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I’m The Pappy!

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The movie Life featuring Eddie Murphy (Ray Gibson) and Martin Lawrence (Claude Banks) is hilarious. They live in New York City but during a moonshine run to the deep south they end up in a southern prison working on a chain gang. In a funny scene, a disabled black inmate secretly fathers a child with the white daughter of the warden. When the child is born, the warden goes ballistic trying to discover which black inmate fathered his half-black grandchild. To humiliate the warden, several of the inmates claimed to be the father, including a character played by the late Bernie...

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DWI Car Wrecks

New Year’s Eve is approaching fast.  Like many Texans, you may be planning to celebrate with some bubbly, a little Henny, all while driving.  You should be warned, however, because the consequences can be brutal for causing a car wreck while intoxicated.  In 2017, intoxicated drivers caused 7,669 car wrecks in Texas.  Of these, 944 were fatal. Nationally, the Center for Disease Control says on its website:...

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Discovery In Car Wreck Cases

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Evidence gathering Based on reportable Texas car wrecks in 2017: 1 person was killed every 2 hours 21 minutes1 person was injured every 2 minutes 4 seconds1 reportable crash occurred every 59 seconds  There were 1,330,492 civil cases filed in Texas last year.  Of these cases, 45,359 involved car wrecks. Essentially, many Texans are injured because of the negligence, or carelessness, of other drivers in the Lone Star State.   Most car wrecks are resolved with out of court settlements between injured car wreck victim(s) and insurance companies. If a settlement cannot be reached, a personal injury lawsuit can be filed in the state or...

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[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] What is deferred adjudication? There are two types of community supervision or probation: straight probation and deferred adjudication. With a straight probationer, the judge or jury finds him guilty and sentences him to prison or jail, but the judge will probate his sentence for a specified number of years. This means the straight probationer will not have to serve the sentence while he’s on probation if he doesn’t violate his probation conditions. Nonetheless, a guilty verdict will be placed on his criminal record. With a deferred adjudication probationer, he pleads guilty before the judge, but the judge does not find him...

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Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Who’s Going To Pay For My Damages? You’ve just been in a car accident with an uninsured driver; you’re shaken up and scared.  You don’t seem to be hurt, but it could be the adrenaline. What now?  Well, don’t panic. There are some simple steps that you should take in any car accident.  These steps are discussed in a previous article.  What I will cover in this article is what happens when an uninsured driver crashes into your car. Texas is an “At-Fault” Insurance State Texas is an at-fault insurance state, which means the at-fault driver pays for the accident.  Most drivers do this by buying...

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Six Ways You May Suffer From A Severe Car Wreck

Calculating Damages From Car Accident Injuries and Other Issues Following A Serious Accident We hate being the bearer of bad news but the misery is just starting now that a negligent driver injured you in a severe car accident. The good news is you're entitled to compensation for the misery. To help you navigate the terrain ahead, we wrote this article to prepare you. It enables you to think about some of the possible contingencies and questions of being injured in an accident such as do I need a lawyer or calculating damages for car wreck injuries. It allows you to know...

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Are Churches Liable When Shootings Occur On Their Premises

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] Church Liability Jesus said, “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Luke 14:23. This scripture prescribes the Christian duty of every Jesus follower to invite and compel vigorously and consistently the unchurched to attend our church services. However, the barbaric shooting at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina again raised the issues of church liability, safety and security for those who respond to our invitations. In other words, what legal duty, if any, do churches have to protect their members and visitors? This critical question...

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How To Prove Your Personal Injury Case

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]  Dallas Car Wreck Lawyer If you’ve ever been in a car accident or some other personal injury matter, and you hired an attorney to represent you, than most likely, he or she used the term negligence.  You probably thought to yourself, what is negligence?  More importantly, you may have even wondered, how do you prove negligence? Lawyers define negligence as the failure to exercise reasonable care.  But what does that mean in everyday language.  Put simply, negligence is causing harm to another person because of the failure to act safely.  And to prove negligence, you have to prove four elements: Duty...

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18 Wheeler Accident Is No Joke: The Tracy Morgan Accident

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[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] 18 Wheeler Accident By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the deadly big truck accident that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed his fellow comedian and close friend, James McNair. The police charged the truck driver with vehicular homicide and assault by auto alleging that he had not slept for 24 consecutive hours before the accident.  In my next two articles, I’m going to discuss two different but related issues about big truck accidents generally and this accident especially: Is Wal-Mart, the employer of the truck driver, vicariously liable for the tragic 18 wheeler tractor trailer accident? Are all of...

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Texting And Driving: The Dangers and Consequences

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[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Texting and Driving You have just been rear-ended because someone was texting and driving. You’re injured and very angry because she endangered your life.  Your hope is that the law allows you to do more than merely file a lawsuit against her, but punish her for this reckless behavior. How Common Is Texting and Driving? Texting and driving is the most common form of distracted driving. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), 28 percent of all crashes each year involve cell phone use.  As a matter of fact, 3,328 people were killed in 2012 because of texting and driving, according to...

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