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It Can Wait: The Dangers of Distracted Drivers

October 19th, 2016 by EmilyB

When you are behind the wheel of a vehicle, every action you take has potential consequences that could lead to a serious car accident and personal injuries if you become distracted. If you cause injuries to another driver because you were distracted, you could find yourself being sued by their car accident injury lawyer. You


Testimonial Tuesday: “I really got all of my questions and needs met.”- Kara Mosely

October 18th, 2016 by EmilyB

SMSH client, Kara Mosely, was rear-ended by a commercial vehicle back in January of 2015. The accident left her with severe back injuries that would ultimately require continuous medical attention. As medical expenses started to pile up, Kara sought out legal representation and was referred to attorney Jonathan Harris. Mr. Harris proved negligence on behalf


Uber and Lyft Accidents: Are you Covered?

October 10th, 2016 by EmilyB

    Rideshare services, such as Uber and Lyft,  have taken the modern world by storm within the past few years. Quick, easy and convenient- a ride to the destination of your choice is available at the touch of an app on your smartphone. It’s become especially popular for party-goers and bar hoppers who use

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What Is Personal Injury Law?

October 5th, 2016 by EmilyB

Personal injury law is part of the civil legal system. Unlike criminal law, the civil legal system is where one party files a suit against another party, often due to some form of negligence which resulted in injury to the plaintiff. The “offences” committed by the defendant in civil suits are defined under tort law.

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SMSH Legal remembers Deepwater Horizon client in wake of movie release

September 30th, 2016 by EmilyB

Deepwater Horizon was released nationwide today in theaters, more than six years after the explosion claimed the lives of 11 crew members and left an estimated 3.19 million barrels of oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.  The movie is expected to chronicle the events that led up to and during the catastrophe in what


Testimonial Tuesday: Keith Mitchell reviews his experience with Attorney Jonathan Harris

September 27th, 2016 by EmilyB

“He referred me to Jonathan Harris…right from the beginning, I knew this was the right guy for me.”- Keith Mitchell When Keith Mitchell was hit by an 18-wheeler in September 2014, he wasn’t sure of who to turn to. After suffering substantial injuries all over his body, his medical bills started to pile up and

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Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalled. Again.

September 22nd, 2016 by EmilyB

But not all of it. This time it’s only two flavors that the beloved Texas-based manufacturer is halting distribution on. Blue Bell announced recalls on Wednesday of products containing chocolate chip cookie dough after learning a batch of edible cookie dough from its third party-supplier, Aspen Hills, may be contaminated with listeria. No illnesses have


Crew Member Killed and Four Injured on World’s Biggest Cruise Ship

September 15th, 2016 by EmilyB

A safety drill on the Harmony of the Seas turned awry after a lifeboat carrying five crew members mysteriously detached from the cruise ship and fell 33 feet into the ocean. The impact killed a 42-year-old Philippine national and injured four others, two of which are in critical condition. This is the second fatal cruise


Houston Roadway Claims Top Spot for Texas’ Worst Traffic Congestion

September 7th, 2016 by EmilyB

You guessed it. Loop 610 has regained the top spot on Texas’ list of most congested roads. Although it’s connection to 1-10, U.S. 59 and U.S. 290 contribute greatly to this “honor,” it’s also considered a main commuting route for the Greater Houston Area, which averages 1.1 million hours of delay per mile each year,


The Future of Self-Driving Vehicles

August 25th, 2016 by Ruth

Self-driving cars have been in the news in the past couple of years, first with Google’s self-driving cars; now many other manufacturers are getting into the market. As of this May, Tesla started test driving the autopilot function of the new Model X in Houston, Texas. Cities have made steps to encourage test driving all