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Steps to follow after a rear end accident with an 18-wheeler in Texas

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Rear-end auto accidents with a semi-truck are among the most common. Due to the size of an 18-wheelers weight and size, it takes more time to stop a semi-truck than a regular car or truck. Often times, truck drivers don't give enough of a safety cushion between their rig and vehicles traveling ahead of them. This often can lead to increased rear-end accidents in Texas with 18-wheelers. Damages and losses resulting from rear-end collisions involving big rigs are usually severe because these heavy vehicles are as much as 40 times heavier than traditional passenger vehicles. What you should do at the scene of a rear-end accident involving an 18-wheeler Call the police Collect information about the driver Use your smartphone to take pictures of the scene showing the position of the vehicles involved Get the contact details of people that witnessed the accident Stay in a safe area while waiting for the police or medics to avoid being hit again. What should I do if I'm injured? If you have been injured by an 18-wheeler after a rear end accident, contact a trucking accident attorney in Corpus Christi at The Patel Firm PLLC. When clients retain our office after a rear end accident with an 18-wheeler in Corpus Christi, our Corpus Christi truck accident lawyers immediately deploy our team to preserve evidence so we can protect your rights. Click here for a free consultation to determine if you are eligible for compensation after an 18-wheeler accident in Texas. Generally, trucking companies are well prepared for eventualities like rear-end collisions. They have teams of trucking accident lawyers and insurance coverages in place to try...

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What’s Dram Shop Law and How Can it Effect an Auto Accident?

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After a Texas car accident, life can get turned upside down. Your property is ruined, your body is in pain, and you are likely looking for some smart advice from someone like an accident attorney in Corpus Christi. If you were hit by a drunk driver, it is imperative to speak to a Corpus Christi accident lawyer, because things like dram shop law might apply. When a car accident in Texas involves a crash with a  drunk driver, victims of drunk driving accidents and their families can file claims against the drunk driver for their injuries and property damage. In Texas though, victims can also bring an action against the bar under Texas dram shop law and argue that the restaurant or club that over served the driver was negligent, and therefore also responsible for the drunk driving accident. If you or a loved one have been hit by a drunk driver and the establishment where the drinking happened may also be at fault, contact an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer in Corpus Christi, Texas now to file a suit against through the dram shop law. Accident attorney in Corpus Christi Minesh J. Patel holds drunks accountable for their wrongdoing. Call The Patel Firm PLLC now. Dram Shop Law This law can be found in the second chapter of the Alcoholic Beverage Code. The law asserts that businesses selling liquor can be held responsible if: They overserve alcohol to obviously intoxicated persons and the driver’s intoxication was the proximate cause of a resulting drunk driving accident. With this law, victims of drunk driving accidents can sue liquor...

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Important Evidence You Need to Win an 18-Wheeler Accident Case

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In any auto accident case, getting relevant evidence as quickly as possible is critical to getting justice and compensation an injury victim deserves. After an auto accident with an 18 wheeler, it is even more crucial. Due to the nature of most Texas truck accidents, if you were involved in a Corpus Christi trucking accident, it is important to secure the representation of some of the best trucking accident attorneys in Corpus Christi that you can find. Start first by reviewing the article below, and make sure, that any trucking accident lawyer in Corpus Christi that you choose, is willing to go through the steps below to get you the compensation you deserve. Steps the Best 18 Wheeler Accident Attorneys in Corpus Christi take After a Trucking Accident The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations requires all commercial vehicle drivers to comply with safety laws designed to protect trucks driver and other road users. These safety requirements include obtaining a commercial driver’s license, hiring only trained and qualified drivers, complying with the maximum number of hours truckers can work, and ensuring the vehicles are in good condition before putting them on the roadways. The following are some of the ways the best 18-wheeler accident lawyers in Corpus Christi get vital evidence to win Texas truck accident cases: 1. Getting Data from Electronic Logging Devices A new rule by the Department of Transportation mandates the use of an Electronic Logging Devices to ensure strict compliance with the maximum hours of service. These devices replace the log books previously used, which many times are falsified by truck drivers. Ensure your Corpus Christi truck accident lawyers...

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The Patel Firm PLLC’s 2nd Annual Back To School Scholarship

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It's time to go back to school and The Patel Firm PLLC wants to help get a deserving student prepared for a successful school year! This is our 2nd annual back to school scholarship! We are giving away a $500 scholarship to help with school supplies, clothes, shoes and any other items needed for the 2019-2020 school year. The scholarship will be given to a randomly selected entrant on August 21st, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. We look forward to reviewing all the entries! Please visit our Facebook page to enter. About Us The Patel Firm PLLC is a personal injury law firm in Corpus Christi, Texas that represents injury victims after car accidents, truck accidents, and commercial vehicle accidents. Our personal injury lawyers in Corpus Christi also represent injury victims after oilfield accidents and work injuries. If you or a loved one are looking for a personal injury law firm in Corpus Christi with arguably some of the best accident attorneys in Corpus Christi, call The Patel Firm PLLC now. To learn more about our involvement in the community or our personal injury attorneys in Corpus Christi, click here.   ...

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How Much Is An 18-Wheeler Accident Worth?

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This is one of the most common questions we hear injury victims ask following a truck accident in Texas. Rightly so, because the expenses after an 18 wheeler accident in Texas are usually higher, and the damages much more significant, than any other type of auto accident. There are several factors that determine the worth of an 18-wheeler accident case, some of which will be discussed below. If you or a loved one have been injured in a Texas 18-wheeler accident and want to know the potential value of your matter call a truck accident attorney in Corpus Christi, Texas at The Patel Firm PLLC for a free consultation now. Important factors to consider when estimating the value of an 18-Wheeler accident The value of a Texas truck accident case varies depending on a number of factors that a truck accident lawyer in Corpus Christi Texas at The Patel Firm PLLC can explain in great detail. A couple of these reasons are listed below: 1) The 18-wheeler driver failed to abide by trucking safety rules- If safety rules are violated, they can cause massive 18-wheeler accidents. Every 18-wheeler driver must complete a pre-trip inspection. It is important to hire a truck accident attorney in Corpus Christi that has the means and assets to properly investigate, and potentially uncover a safety violation or pre-trip inspection violation. To learn more about the safety rules mandated for 18-wheeler drivers, click here. 2) The 18-wheeler accident caused serious injuries- Truck accidents are more likely to cause serious damage and severe injury because of the enormous weight of the 18-wheeler.  Some of these injuries include herniated discs, broken...

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The Effects of Alcohol on Drivers

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The effect of alcohol on drivers often depends on how fast, and how much alcohol is consumed. The more alcohol, the more that driver’s ability to drive safely is hampered. A CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) study reveals that even a relatively small intake of alcohol, resulting in BAC of 0.02 percent, can affect a person’s ability to visually follow a moving object or do two things simultaneously, for example talking and driving. Although, 0.08 percent is the legal BAC limit for vehicle operators in Texas and throughout the U.S., many have been arguing for it to be lowered.  A BAC of 0.08 percent is generally believed to seriously impair the ability of drivers to operate their vehicle safely. Poor muscle coordination, loss of balance, slower reaction time, slurred speech, loss of acuity in vision and hearing, difficulty in detecting danger, and impaired judgment, reasoning, and memory are some of the consequence of a  BAC of 0.08 percent. CDC studies show that once a BAC level of 0.10 percent is reached, drunk drivers lose their ability to stay in their lane and their reaction time is significantly reduced. Speech, coordination, and reasoning are also affected.  When a BAC of 0.15 percent is reached, there is significant impairment of motor coordination, balance and loss of good judgment. The person's speech will be substantially impaired as well as vision and hearing. The best car accident attorneys in Corpus Christi know how to use BAC against the drunk driver and argue for gross negligence. Drunk Driving in South Texas Drunk driving and drunk driving accidents happen regularly in South Texas. Drunk drivers in Corpus Christi, Texas...

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Injured in a Motorcycle Accident as a Passenger?

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Riding a motorcycle is increasingly popular in Texas. In 2017 alone, more than 364,690 motorcycles were registered in Texas — the sixth-highest in the country.  This undoubtedly leads to less desirable metric; More than 500 motorcycle accident fatalities are recorded every year in Texas – this number also includes motorcycle passengers. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident while riding as a passenger, you should speak to a motorcycle accident attorney in Texas now, as you may be entitled to financial compensation. Passengers are almost always innocent parties in accidents and have the ability to file a claim against the steering motorcycle rider, or the other vehicle that may have collided with them.  The help of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Texas can help determine who is liable for the accident and take the next steps necessary to work towards a resolution to your matter. Speak with an accident attorney in Corpus Christi, Texas now. How Motorcycle Passengers Get Injured Your Motorcyclist Is to Blame Motorcycle operators sometimes engage in dangerous stunts while on the road. These behaviors might be fun at first, but can lead to a serious motorcycle accident that puts both the rider and the passenger at risk. Reckless behaviors like speeding, running red lights, tailgating, and weaving through traffic can cause motorcyclists to lose control, hit stationary structures, or collide with other vehicles on the road. If the motorcycle operator is at fault, you can seek financial compensation for your damages by making a claim with the operator’s insurance company. The best way to start down the path to recover...

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The Patel Firm PLLC Recognized as a 2019 AIOPIA’S 10 Best in Texas For Client Satisfaction

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The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Texas’s Personal Injury Attorney Minesh J. Patel as 2019 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Personal Injury attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the "10 Best" list must pass AIOPIA's rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOPIA’s independent evaluation. AIOPIA's annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process. One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys' relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney's top priority, AIOPIA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Personal Injury Law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction. We congratulate Minesh J. Patel on this achievement and we are honored to have him as a 2019 AIOPIA Member. You can contact Minesh J. Patel directly at 361-400-2036 or www.thepatelfirm.com. ...

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The Patel Firm PLLC sponsors Petey’s Back to School Bash

The Patel Firm PLLC is proud to be a sponsor of Petey’s Back to School Bash 2019! Petey’s Back to School Bash is an annual event held by Project Turnaround of the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, a multi-facet organization that provides substance abuse treatment services and youth wellness programs for residents of the Coastal Bend. Petey’s Back to School Bash provides backpacks to the first 500 students, 1st-8th grade, in effort to get ready for the upcoming school year. If you or a loved one have been injured, contact the personal injury lawyers at The Patel Firm PLLC. Headquartered in Corpus Christi, Texas, The Corpus Christi accident attorneys at The Patel Firm PLLC are dedicated to pursuing justice on behalf of injury victims in the Coastal Bend. Contact us now. ...

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Risks of Riding a Motorcycle

Risks of Riding a Motorcycle

Serious accidents can still occur when motorcycle operators drive cautiously. These serious motorcycle accidents can be caused by negligence or recklessness of another driver, obstacle on the roadway, defective motorcycle part, and many other potential sources of harm. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident and you seek to recover compensation for your losses, contact a Corpus Christi motorcycle injury lawyer at The Patel Firm PLLC. We can help you get on the track to recovery, provide you legal representation, and determine the best strategy that will get you the financial compensation and justice that you deserve. Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents Negligent drivers: Motorcycle accidents in Texas are most times caused by negligence on the part of other drivers on the road. This includes car drivers, truck drivers, 18-wheeler or tractor trailer drivers, and other road users. Drivers exhibit negligent behaviors when they disobey traffic rules, disregard speed limits, run red lights, ignore right-of-way laws, and fail to comply with other laws of the road. Drunk or Impaired Drivers: Operating a motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering substances puts every road user at great risk. To learn more about how drunk driving can cause a drunk driving accident, click here to read our recent drunk driving blog. Dangerous road conditions: Hazardous road conditions are commonly seen at or around construction sites. Some roads are unsafe for driving due to defective road conditions like potholes, sinkholes, and uneven pavement. Roads become littered with debris like trees...

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Seeking Medical Help After a Texas Car Accident

Seeking Medical Help After a Texas Car Accident

Injuries resulting from car accidents in Texas can cause serious injuries. Often times, these injuries require prompt medical care. It is important to seek immediate medical treatment in a critical care facility whenever you are involved in any accident, even more, if you are involved in a car accident. Some victims of car accident in Texas often make the mistake of not seeing a medical professional because they feel they haven’t sustained any injury. This is not always so. Sometimes, symptoms of injuries may take longer time to surface and failing to treat it earlier on may worsen the injury. Another risk you bear when you fail to seek immediate medical attention is that you give the insurance company the impression that you are not injured. Following up on any prescribed treatment after an auto accident in Texas is crucial to build your case with critical evidence to present to an insurance company or jury. At the Patel Firm PLLC, we are familiar with the tricks insurance companies use to shortchange injury victims after car or truck accidents in Texas. Our car accident lawyers in Corpus Christi at The Patel Firm PLLC are tough, and will fight tooth and nail with the insurance company to get you the compensation you deserve.  are experienced enough to help you to obtain the financial compensation you deserve. What You Should Do After a Car Accident Seek prompt medical care Put a call through to 911 or ask someone to call them on your behalf If it’s impossible...

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Things You Should Ask Your Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Things You Should Ask Your Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

People who don’t ride motorcycles may find it difficult to believe that it is the way of life of some people and that, it is a cheaper means of transportation compared to a standard motor vehicle. Some people enjoy the freedom it brings on long stretches of road and favorable weather in Texas. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, about 8 in 10 of every motorcycle accidents cause serious injuries or even result in death while only 30% of all car accidents result in serious injuries. Whether the negligent driver was drunk, under the influence of drugs, distracted, or just driving recklessly, vehicles almost always cause extremely detrimental damage to motorcyclists. So, if you are injured in a motorcycle accident in Texas and you need to hire a Texas motorcycle accident lawyer, what are some things you should know? Payment Structure Even though personal injury lawyers in Texas don’t usually charge a fee for consultations, you should ask about their billing structure. Most Texas motorcycle accident victims have enough expenses to cover and many cannot afford adding the cost of hiring a lawyer. At The Patel Firm, a personal injury law firm in Corpus Christi, we understand that not everyone has the ability to pay a retainer and monthly fees, especially after possibly missing work, trying to get a vehicle fixed, and paying for medical bills. The personal injury lawyers in Corpus Christi at The Patel Firm PLLC strongly believe they can settle your case with a satisfactory settlement. This...

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Personal Injury and Drunk Driving in Texas

Personal Injury and Drunk Driving in Texas

Everyone in Texas knows that operating a vehicle impaired or drunk driving is dangerous and against the law. Yet, unspeakably, thousands of people are still arrested every year for drunk driving. What victims of Drunk Driving Accidents Should Know about Their Rights The huge consequence of drunk driving accidents in Texas can affect anyone from drivers, motorcyclist, pedestrians, passengers to other road users. Often, victims of drunk driving accidents are unfairly injured by drunk who take the wheel under the influence. It is unfair if after being hurt in an accident caused by someone else recklessness. If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident in Texas, speak to a DWI accident attorney in Corpus Christi, Texas at The Patel Firm PLLC. The Patel Firm PLLC is a personal injury law firm in Corpus Christi that employs Texas accident lawyers dedicated to fighting for victims injured by drunk drivers. Contact an accident lawyer in Corpus Christi now. Holding Drunk Drivers Liable for Personal Injuries Any time a vehicle operator gets behind the wheel in Texas, he or she assumes a legal obligation to adhere to a standard of reasonable care – known as a legal duty of care – to everyone on the road. Vehicle operators violate their duty of care when they drive carelessly, recklessly or negligently. Driving under the influence of alcohol and other mind-altering substances constitutes gross negligence. It is a deliberate choice to put other people’s safety at risk. There are strict punishments for impaired driving in Texas, in both...

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How do I hire the best Corpus Christi accident lawyer?

How do I hire the best Corpus Christi accident lawyer?

If you have been in a car accident in Corpus Christi or truck accident in Corpus Christi caused as a result of the negligence or carelessness of another person, you need to hire a Corpus Christi personal injury lawyer that is experienced and knowledgeable. Hiring a car wreck lawyer in Corpus Christi that has never worked a car wreck, is a bad idea. The best personal injury attorneys in Corpus Christi are knowledgeable and hardworking. Don’t settle for an injury lawyer in Corpus that will hurt your case. Good accident lawyers in Corpus Christi are respectful and professional in their dealings with the Court and their clients. If you are looking to hire a dependable, honest accident attorney in Corpus Christi for your personal injury case, ensure you ask the following important questions: #1: Is the Personal Injury Lawyer Experienced With your Kind of Injury? Although all accidents are unique, the best personal injury attorneys in Corpus Christi must be able to draw from experience in other to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries and damages. Make sure to ask if the accident lawyer you are thinking about hiring has dealt with your type of injury. #2: What are the injury lawyer’s previous clients saying? Ensure you do your due diligence before you hire any Corpus Christi accident attorney. This includes checking reviews from the injury lawyer’s previous clients, to see what they have to say. Satisfied clients usually leave positive reviews of the injury lawyer’s work. If you are interested in learning...

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How much is my Texas slip and fall case worth?

How much is my Texas slip and fall case worth?

How much is my Texas slip and fall case worth? The worth of any slip and fall injury case in Texas is dependent on the cause of the accident, the extent of the injuries sustained, and the party responsible for the accident. It will be impossible to estimate the exact worth of your case without assessing and understanding your case in detail. Monetary value is often placed on personal injury cases during settlement negotiations with the at-fault party or their insurance company. Hiring a Corpus Christi slip & fall accident lawyer after a slip & fall injury can help you better understand the factors that determine the value to your injury case and the factors that determine the outcome. A personal injury attorney in Corpus Christi can also help you prove the negligence of the at-fault party, gather evidence, and prove your injuries and damages. Factors That Determine the Value of Texas Slip and Fall Injury Cases The following factors can affect the worth of your slip and fall accident case: The Extent of Your Injuries: You may sustain serious injuries including traumatic brain injury, laceration, or bone fractures as a result of slip and fall accident. The severity of these injuries will determine the value of your case. Medical Expenses: You may be able to recover the expenses incurred on medical treatment, hospitalization, rehabilitation, and prescriptions. All expenses related to the injury will be considered when determining the value of your case. Loss of Income: You may need to take some time...

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Calculating Diminished Value After a Texas Car Accident

Calculating Diminished Value After a Texas Car Accident

Often times, after a Corpus Christi car accident, car wreck victims are wondering, what happens now that my vehicle has depreciated in value, at no fault of my own? To address this, your Corpus Christi personal injury lawyer should file a diminished value claim on your behalf. If you do not file a diminished value claim, or do not have a qualified personal injury lawyer in Corpus Christi who files the claim on your behalf, typically, insurers don’t put the effect the car accident had on the valuation of your car into consideration. Understanding the diminished value of your vehicle after a car accident in Corpus Christi will help you recover fair compensation for the impact of the accident on your vehicle’s value. In this blog, we will discuss diminished value in detail, and how a car accident attorney can help you recover your damages. What is the meaning of Diminished Value? The value of your car typically drops whenever you are involved in a car crash. In Texas, where accident history must be disclosed when selling a car, a documented crash can make reselling your car a hassle later down the road.  Many car buyers believe that a vehicle which has been involved in a crash is faulty or can lead to ongoing issues once it is repaired after a car accident. In short, the diminished value of your car is the value of your vehicle before an accident, minus its value after repair works are carried out. Insurance companies may sometimes refuse to...

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Texas Motorcyclists and Drunk Driving Accidents

Texas Motorcyclists and Drunk Driving Accidents

Motorcycle accidents involving a drunk driver are usually serious and sadly, often end in fatalities. When a driver is under the influence of alcohol, the driver’s cognitive functions required to properly operate a vehicle are severely hampered. Driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal in all 50 states. Even with harsh punishment and fines, Texas drunk driving accidents unfortunately still occur. If you have been affected by the negligence of a drunk driver when riding, be smart and speak to a drunk driving accident lawyer in Corpus Christi at The Patel Firm PLLC. While the fines and repercussions serve as a deterrent for some, the ones following the rules are often the most injured in drunk driving accidents. A minimum insurance policy in Texas will not be enough to adequately cover the expenses, damages, injuries, and losses resulting from serious motorcycle accidents. Thus, we advise motorcycle riders to purchase under insured motorist coverage to help cover costs that would otherwise be left outstanding in the instance of a motorcycle accident with a driver who carries a minimum policy. Speaking to a Corpus Christi accident attorney can help you make a determination of which insurance polices will be most beneficial to you. To learn more about insurance policy limits, click here. In terms of holding a drunk driver responsible for negligently causing a Texas auto accident, the victim has the option of filing a civil suit. A civil suit will hold the drunk driver responsible to financially compensate the injured victim of the...

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Defective Parts and Texas Motorcycle Accidents

Defective Parts and Texas Motorcycle Accidents

Texas motorcycle accident injury cases are never easy. It is difficult to point out the exact cause of most of many motorcycle accidents in Texas. Whether the at fault-party will accept blame after a motorcycle wreck in Texas is another story. After a Texas motorcycle accident, call a Texas motorcycle accident lawyer at The Patel Firm PLLC. Medical Evidence Can help you to win a Texas Motorcycle Accident Case Keeping medical records including medical history, care or treatments received, test results, diagnoses, and medications are taken, and the receipt of your medical expenses can make all the difference in your motorcycle accident case. These reports are significant when proving the degree of injuries suffered in a motorcycle wreck in Texas. The adrenaline rush can mask some serious injuries in the immediate aftermath of a motorcycle accident. Even if you don’t feel any pain after a motorcycle accident, it is important that you get checked by a medical professional to rule out the chance of any delayed injuries. Delayed injuries after a motorcycle accident can be in the form of mental trauma such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and memory loss. Victims of motorcycle accidents may have to make some life-long changes to their lifestyles. Time is of the essence when filing a motorcycle accident lawsuit in order to ensure evidence that back up your case are not destroyed. Speak to an awarding winning accident lawyer in Corpus Christi, Texas now. Common Causes of a Texas Motorcycle Accident Poor weather conditions Brake failure Faulty...

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Law Firm sponsors Gibson Elementary’s ACE Summer Program

The Patel Firm PLLC, a personal injury law firm in Corpus Christi, Texas, and its principal Corpus Christi personal injury lawyer, Minesh J. Patel recently donated supplies to the ACE Program at Gibson Elementary. The Texas Afterschool Centers on Education program, or Texas ACE Program, is a state funded, grant based system aimed at improving student performance, by providing supplemental enrichment programs such as after-school and summer school programs for students that may not otherwise have access to these activities. After finding out the Texas ACE Program at Gibson Elementary was underfunded and in need of replenishment for the Summer of 2019, Mr. Patel and his staff gifted the program brand new soccer balls, basketballs, footballs, puzzles and boardgames. When asked what motivated his donation, Mr. Patel said, “We enjoy the relationship we have built with Gibson Elementary over the last couple years. If the kids at Gibson need anything, we are only a phone call away, anytime.” If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident in Corpus Christi and need a Corpus Christi accident attorney, call the Corpus Christi injury lawyers at The Patel Firm PLLC now. 24/7/365, someone at our Corpus Christi personal injury law firm is ready and waiting to take your call. Contact us now. ...

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Winning A Texas Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit

Winning A Texas Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit

Texas motorcycle accident injury cases are never easy. It is difficult to point out the exact cause of most of many motorcycle accidents in Texas. Whether the at fault-party will accept blame after a motorcycle wreck in Texas is another story. After a Texas motorcycle accident, call a Texas motorcycle accident lawyer at The Patel Firm PLLC. Medical Evidence Can help you to win a Texas Motorcycle Accident Case Keeping medical records including medical history, care or treatments received, test results, diagnoses, and medications taken, and the receipt of your medical expenses can make all the difference in your motorcycle accident case. These reports are significant when proving the degree of injuries suffered in a motorcycle wreck in Texas. The adrenaline rush can mask some serious injuries in the immediate aftermath of a motorcycle accident. Even if you don’t feel any pain after a motorcycle accident, it is important that you get checked by a medical professional to rule out the chance of any delayed injuries. Delayed injuries after a motorcycle accident can be in the form of mental trauma such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and memory loss. Victims of motorcycle accidents may have to make some life-long changes to their lifestyles. Time is of the essence when filing a motorcycle accident lawsuit in order to ensure evidence that back up your case are not destroyed. Speak to an awarding winning accident lawyer in Corpus Christi, Texas now. Common Causes of a Texas Motorcycle Accident Poor weather conditions Brake failure Faulty tires ...

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Benefits of Hiring a Texas Wrongful Death Accident Attorney

Benefits of Hiring a Texas Wrongful Death Accident Attorney

It’s a devastating moment in time when a loved is lost due to another person’s negligence after a deadly Texas car accident or truck accident. Whether the wrongdoer who caused the loss was drunk, distracted, or driving recklessly, losing a loved one after a car accident in Texas can be devastating. Elevated emotions are difficult to cope with but adding on the stress of unexpected expenses can give one the feeling of utter helplessness. When weighing your options of obtaining legal representation for a car accident in Texas, it is important to understand that a Texas personal injury lawyer in Corpus Christi, Texas with experience in handing wrongful death claims can assist you in getting rightful compensation and justice for the loss of your loved one. If the cost of legal representation is holding you back from hiring a Texas personal injury attorney, the accident attorneys at Corpus Christi personal injury law firm, The Patel Firm PLLC, only recover legal fees if we are able to reach a favorable settlement on your behalf. Our clients do not pay up front fees or make monthly payments. If you and your family need to speak to a Texas accident lawyer after a wrongful death incident, contact The Patel Firm PLLC now. Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Texas? Wrongful death, as the name implies, is the death of a loved one due to negligence or wrongful actions of another person. In Texas, the following relatives can file a wrongful death claim: Parents ...

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Company Vehicle Accident Distinctions

Company Vehicle Accident Distinctions

Work vehicles are involved in hundreds of car accidents every day across the United States. Although the aftermath of these accidents can be somewhat similar to a car accident with an individual person, it is important to note major distinctions. Contacting a personal injury lawyer after an accident with a work vehicle will help in protecting your rights and strengthening your claim against the company and their insurance carrier. Personal injury attorneys are experienced in working with companies and their insurance carriers, and know what needs to be done to early on in the case to preserve evidence. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a company vehicle, a personal injury lawyer at The Patel Firm PLLC may be able to assist you in recovering financial compensation for your damages and injuries. Insurance Coverage One difference to note when you are involved in a work vehicle accident is insurance coverage. In a regular car accident case, most drivers carry only the minimum insurance coverage policy, which is $30,000 in Texas. However, insurance policies owned by most companies are usually much higher than the minimum amount and can be as high as $1,000,000 or more. The insurance policy is higher for company vehicles because most company vehicles are larger than standard vehicles and can cause more damage if involved in a vehicle accident. Who gets sued? In most civil lawsuits, both the employee driving the work vehicle and the company they work for are listed as defendants. This is done because employers are responsible...

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Where do slip and fall accidents commonly occur?

Where do slip and fall accidents commonly occur?

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. However, they occur more often in some locations than others. You should know that the location of your slip and fall accident will have some impact on how you will go about pursuing compensation for your damages and injuries. It is therefore essential that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your rights and interests. If you would like to learn more about what premise liability is, and how it can affect your slip and fall matter, click here.   Common Locations Where Slip and Fall Accidents Frequently Occur Restaurants and Hotels: It is important that you immediately inform the hotel or restaurant about your slip and fall accident. Most times, an employee with have you fill out a written incident report for the business’s record. Hiring an attorney that specializes in slip and fall accidents will know the initial steps to take in preserving as much evidence as possible.  If you fell at a restaurant in Corpus Christi, contact us now. Grocery stores: Slip and fall accidents are very common in grocery stores. A customer can easily spill fluids on the floor and if care is not taken, it can cause slip and fall accident for other patrons of the store. Proving responsibility in this scenario can be difficult, but with the help of a Corpus Christi personal injury lawyer, video evidence can be recovered to determine responsibility. If you have been injured after falling at a grocery store...

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Why a well-functioning 18-wheeler trailer is important

Why a well-functioning 18-wheeler trailer is important

The trailer is the cargo-part of an articulated truck and usually bears the most stress in the combination. It is therefore important to maintain and keep the tractor in an optimal condition to prevent tractor-trailer accidents. Despite the fact that these trailers carry tons of weight, many trucking companies fail to properly care for their trailers, which could lead to disastrous trucking accidents on our roadways. The hardships after an accident with a tractor trailer may seem unbearable, but the help of an experienced trucking accident attorney can help relieve a significant amount of the burden. If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident call a Corpus Christi personal injury lawyer at The Patel Firm PLLC today. Our Corpus Christi accident attorneys will hold negligent truck owners responsible for the damages they cause to you and your family. Trailers are More Than Just A Compartment on Wheels It is easy to dismiss the trailer as just the container pulled by the truck portion of the tractor trailer unit. While this is partly true, a trailer is so much more than that. Trailers usually have braking and electrical systems different from the rest of the unit, and up to 8 wheels of the vehicle are attached to this part of the unit. Failure to maintain these parts can affect the whole vehicle and cause deadly truck accidents. An experienced personal injury lawyer can reconstruct the accident and consult with experts to determine the specific malfunction. The Basics of Trailer Maintenance Apart from having no...

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What happens after a car accident with a commercial vehicle?

What happens after a car accident with a commercial vehicle?

In this blog, we will discuss Texas car accidents with commercial vehicles. In this context, commercial vehicle refers to any vehicle owned by a business. It could be an 18-wheeler, a car, an SUV, a truck or any other type of vehicle owned by a company. Below, we will consider the different scenarios that could arise after a car accident in Texas with a commercial vehicle accident, and issues you could possibly encounter after a commercial vehicle accident in Texas. If you have been involved in a commercial vehicle car accident, speak to a commercial vehicle accident attorney in Corpus Christi at The Patel Firm PLLC now. When can you hold a business responsible for a car accident? A business can be held responsible for a car accident in Texas if the auto accident was caused by a company-owned vehicle driven by an employee who was on the clock when the accident happened. In this case, the business is liable because they are responsible for the actions of their employees within the scope of their employment. There are some exceptions to this rule. For instance, if the employee operated outside the scope of his work – maybe he used the vehicle to run a personal errand or he is off job – then, the business may escape being held liable. Let’s consider other commercial vehicle accident scenarios: Somebody Else Driving a Business’ Vehicle with The Business’ Permission: As long as the driver has been granted permission by the business, the business can be held responsible...

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Common Truck Maintenance Violations & Texas Truck Accidents

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Commercial Trucks travel all over Texas, covering thousands of miles throughout their lifetime and should be kept in the best condition possible to avoid devastating accidents. To drastically reduce the occurrence of truck accidents in Texas and all over the country caused by poor maintenance, certain truck maintenance requirements are put in place by regulators like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and every truck owner and driver are expected to adhere to these requirements in order to prevent mechanical faults that can lead to Texas 18-wheeler accidents. However, many truck drivers and companies do not comply with the safety regulations which leads to vehicle maintenance violations being one of the most common causes of truck accidents in recent years. A commercial truck accident in Texas can cause serious damages to you and your property which makes hiring a Texas personal injury lawyer a top priority after a car accident in Texas or truck accident in Texas. A Corpus Christi accident attorney from The Patel Firm PLLC can help you secure the justice you deserve after a Texas 18-wheeler accident with a poorly maintained tractor-trailer. Contact a 18-wheeler accident lawyer in Corpus Christi, Texas now.   Common Tractor-trailer Maintenance Safety Violations The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates, 20 percent of all commercial trucks on US highways violate at least one safety maintenance requirement. Even though inspections are carried out often on the roadways, trucks are still being pulled over every day for violating these safety requirements.  The most common safety...

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Sleep Related Issues and Trucking Accidents

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Sleep Related Issues and Trucking Accidents  According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety, one of the most common causes of truck accidents is fatigue. When truck drivers deprive themselves sleep, their ability to react and make good judgment calls becomes seriously compromised. As a result of the alarming number of accidents caused by fatigue and sleep deprivation, laws related to Hours of Service (HOS) are becoming more strict and require that truck drivers make enough time to rest and sleep. A lot has been said about the HOS regulation regarding the 34-Hour Restart period. While many in the industry feel that this rule isn’t accurate, others simply disagree. It is, however, important to know that this is not the only sleep-related issue that is being observed by safety advocates in the industry. It is important to remember that trucking accidents can be complex and it is best to contact a Corpus Christi trucking accident lawyer as soon as possible. A Corpus Christi trucking accident attorney is experienced in obtaining important information needed immediately after an accident. Lack of Sleep And Truck Accidents Thousands of people are killed every year in the United States as a result of truck accidents. In 2017 alone 4,102 fatalities were recorded. An astonishing 20 percent of these accidents are related to truck driver fatigue. These alarming statistics show that truck drivers in America are just not getting enough rest and sleep, and this is often due to their busy schedules and tight deadlines. HOS Regulations and the 34-Hour Restart Rule To drastically...

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Corpus Christi Personal Injury Law Firm Recognized With America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigator Award

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Corpus Christi Personal Injury Law Firm Recognized With America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigator Award  The Patel Firm, PLLC – Corpus Christi Personal Injury Law Firm is pleased to announce that Mr. Minesh J. Patel, the firm’s principal attorney, has been awarded the America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigator award for his continuous success in high stakes legal matters. Selection of the award is by invitation only and is used to distinguish America’s exceptional trial lawyers in high stakes, high value legal matters. For consideration, a lawyer must have litigated a matter with at least $2,000,000 in alleged damages. Consideration is also based on the candidate’s professional experience, case results, and community impact. The top 100 qualifying lawyers in each state are selected to receive the honor, and less than .5% of practicing lawyers in America will be selected. From our office staff to our past and present clients, we are grateful for all who helped make this possible. At The Patel Firm, PLLC we strive to deliver the best personal injury legal experience we can provide, and the hard work and dedication of our Corpus Christi personal injury attorneys help make that a reality. For more information about America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, click here to visit their official website. Serious injuries deserve serious representation. The personal injury lawyers at The Patel Firm PLLC are experienced in handling many types of injury cases. If you, a family member, or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, trucking accident,...

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Mistakes to Avoid After a Texas Truck Accident

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Mistakes to Avoid After a Texas Truck Accident The aftermath of a trucking accident is as much scary as it is confusing. Victims often have to deal with the new reality and the injuries sustained in the accident which may require urgent medical treatment. Events like this tend to be overwhelming and can lead to mistakes or missteps early on that wouldn't have otherwise happened. In the event of a trucking accident in Corpus Christi, Texas, or a trucking accident anywhere else in Texas, it is important to hire the services of a qualified Corpus Christi truck accident lawyer to ensure insurance companies do not short-change you. The following mistakes should be avoided after a Texas big rig accident. Refusing medical treatment: it will be difficult to prove that the injuries or symptoms you discovered days or weeks after the accident is actually related to the accident if you decline medical treatment immediately after the wreck. Medical records documented based on doctor findings after a trucking accident can go a long way to help your case. Not calling the police: Even if nobody sustains any major injury after your trucking accident, it is essential you call the police to the scene of the accident. The police will assess the situation, interview witnesses and document a report that becomes the basis of any lawsuit that follows. Click here for information about how to get a police report after a Corpus Christi car accident.  Watch the video below to learn more about why a police report...

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Federal Regulations and Commercial Truck Accidents

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Trucking companies are bound by strict federal regulations which can make any eventual claim following a Texas trucking accident complicated. Due to these regulations, truck accidents in Corpus Christi, Texas or a truck accident anywhere else in Texas can result in complex legal cases that require the expertise of a qualified Corpus Christi truck accident attorney. Victims of truck wrecks in Texas, especially those who were in smaller passenger vehicles when they were hit by an 18-wheeler or large truck, have a good chance of getting the best resolution when they seek the help of a skilled truck accident lawyer in Corpus Christi, Texas from The Patel Firm PLLC. A truck accident attorney in Corpus Christi from The Patel Firm PLLC, will have thorough understanding of the trucking industry, and how to best represent you and your family following a truck accident in Corpus Christi, Texas or anywhere else in the state. Speak to an 18 wheeler accident lawyer in Corpus Christi, Texas now. Why are these regulations put in place? Big rigs and 18-wheelers are far more difficult to drive than normal passenger vehicles. They are the largest and heaviest vehicles on our roadways and require special licensing and bigger insurance policies. A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Now imagine a speeding 18-wheeler, driving at speeds up to 70 MPH or higher- the likelihood of a Texas car accident resulting in a devastating loss is very real. Many truck drivers and companies do not adhere to Federal...

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