Houston Personal Injury Blog

Am I Liable if a Contractor Is Injured in My House?

If you are undertaking a homebuilding project, you may have a significant learning curve in terms of hiring contractors. Contractors come with their own rules, insurance policies, and other considerations when they perform work on a private property. As the homeowner, you have specific legal duties toward your contractors and subcontractors. If a contractor sustains… read more

How to File a Claim Against Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

If you suffer an illness or injury while on a Royal Caribbean cruise, it may be possible to file a claim against the company. This might be the case if your incident stemmed from negligence on the part of the cruise line or one of its employees. Here are three steps to take if you… read more

What Are the Laws Regarding Merging Traffic on Texas Highways and Freeways?

Texas’ highways and freeways are some of the busiest in the United States. They see thousands of daily commuters, sightseers, and 18-wheelers every day. Although merging lanes and entering highways are skills drivers learn upon receiving a driver’s license, the rules and realities of this skill can be much different on hectic roadways. Learning the… read more

Are Bars and Clubs Liable for Over-Serving in Houston, TX?

When you go out to a bar or club for a few drinks with friends, you have a personal responsibility to conduct yourself appropriately. What you may not know is that bars and clubs also have a responsibility. In Texas, state dram shop laws prevent alcohol-selling establishments from selling to overly and obviously intoxicated customers…. read more

An Explanation of the Texas Good Samaritan Law

In general, Good Samaritan laws exist to protect people who act in good faith while administering aid to those in need. If you stop at an accident scene to address someone’s wound or attempt to move someone from a fiery building, for example, you are acting as a Good Samaritan. Every state uses its own… read more

Why You Should Never Ever “Brake Check” Another Driver

Tailgating other drivers is a well-known act of road rage, but brake checking is another aggression-based action that deserves attention. Brake checking is the act of braking hard in front of a tailgater to dissuade the driver from following too closely. Drivers in front often think they won’t face responsibility for resulting car accidents, but… read more

How Much Space Drivers Must Leave Between Cars at Highway Speeds

During the day-to-day commute, many drivers travel on autopilot. They focus more on their to-do lists and less on safe driving distances. If you’re in the middle of your daily travel schedule, headed off on a trip, or taking the kids to school, safe driving distances are more than recommendations. They represent researched guidelines designed… read more

How to Avoid Semi-Truck Blind Spots

Most vehicles have blind spots – breaks in a driver’s field of vision that keep him or her from seeing surrounding vehicles. In consumer vehicles, drivers can often adjust for the blind spot with a quick physical shift or visual aids such as extra mirrors. As the size of a vehicle increases, so does the… read more

Texas Landowners Part 1: Introduction to Premises Liability and Negligence Claims

If you own a rental property, a farm, a commercial property, or a home in Texas, you could encounter both general negligence and premises liability claims from those injured on your land. Understanding the difference between the two types of claims and your duties as a landowner can help you minimize liability risks in the… read more

Texas Landowners Part 2: Premises Liability Legal Statuses and Duty of Care

If someone suffers an injury on your land as the result of hazardous conditions, he or she may choose to file a premises liability claim. In these claims, the visitors would need to not only prove the hazardous condition caused the injury, but also that the landowner owed the visitor a certain level of care…. read more