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More often than not, car accidents are caused by at least one negligent driver, but in a few rare instances, the drivers of all involved vehicles could have been operating with complete care and still end up in a crash. How can that be? Some car accidents are the result of unsafe road conditions, which can result in serious injuries or even fatalities. When this occurs, people want to know: Who is at fault?

In cases that involve one negligent driver, it can be easy to determine liability, but when an unsafe road condition causes the accident, liability may be a little tougher to prove. Depending on the nature of the hazard, a manufacturer, architect, construction crew, or even the government may be held responsible. How do you determine which it is?

If you were involved in a car accident caused by an unsafe road condition, the best thing you can do for your car accident case is to hire an experienced Dallas car accident attorney. At Clark Law Group, our attorneys employ a number of investigative procedures to determine fault and come up with enough evidence to build a compelling case.

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On the morning of November 4, 2017, a seemingly normal Sunday morning for the residents of Sutherland Springs, a rural town east of San Antonio, a lone gunman clad in all black opened fire in the First Baptist Church. The service began at 11 am, and not long after the final parishioner had taken his seat, the first shots were fired. 23 people were killed within a span of 20 minutes; two died outside of the church and one later died in the hospital. 20 more were wounded.

The gunman, Devin Kelly, used an AR-15, which are covered by the federal assault weapons ban of 1994. In 2004, the ban expired, and since then, the country has seen a surge in the purchase of the semiautomatic riflea. The weapon is dangerous in just about anyone's hands, but when placed of the hands of someone like Kelly with a known violent history, such a weapon can be deadly.

Air Force Messes Up in a Big Way

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While there is no law stating that you must hire a personal injury attorney to help you with your personal injury claim, failing to hire an attorney may cost you your case. Hiring a Dallas personal injury attorney will cost you nothing up front, but your chances of winning the desired settlement increase as much as 300% with an experienced attorney on your side. If that is not reason enough to seek legal representation, a lawyer will handle all of the negotiations, paperwork, and stress of a claim on your behalf, and if it comes down to it, he or she will fight for your right to compensation before judge and jury. If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else's negligence in Dallas, Texas, consider the points in this post before making your final decision about hiring a lawyer.

Attorneys Will Not Take on Cases They do Not Believe They can Win

First, it is important to note that knowledgeable personal injury lawyers will not take on cases that they do not believe they can win. Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that they do not get paid unless you do. For this reason, it is always smart to at least consult with an attorney before proceeding with a claim, as an attorney can give you a good idea of what type of outcome to expect. With an idea of what to expect, you can know how much, if any, time and resources you should dedicate to the case.

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According to AAA, drivers under the age of 18 are three times more likely to be in a fatal car wreck than adults. This is especially the case during the summer months-between Memorial Day and Labor Day, dubbed the 'Deadliest 100 Days'-as novice and teen drivers flood the streets with abandon. The foundation's study found that inexperience teamed with greater exposure to the road create a fatal combination for teen drivers. Moreover, the foundation also found that teens between the ages of 16 and 17 are:

  • Nine times more likely than adult drivers to be involved in an accident;
  • Six times more likely than adult drivers to be involved in a fatal accident;
  • Five times more likely than adult drivers between the ages 30-59 to be involved in an accident; and
  • Two times more likely than adult drivers between the ages 30-59 to be involved in a fatal accident.

Though teens are not technically adults, and though most parents' insurance covers their teen drivers, an adolescent who causes a car accident in Dallas can still be held legally liable for the damage he or she causes. At Clark Law Group, our Dallas car accident lawyers want to help you keep your teen drivers safe from both accidents and from legal liability. This post is meant to help you do both.

Common Causes of Teen Accidents

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We often hear about 18-wheeler accidents involving small, non-commercial vehicles, but it is not every day that we hear about dual big rig accidents, or even accidents involving more than two commercial vehicles, but that does not mean that they do not happen. Just last month in Castro Valley, California, two big rigs slammed into each other, resulting in one fatality and the closure of Interstate 580. In August in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, one semi jack-knifed into the left lane, sending large pieces of the barrier into the southbound lanes. A second semi struck the first and then a third semi-this time coming from the south-struck the barrier that the original semi had pushed over, causing it to collide with the other two. Fortunately, all three drivers sustained only minor injuries and no other smaller vehicles were involved. The point is, dual semi accidents do happen, and when they do, they can become very dangerous very quickly.

At Clark Law Group, we help the victims of 18-wheeler accidents fight for their rights for compensation, but what happens when the only vehicles involved were semis?

Are Injuries Covered by Workers' Compensation?

Most people would assume that workers' compensation would cover the injuries sustained in dual 18-wheeler accidents, and while that is true for injured drivers who are employed by larger trucking companies, it is not the case for sole proprietors or owner-operators. For one thing, business owners are not required to carry workers' compensation in Texas, but even if they were, sole proprietors and owner-operators would still not be required to obtain coverage. So, if a dual big rig accident happened between two freelance drivers, how can the injured driver recover compensation from the at-fault party?

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