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Speed Limits Effects on Severity of Car Accidents

April 29th, 2016 by Ruth

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding is in the top 5 causes for U.S. car accidents each year. The average speed limit on interstates across the country is 70 miles per hour. Speeding and impatiences lead to drivers going over 80 mph on any given day all across the country. Currently, Texas has

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Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris all selected to the 2016 Super Lawyers List!

April 28th, 2016 by EmilyB

Attorney’s Arthur Schechter, Dennis McElwee, Matthew Shaffer and Jonathan Harris have again been recognized for their outstanding achievements in the areas of personal injury and maritime law. Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers across the United States who’ve obtained a high-degree of peer recognition and achievement . Each year this notable list is


Data Recorder Found From El Faro Freighter

April 27th, 2016 by Ruth

The missing data recorder for the freighter El Faro, which sunk last October on account of the effects of Hurricane Joaquin, was recovered in the waters of the Bahamas yesterday. “Hopefully, the recoverable data will shed light on the disastrous decisions that let to this tragedy, ” said Matthew Shaffer, who is representing the family


SMSH Legal Settles Amputation Case

April 26th, 2016 by Ruth

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris recently settled the claim of a foreign seaman working for the Caribbean subsidiary of a Texas company for a confidential amount. In a tragic work accident over foreign waters, the young man’s leg became entangled in a mooring line and was violently amputated below the knee. The attorneys of SMSH

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Houston Tugboat Accident – 1 Fatality

April 19th, 2016 by Ruth

  Earlier today the Coast Guard announced that a body was found while searching for a crew member of a tugboat that had capsized this morning on the San Jacinto River. At roughly 7:45 am four of the five crew members were pulled to safety, but one went missing. The body was recovered around 10

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Resources for Help After a Flood

April 18th, 2016 by Ruth

A citywide flood, especially when it takes place in a major city such as Houston, is scary for everyone involved. A key to staying calm is knowing that everything is going to be okay. If you are recovering from the recent flood, we urge you to reach out to some of the many groups that

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Houston & Texas Both Pull High Rank in the Maritime Industry

April 12th, 2016 by Ruth

Earlier this year, Houston was named as the Number Two city for how popular domestic maritime work is. (New Orleans ranked Number One.) In addition, Texas turned out to be the Number Three state.The study was released by the American Maritime Partnership, which is based in Washington DC. This organization has been dubbed the voice

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Fire Reported At ExxonMobil Plant

April 8th, 2016 by Ruth

Thursday, April 7th there was a fire at the Baytown ExxonMobil Plant, 30 minutes east of Houston, TX. There were reports of large flames and thick black smoke billowing. Multiple water cannons were deployed to subside the flames between 5-6 pm. There were no injuries reported, and all employees were accounted for. The plant investigators

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What to do After Witnessing a Car Accident

March 30th, 2016 by Ruth

This past Saturday there was a crash involving three vehicles and an armored truck. The accident occurred in Houston, Texas. Two people were injured, and one individual is currently in critical condition. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, over 37,000 people in the United States die each year due to car accidents.

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Jonathan Harris Has Been Accepted Into AIOPIA’S 10 Best in Texas For Client Satisfaction

March 28th, 2016 by Ruth

  PRESS RELEASE Jonathan Harris Has Been Nominated and Accepted as a 3 Years AIOPIA’S 10 Best in Texas For Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Texas’s Personal Injury Jonathan Harris as 3 Years 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for ClientSatisfaction. The American Institute of Personal