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  • Memorial Day: 20 Driving Safety Tips

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 24-May-2019

    Each May, patriotic Americans gather together to honor the countless men and women who have died serving our country. Of course, this is also a federal holiday, which means that we get a 3-day weekend to enjoy family barbeques, pool parties, and community observance events. In other words, Memorial Day Weekend is also an excellent opportunity to drink and make merry. Because of these parties and ...
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  • Lawmakers Introduce Bills that Target Annual Traffic Fatality Rates

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 30-Apr-2019

    Last April, the Texas Department of Transportation released a report analyzing specific “crash facts” from 2017. According to their research, at least one Texan is killed in a traffic collision every 2 hours and 21 minutes. Sadly – but unsurprisingly, our state consistently leads the nation in having the highest number of traffic fatalities each year – in 2017, that number ...
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  • Can Employer Negligence Cause Truck Accidents?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 10-Apr-2019

    Can Employer Negligence Cause Truck Accidents? Each year, an alarmingly high number of Texans are killed or injured in traffic collisions involving 18-wheeler vehicles. Many grieving families and accident survivors struggle to maintain their prior lifestyles in the aftermath of a collision because they’re burdened by medical debts, funeral expenses, and unexpected probate costs. Fortunately, ...
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  • The Curious Case of James Fulton: Car Accident or Criminal Negligence?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 29-Mar-2019

    On May 14, 2016, James Fulton (40) left On the Border, a popular Tex-Mex restaurant in Tyler, at 9:30 p.m. after enjoying 7-8 drinks with a few friends. Less than a mile away, Haile Beasley, a recent college graduate, checked her phone while waiting for a stoplight to turn green. A witness, Kirsten Woodard, later testified that Beasley was still on her phone when she started driving. An instant ...
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  • Brain Injury Awareness Month

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 6-Mar-2019

    What Is a Brain Injury? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) consider traumatic brain injuries (TBI) one of the most serious public health problems in the United States. Each year, over 2.5 million Americans sustain mild to severe head injuries that disrupt the normal function of the brain. These injuries frequently result from traffic collisions, sports accidents, terrible falls, ...
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  • Car Accidents & Texas' Modified Comparative Fault Rule

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 1-Nov-2018

    If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may be interested in filing a claim and pursuing damages that ease your injury-related financial burdens. After all, a beneficial settlement or verdict can award compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, rehabilitative services, and other non-economic damages. However, it may be difficult for you to maximize your claim ...
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  • 3 Behaviors that Contribute to Work Zone Accidents

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 30-Sep-2018

    Despite significant efforts made by the highway industry and various government agencies, the number of work zone accidents increases each year. In fact, Texas consistently ranks as one of the top states for the highest number of annual construction zone fatalities. People commonly injured in work zone accidents include: Car and truck drivers Pedestrians Bicyclists Motorcyclists Construction ...
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  • 5 Steps to Take After Being Injured in a Hit & Run Accident

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

    A hit-and run-driver in Texas can face severe legal penalties for fleeing the scene of a car accident. Occasionally, these situations happen without the driver even realizing they have committed an offense. To avoid this scenario, it’s necessary for both drivers to exchange insurance information and wait for law enforcement officials to arrive after an accident occurs. Unfortunately, drivers ...
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  • Commercial Truck Accidents & Insurance Issues

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 2-Jul-2018

    A personal injury case involving an accident with a commercial semi-truck or big rig is associated with several unique issues. Due to the severity of the injuries and the substantial costs related to these types of collisions, insurance companies have a vested interest to minimize the liability of their trucking company clients. So if you are filing a trucking accident claim, you can encounter ...
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  • What Do Trucking Insurance Companies Do After an Accident?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 28-Dec-2017

    Commercial trucks are often massive vehicles that are difficult to operate safely, and as such they cause numerous accidents every year. Because trucking insurance companies are in business to both protect themselves and their clients from liability, they will often do everything they can to give themselves an advantage. Therefore, knowing what these companies might do can help you properly ...
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  • Who Can Be Held Liable in a Truck Accident?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 14-Sep-2017

    Unlike car accidents, trucking accidents are often vastly more complicated due to the number of parties that can be held liable for the accident’s occurrence. If you were recently injured in a truck accident, you will need an attorney who is exceptionally well versed in this area of law and understands the nature of liability in such cases. Determining Liability Collisions with commercial ...
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  • E-Logs May Help Prevent Truck Accidents

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

    Drowsy driving is a consistent cause of many nighttime accidents, not the least of which involve truck drivers. Driving long hours, often through the night, can lead to extreme fatigue that may lead to dangerous accidents. However, electronic logging devices may now decrease the frequency of such incidents. As of December of 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) now ...
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  • Truck Driver DUI: The True Scope of the Problem

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 17-May-2017

    Drunk driving continues to be a major problem in general, amongst drivers of all ages and vehicle types, but it can be especially dangerous when that vehicle is a commercial truck. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2013, there were 464 fatal truck accidents in the state, with 355 of them in rural areas and 109 in urban areas. Nationwide, the fatality number is even more ...
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  • Overloaded and Improperly Loaded Big Rigs

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 22-Sep-2016

    Because of regulations controlled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), commercial trucks must abide by a specific weight limit. Additionally, the trailer must be properly loaded so the weight is distributed evenly. Unfortunately, there are times when big rigs are overloaded or improperly loaded, both of which can potentially cause a serious collision on the road. Overloaded ...
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  • How Big a Problem Is Fatigue in the Trucking Industry?

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 12-Aug-2016

    You may have seen news before regarding crashes involving large commercial vehicles. They are often associated with individuals sustaining serious injuries or even causing fatalities as a result. What isn’t often known by people watching the news is the exact cause of the collision. While there are a number of causes, one of the main potential causes is driver fatigue. Did you know, though, ...
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  • Why Some Truck Drivers Rely on Drugs or Alcohol

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 12-May-2016

    A recent study released by the State University of Londrina, Brazil, examined the substance abuse of truck drivers from countries around the world. America, with its massive amounts of land freight moved annually (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that around 11 billion tons of freight are transported via commercial trucks each year), figured prominently in the study, ...
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  • Do Commercial Trucks and Buses Have Separate Texting Rules?

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 9-Jul-2015

    Texas has no single law barring the use of cellphones in vehicles, although many communities prohibit texting while driving. Austin was the first city in our state to pass a no texting ordinance in 2009 and dozens of cities have followed suit. Interstate truck and bus drivers are bound by cellphone and texting rules created by federal agencies and enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety ...
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  • Man Dies in Crash with 18-Wheeler

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 4-May-2015

    A fiery crash has claimed the life of a 39-year-old Central Texas man. The accident occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 77 and Texas Highway 7. The victim was driving his pickup truck on the northbound lane of Highway 77 when he came to the intersection where the 18-wheeler was loaded with kerosene and traveling west on Highway 7. Rain had caused the highways to become wet, and the ...
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  • Texas Man Dies After Truck Runs Red Light

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 1-May-2015

    A sergeant from the Waco Police Department said that witnesses reported seeing the driver of a Ford pickup truck go through a red light on North 26th Street before crashing into a Mitsubishi SUV that was heading southbound on Bosque Boulevard. The collision that occurred on April 20 caused the Mitsubishi to roll over. Emergency responders transported the 62-year-old male driver of the Mitsubishi ...
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  • Woman Killed in Accident with Freightliner

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 17-Mar-2015

    Law enforcement authorities with the Texas Department of Public Safety reported that a 39-year-old Orange woman was killed in an accident with a Freightliner in Orange County. The accident reportedly occurred on March 9 on Highway 62. Reportedly, a 45-year-old truck driver attempted to turn left out of a gas station parking lot onto the highway just south of I-10. When he did so, he reportedly ...
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  • 1 Killed, 2 Injured in Crash Involving 2 Semi-Trucks

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 23-Sep-2014

    According to Bastrop County authorities, a 70-year-old Austin woman was killed on U.S. 290 around 3:00 p.m. on Sept. 16 in Paige, Texas. A semi-truck was carrying a load of rocks and traveling east when its driver lost control after braking to avoid hitting another semitrailer that was in front of it and waiting to turn. The truck carrying the rocks crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic, ...
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  • Texas Tractor-Trailer Accident Kills Truck Driver

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 5-Aug-2014

    A 51-year-old man was killed in an Austin collision involving two tractor-trailers on July 30. The man, who was driving one of the trucks involved in the tractor-trailer accident, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash after his vehicle's cab was crushed. The deceased man was driving a blue 2006 Volvo truck hauling two enclosed trailers in the 12100 block of southbound Interstate 35 ...
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  • Man Killed by Truck's Drilling Rig During Tire Change

    Posted By Stephen Stewart || 27-Jun-2014

    On June 20, a routine tire change on a triple axle truck heading southbound on the Dallas North Tollway caused an accident involving a 70-year-old driver. The driver of the truck was not injured. When he noticed that one of his tires had gone flat, the driver of the triple axle truck pulled into the left lane to perform a routine tire change. There was a drilling rig mounted on the bed of the ...
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  • Texas Residents File Claim After Semi-Truck Accident

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 1-Oct-2013

    In August 2012, four residents of Harris County were traveling east through Louisiana on Interstate 10 outside of Acadia Parish when an 18-wheeler truck rear-ended their vehicle. Since then, Louisiana police have reportedly determined that the truck driver was operating his vehicle in a careless and unsafe manner. The four victims recently brought suit against the negligent truck driver and the ...
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  • New Rules Designed to Reduce Truck Accidents

    Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 10-Jul-2013

    Texas drivers may be interested to learn about new rules passed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that are designed to make the roads safer. According to the Department of Transportation, as many as 4,000 people die in bus or truck crashes in America each year. Approximately 13 percent of those accidents are caused by truck driver fatigue. First, any driver who is operating a ...
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