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Holiday traffic causes headaches for drivers and pedestrians in the Galleria area

(HOUSTON, December 2019) – This holiday season, drivers and pedestrians are urged to exercise particular caution in the Galleria area of Houston. As anyone who lives here knows, this area becomes increasingly crowded during the busy shopping season, and the increased crowds and traffic often lead to more injury accidents.

This year, in particular, shoppers will note that the crosswalk that used to run between Neiman Marcus and Dillards is no longer there, as pointed out by ABC13 News. This means that the only legal and safe places to cross are at Westheimer or Alabama streets. Because of the continuing construction at the eight rapid bus stations and at Post Oak and Richmond, shoppers and commuters alike can expect extended construction and road delays across the area.

To help keep pedestrians safe this season, the Uptown District has deployed extra security officers to direct traffic, but the Houston injury attorneys of Mokaram Law Firm still encourage all drivers and pedestrians to slow down and be safe this holiday season.


Five people transported to the hospital after Greyhound bus crash involving 18-wheeler near the Woodlands

Authorities are still investigating the cause of a collision involving an 18-wheeler and a stalled Greyhound bus along I-45 near the Woodlands early Thursday. Five people were transported to Hermann Memorial The Woodlands Hospital with minor injuries, and the driver was also treated. According to witness reports, the bus was stalled on the outside shoulder of the road at approximately 5:00 a.m. when an Anheuser-Busch “Seed to Sip” truck struck the rear left side of the vehicle, which had 25 passengers on board. 

Interstate 45 was closed for a few hours but three lanes were open by 9:30 a.m. to allow traffic to flow as authorities investigated the crash.

Disclaimer: The intent of this post is to provide general information to our readers and to help improve the safety of those who live and work in our Houston community. At Mokaram Law Firm, we intend to honor those who have been hurt in Houston. The purpose of our blog is to provide up to date information to the public to help others avoid becoming victims themselves. If anyone is involved in an accident we would like to make sure they know how to respond, should a tragedy occur. Information in this post, should not be considered legal or medical advice. 

 

 


Uber and Lyft Accidents Qualify Too

Injury claims related to rideshare services require a certain level of legal skill and top notch representation. Although rideshare companies provide a large policy coverage, obtaining the compensation you deserve is difficult. You may be eligible to file a claim against Uber or Lyft if:

  • You are a rideshare passenger who was injured and the Uber/Lyft driver is at fault for the accident
  • You are a rideshare passenger who was injured in an Uber/Lyft and someone else is at fault
  • You are a driver for an Uber/Lyft and have been hurt due to someone else’s negligent actions

Uber and Lyft are two of the most popular rideshare services. Today’s technology has shown us that even our daily commute can be handled by someone else with the touch of a finger.

Many people do not know that Uber and Lyft are covered by one-million dollar policies when providing a ride to someone. Like all drivers, Uber and Lyft drivers’ have a legal duty of care so they must avoid any behavior or neglect that could harm others on the road. Rideshare accidents can be complicated to understand, but as a passenger you cannot be held accountable for the accident, whether the Uber/Lyft driver is at fault, or if a third party is at fault. It is important for you to report the accident directly to the rideshare company, via telephone or through the app. You want to also make sure that you gathet all the information pertaining to the accident and driver of the vehicle. If you are injured during the accident, it is essential to report that as well. Like any other accident scenario, if you are hurt you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. You are entitled to have your medical bills, lost wages, pain & suffering and other additional damages compensated for.

If you have been involved in a rideshare accident, contact our office. At Mokaram Law Firm, our ridesharing accident attorneys have the knowledge and skills set necessary to fight this for you. Give us a call for a FREE legal consultation.

Speak to an attorney about your rideshare accident TODAY! 713-952-4445.

 

 


Should I Hire An Attorney For My Personal Injury Case?

“I was rear-ended on my way to work a few days ago.  The other driver and I exchanged insurance information. Now I am having back pain.  The insurance company is saying that it was partly my fault and only wants to offer me $500.  Should I have gotten an attorney?”

Being involved in a car accident is a scary situation; it can even be traumatizing. Having a personal injury attorney review your case is sometimes suggested. But how do you know if you should hire an attorney?

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Is there an argument over who is at fault?
  2. Are my injuries severe?
  3. Can I negotiate this and deal with insurance company on my own?

In some instances, individuals choose to represent themselves in car accident claims. However, it is important to note that if it is not clear whose fault it was you can have a difficult time dealing with the insurance company. Insurance companies will fight as hard as they can to find you at fault or issue the least amount of compensation as possible.

The most critical aspect to focus on is whether you have been injured in the accident due to the other parties’ actions. This will help you determine if you truly need legal representation. Minor injuries can worsen over time if left untreated. A medical doctor will be able to inform you of the severity of your injuries. Seeking medical attention is imperative whether you decide to hire an attorney or not.

There is a lot of work that goes into pursuing a personal injury claim. Most people do not want to deal with the burden, especially if they are severely injured. Insurance companies will try to trick you into taking an offer worth less than what you are entitled to. This can lead to unpaid bills and unresolved property damage. If you decide you do not want to deal with the hassle, you should hire a legal team. Knowledge of the law and procedural rules is what separates an attorney from a potential client.  Sometimes cases are easily resolved; other times cases can get complicated and need a lawsuit to be filed.

 

Here at Mokaram Law Firm, we evaluate your case for FREE. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t owe us anything unless we collect for you first!

Give us a call today at 713-952-4445


Deadly Crash In Houston – One Victim Among Many Over Past Weekend

Houston Police Department is investigating a deadly crash that happened on I-45 North at I-10 which occurred at around 2AM on Monday March 18, 2019. The suspect, Juan David Almanza was driving a white pick up truck going the wrong way when he struck a white mustang which had a driver and a passenger inside. The driver of the mustang was killed at the scene of the accident. The passenger was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital and sustained serious injuries. Police said the suspect was also taken to the hospital and showed signs of intoxication. Suspect is being charged with intoxication manslaughter. Within the last week, the city of Houston and surrounding counties have experienced many fatal crashes associated with wrong-way driving. All the past weekend crashes remain under investigation and charges are still pending for at-fault drivers who have survived.

Our sympathy and deepest condolences go out to the family members and friends of the victims who have been impacted by these tragedies.

These types of situations are devastating, and the responsible parties must be held accountable for their actions. No amount of money could ever replace a loved one but you don’t have to fight alone. At Mokaram Law Firm we can review your case at no upfront cost, call our office at 713-952-4445 and set up your free consultation.


Ex-NFL player comments on lawsuit against Houston Texans

Former Philadelphia Eagles and Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans requested a Texas federal court to send his tort claims against the Houston Texans back to state court on Friday, December 30. Ryans claims the case does not implicate the National Football League’s collective bargaining agreement.

The Texans said the personal injury claims are preempted by the collective bargaining agreement under the Labor Management Relations Act.

In his motions to remand, Ryans argued that, “In fact, the only reference Ryans makes to the CBA in his first amended petition is by way of an express disclaimer providing that none of his claims ‘based on any provision of the [CBA] governing the terms and conditions of employment of [NFL] players.’ Furthermore, Ryans expressly states that the CBA is not the source of any claim asserted herein and expressly disclaims any potential remedy or cause of action that could be brought under the CBA for the injury and/or occurrence in question.”

If you have been hurt in a personal injury accident case in Houston or another area in Texas, employ the legal services of our attorneys at the Mokaram Law Firm by calling our offices today at (713) 952-4445.


Abusive policeman, McKinney PD, and town proper sued by teenager for personal injury

A video, which showed former police corporal Eric Casebolt throwing a 15-year-old girl to the ground after she was commanded to leave a neighborhood pool party, went viral and shocked the nation in 2015. The girl, who had told the officer she needed to search for her glasses before leaving, was immediately attacked by the officer. The Texas Rangers subsequent investigation of Casebolt led him to resign; at the end of the investigation and trial, a grand jury decided not to indict him anyway.

In June 2016, the girl, Dajerria Becton; her family; and their lawyer, Kim Cole, held a press conference outside the McKinney Police Department in Texas, saying they planned to file civil and personal injury lawsuits against Casebolt, the city of McKinney, and the police department. And that’s what they did the first week of January 2017.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Becton is seeking a settlement from the city as she “would be best served at a private school for the remainder of her high school years due to the social backlash” from what happened.

Our attorneys at Mokaram Law Firm have a mandate to help countless families who have been victims of personal injury accidents in Houston or other areas in Texas. Find out more about the legal services that we offer by calling our offices today at (713) 952-4445.


Wichita Falls makes it onto list of “Most Dangerous Intersections in Texas”

Wichita Falls made the list of the top 279 “Most Dangerous Intersections in Texas,” with two of its intersections making the list.

The intersection of Kell and Kemp Boulevard had 75 crashes, 21 injuries, and no fatalities and came in at Number 228 on the list, while the area of Kell Boulevard and McNiel Avenue had 64 crashes, 27 injuries, and no fatalities. It was listed Number 218. In assessing the situation, Wichita Falls Police Department Sergeant Harold McClure noted, “Between Kemp and Kell (boulevards) and Kemp Boulevard and Call Field Road, those are probably the two busiest intersections in the city.”

Between 2012 and 2015, the report says the intersection of Bissonnet Street and Sam Houston Parkway in Houston had 335 crashes, 263 injuries, and no fatalities, making it Texas’ most dangerous intersection.

If you were injured in a personal injury accident in Houston or another area in Texas, you have the right to obtain financial compensation for your troubles. Do so with the legal help of our attorneys at Mokaram Law Firm by calling our offices at (713) 952-4445 today.

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