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Defenses that may be possible when facing drug charges in Texas

Laws in our state and the rest of the country are strict when it comes to the prosecution of individuals facing drug charges. As people in and around New Braunfels know, our state has a long international border, which means that an innocent person may get entangled in drug-related investigations, sometimes because they live in the vicinity of drug dealers or because their paths accidentally crossed with someone who is involved in the drug trade. Irrespective of the reason, it sure is a lot of harassment for any person.

It is for this reason that it is imperative for those innocent people, who have been charged with a drug-related offense, to seek adequate legal defense as soon as possible. After engaging a defense attorney, the first step for the accused is to narrate the facts of the case as they happened so that the attorney can determine that defenses would suit the circumstances of the case of that particular accused.

Concussion diagnosis and treatment: Protect against more trouble

If you have reason to believe you've suffered a brain injury, such as a concussion, it's critical to receive immediate medical attention. For example, if you were injured in a car accident, move to safety and call 911 to request an ambulance.

A concussion is not the most serious brain injury, but it's dangerous enough to alter your life.

Recovery from some kinds of spinal injuries is possible

Other than brain injuries, spinal cord injuries may be the most feared and potentially debilitating of all major injuries associated with motor vehicle collisions. Your spinal cord is the conduit that allows your brain to communicate with the rest of your body. Spinal cord injuries can impede or completely disrupt the ability of your brain to communicate with the nerves throughout your body.

While most people understand the basic idea that the spinal cord plays a critical role in motor function, few people understand spinal cord injuries and the impact they have on your life. While total or complete spinal cord injuries are typically permanent, partial spinal cord injuries that involve pinching, cutting or tearing of the spinal cord without fully severing it may offer an opportunity for future recovery.

What are the legal elements of a wrongful death lawsuit?

According to Title 4, Chapter 71, of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, a party is liable for paying damages arising from an injury that causes an individual's death, provided that the injury was caused by a wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness or default. It is based on this statute that wrongful death lawsuits are filed in our state. To understand the law more clearly, one needs to know break down the various elements that are a part of bringing a wrongful death action.

Obviously, the first and foremost element of a wrongful death lawsuit is the death of an individual. Next, the death must have occurred either as a result of negligence on someone else's part or as a result of someone else's intent to cause harm. The next element is the survival of a family member of the deceased who is suffering emotional and financial distress as a result of the death. Last, but not the least, there has to be an appointed personal representative, a family member or someone else, of the decadent's estate.

Federal law prohibits truckers from texting and driving

It is common for truck accidents victims to sustain serious injuries or even lose their lives. Like in cases of car accidents, a major reason behind truck accidents is distracted driving, and in today's age, the cell phone is the most common distraction while driving. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration understand the consequences of cell phone distractions and have been implemented rules pertaining to truckers and their use of cell phones.

As many Texas residents may know, FMCSA studies have found that a commercial vehicle driver is 23.2 time more likely to be involved in an accident if that driver is texting while driving. Additionally, the FMCSA pointed out that truck drivers who dial a mobile phone are six times more likely to be involved in a crash. The FMCSA also pointed out that truck drivers who text while they are driving, take their eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds on average, which means that if a truck is moving at 55 mph, the driver's eyes are off the road for a distance which is approximately as long as the length of a football field.

You should always fight against drug possession charges

Drug possession charges are a serious matter, especially for individuals who are still young and establishing themselves. Many college students, for instance, catch drug possession charges that derail their education and burden them with a criminal record that makes it difficult to find strong employment and housing.

If you or someone you know recently received drug charges, you must begin building your legal defense as soon as possible. The law only allows defendants a small window of time to prepare their defense and review the evidence against them, so the longer you wait to begin building, the more difficult it is to protect your rights and your future.

Someone else's negligence can cause brain injuries

It probably goes without saying that the brain is the single-most important organ in the body. Therefore, if someone sustains a brain injury, it can wreak havoc in that person's life. Unfortunately, there are many ways in which someone can sustain a brain injury. For example, we know of many professional football players who suffered a traumatic brain injury while playing. Again, children can suffer a brain injury at the time of delivery. Yet again, one can suffer a brain injury after being involved in an auto accident.

It is true that there are many brain injuries for which no one else but the victim is responsible, but there are also many cases when another person or party can be held responsible for a brain injury. In those types of cases, brain injury victims and their families in and around New Braunfels, Texas, should know that they have the right to pursue legal recourse. This holds true especially for those families in which the victim was the breadwinner and without his or her earnings, the family would suffer the most.

Crash involving stolen vehicle kills man

A death in the family is always difficult to come to terms with. In fact, it is more difficult when the person killed is young and has the rest of their life in front of them. The reality gets harder to accept when that death is due to the negligence of someone else. A recent fatal car accident is an example of one such unexpected loss.

According to news reports, a 34-year-old man was killed after being involved in a five-car crash in nearby San Antonio. The passengers in his car were also injured and were transferred to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The incident occurred when an 18-year-old man, who was driving a stolen car that was being chased by police, caused a crash that involved four other vehicles. The driver of the stolen car was arrested and is facing charges for murder in addition to charges for car theft and evading arrest.

3 things to remember during a DWI stop

Summer in New Braunfels usually means regular weekend trips to the Guadalupe or Comal River for some tubing. On any given weekend, these areas are filled with people from Austin to San Antonio enjoying the cooling effects of the water and drinking beer.

However, there is also a fairly strong police presence on these rivers and many visitors find themselves in handcuffs after a fun-filled day. Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a common charge that many people face after spending the day on the river.

Do you know the top causes of commercial truck accidents?

When driving, you won't have to look far to spot a commercial truck. In fact, if you find yourself on the highway, theses vehicles may surround you.

Understanding the top causes of commercial truck accidents can go a long way in keeping you safe.

  • Inadequate training: If truckers don't receive the proper training, such as on safety techniques, they're more likely to cause an accident.
  • Driving under the influence: Drugs, alcohol and prescription medication make it difficult for a trucker to focus on the road and make sound decisions.
  • Drowsy driving: Truckers are notorious for driving when tired, as they spend many hours behind the wheel.
  • Reckless driving: This takes on many forms, with excessive speeding and illegal passing among the most common.
  • Unrealistic schedule: When a trucking company implements an unrealistic schedule, a trucker is more likely to speed, violate other rules of the road and neglect to stop for sleep.
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