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Self-driving cars: Are you along for the ride?

You'd be hard pressed to find a person these days who isn't excited about the prospect of roadways filled with self-driving cars in the near future. This new technology could "save up to 300,000 lives per decade in the United States," explains a 2015 Geek Wire article, by preventing car accidents and other motor vehicle collisions. Unfortunately, this technology might not be as safe as we want it to be just yet.

What is negligence and how does it affect compensation?

We've all heard the stories: you're driving along a roadway in Texas when suddenly you hear the screeching of tires and the loud crash of breaking glass. When you come to, your airbag has been deployed and you slowly become aware of the fact that you've just been involved in an accident.

What should I do if I was hit by a drunk driver?

Despite the increased prevalence of public awareness campaigns conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Mothers Against Drunk Driving, drunk driving accidents are still a common occurrence in the United States. In fact, according to the most current statistics available, 28 people die every day in our country in an alcohol-related crash. Many more suffer serious or catastrophic injuries because of someone else's reckless decision.

Facts vs. Emotions: How they play out in auto accident matters

For those that suffer serious injuries, an auto accident is an emotional event. Victims' lives become complicated and unfamiliar. Rather than following normal routines, individuals spend much of their time in doctors' offices and rehabilitation clinics. Many-and in particular those whose injuries prevent them from returning to work-report that their lives feel foreign, and that they find themselves acting rashly.

In Texas, a ban on texting while driving is poised to pass into law

Earlier this week, the Texas House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly - 113-32 - to outlaw texting while driving. Specifically, the proposed bill prohibits drivers from using "a portable wireless communication device to read, write, or send an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle."

In Texas, bus companies carry inadequate insurance

There have been more than 100 fatal accidents in Texas involving (non-school) buses in the last decade, according to data from the Texas Department of Transportation. Many of these incidents caused multiple deaths. There were, for example, 17 passenger fatalities in a 2008 rollover wreck near Sherman; nine were killed after a charter bus crash in Laredo in 2016; another rollover, near Victoria, led to one death - and 46 injuries.*

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