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Massive Car Recall Reveals Potentially Deadly Airbag Defect in Millions of Cars

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Tim O'Hare, Dallas personal injury lawyer, Dallas personal injury attorney, car recall, auto recall, automobile recall, personal injury lawyer, personal injury attorney, Dallas personal injury lawyer, Dallas personal injury attorney, Tim O'HareThere’s more news in the automotive industry, and it’s not good. The latest development in a year full of car recalls is a massive airbag recall affecting more than seven million vehicles in the U.S. from multiple automakers, and more than 16 million vehicles globally.

Passenger front airbags affected by this recall are known to explode sending shrapnel into the vehicle, causing serious injury, and in a few cases, even death. When the airbags inflate in a crash, they can tear loose from the brackets that hold them, blowing pieces of those brackets into the faces and chests of occupants. This danger is thought to be amplified in areas of high humidity.

A New York Times report in September found that there had been at least 139 reported injuries from the defective airbags, and at least 2 deaths.

An initial recall by the airbag manufacturer, Takata, was announced in April 2013, and affected only six vehicle makes, but in recent news we have learned that many more vehicles may be affected than originally thought.

On October 20, another major recall was issued across several brands, some of which have issued warnings to owners of affected vehicles not to use the passenger seat until the airbag is replaced. Mostly older model vehicles are affected, although there are a few more recent models on the recall list.

As of October 22, this is the list of affected vehicles from NHTSA:

BMW: 627,615 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan
2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe
2000 – 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
2000 – 2006 3 Series Convertible
2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe
2001 – 2006 M3 Convertible

Chrysler: 371,309 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2003 – 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
2005 – 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 4500
2008 – Dodge Ram 5500
2005 – 2008 Dodge Durango
2005 – 2008 Dodge Dakota
2005 – 2008 Chrysler 300
2007 – 2008 Chrysler Aspen

Ford: 58,669 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2004 – Ranger
2005 – 2006 GT
2005 – 2007 Mustang

General Motors: undetermined total number of potentially affected vehicles

2003 – 2005 Pontiac Vibe
2005 – Saab 9-2X

Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2001 – 2007 Honda Accord
2001 – 2005 Honda Civic
2002 – 2006 Honda CR-V
2003 – 2011 Honda Element
2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey
2003 – 2007 Honda Pilot
2006 – Honda Ridgeline
2003 – 2006 Acura MDX
2002 – 2003 Acura TL/CL
2005 – Acura RL

Mazda: 64,872 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2003 – 2007 Mazda6
2006 – 2007 MazdaSpeed6
2004 – 2008 Mazda RX-8
2004 – 2005 MPV
2004 – B-Series Truck

Mitsubishi: 11,985 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2004 – 2005 Lancer
2006 – 2007 Raider

Nissan: 694,626 total number of potentially affected vehicles

2001 – 2003 Nissan Maxima
2001 – 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
2002 – 2004 Nissan Sentra
2001 – 2004 Infiniti I30/I35
2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4
2003 – 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45

Subaru: 17,516 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2005 Baja
2003 – 2005 Legacy
2003 – 2005 Outback
2003 – 2005 Baja
2004 – 2005 Impreza

Toyota: 877,000 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2002 – 2005 Lexus SC
2002 – 2005 Toyota Corolla
2003 – 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
2002 – 2005 Toyota Sequoia
2003 – 2005 Toyota Tundra

If you want to know if your vehicle is affected by this car recall, you can perform a recall search by VIN on the NHTSA website.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in a car accident caused by a vehicle defect or recalled car, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare to speak with a Dallas personal injury attorney.

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By : Melody Harstine Foster /October 28, 2014 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
  O'Hare Blog 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.

Tips to Keep Your Trick-or-Treaters Safe This Halloween

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Tim O'Hare, dallas personal injury lawyer, dallas personal injury attorneyHalloween is a fun holiday for families, but it can also be a dangerous holiday. Children are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year (safekids.org). Don’t let your Halloween end in a real scare. Keep your kids safe with these Halloween safety tips:

Trick-or-treating safety tips for children

Be sure costumes and shoes fit properly. Avoid long or oversized costumes that might be a trip hazard for little ones. If your child’s costume includes special shoes, be sure they fit well and your child can walk easily in them.
Be sure kids can see clearly. If your child is wearing a mask, be sure the eyeholes are big enough that your little one can see clearly. A safe alternative to a mask is glow-in-the-dark face paint.
Be sure drivers can see your children. It can be very difficult for drivers to see young children on the roads at night, especially when they are wearing a dark costume. Attach reflective tape or glow-in-the-dark stickers to costumes and have your child wear glow-in-the-dark bracelets and necklaces.
Trick or treat during daylight hours. There’s plenty of fun to be had before the sun sets on Halloween. Take your kids out for trick-or-treating early and plan fun activities or a special movie night for when you get home.
Don’t let children go out alone. Children should not go trick-or-treating without adult supervision. If you are unable to take your kids out yourself, arrange to have an adult family member or friend go with your kids instead. Adult escorts should carry a flashlight for better visibility if out after dark.
Always use cross walks. Remind children to stay on the sidewalks, and to only cross the street at a designated crosswalk. If there are no crosswalks in the neighborhood, cross at a well-lit street corner. Do not take shortcuts through backyards or alleys.

Safety tips for drivers on Halloween

Put away distractions. That phone call or text message can wait. Put away your cell phone and pay attention to the roads.
Drive slowly in neighborhoods. Watch closely for children who may dart into the street.
Don’t drink and drive.

Other safety tips

• Advise your children that they should never enter a stranger’s home.
• Remind your children that they should never accept rides from strangers.
• Set a specific time limit for your children to be out on Halloween night.
• Know what route your children will be taking.
• If you notice suspicious behavior in your neighborhood, don’t hesitate to call 911.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in a car accident, or an accident on someone else’s property, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare.

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By : Melody Harstine Foster /October 22, 2014 /Blog /0 Comment Read More
  O'Hare Blog 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.

Why You Need a Will

by J. Branden Snyder

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Dallas wills and trust lawyerPreparing your will may not be a pleasant thought, but it is vitally important. No matter your age or how healthy you are, you never know what tomorrow holds. By taking time to prepare your will now, you can save your loved ones additional stress when that day comes.

In your will, you can designate who should receive your property and other assets when you pass away and how those assets should be divided; name an individual you choose to look after any minor children; specify funeral and burial wishes; and leave money to a church or charity.

There are many reasons every adult should have a will — these are some the most important:

1. A will allows you to determine who your beneficiaries will be. If you die without a will, the State of Texas will determine the division of your property and who your beneficiaries will be. If you have children, or children from a previous marriage, the division of your assets can be a complicated process. By drafting a will, you will be able to clearly identify your beneficiaries and how you want your property to be divided.

2. A will allows you to designate a guardian for your children. In the event that you pass away while your children are minors, your will can designate who will care for your children after your passing. If you die without a will, the court will appoint a person to serve as guardian for any minor children, if no other parent is alive or capable.

3. In your will, you can nominate an executor for your estate. In your will, you can also designate who should serve as executor of your estate. This is the person who will be responsible for dividing your assets and property according to your wishes.

4. By preparing your will, you will make things as simple as possible for your surviving family. This may be the most important reason everyone needs a will. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is hard enough, but that loss can be compounded by the stress of administering the deceased’s estate. Drawing up a proper will, and letting your spouse, children and family members know what your wishes are will help ease the added burden they would otherwise experience upon your death.

To prepare your will, you should work with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process. Your attorney will explain the legal terms and ensure that your will is written 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 to prepare your will or update an existing will? Contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare to speak with a reputable attorney who can help you draw up your will.

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By : Melody Harstine Foster /October 10, 2014 /Blog, General Civil Law /0 Comment Read More
  O'Hare Blog 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.

FAQs About Adult Guardianship in Texas

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Dallas personal injury lawyerWhen we think about a guardianship, we often apply the concept to the guardianship of a child, but there are situations in life that may require the guardianship of an adult. At some point in your life, you may encounter a situation in which a loved one, such as an aging parent, can no longer make decisions for him or herself. In such situations, you may seek a court-ordered guardianship of your loved one in order to care for him or her, managing health and financial affairs.

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about adult guardianships in the state of Texas.

What is a guardianship? 

Guardianship is the legal process to name an individual or entity (such as a state agency) as the protective guardian over an adult who is incapacitated. According to the Texas Probate Code, an incapacitated person is: “an adult individual who, because of a physical or mental condition, is substantially unable to provide food, clothing, or shelter to himself or herself, to care for the individual’s own physical health, or to manage the individual’s own financial affairs.”

A court-named guardian makes decisions on behalf of the incapacitated individual.

What are the responsibilities of a guardian?

Chapter 13 of the Texas Probate Code defines the responsibilities of a guardian as including (but not limited to):

• Providing care, supervision, and protection for incapacitated persons who qualify for guardianship services under the laws of the state of Texas.
• Arranging for services, including medical, mental health, and/or services to persons with intellectual disabilities, for these persons under guardianship that qualify for such services.
• Arranging for placement in facilities, such as long-term care facilities, hospitals, or foster homes.
• Managing estates.
• Making medical decisions.

What must I do to get a guardian appointed for someone I know who meets the definition of an incapacitated person?

The first step in getting a guardian appointed for an incapacitated individual is to hire an attorney who has experience with Texas guardianship laws. There are specific procedures in place for proving the need for guardianship, and most are too complicated for one to understand without the help of a lawyer. Also, in most cases, the courts will not consider an application for guardianship that has not been filed by an attorney.

Once you have hired an attorney, the next step is to clearly and convincingly prove incapacitation of the individual in question. Requirements for this include filing a certificate with the court from a doctor who has examined the individual. An attorney can advise you on the specific requirements for the certificate and examination.

After the application for guardianship and certificate from a physician have been filed with the court, the court will appoint an attorney, called an attorney ad litem, to represent the individual in question.

Who can be appointed guardian?

Once the court has determined that a guardian is needed, there is a priority list the court must follow in selecting a guardian. If the incapacitated individual is an adult, the following persons have priority for guardianship in this order:

• the individual designated by the incapacitated individual (ward) prior to his or her incapacitation in a properly executed designation of guardian
• the individual designated by the last surviving parent of the ward in a properly executed designation of guardian
• the ward’s spouse
• next of kin
• non-relative

In cases where more than one person of the same priority desires to be guardian, the court will choose the person best qualified to serve. The court also has authority to skip over a person who ranks higher on the list of priority if that individual is determined ineligible.  Some factors that might determine ineligibility include (but are not limited to): age, incapacitation, conflict of interest with the ward, inexperience, lack of education, incapable of properly managing the ward’s estate, someone who is not a resident of Texas and has not designated an agent in Texas for service of process.

If you have questions about adult guardianship, or believe a loved one is in need of a guardian, contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a reputable attorney who can review your case and advise you on the most ideal course of action.

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By : Melody Harstine Foster /October 02, 2014 /Blog, General Civil Law /0 Comment Read More
  O'Hare Blog 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.

Medical Directives and Power of Attorneys: Do I need one?

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dallas power of attorney, dallas medical directive, dallas wills and trusts lawyerPreparing legal documents such as medical directives and power of attorneys can be confusing. Here is your guide to the differences between a medical directive and power of attorney, and how to know what you need.

Medical Directives

A medical directive (also known as an advance directive) is written, legal instructions on your preferences regarding medical care in the event that you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Medical directives guide doctors and caregivers on your preferences if you become terminally ill, seriously injured, are in a coma, in late stages of dementia, or near the end of life.

Though it may seem like a daunting task, choosing to prepare an advance medical directive relieves your family and caregivers of the burden of decision-making on your behalf and allows them to focus on the moment of crisis and deal with their own grief. Medical directives can also help to eliminate disagreements between your loved ones on how to care for you should you be unable to make decisions for yourself.

Some of the decisions you might outline in your medical directive include your wishes regarding:

• Resuscitation
• Mechanical ventilation
• Tube feeding
• Dialysis
• Antibiotics and antiviral medications
• Comfort care
• Organ and tissue donation

Medical directives are commonly mistaken as being for elderly adults alone, but the truth is that adults of all ages should consider preparing such documents, as we never know when end-of-life circumstances may occur.

Power of Attorney

A power of attorney, sometimes called a durable power of attorney or a health care proxy, is a specific type of advance directive that names an individual to make decisions on your behalf in the event that you are unable to make decisions for yourself. That person might be a spouse, adult child, other relative, or friend.  You may also select an alternate in the event the person you choose is unable to fulfill his or her duties as your power of attorney.

When selecting someone to serve as your power of attorney, choose someone who:

• Meets your state’s requirements for power of attorney.
• Is not a member of your health care team.
• Is willing to discuss your medical and end-of-life wishes with you.
• Is trusted to make decisions based on your preferences and values.
• Can serve as an advocate on your behalf in the event that there are disagreements about your medical care.

A medical directive relieves your loved ones of some of the stresses involved with making end-of-life decisions, and a power of attorney takes it one step further by specifically naming an individual to be the final say on all decisions regarding your care. While one can function without the other, both are recommended to ensure you receive medical care based on your wishes and values.

Are you ready to prepare your medical directives and/or power of attorney? Contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a reputable attorney who can help prepare these important legal documents.

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By : Melody Harstine Foster /September 24, 2014 /General Civil Law /0 Comment Read More
  O'Hare Blog 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.

Riding Safe: Motorcycle Safety for All Drivers

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dallas personal injury lawyer, dallas personal injury attorneyCooler fall weather is approaching, and that means you may see more motorcyclists out on Texas roadways. Did you know motorcyclists are more likely to die in a crash than drivers or passengers of a car or truck?

Ninety-eight percent of motorcycle riders who are involved in accidents are injured. In 2010, the federal government estimated that the number of fatalities in motorcycle accidents was about 30 percent higher than the number of fatalities in car crashes.

Motorcyclists must do their part to stay safe by riding smart, riding sober, and always wearing a helmet, but keeping motorcyclists safe on the roads is also the responsibility of all drivers. 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.

When we put down distractions and keep ourselves aware of our surroundings and of others who are on the roads with us, Texas roads will be safer for all drivers. If you would like 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 : Melody Harstine Foster /September 10, 2014 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
  O'Hare Blog 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.

Tim O’Hare Named One of Texas’ Super Lawyers

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Tim O'Hare, Dallas personal injury lawTim O’Hare has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by the national Super Lawyers rating service.

Lawyers selected to the list represent the top five percent of attorneys in the state of Texas. This list will be published in the October issue of Super Lawyers Magazine, and included in inserts and special advertising sections in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers. O’Hare will also be added to the list of Super Lawyers found at SuperLawyers.com.

“It is truly an honor to not only be nominated to this prestigious ranking, but to have been selected by my peers and the Super Lawyers selection committee as one of the leading attorneys in the state,” said O’Hare. “I know my clients have many options when selecting an attorney, and it is my privilege to serve each and every one to the best of my ability.”

In 2013, the Super Lawyers selection process received a patent from The United States Patent and Trademark Office, demonstrating credibility as an impartial third-party rating system.

Lawyers are selected on an annual, state-by-state basis based on this patented, multiphase selection process, which includes peer nominations, evaluations, and third-party research.

Lawyers enter the candidate pool through formal nominations by peers, or if identified by the Super Lawyers research department. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. These indicators include: verdicts and settlements; transactions; representative clients; experience; honors and awards; special licenses and certifications; position within law firm; bar and or other professional activity; pro bono and community service as a lawyer; scholarly lectures and writings; education and employment background; and other outstanding achievements.

Candidates are then grouped according to their primary areas of practice. The top candidates in each practice area serve on a blue ribbon panel, during which they review a list of candidates from their practice areas, rating them on a scale of one to 10.

For final selection, candidates are grouped into four firm-sized categories and evaluated against other candidates from similar sized firms. Only five percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.

If you or a family member has suffered a serious injury as the result of a car wreck or work accident, or if you need someone to handle your will, trust, probate matters, bankruptcy, child custody or child support issues, business formations or another legal matter, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

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By : Melody Harstine Foster /August 26, 2014 /Blog, Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
  O'Hare Blog 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.

Tips to Keep Our Kids Safe On Their Way To and From School

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Crossing to schoolTexas schools are back in session next week, which means drivers will need to pay extra attention when driving through school zones.

Last fall, Texas implemented new laws for school zones, which expanded limitations on cell phone use in an active school zone crossing to include all school property, including parking lots and drop off lanes. Violators of the cell phone ban face fines of up to $200. There are exceptions for hands-free devices, emergency calls and vehicles that are stopped.

The new laws enacted last year also increased fines for passing a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading children. The new penalty range is $500 to $1,250.

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.

Eighteen may not seem like many, but it is far too many innocent children who lose their lives walking or riding to or from school. As you prepare to send 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:

• Always get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is due to arrive.
• Never run across the road to catch the bus.
• 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.
• 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.
• When the bus approaches, stand at least three large steps from the curb.
• Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says it’s okay to board before stepping onto the bus.
• Never walk behind the bus or close to the side of the bus. You could be in the driver’s blind spot.
• 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 a 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 personal injury attorney.

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By : Melody Harstine Foster /August 18, 2014 /Dallas Personal Injury Attorney /0 Comment Read More
  O'Hare Blog 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.

5 Ways a Business Lawyer Can Help You

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BUSINESS LAW(2)Are you facing a business matter and wondering if you should hire a lawyer? While many people attempt to navigate the legal process on their own, it’s worth the investment of hiring a business lawyer to ensure you don’t face greater expenses or legal hassles down the road — such as bankruptcy.

Here are a five ways a business lawyer can help you:

Determine the best legal structure for your business. How do you know if you need to form an LLC or a corporation, or enter into a partnership agreement? A business lawyer will walk you through the pros and cons of various business structures and help you determine the best legal structure for your business. Once you determine the legal structure that is the best fit for your business, a business attorney will help you register the paperwork to get your business off the ground.

Creating contracts and non-disclosure agreements. Contracts and non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are a normal part of every business. A business attorney can draw up these documents for you, ensuring all of your bases are covered and that you are protected in the event of a disagreement or fallout with an employee or client.

Filing a patent. Patents are time consuming and take years to get through the approval process. They are also very expensive. In some cases, a patent may not provide any real advantages to you or your business. A business lawyer will evaluate your product and help you determine if a patent is necessary or beneficial.

Buying or selling a business. When it comes time to buy or sell a business, you need a lawyer on your side who can help negotiate agreements and contracts. If your business is a partnership or LLC with multiple owners, you will need a buy-sell agreement in place from the beginning to protect you in the event one owner wishes to transfer ownership, or if one owner dies.

Litigation. It isn’t uncommon for businesses to face lawsuits buy customers, or even current or former employees. A business lawyer will help you navigate the legal process and work to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Business lawyers save their clients time and money. They help to ensure protection for a business owner from liability and business taxes. If you are a business owner, or are planning to start a business, choose a business lawyer who can help you with any legal issues you may face. Contact the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for help with any business legal issues.

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3 Reasons a Personal Injury Attorney Might Turn Down Your Case

by Tim O’Hare

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dallas personal injury lawyerPersonal injury lawyers often get a bad rap due to “TV” lawyers who claim to help their clients get rich quick.

The reality is most personal injury lawyers dedicate weeks, months, and sometimes even years to helping their clients receive due compensation for their injury or the loss of a loved one as the result of someone else’s negligence. It is not a “get rick quick” scheme for the overwhelming majority of victims and their lawyers.

Unfortunately, not every injury makes a good personal injury case, and the ones that do make a good case usually require the attorney to commit time and financial resources to seeing it through to the end. In some circumstances, personal injury lawyers must turn down a case.

How do you know if you’ve got a case? Here are three common reasons a personal injury attorney might turn down a case.

1.     Injury is not significant. Minor injuries that do not require significant medical treatment are often not considered serious enough for a personal injury lawsuit. Why? In these cases, injuries are a measurement of “damages,” or financial loss due to the injury, and only real and measureable damages are compensated. Without significant financial damages, there is little or no compensation to be received, which means there’s really nothing a personal injury lawyer can do to help.

2.     Statute of Limitations exceeded. As with most legal cases, there is a Statute of Limitations on injury cases. If a case is beyond these limitations, a lawyer will not be able to help. In Texas, the Statute of Limitations on personal injury lawsuits in most circumstances is two years from the date of the injury. If you do not file your claim in this time frame, you do not have a case.

3.     No fault equals not liable. In addition to the severity of an injury, someone must be deemed “at fault” for your injury in order for you to have a case. If there is nobody who did anything wrong, or your injury is determined to be your own fault, nobody else can be held liable. That being said, a good personal injury lawyer will do all the research and investigation necessary before making the determination that there is no fault in your case.

Even if you are unsure whether or not you have a solid case, it is always worth a phone call to a trusted and experienced personal injury attorney who is focused on the best interests of his or her clients. 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.

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