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Driving Safely during a Flash Flood

President’s Day could potentially be a day of staying indoors and avoiding the roads for Houstonians who have the day off. According to the National Weather Service, heavy rain is expected late Sunday night and into Monday evening, with a flash flood watch already issued for multiple counties. For those of us who still have


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


The Future of Houston – Pedestrian Safety

Current Population of Great Houston The greater Houston area has a population of an estimated 6.6 million residents, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the Census Bureau, Texas saw the greatest increase in population compared to all other states. Houston great area saw the largest increase of any metro area in


El Faro Data Recorder Brought to Surface

Recorder hopes to bring light to sinking investigation. SMSH Legal reported back in April  that the voyage data-recorder of the El Faro had been located on the ocean floor of the Bahamas. It was finally retrieved Monday night by USNS Apache crewmembers, bringing a glimmer of hope into discovering what challenges the crewmembers faced the


Injured Crew Member was Medevacked Off the Coast of Florida

Florida Maritime Injury An injured crew member was medevacked from a tanker, Eagle Texas, 90-miles east of Jacksonville Florida. A Coast Guard Air Station helicopter crew transported the injured man on Wednesday just before 7 p.m. The man was reported to have sustained a head injury after he fell into a cargo hold. The Eagle


Hurricane Season Travelling Tips

We’re still in the beginning months of the Atlantic hurricane season, and even though Houstonians have experienced a three-year drought of hurricane activity, there’s always travel plans to consider as plenty of summertime hot spots can be affected. Currently, Tropical Storm Earl is expected to make landfall Thursday in Belize, a popular tourist destination.  While


Towing Tugboat Exploded off the Coast of Florida on Monday

Towing tugboat, Thomas Dann, exploded several miles away from Marineland, Florida this past Monday. The engine room began smoking and later erupted into flames as the tug was towing a barge in convoy. Six crew members evacuated the boat via life raft and were later rescued by local fisherman before the fire set off two


Giving Back: SMSH Legal Helps Comfort Family of Fallen Bellaire Police Officer

Partner Jonathan Harris’ wife, Tandy Camberg Harris, organized a community outreach which benefited the family of fallen Bellaire police officer, Marco Zarate, who lost his life in the line of duty last week. SMSH Legal contributed to the outreach by providing Zarate’s family with a day’s worth of meals from Escalante’s (a family favorite.) Harris and 100 other community members


Matt Shaffer files lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Matt Shaffer has filed a lawsuit on behalf of his client, a vessel-based musician employed by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Our client sustained serious injuries to his right leg and knee after his lower bunk bed broke.In the lawsuit, it is alleged that Royal Caribbean Ltd. failed to provide a safe working environment and failed to


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


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