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Most Common Car Accident Injuries

May 27th, 2016 by Ruth

Most Common Injuries After a Car Accident According to reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than five million people are involved in car accidents each year in the U.S. Three million people end up with minor to severe injuries each year. Some car accident injuries are more common than others. Depending


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Memorial Day Weekend – Road Safety Tips

May 26th, 2016 by EmilyB

Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend Memorial Day weekend is the official kick-off to summer, which means more travel and an increased risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.  The National Safety Council averages a 12.45% increase in traffic fatalities when comparing Memorial Day weekend to similar non-holiday periods.  This year, they estimate 439


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Car Accident Checklist

May 18th, 2016 by Ruth

Here is a checklist of things you should do after being involved in a car accident. Immediately After Accident: Stay safe: this means you should assess the situation for your immediate safety by staying in your vehicle and not risking further injury by moving. Moving to a safe location: After a car accident you should


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Search Suspended for Missing Cruise Ship Passenger

May 17th, 2016 by EmilyB

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for 33-year-old Samantha Broberg late Sunday evening after the passenger went missing while aboard the cruise ship Carnival Liberty just three days prior. Video surveillance captured Broberg climbing a railing on the 10th deck of the ship and falling backwards into the Gulf of Mexico at approximately 2


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What Happens when Injured in a Taxi/Uber Car Accident?

May 12th, 2016 by Ruth

Injured While in a Taxi or Ridesharing Vehicle Being in a car accident while driving your own car can be pretty stressful but you know you have insurance that should cover most of the costs, including medical bills, property damage and more. However, what happens if you are injured while in someone else’s vehicle, such


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When to Hire A Personal Injury Attorney

May 5th, 2016 by Ruth

A personal injury can be one of the most stressful and possibly life changing events that happen in a person’s life. Many people do not have experience when faced with a personal injury. A personal injury includes any injury or accident that ended with you being hurt, physically, mentally or emotionally, by the negligence of another


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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


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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


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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