you how much of an impact you have made on my life and the lives of my family. Reviewing photos of [my son] last night made me think of you. I thank you again for all that you did for us in our time of need and grief. The values you displayed as a man and a Christian have changed the way I live, thus changing my family. I thank you for the guiding light that you have shone in my life. You are, and always will have, a very valued connection in our hearts.

“Our lives are very different today. Thanks to you. [Our daughter] is doing well in school…[My wife] has been diagnosed with cervical cancer…She is preparing for treatment. On a positive note, she started college last semester. I guess seeing me make a change has helped guide her to a positive direction. Of course, I think we owe that to you. I would not have started the paralegal studies program if not for such a remarkable attorney and staff entering into our lives during our troubles.

For that, I thank you.”

Always remember, your influence on others extends far beyond immediate action. This man came to me as a client, but what he truly needed was someone who could show him a different way to live. What example are you setting for those who cross your path?

By : Tim O'Hare /January 23, 2015 /Blog /0 Comment Read More
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What To Do If You Are In An Accident With An Uninsured Driver

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Man on the phone after colliding carIn Texas, it is illegal to drive without at least liability insurance, but unfortunately the laws do not keep some drivers from driving without insurance. The Insurance Research Council estimates that drivers in the U.S. have a 14 percent chance of being involved in an accident caused by an uninsured driver.

The term “uninsured motorist” refers to a driver of a motor vehicle who is not carrying liability insurance, or to an unidentified driver of a hit-and-run accident. It can also refer to an insured driver whose insurance has denied coverage for some reason. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, about 25 percent of the state’s 17 million licensed drivers do not carry liability insurance.

Being involved in a car accident with an uninsured driver who is at fault can be a nightmare. What do you do and whom do you call?

1. Call the police. Any time you are involved in a car accident, call the police first and foremost to investigate the accident.

2. Seek medical attention. If you or anyone else involved in the accident has visible injuries (or may have injuries that are not visible, such as a head injury), seek medical attention as soon as possible. Hesitating to get treatment can result in more serious medical concerns. Better to be safe than sorry.

3. Get the other driver’s information. Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. It is possible that the other driver may present an expired insurance card, but that does not necessarily mean they are uninsured. Get any and all information from the other driver so you can find out whether or not they are insured.

4. Contact your insurance company. The Texas Insurance Code has mandated that all insurance companies doing business in Texas offer uninsured and underinsured motorist protection. Uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance coverage applies to the policyholder and any family members residing in the same household, as well as passengers in the insured vehicle and anyone driving the insured vehicle with the owner’s permission. If you have uninsured insurance coverage, your insurance company should help cover your expenses from an accident.

5. Call an experienced personal injury attorney. Even if you have insurance coverage for this scenario, don’t expect your insurance company to do you any favors. Your insurance company will do everything it can to lessen the amount they pay to you, and insurance companies regularly tell people they are being paid what is “fair,” and frequently their definition of “fair” is far different than what most juries and policyholders would describe as fair.

6. Be sure you have Personal Injury Protection (PIP). If you do not currently have PIP, we recommend you purchase as much PIP as you can afford. This is an insurance that pays for your medical expenses (including deductibles and/or co-pays) regardless of who was at fault in the accident. There are a number of reasons we recommend PIP: 1) PIP is inexpensive security, 2) there are millions of uninsured drivers in the state of Texas, 3) you are likely to be in an accident at some point in your life and medical services are increasingly more and more costly, 4) PIP will help you whether you are at fault or not and 5) PIP also covers lost wages.

No matter what kind of insurance coverage you have, we never recommend that you attempt to deal with the insurance company yourself, but rather hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to protect your interests.

The insurance company does not have your best interests at heart, but we do. Insurance companies will take advantage of you. We have a proven record of recovering money for our clients’ medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. We can help, so give us a call, and we will discuss the best way to protect you and help you recover money for what you are dealing with through no fault of your own. We can even refer you to the right doctor to help you recover from your injuries.

If you have been injured in a car accident, or have lost a loved one in a wreck, call us. The experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare will guide you through your case and ensure you get everything you deserve.

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By : Tim O'Hare /January 09, 2015 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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Do Your Part to Keep Texas Roads Safe in 2015

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dallas personal injury attorney, Tim O'Hare, drunk drivingDistracted driving kills more than 15 people every day. Drunk driving kills five in every 100,000 Texans each year. In the last month alone, distracted driving and drunk driving have claimed several lives on North Texas roadways, including the lives of a father and his young son, and a young woman and her unborn child.

These accidents could have been avoided.

Distracted or inattentive driving, texting while driving, failure to abide by the rules of the road or drunk driving — all of these are factors that can lead to a serious or even deadly automobile accident. As we look forward to 2015, will you join me in resolving to make 2015 the safest year yet on Texas roads?

Here are a few ways you can do your part:

Put down your cell phone and drive. Not only will 15 people be killed today due to distracted driving; more than 1,200 will be injured in car accidents caused by a distracted driver. Texting while driving is no safer than drinking and driving. Research shows that drivers who text and drive are at least four times more likely to crash.

Don’t drink and drive. There is never a situation where drinking and driving can be justified. If you choose to drink, hand your car keys over to a trusted friend or family member who can ensure you will get home safely. Texas leads the nation in drunk driving deaths, and in Texas, 25 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2014 are blamed on alcohol. Even if you don’t drink but plan to be out on the roads late at night, you are putting yourself at a higher risk of being a victim of drunk driving.

Pay attention to pedestrians. Did you know that pedestrian accidents account for nearly 60,000 traffic deaths every year? Many of these accidents occur in designated crosswalks and school zones, and those most at risk include children and the elderly. Eliminating distractions while driving can help prevent pedestrian accidents.

The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare wish you and your family a very happy and safe new year. Remember that tonight can be one of the most dangerous nights of the year on Texas roads. To keep yourself and your family safe, plan to be at home (or wherever you plan to stay the night) before midnight, and do not drink and drive.

As a reminder, this weekend is a No-Refusal weekend. Beginning tonight at 6pm and running through 6 am Monday, January 5, Dallas Police officers will secure a search warrant for a blood sample from anyone who is arrested for DWI who refuses to voluntarily give a breath and/or blood sample.

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 /December 31, 2014 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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Finding Peace this Christmas

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Dallas personal injury attorney, Dallas personal injury lawer, Tim O'Hare“Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.” – Helen Steiner Rice

Recent events in our city, nation, and world bring one aspect of the Christmas season into focus: Peace, and our desperate efforts to find it. Peace is hard to find when we become hyper focused on the problems that are causing the lack of peace all around us and neglect to remember the only One who can truly bring peace to our broken world.

That is what this season is all about. The birth of Jesus Christ — the One who came to give us peace. His birth was foretold in the Old Testament, and He is called none other than the Prince of Peace.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

When we take time to remember, reflect upon, and honor the One God sent to bring us peace, perspective can change. But it’s important to remember also that circumstances may not change. Lack of peace in our world is the direct result of the very sin and brokenness Christ came to redeem. Even Jesus never promised a life without trouble. But what he promised us is that when we trust in Him, he will give us peace amidst the pain, heartache, injustice, and brokenness in our world.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

If you want peace this Christmas, you must receive the free gift God gave us on Christmas so many years ago — grace, redemption, and salvation that only comes through faith in Jesus Christ.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9

No matter how cliché it may sound, Jesus is the answer to the utter lack of peace in our world. But each of us has a role to play in bringing peace back. We must remind those around us of the peace that comes through faith in Christ, and point others to Him.

This Christmas, take some time to remember the Prince of Peace whose birth we celebrate this season.

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!

By : Tim O'Hare /December 23, 2014 /Blog /0 Comment Read More
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Our 5 Favorite Family-Friendly Christmas Events in North Texas

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The Christmas season is our favorite time of the year! First and foremost because it is a time to stop and remember the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; but also because there are so many wonderful sights and sounds to take in all over North Texas!

Here are some of our favorite upcoming holiday events in the Dallas area:

12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum — Now through Jan. 4, 2015

A new Christmas tradition is beginning in Dallas with the 12 Days of Christmas display at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The one-of-a-kind exhibit features an elaborate collection of 25-foot Victorian gazebos, each one encased in glass and decorated to provide a 3-D display of mechanical parts and music, bringing the classic Christmas song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, to life. Get all the details here.

Panther Ice Island — Now through Jan. 19, 2015

Outdoor ice skating is hard to come by in North Texas, but Panther Ice Island at Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth has you covered. This year’s ice rink is bigger than ever, and is the perfect place for some winter family fun. The price of admission includes skate rental, and you do not need a ticket to the drive-in to access the ice rink. There are also several discounts available, so be sure to check out the website before buying tickets.

The Trains at NorthPark Center — Now through Jan. 4, 2015

For 27 years, the Trains at NorthPark Center have delighted children and adults. The beautiful display of trains, which includes 1,600 feet of indoor track is a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House.

Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie — Now through Jan. 4, 2015

The city of Grand Prairie lights up this time of year with Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie, a two-mile path filled with hundreds of holiday scenes and four million twinkling Christmas lights. Half way through the drive-through route, you’ll come across Holiday Village and the Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest. See an indoor laser light show, warm up with hot drinks and snacks, and see Santa at Holiday Village before completing the final two miles of Prairie Lights. Santa will be on site every night through Dec. 23; then he has to head back to the North Pole! For all the details, go to prairielights.org.

Ice! at the Gaylord Texan — Now through Jan. 3, 2015

If you’re a North Texas resident, it’s hard to miss talk of the spectacular ICE! exhibit at the Gaylord Texan each Christmas season. If you’ve never been, this is an absolute must for you and your family. This year’s exhibit features Frosty the Snowman and includes a LIVE ice-carving zone where you can watch a masterful ice carver create beautiful sculptures right in front of your eyes. The kids will also enjoy the giant ice slide and indoor snow tubing. This is a popular event, so be sure to get your tickets ahead of time to guarantee you’ll be able to get in when you get there. Get details and ticket information here.

What is your favorite local holiday event? Tell us on our Facebook page!

By : Tim O'Hare /December 11, 2014 /Blog /0 Comment Read More
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The Importance of Gratitude

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Law Offices of Tim O'Hare; Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer, Dallas Personal Injury AttorneyThis week as we celebrate Thanksgiving, people across the country will be focused on the things for which they are grateful. For the O’Hare family, we try to make gratitude a part of our daily lives — not something we reflect on one day a year.

My wife (Christen) and I regularly reflect on the many blessings we’ve been given, and are sure to thank the source of those blessings, our heavenly Father. We also work toward teaching gratitude to our young children and give them opportunities to express their thanks through prayer as well.

Living a life of gratitude is good for the soul. It’s good for the mind. And it’s good for your health. In fact, according to University of California, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, researchers have found that people who consistently practice gratitude experience a number of benefits including:

• Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure;
• Higher levels of positive emotions;
• More joy, optimism, and happiness;
• Acting with more generosity and compassion;
• Feeling less lonely and isolated.

As a means of expressing our gratitude, we make a point of giving back to our community and to individuals within our community. Every year, both as a family and as a law firm, we choose a couple of families who are not as fortunate as we are to bless at Christmastime. This year, we will be attending a special event at our church where we will buy gifts for a family, have dinner with them, let their kids play with our kids, and then present them with gifts to take home for Christmas.

With the holiday shopping season encroaching on our day of thanks, be sure to take time on Thursday to simply be thankful. Shopping can wait one more day. I encourage you to be careful that you don’t get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of this season that you lose your sense of gratitude for the many blessings you have been given.

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

By : Tim O'Hare /November 26, 2014 /Blog /0 Comment Read More
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Top 10 Most Dangerous Toys of 2014

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dallas personal injury lawyer, dallas personal injury attorney, Tim O'HareBlack Friday is just around the corner. As you prepare to begin your holiday shopping (or for you early starters, to continue your holiday shopping) there may be some items for your kids you want to leave off your list this year.

Each year, the advocacy group World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) issues a list of the most dangerous toys. Here are the toys that made the 2014 W.A.T.C.H. list.

1. Air Storm Firetek Bow — According to W.A.T.C.H., young children may not understand or be able to heed the manufacturer’s warning not to aim the arrows at people or animals.

2. Radio Flyer Ziggle — The “Twist and Wiggle” toy by the ever-popular Radio Flyer should be worn with a helmet at all times — and even the safety warning recommends a helmet and other safety gear. However, the child pictured on the box of this toy is not wearing any protective gear. W.A.T.C.H. also warns that because this toy is low to the ground, children riding the toy could be more likely to be hit by a car.

3. Toysmith Catapencil — According to W.A.T.C.H., “Children of all ages, while being advised to ‘play safe and enjoy,’ are also encouraged to use a pencil-turned-catapult for ‘target practice for your desktop!’ Sharpened pencils should not be marketed as playthings, much less a miniature slingshot-style launcher.”

4. Alphabet Zoo Rock & Stack Pull Toy — Industry standard states that toys should have no longer than a 12-inch string. The string on this toy for infants and toddlers is 20-inches long, posing a strangulation hazard to children.

5. Junxing Toys Industrial SWAT Machine Gun — According to W.A.T.C.H., realistic replicas of dangerous weapons should never be available to children. “In today’s world, there is no excuse for outfitting children with realistic toy weapons designed to produce potentially dangerous and unnecessary thrills,” says W.A.T.C.H.. “Detailed replicas have resulted in a number of deaths through the years and should never be sold as toys.”

6. Spark. Create. Imagine. Wooden Instruments — There are no warnings on the packaging of this toy instrument set that includes a wooden drumstick that poses a choking hazard to young children.

7.  Science Wiz Bottle Rocket Party — Labeled for children as young as eight, W.A.T.C.H. advises the bottle rockets pose injury risk to the eyes, face, and other body parts. While it comes with yellow caution tape, safety goggles are not included.

8.  JC Toys Lol’ Cutesies Best Friends — Marketed for children as young as two, these dolls come with “a decorative bow made of ribbon which can detach from the head of the baby doll, posing the potential for choking if ingested,” says W.A.T.C.H..

9. True Legends Orcs Battle Hammer — A hard plastic hammer labeled for kids three and older measures almost two feed in length. Not only does this toy come without any warnings or cautions, a hard hammer toy could cause blunt impact injuries to children, according to W.A.T.C.H..

10. The Colored Hedgehog — Sold for infants, this stuffed toy has long hair that is not “adequately rooted,” and young children could easily remove and consume the hair, according to W.A.T.C.H..

Please note that none of the toys listed above have been recalled at this time. This list is simply a warning to parents about potentially dangerous toys.

When shopping for your children this holiday season, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) recommends W.A.T.C.H.ing out for toys with these potential hazards:

• Choking – The most common cause of toy-related deaths is choking. Do not buy toys with small parts for children under three. If a toy or toy part can pass through a toilet paper tube, it is too small for a child under three. Small balls and balloons also pose significant hazard to small children. Balls for children under six years of age must be 1.75 inches in diameter. Latex balls and balloons should never be given to children under 8 years old.

• Magnets – Several toys, including building toys, darts and toy jewelry use small, powerful magnets. If swallowed, these magnets can attract each other in the body, causing life-threatening complications. If a child swallows a magnet, seek immediate medical attention.

• Strangulation – Toys and clothes with cords or drawstrings are a strangulation hazard for children. Infant crib mobiles should be removed from the crib before the baby is 5 months old or can push him/herself up. Knobs or beads at the end of cords longer than one foot should be removed. Drawstrings on clothing can get caught in objects, such as playground equipment, potentially strangling a child.

• Toxic chemicals – Toys containing lead and other toxic chemicals should be avoided. Toys made of PVC plastic may contain toxic phthalates, which pose developmental hazards to children. Lead may also be found in painted toys, vinyl toys and even costume jewelry. A home lead tester, found at a hardware store, can be used to test toys for lead. Avoid products containing xylene, toluene or dibutyl phthalate.

If you think a toy or product is hazardous, report it to the Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.saferproducts.gov.

Parents can check toy recalls at www.recalls.gov.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a dangerous product, 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 /November 20, 2014 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
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Tips for Safe Thanksgiving Travel

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Thanksgiving travel safety, Thanksgiving travel, holiday travel safety tips, holiday travel safety, holiday travel, car accident, car accident lawyer, car accident attorney, Tim O'Hare, personal injury lawyer, personal injury attorney, Dallas personal injury lawyer, Dallas personal injury attorneyThe Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Travel for Thanksgiving typically spans a six-day period, during which travel on long-distance trips increases by 54 percent, compared to the average over the rest of the year. Surprisingly, Thanksgiving Day is an even busier travel day than the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

With more people on the roads during the Thanksgiving holiday, more accidents are prone to happen. The National Safety Council ranks Thanksgiving among the most dangerous holidays in America, based on the number of traffic accidents and fatalities that occur. Other dangerous holidays include Christmas, New Year’s, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Independence Day.

Don’t let a car accident ruin your Thanksgiving holiday. Here are seven tips to ensure safe Thanksgiving travel for you and your family.

  • Be sure your vehicle is in working order prior to leaving town. Check your vehicle fluid levels, battery and fill up with gas before leaving. Proper car maintenance and a full tank of gas can go a long way to ensure you don’t become stranded during your travels.
  • Have a plan. Be prepared with emergency supplies in case of an accident, breakdown or medical emergency. A basic emergency kit should include a flashlight, blanket, first-aid kit, tools and bottled water. Many accidents occur when drivers become stranded on the side of the highway. If your vehicle breaks down or you are in an accident, remember your safety is most important. If possible, pull the car completely onto the shoulder or off of the road. All vehicle occupants should exit the vehicle on the side opposite oncoming traffic and wait for help as far back from the road as possible. Turn on your hazard lights and set up safety triangles behind and next to your vehicle to warn other drivers.
  • Don’t overload your vehicle. Your car has a specified weight limit. Check the load capacity on your car, which is typically printed on a label inside the driver’s side door, to be sure you aren’t overloading your vehicle with luggage and passengers.
  • Recognize “Move Over” laws. Keep your eyes out for other drivers who may be stranded. If you see a vehicle on the side of the road, slow down and move over.
  • Don’t drive distracted. Drinking and driving, as well as texting while driving are leading causes of accidents nationwide. Drivers who text while driving are four times more likely to be in a car accident. Keep your focus on the road.
  • Avoid late night driving. Nighttime makes it more difficult to see the road as well as other traffic. Plan your holiday trip to avoid traveling at night.
  • 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.

If you or a loved one has been injured or even killed as the result of 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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How dangerous is your job?

by Tim O’Hare

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dallas personal injury lawyerNobody expects to go to work and never come home, but for 11 Americans each day, that’s what happens.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, an average of 11 Americans will die on the job every day this year, and another 50,000 will die from illness they contract while at work. These numbers exclude the millions more who are injured on the job every year.

Jobs that put workers at the highest risk include construction, mining, agriculture, transportation, and warehousing, although according to the National Safety Council’s Injury Facts 2014 report, more than 400 people with desk jobs (accountants, lawyers, architects, engineers, etc) and government jobs died at work in 2012.

The 10 most dangerous industries in America in 2013 were:

Industry Number of at-work deaths Deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers
Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting 479 22.2
Transportation and Warehousing 687 13.1

 

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction 154 12.3
Construction 796 9.4
Wholesale trade 190 5.1
Professional and business services 408 2.6
Utilities 23 2.4
Other services (excluding public administration) 179 2.6
Manufacturing 304 2.0
Government 476 2.0

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The people with the most dangerous jobs within these industries include:
loggers, fishermen, pilots, roofers, sanitation workers, mining machine operators, truck drivers, farmers and ranchers, power linemen, and construction workers.

The majority of work-related injuries occur in transportation accidents — most often car accidents — (41 percent), followed by violence in the workplace (18 percent), and slips, trips, and falls (15 percent).

You may not consider your job to be dangerous, but a work-related accident can happen to you.

If you have suffered an injury at work, you may be entitled to monetary 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 a workplace 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.

If you have been injured in a work-related accident, trust your case to a professional who will handle your case with extreme care and integrity. The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare has 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.

If you have suffered an injury while on-the-job, 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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