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Seeking Compensation for Summertime Injuries

Summer is the time for sports and other outdoor activities, and it is also a good time to accomplish some needed tasks around the house. Unfortunately, summertime injuries that often accompany these activities may require both extensive medical attention and financial compensation. This is the time to consider legal intervention, the type available from the law firm of Stevenson & Murray. These are some common summertime injuries that could justify the filing of a personal injury claim:

Water-Related Injuries

Summer is synonymous with water sports, but these activities make water-related injuries a particularly serious threat during this time of year. Asphyxiation resulting from prolonged water immersion can be fatal or lead to permanent disabilities. Pool accidents may result from improper supervision or defective facilities. Boating accidents taking place on waterways or along the Gulf Coast can lead to asphyxiation and other injuries, including serious cuts and broken bones.

Vehicular Accidents

These are the months often reserved for traveling, but traffic accidents on highways can have far more serious consequences than those occurring on city streets. Broken bones, internal injuries, and whiplash are the common consequences of vehicular accidents. A collision with one of the large trucks that rumble along the roads and highways of Texas can be even more serious, leading to crushing injuries or even amputations.

Sports Injuries

Popular summertime team sports include baseball, soccer and, later in the season, football. Sprains, dislocations and knee injuries can be expected when participating in such sports, and some may be serious enough to require specialized medical care. Improper equipment can be a primary or contributing factor in some team sports injuries.

Household Injuries

The summer is a good time to paint, make repairs or engage in other household chores. It is also the time for outdoor barbecuing and backyard recreational activities. Related summertime injuries include burns, exposure to hazardous materials and fractures resulting from falls. Some of these accidents can be blamed on defective products or the careless acts of others.

The Importance of Legal Representation

A personal injury attorney will represent those who experience summertime injuries and help ensure that they receive the compensation that they need. This is why those who have been so victimized should consider seeking help from the law firm of Stevenson & Murray.

Motorcycle Safety Takes Center Stage in May

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, bringing awareness of the unique dangers for motorcyclists and everyone who shares the rode with them. Motorcycles are high on fun, excitement and fuel efficiency, but they are also high on risk. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that deaths occur 27 times more frequently for motorcyclists than fatalities in other vehicles, and injuries occur six times as often.

Wise riders know the best way to reduce risk and increase safety is to get educated and practice good habits. Here are a few key tips to keep in mind as the weather warms and peak riding season approaches:

Use your head. The best tool you have to protect yourself is your knowledge and decision making. Be in the know and get trained about the make and model of your bike, and always keep it in top operating condition. Take advantage of safety and training classes, especially if you are a new owner, and understand a greater level of skill and experience is needed to carry a passenger. Be aware of the key sightline and visibility differences between driving a car and driving in an open-air environment, and practice defensive techniques to account for car drivers that might not see you approaching.

Protect your head. While helmets and safety gear are not legally required for motorcyclists in all states, smart riders protect themselves by wearing DOT-approved helmets and insisting that their passengers do as well. That’s because the leading cause of death and injury in a motorcycle accident is head trauma, and while wearing a helmet cannot guarantee you won’t be seriously injured or die, it does greatly improve your odds of surviving or sustaining serious head injury or brain trauma.

Don’t stop at your head. It can be tempting to ride without proper clothing to protect yourself in a crash, especially in warm climates and during the summer months in general. But doing so can deprive you of a valuable layer of protection not only from the elements but also in the event of a crash or incident where you lose control of the bike. Protective riding pants, jackets and footwear can make the difference between walking away and being transported away from a crash.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced trial attorney to advocate for your rights. The lawyers of Stevenson & Murray are seasoned litigators with extensive experience with personal injury cases involving motorcycles. Do you have questions? Call us today to discuss your case in a no-obligation consultation.

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Safety Tips for Your Summer Road Trips

Family vacations! What a great time to see the world (or at least a few states) and make memories to last forever. However, if you aren’t prepared for safety while traveling, those memories might be ones you’d rather forget.

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Breaking down any time is the pits; there is no upside to sitting helpless on the side of the road trying to change a tire, to diagnose the source of billowing smoke from the engine, waiting for what seems like days for a tow truck, paying for repairs, and maybe having to scrap either some or all of what had started out to be a much-anticipated trip. So, do yourself a favor and do your best to ensure that your vehicle is summer road-trip ready.

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Preparedness Counts

Excitement might be running high the night before a trip, but try your best to get a good night’s sleep before setting out in the morning. Statistics show that driving drowsy is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol, so be sure to switch up drivers and/or pull over for a short nap as needed. The Internet makes it easy to check the weather and traffic conditions for the day ahead and to get updates on your smartphone as the day progresses. If you know there may be a problem, you can try to chart a different course to avoid heavy traffic or unsafe weather.

Make sure to fill your gas tank before leaving and to refuel sooner than you might normally do when running around town. You don’t want to be caught in a situation where you might run out of gas. Your smartphone or GPS can also help you map out gas stops before you leave. It is not a bad idea to carry a small gas can in case of emergencies. Be sure your phone is fully charged when you leave home and to pack chargers, including a car charger if you have one. If you don’t, you might consider picking one up before your summer road trips.

Take advantage of smartphone apps such as AAA Mobile, which allows you to create an itinerary and share it with friends so someone will know where you should be when in case something happens. You can also find repair facilities if needed and even find the cheapest gas. If you need roadside assistance and are a member of AAA, the app allows you to request help right from your smartphone.

Things can happen to even the best-prepared travelers, but you can feel much safer and better prepared when you do a little advance planning.

Texas City Honors Victims of Deadliest Industrial Accident

The deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history happened in Texas City, Texas, 70 years ago this weekend. A giant fertilizer explosion occurred April 16, 1947, aboard a vessel docked at the Texas City port, killing 581 people and injuring 3,500 more. Property damage was estimated to be $100 million, or $1.07 billion in today’s dollars.

The anniversary was commemorated Wednesday in a Texas City ceremony, albeit a few days early due to the Easter holiday. The city honored its firefighters who were among the nearly 600 people killed. Texas City Fire Chief David Zacheri read the names of each of the 28 firefighters who perished in the accident, after which a fire bell rang out for each victim. Only one member of the city’s fire department survived the accident.

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Spring Break Injuries

Spring break is just around the corner. To enjoy it to the fullest extent, there are certain rules by which you can abide. Among those are ways you can avoid spring break injuries. Here are some tips you can use for staying safe and enjoying yourself on your spring break.

Drive in Shifts with Friends

If you are traveling with a group of friends, you can help avoid a car accident and subsequent injuries by driving in shifts with other licensed drivers. This is especially important when you are going on long trips. Be sure to use extra caution when you’re driving through unfamiliar areas and in crowded places.

Limit Your Alcohol Intake

One of the chief causes of spring break injuries stems from being intoxicated and having a mishap such as a car crash or fall. Naturally, it’s tempting to increase your alcohol intake while you’re on spring break. However, you should limit the amount of alcohol you consume to stay safe because too much drinking can impair your judgment and reaction time. There are a lot of non-alcoholic drinks you can have instead that taste great. In addition, being sober can make things even more enjoyable.

Stay on Sidewalks When You’re Out Walking

If you are in unfamiliar areas, you should always stay on the sidewalk when you go out walking. It can be dangerous to walk in the street or on any roads where there is a lot of car traffic, especially after dark. You can avoid plenty of spring break injuries by walking only on pedestrian designated areas.

Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings

While you are traveling, just as when you’re home, you should always be aware of your surroundings. However, you should be even more aware and alert in unfamiliar areas such as when on spring break. It can help to prevent an accident or an assault and keep you safer.

These are great tips for helping you to stay safe and avoid spring break injuries. If you are injured while away on your break, you need a personal injury law firm on your side. If you are located in the state of Texas, contact the experienced personal injury law firm of Stevenson & Murray for assistance.

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Stevenson & Murray is industry renowned for remarkable successes and deep expertise handling complex and sophisticated accident and personal injury cases. From the moment we open a claim through trial and to the last appeal, we are passionately committed to making a life-changing difference for each and every client we represent.

The lawyers of Stevenson & Murray are seasoned litigators and advocates for personal injury victims. We consider all personal injury cases but specialize in cases involving wrongful death, maritime and admiralty law, trucking accidents, large commercial fires, talc claims, and commercial and industrial accidents.

Have you been hurt in an accident? Contact our offices in Houston today to discuss your rights and legal options in a free consultation with a leading personal injury and wrongful death trial attorney.

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It is an honor and a privilege to work side by side with some of the best in our industry. Stevenson & Murray welcomes the opportunity to work with other law firms. We have a long and proud tradition of partnering with co-counsel to strengthen a client’s case. Decades of experience in our practice specialties and an exceptional record of achievement both in and out of the courtroom position us well to support the case needs of associating firms.

Our reputation as a leading personal injury firm and our uncommon litigation skill provide key advantages to our partners and their clients. Whether you are looking to add depth or breadth of experience to a case, expand jurisdiction or geographical coverage, provide additional resources to investigate or try a case, or leverage our relationships with top experts in numerous industries where we excel, we help co-counsel secure top verdicts and settlements.

Stevenson & Murray is a leading choice for clients and lawyers alike. Our referral business is a source of great pride for our entire team, and we constantly strive to earn and maintain the highest level of respect from our colleagues.

 

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