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Establishing negligence per se

Texas and federal laws provide that those who cause harm to others through their own negligence should be held liable for the damages they caused. Therefore, a person seeking compensation in a personal injury lawsuit typically must prove the other party caused the accident through negligence.

Sometimes, proving negligence is not easy. It requires gathering evidence of how the other party behaved before the accident, how that activity resulted in the accident, and how a reasonable person would have acted under the same circumstances, and more. However, a legal concept known as negligence per se can sometimes help people bypass some of these requirements.

How reliable are drug-sniffing dogs?

There is a reason that dogs are called “man’s best friend.” More than any other animal, dogs have evolved to be in close companionship with humans, work alongside them, and intuitively read their facial and body language. For these reasons, dogs are more than just pets. They can be trained to do everything from helping those with disabilities to fighting crime.

Unfortunately, dogs may not be as reliable as we think when it comes to a particular crime-fighting tool: sniffing out drugs. According to a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, there are very real problems with the way police dogs are used to justify warrantless searches.

Don't discount your emotional trauma after an accident

There may be no words to describe the shock and horror you felt when a tractor-trailer veered into your lane and collided with your vehicle. You may awaken at night, still hearing the sounds of the crash, seeing your world spinning around and feeling the pain of your injuries. Perhaps you watched a loved one die in the accident.

Undoubtedly, what followed was a long period of recovery and readjustment. You may have needed one or more surgeries, extensive hospitalization, and physical therapy to regain mobility and strength. You may have attended the funeral of your loved one if you were physically able. As time passes, your body may heal, but some wounds continue to remind you of what you have lost.


The legal team at the Kyle Law Firm in Texas understands that probation may be confusing for people who find themselves in the criminal justice system. According to the Texas statutes, if you qualify for community supervision, the court may defer criminal proceedings or suspend some or all of a sentence and place you in a program with conditions you must meet.


When the sun sets in Texas, you may still be out running errands, traveling home from work or going out with friends. You face a greater risk of being killed or injured in a catastrophic car accident while driving at night. According to the National Safety Council, people are three times more likely to lose their lives in a car accident at night than they are during the day. It is crucial that you understand why these accidents are more likely to occur so that you can possibly avoid being involved in one. 

A Strong Defense Is Necessary When Facing Identity Theft Charges

Identity theft is a type of white collar crime, and it can bring serious penalties for those convicted of this type of criminal activity. If you are facing identity theft or another type of internet crime, you understand there is a lot at stake and a strong defense is crucial.

White collar crimes are not violent, and it may seem like no one actually gets hurt because much of it takes place online. However, these charges are quite serious, and it is wise to start developing a strong defense strategy. Identity theft is a criminal act that involves using another person's information or access to private information for financial gain. In many cases, identity theft involves someone opening up credit accounts in another person's name.

How do truck accident lawyers get paid?

If you spend any time thinking about the Texas legal process, you have probably realized that the law is a profession. Attorneys must charge you for their services in most cases. 

It is simple enough to state that any lawyers would probably receive money for their services of advising you about an accident injury and representing your interests in negotiations, investigations and trials. Determining when and how your representatives would get paid is a bit more complicated.

Fatigue is a common problem for long-haul truck drivers

Did you know that experts recommend at least seven hours of sleep per night for adults? You may be thinking that you wouldn't know what to do with that much sleep. You might actually feel rested and not need that second cup of coffee in the morning.

These days, sleep almost seems like a luxury. Life moves at a fast pace, and there is always another task to be completed. If you find yourself yawning a bit more as you drive home after work, you can only imagine how tired the average long-haul truck driver may be in that big rig next to you.

Could participating in drug court help you avoid jail?

As a Texas resident facing a drug-related criminal charge, you may be fearful of having to potentially spend time in jail. While, for many drug offenders, jail time is an unavoidable reality, you may, depending on certain circumstances, be able to enroll in a drug court program instead of having to spend time behind bars.

Not everyone is a good candidate for drug courts, and they are not yet available in all geographic areas, but if you are facing a nonviolent drug-related criminal charge, participating in drug court may help you avoid jail. Drug court programs, per the National Institute of Justice, offer numerous benefits for drug addicts as well as their communities. The notion behind drug court programs is that they strike an important balance between holding criminal offenders accountable for their actions and giving them the resources they need to beat their addictions. Because drug addiction is frequently the root of criminal behavior, many believe that treating addiction will lead to a reduction in crime rates.

Injured child? Call 911 after a car accident

The idea of your child facing any type of medical emergency is undoubtedly frightening. You likely hope that in the moment you will stay calm and know exactly what to do, but that may not end up as the reality of the situation. Accidents can happen at any time, and you could understandably find yourself caught off guard.

Though you would certainly rather your child never suffer any type of serious injury, it can happen in an instant. In particular, you may find yourself involved in a serious car accident due to the actions of another driver, and your child could suffer considerably. In such a scenario, calling for emergency services is vital.

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