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The Future of Self-Driving Vehicles

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


Car Accident Liability – Ways a Driver Can be Liable

Over five million car accidents occur each year in the United States. Over two million of these accidents involve severe injuries. Depending on the situation, the owner of the vehicle can be held liable for the actions of the driver. Most cases will hold the driver at fault, but certain conditions can put responsibility for


Car Accident Involving Leased and Rented Vehicles

Leasing has become more and more popular for people who are looking for the newer models of cars who don’t want to have to keep the car longer than a couple of years. Leasing a vehicle is similar to buying a vehicle in the sense that you make monthly payments for a particular amount of


Work Accidents: Do you Need a Lawyer?

Work Accidents: Do you need a Lawyer? You’ve been injured on the job. Now what? Many people involved in work accidents aren’t sure if they should seek legal representation for their claim. While many employers offer workers compensation to help avoid on-the-job injury lawsuits, this doesn’t mean it’s the only legal means for you to


July 4th – Drinking and Driving

Independence Day Norms: Independence Day weekend has returned once again. July 4th is one of the most celebrated U.S. holidays! Most families will be out of school and will have a few extra days of vacation. Texas being one of the more spread out states, the average Texan drives much further than each year than most


SPOTLIGHT ON CYNTHIA HUERTA

Cynthia Huerta of SMSH Honored with Largest Railroad Settlement of 2015 Attorney Cynthia Huerta of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris was recognized in Verdict Search’s Top Texas Verdicts and Settlements list for obtaining the largest FELA/ railroad worker injury settlement of 2015 in the case of “Gary Epple v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC and


Remember to Keep your Tires Inflated

Driver’s might recognize the display message “Remember to Keep your Tires Inflated” on highway patrol boards more frequently this time of year as changes in temperature can negatively impact the safety of your vehicles tires.   Checking the air pressure in your tires is a crucial component to car maintenance and safety, especially during the summer months


Uninsured Drivers and the Dangers – Texas

Why is Insurance Important? Most states in the U.S. require their drivers to have insurance. According to the Texas Department of Insurance, the state of Texas requires people who drive in Texas to be able to pay for the accidents that they cause. Most drivers will cover an accident by obtaining auto liability insurance. Liability


Crash Avoidance Technology: Consumers and Auto-Makers Want In

Crash avoidance technology has become one of the most prevalent and sought after features in today’s new model vehicles. What once were only additives to luxury vehicles are now becoming more  mainstream amongst the fleet. The most common crash prevention technologies include front crash prevention, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, adaptive headlights, park assist


Texting and Driving: Facts and Safety Tips

Texting and Driving: Texting and driving. Seems like an obvious “no-no” these days with all of the ad campaigns we’ve become regularly acquainted with that expose the sometimes harsh realities of this national epidemic. Text messaging is one of the leading causes of distracted driving, which also includes talking on the phone, reaching for the


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