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How to Prepare for a Safe Summer Road Trip

Every summer sees an increase in packed cars and RVs on the road, full of families off on their summer road trips. This number may even increase this summer as families search for ways to safely leave their homes during COVID-19. Road trips are adventures that build memories for many families, but accidents can happen. Prevent mishaps and injuries by preparing for…

Can I Sue for Damages if I Was Injured While Lane Splitting?

Perhaps you’ve been injured by another motorist while on your motorcycle, but aren’t sure whether you can take legal action against the person who hurt you. Maybe you were lane splitting when you were hurt and are worried that this will prevent you from filing a successful personal injury claim. You shouldn’t disqualify yourself just yet and miss out on the chance…

Be Careful What You Grill This Summer

Thousands of Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled in June 2020 // As if fears of COVID-19 aren’t enough to deal with this summer, Americans should also be aware of a massive ground beef recall announced on June 13, 2020. Lakeside Refrigerated Services has recalled approximately 42,922 pounds of ground beef for fears of E. coli – just in time for Father’s Day…

Who Is to Blame If a Self Driving Car Crashes?

Controversial Uber and Tesla Accidents Inspire Questions // On March 18, 2018, a self-driving Uber struck and killed an Arizona woman who was walking her bike across the street in the first recorded pedestrian fatality involving an autonomous vehicle. Similarly, Tesla has a “worrisome record” of its vehicles being in fatal accidents while its controversial Autopilot feature is engaged. Across the board,…

What Makes an Injury Catastrophic?

In short, a catastrophic injury is one that prevents you from working. The legal definition of a catastrophic injury is established in Chapter 42 § 3796 b of the United States Code. It reads: “catastrophic injury means an injury, the direct and proximate consequences of which permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.” Examples of Catastrophic Injuries Using the definition…

The Consequences of Dallas Street Racing

Citations, Criminal Charges, and Accidental Deaths Stunts and street racing have gone up in Dallas since stay-at-home orders went into effect. Groups of drivers have blocked highways and started spinning donuts in busy intersections. On the first weekend of May alone, Dallas police “seized dozens of vehicles and handed out hundreds of tickets,” according to Fox 4 News. The Dallas Police Department…

With COVID-19, Car Accidents Are Down, But Reckless Driving Is Up

Approximately 270 million Americans are under stay-at-home orders in the United States. As such, there are fewer drivers on the road. Consequently, researchers at the University of California, Davis (UCD) have noted a 60% drop in car accidents in California. While car accidents are proven to be going down in California and traffic injuries and fatalities have fallen from 400 to 200…

Car Insurance Companies Offering Billions of Dollars in COVID-19 Refunds

At Mathias Raphael PLLC Accident & Injury Lawyers, we are seldom in agreement with big insurance companies. Nevertheless, we were pleased to hear about several insurance providers paying it forward in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Due to decreasing car accidents and unprecedented savings, many car insurance companies are issuing refunds, discounts, and credits to policyholders. Allstate and American Family Insurance…

Update: Man Riding Moped Killed After Hit-and-Run

A 36-year-old man was riding his moped home from work at about 1:30 a.m. on Monday, January 20. He was traveling along North Central Expressway near Mockingbird lane when he was hit by a car and knocked off his vehicle. Tragically, he fell into the right lane of oncoming traffic and was run over by another car. The 20-year-old woman who allegedly…

Does My Business Insurance Cover Coronavirus Closures?

Many cities in the United States are suspending business operations in an effort to contain coronavirus (COVID-19). If you’re a business owner, you might be losing a lot of money, and you may be wondering whether or not your business interruption insurance provides coverage. Now is a better time than ever before to understand your insurance policy. If you need assistance, our…