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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

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

$1.25 Million Judgment Awarded to Injured Fisherman

Fisherman Awarded Millions after Captain and Boat Abandoned Him Attorney Matthew Shaffer obtained a $1.25 million dollar judgement from a federal district court in Galveston, Texas for his client, a commercial fisherman. The 54-year-old worker from Palacios, Texas was tying lines on a commercial fishing boat when he became trapped in marsh wetlands. He injured

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

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


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

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