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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


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


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


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


Texas Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycles: Summer Safety The prime time of year for motorcyclists to travel is between the Spring and Fall seasons. Summertime is especially ideal for riders because there is a smaller chance of rainfall; however, the increase in temperatures becomes the primary concern as it can lead to discomfort and dehydration. The average temperature for Houston in


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


Crew members Missing after Freight Train Collision

Three crew members are missing after two BNSF Railway freight trains collided Tuesday afternoon, causing a massive explosion and forcing the surrounding areas to evacuate. The head-on collision happened 5 miles east of the town of Panhandle, Texas, just 25 miles northeast of Amarillo. The two trains were carrying two crew members each; one member


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


Attorney Matt Shaffer Filed a Maritime Accident Lawsuit for Injured Client

Matt Shaffer has filed a lawsuit on behalf of his client injured in a maritime accident. The client was employed by Bolivar Barge Cleaning Service, LLC and was working on the M/V Sonny Gates, a towing vessel, at the time of the incident. The client was taking a barge out of the fleet of another


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