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  • Sustaining PTSD As a Result of a Car Accident

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 14-Sep-2018

    We have all heard about various situations involving car accidents and the physical injuries they cause. It changes entire lives, hurting individuals and leaving them in a state of confusion regarding what to do next. However, as serious as physical injuries are, there are also emotional damages that may be sustained after a car accident that can cause harm to a person. This can include ...
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  • How Car Accident Injuries are Determined and Their Impact

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 5-Sep-2018

    In car accidents, there are a number of different injuries that can be sustained in a number of different ways. This can be difficult for individuals to endure and understanding how the injuries can impact a life is important in seeking compensation. This is why it’s important for individuals to seek medical attention following an accident. Doctors work to determine what injuries you may ...
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  • Tips to Avoid a Car Accident on Labor Day Weekend

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 31-Aug-2018

    Considered the unofficial end of the summer season, Labor Day weekend is often celebrated by Americans consuming alcohol or embarking on family road trips. Unfortunately, this weekend is one of the most dangerous times of the year to hit the road, according to the NSC. In fact, motorists are more than three times as likely to be involved in a fatal car accident over the three-day weekend. Since ...
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  • 3 Tips to Avoid Driving Fatigue

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 29-Aug-2018

    While campaigns against drunk driving and distracted driving get a lot of media focus, there is very little awareness about the consequences of driving while exhausted. Texas habitually leads the nation in many bad driving habits, including, unfortunately, drowsy driving. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatigued drivers are annually responsible for ...
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  • 2 Safety Tips to Prevent a Bicycle Accident

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 21-Aug-2018

    While bicycling is a favored method of transportation for many Texas citizens, it is, unfortunately, not the safest travel option. Each year, countless bicyclists are involved in collisions and accidents that lead to severe injuries and tragic fatalities. In fact, between 2007 and 2012, there were over 12,000 injuries and nearly 300 reported fatalities in Texas. Unlike other transportation ...
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  • Why Hiring an Austin Car Accident Lawyer Is So Important

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 13-Aug-2018

    Any time someone sustains a significant injury in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, there are plenty of questions they may have regarding what happens next. They don’t know what options they have or their rights. One thing that becomes apparently clear quickly is the need for a car accident attorney who understands the laws, the tactics of the defendant and their ...
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  • Steps You Should Take Following a Car Accident

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 8-Aug-2018

    Nobody ever expects to be in a car accident. Sure, there are precautions that we take to drive safely and we remain on the lookout while driving to ensure we spot any potential dangers. However, predicting an accident is something that nobody does. Just the thought of being involved in a car crash, suffering significant injury, and having your entire life change is enough to cause panic and ...
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  • 4 Motorcycle Safety Tips

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 17-Jul-2018

    To many enthusiasts, a motorcycle celebrates and epitomizes freedom, danger, and adventure. When the “danger” aspect gets pushed too far, however, it leads to nearly 5,000 motorcycle fatalities a year. Whether you’re a hardcore biker or a recreational rider, here’s a few safety tips to ensure your safety on the road! Tip #1: Wear Appropriate Gear Your motorcycle isn’t ...
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  • The Dangers of Hands-Free Devices

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 9-Jul-2018

    Cell phones have become an integral part of American daily life by providing users with numerous social and technological conveniences. Unfortunately, cell phones are also responsible for 78% of all distracted driving accidents in the United States. Despite endless awareness campaigns and updated traffic laws, many drivers continue to reach for their cell phones while in the car. The Controversial ...
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  • Do I Need a Lawyer for Whiplash?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 5-Apr-2018

    One of the most common types of injuries that people suffer in a car accident is “whiplash,” which occurs from an abrupt back-and-forth flexion of the neck. Whiplash affects the muscles, discs, and ligaments in the neck and back. However, it may take several days or even weeks for the body to completely process the physical trauma it sustained—which is why many whiplash victims ...
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  • PTSD & Your Personal Injury Case

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 9-Mar-2018

    If you’ve developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after an accident or assault, you know firsthand how difficult it can be. Symptoms ranging from anxiety and depression to flashbacks and panic attacks can disrupt your life, and make it feel impossible to find mental relief again. Unfortunately, it can also be difficult to prove you have PTSD in a court of law, and if you’re ...
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  • 5 Do's & Don'ts After a Car Accident

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 13-Feb-2018

    If you’ve just been in a car accident, not panicking is easier said than done. It is natural to feel shaken, disoriented, angry, stressed, and emotionally overwhelmed after a collision. However, there are certain things that you should do—and shouldn’t do—immediately after an accident that could have a dramatic impact on the outcome of your car accident claim. Things to Do ...
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  • Fatal Car Crashes: Important Information for Surviving Family Members

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 19-Jan-2018

    Car accidents are a common occurrence. Sadly, fatal accidents are fairly common as well. Although the family of a person killed in car accident will need time to grieve, it is important for them to remember that there are legal actions that can be taken to help them overcome this tragic situation. If the car accident that resulted in the death was caused by the negligence of another driver, ...
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  • Information for Drunk Driving Accident Victims

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 4-Dec-2017

    Drunk driving causes thousands of accidents and hundreds of thousands of injuries every year. If you have been unfortunate enough to be one of those victims, you may be wondering what options you have available to you when it comes to getting help with the treatment you need and recovering the damages you have sustained. Look no further—on this blog we’ll go over the basic things you ...
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  • Why You Shouldn't Say "Sorry" After a Car Accident

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 21-Sep-2017

    Being involved in a motor vehicle accident is an overwhelming and chaotic experience. You might feel shaken, frustrated, and completely disoriented and, in the heat of the moment, it might feel completely natural to apologize for the accident even if it was not your fault. However, this simple gesture can actually jeopardize your chances at obtaining fair compensation for any injuries and property ...
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  • Recourse for Victims of Distracted Driving Accidents

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 19-Sep-2017

    Drivers have a duty to pay attention to the road that’s in front of them in order to avoid an accident and potential injuries to both themselves and everyone around them. However, there have been distracted drivers for just about as long as there have been automobiles. Today, distractions are everywhere, coming in many different shapes and sizes, and causing accidents that are more and more ...
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  • Auto Defects & Car Accident Claims

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 12-Aug-2017

    Not all car accidents are caused by reckless drivers. Sometimes, car accidents are the result of factors beyond the control of the driver, such as when defective brakes unexpectedly fail or when a faulty ignition switch turns off the vehicle while the engine is operating. Vehicle defects can also cause serious harm after an accident, such as when an integral safety feature fails to protect the ...
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  • Are Car Accident Settlements Taxable?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 31-Jul-2017

    After a car accident, the financial stress of medical bills and lost wages can become overwhelming. Pursing compensation from those responsible may provide financial relief in the form of a settlement. However, is that settlement taxable? The short answer is no, with some exceptions. Most car accident settlements are tax deductible, but there are certain kinds that are taxable. It depends on the ...
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  • Defective Car Parts & Injury Claims

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 3-May-2017

    Many of us are able to operate our cars safely and arrive at our destinations without concern or fear that it will cause us harm or injury. This is not always the case, however, and when accidents happen due to failing car parts or inherently unsafe designs, the results can be disastrous. If you have been injured due to defective car parts, you might have a product liability claim and have a right ...
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  • Do You Know Austin's Most Dangerous Intersections?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 26-Apr-2017

    Studies have shown throughout the years that certain areas of Austin, Texas are more likely to see a car accident than the next. City councilmembers have proposed improvements be made to these dangerous areas, but it is unclear when or if those will be made. The most dangerous intersections in Austin, according to several reports, are: West Slaughter Lane and Manchaca Road Lamar Boulevard and ...
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  • Recovering Compensation After a Hit & Run Accident

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 13-Feb-2017

    While car accidents are often simple to settle if all parties involved are present, hit and run collisions are more complicated since one party flees the scene before the other can obtain their contact information. If you are the victim of a hit and run accident, it is important to take the following steps: Gather as much information as possible. Write down as much as you can about the hit and run ...
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  • Texas Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 9-Dec-2016

    According to the Texas Department of Transportation, someone is killed in a Texas car wreck involving alcohol every 20 minutes. This statistic is especially tragic considering that drunk driving accidents are 100% preventable. Although it is illegal to drive with a BAC over.08%, careless people still do it all the time. The result is thousands of serious injuries and wrongful deaths that should ...
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  • Do Drivers Need Stronger Cell Phone Laws in Texas?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 16-May-2016

    While smartphones were once reserved for the financially elite, the Pew Research Center reported that they are now owned by more than 64 percent of American adults. Many people in Texas and across the country depend on these high-functioning cell phones to keep them connected. In addition to making calls, smartphones allow people to text, search the internet, compose and check email, play games, ...
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  • 70% of People Favor Higher Premiums for Distracted Drivers

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 10-May-2016

    Survey Reveals that Most Would Penalize Distracted Drivers We've all heard the horrors that using cell phones and other mobile devices while driving can cause for other motorists. However, many drivers in Texas and across the nation will not put down their mobile devices. As a result, one might think that most drivers would be in favor of liberal cell phone use behind the wheel; however, in ...
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  • April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm || 31-Mar-2016

    April has been designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which gives us all a great opportunity to become more aware of unsafe activities behind the wheel and how to prevent car accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the use of cell phones, GPS systems, and other electronic devices while driving is a serious safety concern that injures and kills ...
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