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28Oct 2020

You have a lot to worry about as a parent. Keeping your child safe on dangerous Texas roads is probably one of those big worries. As a parent or guardian, understanding safety protocol and car seat laws in Texas can be exactly what keeps your children safe.

Texas Law breakdown (Texas DPS):

  1. All children younger than 8 years old, unless taller than 4’9” are required to be in an appropriate child safety system.
  2. Phases (1,2,3,4)

    1. Rear-Facing Seats for all children under the age of 1.

    2. Forward Facing Seats for children who outgrew the height or weight requirements for their rear-facing seat. This seating is required until the child reaches at least the age of 5.

    3. Booster Seats for children who outgrew the requirements of their forward-facing seat. Booster seats are needed until the seat belts fit properly.

    4. Adult Safety Belt for children who outgrew their booster seats and the seat belt fits properly.

  3. Follow traffic signals and make eye contact with the drivers before crossing the street.

Failure to follow car seat laws can result in injury, death and you may also be charged with a misdemeanor. Fines range from $25 – $250 depending on the severity.

What kind of car seat should I get?

There are a few qualifying factors that will help you pick out the perfect car seat.

Car Seat Qualifications

  • Don’t purchase a used car seat. Car seats undergo constant wear and tear. Older seat safety conditions may be compromised. If you do purchase a used car seat make sure you check the seat for the sticker with the manufacturer and expiry date.
  • Car seats always have proper labels and information to register the seat with the manufacturer. If the seat does not have labels, documents, or registration instructions the car seat may be faulty or counterfeit.
  • Make sure you follow all manufacturer instructions on how the car seat should be operated.
  • Additional safety features, like harnesses, are always a big plus when selecting a car seat. Make sure you do your research when selecting a car seat.
Unfortunately, accidents happen even if you take every safety precaution. If you or your child were injured in a car accident due to a negligible driver or a faulty car seat you’ll want to contact our personal injury attorneys immediately. The personal injury attorneys at The Hadi Law Firm are here to fight for you. We make sure you and your family are compensated properly for your accident and justice is served. Reach out to us at (832) 433-7977 today.

21Oct 2020

The increase in traffic collisions in Texas has forced lawmakers to institute various laws to help increase road safety for both drivers and pedestrians. In a state where the most popular form of transportation is cars can sometimes pose a challenge for pedestrians. Since most Texans drive they might not be familiar with laws pertaining to pedestrians. For example, a pedestrian has the right of way to cross when there is a crosswalk with a green light and a walk sign. But did you know that, if there is an intersection that has neither a traffic light nor a walk sign, the driver must still yield to the pedestrian?

When driving or walking it’s important to understand a few aspects of pedestrian-related laws.

  • Drivers must yield to pedestrians in marked/unmarked crosswalks.
  • Cars must yield to a pedestrian if they are approaching from a sidewalk that crosses a building, private road, or a driveway.
  • Pedestrians are required to yield to cars when crossing where there is no marked/unmarked crosswalk.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT) also has some pretty helpful tips for both pedestrians and drivers.

As a pedestrian

  1. Use the sidewalk when available, if there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  2. Cross at marked crosswalks and look both ways before crossing.
  3. Follow traffic signals and make eye contact with the drivers before crossing the street.

As a driver

  1. Reduce your speed when approaching crosswalks.
  2. Yield the right of way to pedestrians when turning.
  3. Stay alert at all times in the instance a pedestrian may walk across suddenly.
  4. Be careful and slow down when passing school buses, metros or stopped vehicles as people generally cross at those times.

Even when you abide by all the safety laws you or a loved one may fall victim to a pedestrian/car accident. If you or someone you know has been injured while crossing the street in Texas, reach out to the Hadi Law Firm at (832) 433-7977. Our personal injury attorneys have years of experience and will ensure proper compensation and justice for the injuries you or your loved one may have incurred.

14Oct 2020

Gross negligence is an extremely traumatic experience for many victims. Gross negligence basically means the reckless endangerment of the safety of others. Listed below are a few examples of gross negligence.

Actions include but are not limited to:

  • Speeding in a school zone where kids are on the crosswalk.
  • Doctor or medical professionals leaving medical equipment inside a patient.
  • Doctor or medical professionals prescribing medicine that a patient is allergic to.
  • Business owners knowingly selling harmful products.
  • Nursing home staff not properly caring for elders or residents.

Due to the severity of the consequences of gross negligence, victims are eligible to sue for punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages. The punitive damages are considered to serve as a punishment to the defendant.

To pursue a claim for gross negligence here in Texas, your case has to meet the following criteria listed below:

1-4 Elements of Negligence (Ordinary)

  1. Duty
  2. Breach
  3. Causation
  4. Damages

2-Objective Test

  1. Action taken by the defendant was of high risk which would have led to the severe harm of others.

3-Subjective Test

  1. The defendant was aware of the action they were taking and decided to willfully disregard the consequences

Once the claimant has checked off all the following criteria, they would need sufficient evidence to prove the following.

Here at the Hadi Law Firm, we can help you obtain the burden of proof and our experienced attorneys will prosecute on your behalf to the fullest degree. We will have our personal injury attorneys investigate the case and determine every detail of the case including who was at fault. Our attorneys will then gather evidence alongside any supplemental information and build an aggressive case.

If you feel you were the victim of gross negligence in Texas, reach out to The Hadi Law Firm at (832) 433-7977. Our seasoned team of personal injury attorneys are here to make sure you get the justice and compensation you deserve.

Click here to see more information on Gross Negligence in Texas.

7Oct 2020

If there’s one thing you should know after a car accident it’s that your insurance company is NOT on your side. Whether you’ve been severely injured or your car has been totaled, insurance companies, like Geico, have an arsenal of strategies to decrease or flat out deny your claim. In most cases, the denial letter for your claim is just the first step in their negotiation process. We were always told, “Hadi Law, you won’t change the insurance companies,” Until August 28, 2020.

The Hadi Law Firm recently initiated and assisted in a case against one of the largest insurance companies in America; Geico. Geico failed to pay claims to their client in a timely manner and when they did pay they neglected to pay the interest on late payments. We uncovered over 10000 first-party claims that were mishandled by GEICO. In many cases, although they knew there was coverage and the Insured was entitled to compensation, the case was closed. After a long investigation through the Texas Department of Insurance, Geico was forced to pay out $2,178,963 in claims and interests. They also had to pay a 3,000,000.00 administrative penalty, and Change their entire Claims Handling Process; Nationwide.

The Hadi Law Firm forced Geico to change its unethical practices. After this case, Geico had to implement systems, monitoring, process changes, and hired compliance personnel to address these allegations. The Hadi Law Firm has been fighting these large insurance companies since 2009.

Read more on GEICO at Don’t let the insurance companies take advantage of you. Give The Hadi Law Firm a call today and let us fight for you.