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On November 7, 1932, the Supreme Court came to a landmark decision that would change the way in which criminal cases were treated thereafter. In that case, Powell v. Alabama 287 U.S. 45 (1932), the court laid out the basic due process requirements of a fair trial, including the right to effective counsel, adequate time to prepare a case, and a fair hearing. This decision signaled a significant change in the way criminal defendants would be treated in this country from here on out.

The Case That Changed History

It all started on March 25, 1931, with a fight between a group of poor black boys and poor white boys broke out aboard a freight train. Neither group of boys had paid for their tickets, and when the train stopped next, all but one white boy was thrown off just over the Alabama state line. When they got off, the group of white boys promptly informed law enforcement of the incident, and all nine black youths were detained when they reached the town of Scottsboro, Alabama. These nine youth-ranging in age from 12 to 20-would eventually become known as the Scottsboro Boys.

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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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Student loans can put a lot of stress on a marriage, but that stress can be amplified when divorce rolls around and those student loans are still not settled. Despite popular belief, the person who owns the student debt may not be fully responsible for paying them off once the divorce is final. While this is usually the case in instances when the debt was incurred before the union, it is not so in instances in which the loans were taken out during the course of the marriage.

At Clark Law Group, our Dallas debt allocation attorneys understand that dividing student debt can be complicated, if not a little bit frustrating. In a simple world, the debt would go to the person who directly benefited from the education-the student-and the other spouse would walk away without obligation. However, we do not live in a simple world, and oftentimes, student debt is acquired to help one or both spouses advance their careers-which is for the betterment of the family unit. This post was designed to help you better understand how and why you may be responsible for all of your own student loans or part of your future former spouse's student loans, and what you can do to lessen your financial burden.

Factors That May Affect Your Financial Responsibility

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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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