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How to Be Safe as a New Motorcyclist

Riding a motorcycle is an exciting mode of transportation for many people all over the world. Motorcycles are convenient and they are a speedy way to get to your destination, whether it’s to your workplace or anywhere else in your city or town. However, it’s common knowledge that motorcycles are also incredibly dangerous. Motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. If you recently bought your first motorcycle, there a few crucial safety tips that you should know in order to decrease your risk of serious injury or death in a crash.

What Are Some Safety Tips?

The dangers of riding a motorcycle shouldn’t discourage you from buying and riding one, but it helps to know how to keep yourself safe. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you should contact our motorcycle accident attorney at Stevenson & Murray today.

What Are Some Illnesses You Could Contract as a Maritime Worker?

Maritime workers deal with dangerous situations and circumstances every day while they’re working. They are exposed to deadly toxins, gases, and other harmful substances frequently. As a result of this, many career maritime workers suffer from various occupational diseases and illnesses. These occupational diseases are a result of long-term exposure to industrial toxins and dangerous fumes, and these illnesses can be deadly.

What Are These Diseases?

One of the key elements of occupational diseases is that they develop over a long period of time, so they can be hard to spot at early stages in order to prevent them from developing further. However, the more that seamen and maritime workers know about these diseases and how they could contract them, the better off they will be in avoiding them. Some of these illnesses are:

Oil rig and shipyard workplaces are responsible for keeping their workers safe and providing safety equipment to help reduce these occupational diseases. However, long-term exposure is hard to fully prevent, and many workers still face these illnesses. If you have been diagnosed with any of these occupational diseases due to maritime workplace exposure, you deserve to seek compensation. Contact the law firm of Stevenson & Murray today to get proper legal guidance through this tough time.

Here’s What Happened at the Patterson-UTI Rig Explosion in Oklahoma

An explosion occurred in a drilling rig in Oklahoma late January 2018 that created one of the country’s deadliest gas and oil incidents in years. The fatal incident killed five workers, and one of the victims was from Fort Worth, Texas. The rig is owned by Houston-based Patterson-UTI Energy, which has become one of the nation’s biggest onshore drilling and hydraulic fracking companies. There’s speculation about how the explosion occurred and why it wasn’t properly controlled and prevented.

What Has Been Investigated About the Accident?

The incident is still being thoroughly investigated by Patterson-UTI and Red Mountain, a small Oklahoma energy producer that co-owns and operates the gas well. They are currently working with local authorities and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to properly inspect the scene and figure out what happened. Patterson-UTI has had a history of other minor accidents in the past, but the company’s chief executive has argued that the rig has ranked among the safest in recent years. More than 20 people were working at the well site when the explosion occurred early that Monday morning, just outside of Tulsa. Sixteen people were able to escape the explosion with minor injuries, while one person had to be airlifted to the hospital. The magnitude of the fire prevented investigators from getting to the scene quickly enough, which also brought a delay to the confirmation of fatalities. The fire was so overpowering that it wasn’t extinguished until later that night.

Rig workers that work on onshore oil rigs can file an injury claim if they have been injured on site. The attorneys at Stevenson & Murray specialize in drilling rig, ship and platform injuries, and can help defend you in your case if you were injured on site. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What Caused This Fatal Truck Accident?

Truck accidents are very common vehicle accidents, and they happen most often on busy freeways. Not all of them are fatal, but many have killed and injured multiple people. A crash in California in late 2016 left 13 people dead after a truck collided with a tour bus filled with passengers. A judge has now ruled that the truck driver will face multiple felony and misdemeanor counts. This news story is a classic example of why truck drivers should take extra precaution while driving, and how truck driver error can cause dangerous consequences.

What Happened?

Bruce Guilford, a truck driver from Covington, Georgia, was sleep deprived one early October morning on the freeway, and apparently fell asleep for a few minutes during traffic on the freeway. An Alhambra-based tour bus allegedly slammed into the rear end of Guilford’s truck, killing the driver of the truck and 12 other passengers.

Many questions come into play with this accident, specifically the question of who was actually at fault, or negligent, and if this neglect of “public safety” caused the accident. A CHP officer testified that he checked Guilford’s driving logs and GPS tracking, which showed that the truck driver violated his driving regulations of only driving a certain number of hours per day, which resulted in him falling asleep at the wheel. Guilford denied that he fell asleep and stated that he had his parking brake on and was fiddling with the radio, and hence, didn’t notice that traffic had started to move again. Guilford’s attorney claims there’s no evidence of Guilford falling asleep, and that this accident was “an unfortunate, careless mistake.” Despite all of this contradicting evidence and testimony, Guilford awaits trial with more than 40 felony and misdemeanor charges, including vehicular manslaughter.

Truck accidents can happen anywhere in the United States, and large states like Texas often experience deadly truck accidents. In 2015, the state saw an estimated 35,000 accidents involving at least one commercial vehicle, and this amount has increased every year in Texas since 2010.

Truck drivers, if proven negligent, should be held accountable for their actions, especially if they injured or killed others in a serious accident. If you have been injured in a truck accident where you believe the truck driver was at error, contact the attorneys at Stevenson & Murray.

Should You Hire Double Board Certified?

 

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Absolutely! With so many sales messages and advertised qualifications coming at us each day, it’s not always easy to distinguish claims that are marketing fluff from certifications and credentials that signify true accomplishment. But when choosing an attorney to represent you and your family after a devastating injury or loss, hiring a double board-certified personal injury attorney is a designation that matters.

It’s a high bar. There’s a reason so few practicing lawyers attain one board certification and even fewer maintain multiple certifications. The requirements and standards of board certification are rigorous, time consuming and difficult to complete—as they should be. Of the roughly 100,000 attorneys licensed to practice in Texas, for example, only 7,400 have attained certification with the Texas Board of Legal Certification. Only these 7.4% of attorneys across all disciplines have the right to publicly represent themselves as specialists, and the State Bar of Texas has set a high bar to do so. Among the many requirements are extensive, proven experience within the specialty area and the ability to pass a demanding examination.

It’s a commitment to continued learning. For lawyers who go the extra mile to attain board certification, the accomplishment isn’t a one-and-done event. Certification requires ongoing involvement in the specialty area, annual professional courses and continuing education beyond that of lawyers who have not earned certification. Board-certified attorneys simply aren’t satisfied to rest on their laurels, and they put this tenacity and commitment to work for their clients.

A strong signal to the opposition. Board certifications don’t only serve to educate consumers, they also serve as a valuable and powerful designation to the legal and business communities. The legal community is well aware of the rigors of certification and the mark of excellence that each certification carries. A double board-certified attorney leading your case signifies to opposing counsel, defendants and their insurance companies that you have an expert on your side.

Mark Murray is double board certified in personal injury law trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He also earned a certification specialty in civil pre-trial practice in 2010, which designates specialty expertise in discovery and other crucial case elements. In addition, he has served as a law school adjunct professor for more than 20 years. If you would like to discuss your case with Mark’s team, click here.

For Accident Victims

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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For Lawyers

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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