Correctional officer hires VB Attorneys to hold trucking company accountable for wreck

MidTex Oil, LP, Rush Truck Leasing, and Michael Ray Simpson have been sued by a correctional officer after a wreck.

On January 11, 2019, Michael Ray Simpson was driving an 18-wheeler for his employer, MidTex Oil, when he unsafely changed lanes into our client’s car on a public highway in Houston. He did not stop to render aid, committing a hit and run. He continued driving until our client flagged him down at a gas station miles down the road.

While asking Mr. Simpson about the wreck, our client learned he was wearing earbuds while driving at the time of the wreck. She was also asked by Mr. Simpson to not call the police or file a crash report.

Rush Truck Leasing leased the truck to MidTex Oil.

Trucking companies must follow federal safety laws to keep the rest of us safe

Millions of 18-wheelers, tractor trailers, and commercial trucks share the road with us every day in the United States. That’s why trucking companies and truck drivers must follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s rules as well as state safety laws. When companies and professional truck drivers don’t follow these laws, we pay the price.

Our client has suffered multiple severe injuries because of this crash. The lawsuit alleges that the professional truck driver failed to:

  • maintain a proper lookout
  • stop and render aid
  • bring his vehicle to a stop before it collided with our client’s vehicle
  • operate his vehicle in a safe manner

These are a few of the lawsuit’s allegations against the driver. The lawsuit alleges MidTex and Rush Truck Leasing knew or should have known that the truck driver, Mr. Simpson, “was unskilled, incompetent, and a reckless driver.”

The lawsuit seeks to hold the companies responsible for their negligence.

When trucking companies and truck drivers make the decision to violate the safety rules, it is often because their priority isn’t safety. It’s money. And so a lawsuit is often the only way to send a message to these companies that they cannot continue to prioritize profits over safety.

We help you hold trucking companies and truck drivers responsible for their unsafe actions

Our firm helps people injured in 18-wheeler wrecks. We hold unsafe drivers and companies responsible for putting profits over safety. Our track record of success in these cases speaks for itself.

One of the most important things we do is make sure our clients get the medical treatment they need to get back on their feet. Insurance companies will drag their feet when it comes to getting you medical care after a wreck. We don’t let that happen.

We also hire investigators and experts to make sure the truth about the wreck is told. We don’t let the insurance company and the trucking company get away with putting your life at risk.

To find out how we can help you get the best result possible in the shortest amount of time, call us at 877-724-7800 or fill out a contact form.

How PIP and U/UIM insurance can protect you if you get hit by an underinsured motorist

Over 14% of Texas drivers don’t have car insurance according to a recent study conducted by the Insurance Research Council. This map shows how many drivers in each state are uninsured. 

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And when a person without car insurance hits you, you are the one who suffers the consequences. Medical bills pile up. Money becomes tight because you can’t go back to work. You may not have the money to fix your car. And, on top of everything else, the person who caused your injuries has nothing to offer you.

The good news is that you be able to file a claim on with your insurance company. If you already have an insurance policy in place, you may also have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance or Uninsured Motorist/Underinsured Motorist (U/UIM) insurance.  

Protect yourself from uninsured drivers by purchasing two specific types of insurance on your own insurance policies: PIP and U/UIM

These insurance policies are how you protect yourself from dangerous uninsured drivers. If you don’t have these policies, you might not be able to recover any compensation if you get hit by an uninsured driver. 

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance is a no-fault coverage for yourself and people in your vehicle who have been injured in a wreck.

Getting PIP on your insurance policy is a great idea because you have an extra fund of money available to you if you are ever injured in a car wreck.  

It does not matter what the insurance or financial situation of the other vehicle is, PIP is required to pay.  

Often, PIP claims can be resolved more quickly than liability claims against another insurance company.  This means you should be able to get some money to tide you over during the duration of your lawsuit. However, PIP alone may not be enough to protect you if you are hit by an uninsured driver. That’s why you should get uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage as well. 

Uninsured/UnderInsured Coverage (U/UIM) protects you from uninsured drivers.

This policy covers you in two different scenarios:

  • First, if you are hit by a driver with no insurance, or the victim of a hit-an-run, your Uninsured Motorist Coverage provides compensation to you up to the amount you choose to be your limit.
  • Secondly, if you are in a serious car wreck caused by a person with minimum limits coverage, it is likely that your medical bills and other damages will exceed the $30,000 minimum that Texas requires its drivers carry.  In this case, your UnderInsured Motorist Coverage kicks in and provides compensation to you for your damages that exceed the other driver’s insurance policy.

Unfortunately, even if you have UM/UIM, sometimes your own insurance carrier will be reluctant to pay your claims.  In this case, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer with experience fighting these types of first-party insurance claims. When you contact our team of experienced attorneys, we will answer all your questions, analyze your case, and help you make an informed decision about your next steps. Our goal is to get you the best results possible as quickly as possible.

If you are facing a first-party insurance claim, call us immediately at 877-724-7800 to get help now.

Injured business owner hires VB Attorneys after being hit while working in utility truck

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A 62-year-old Houston signage repair business owner has hired VB Attorneys to represent him after he was struck by a parcel delivery truck while working. On October, 22, 2018, our client was injured while in the bucket of his business’ utility truck when a UPS driver backed into the boom holding the bucket up.

The force of the impact caused severe injuries to our client’s shoulder, back, and ankle as well as extensive damage to his work vehicle. He was treated at a local emergency room and is still undergoing treatment for his injuries.

Immediately after being retained, we began investigating this case to ensure that our client’s rights were fully protected. We will be sure to keep you posted as developments occur in this case.

If you have been injured in a car wreck, you need experienced representation

After being hurt in a car or truck accident, time starts to tick immediately. It’s important that you take proper steps to make sure you are justly compensated for your injuries. Find out how we can help you through this process. Give us a call at (877) 724-7800 or fill out our free, confidential contact form.

Why maritime companies work so hard to prevent you from getting justice

Maritime companies have one job: to make money. Except injured employees prevent companies from making as much money as possible. Under the Jones Act, companies legally have to pay for the medical care you need to get better as well as a daily wage. And, if we find that the company was negligent, they could owe you a lot more money.

That’s why a lawyer who represents marine operators wrote an article in the Waterways Journal. He writes that companies should not to let your case go to court, but to mediate it instead. He gives four reasons why mediations save companies money. These reasons are:

  1. Mediations are confidential. Companies use this against you. They can admit to all sorts of things and say anything during a mediation. Everything said during mediation is confidential.
  2. If you do mediate your case and agree to settle it, the company doesn’t have to worry about the expense of a lengthy lawsuit. The article states, “Settlements end protracted litigation, and there is no appeal that could drag on for years.” Bottom line – mediation helps companies save money. Money you are rightfully owed.
  3. Companies should prefer mediation because a mediation settlement agreement can be kept secret. A jury verdict in a court case is public. In the future, anyone could look up the case and find out if the company operates safely.
  4. Companies should prefer mediation because only the parties involved control the outcome. The reasoning is that a judge or a jury could make the company pay more than the amount they want to. A settlement at mediation eliminates the uncertainty of a court case.

Marine companies see Jones Act lawsuits as “lose-lose situations”

This lawyer sees your injury lawsuit as a lose-lose situation for the company. He says: “If the company goes to trial and loses, it is faced with paying the judgment in favor of [the injured worker] and paying all the costs and expenses of the legal defense.”

He goes on to argue that even if the company wins at trial, they still have to pay lawyer bills and court costs. And he argues that the company’s insurance provider could increase their premiums for many years to come.

This article exposes the maritime industry’s true nature. The industry encourages company loyalty from employees, but isn’t loyal to workers when you need it most.

You have a constitutional right to be compensated for your injuries. And you have a constitutional right to file a court case if the company isn’t compensating you fairly.

If you were hurt because your company violated the safety rules in the Jones Act, they probably won’t follow the rest of the law. Especially the part of the Jones Act about compensating you for your injuries. Time and time again, we see companies try to trick you into signing away your right to file a lawsuit. We see companies tricking you into accepting a settlement for a fraction of your medical bills. And we see companies try all sorts of other ways to make your case go away.

Article reminds mariners of the importance of protecting your rights

That’s why you have to fight to protect your rights. Yes, you may be loyal to the company. But as soon as you are hurt, they stop being loyal to you.

And that’s where we come in. Our job is to make sure you get the best result possible in the shortest amount of time. We know the company will want to make your case go away for as little money as possible. But if your case is mediated and the result isn’t what you want, you don’t have to accept it. You are the only person who can make a decision about your case. 

On the other hand, mediation can be a solution for your case in the right circumstances. If the company makes a good-faith effort to fix things and do right by you, you might want to accept a mediation settlement. We will give you our opinion about whether or not it’s a good option so you can make an informed decision. Our experience and track record of success in Jones Act cases are put to work to make sure you get the best result possible.

To find out how we can help you with your maritime injury case, call us at 877-724-7800 or fill out a contact form. We will answer all of your questions, walk you through your legal rights, and help you make an informed decision about your next steps. 

Injured Houstonian hires VB Attorneys after being struck from behind in car crash

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A 28-year-old Houstonian has hired VB Attorneys after being injured in a car crash on a Houston roadway. On January 7, 2019, he was traveling east on Allen Parkway when traffic slowed to merge onto I45 and was struck from behind.

After failing to control the speed of his vehicle, the driver caused significant damage to our client’s car, leaving him injured. Afterward, our client began experiencing pain over several areas of his body including his neck, back and shoulder. He is still undergoing treatment for his injuries.

We are still investigating the crash and will provide updates as this case progresses.

We have a winning track record of helping injured car accident victims

After her back was injured in a car crash, we helped Digna hold an AT&T employee accountable for their unsafe driving practices. The driver of the truck ran a stop light and broadsided her, resulting in the need for back surgery and a lengthy healing process. We worked diligently on her case and were able to negotiate a settlement within a year of the crash. Read more about this case.

If you were injured in a car wreck, time is not on your side

Having an experienced attorney on your side helps ensure you are compensated for your injuries. The at-fault party’s insurance company has hired adjusters and lawyers to try to avoid responsibility. If you have been hurt, fight fire with fire. Give us a call at (877) 724-7800 of fill out our free, confidential contact form.

 

Injured healthcare worker hires VB Attorneys after multi-vehicle car crash

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A 42-year-old healthcare worker from Tomball, Texas recently hired our law firm after being hurt in a four car crash in Houston on IH 45 . On January 18, 2016, our client was traveling southbound near West Road when she was struck from behind by an SUV. The impact caused her car to crash into the vehicle in front of her and caused that car to strike the one in front of it.

The impact was so strong that it sent our client’s glasses flying off her face. She sustained injuries to her knee, shoulders and finger and is still undergoing treatment at this time.

Her vehicle also sustained considerable damage because of the accident. We are still investigating this case but will provide updates as it progresses.

Houston roads are notoriously dangerous.

The Houston Chronicle recently published a series of articles that took a closer look at Houston’s treacherous roads. These reports examined the reason for Houston being the most deadly major metro area in the nation and what can be done about it. Take a look.

If you have been injured in a car wreck, you need experienced representation

After being hurt in a car or truck accident, time immediately begins to tick. It’s important that you know your rights when it comes to compensation for your injuries. Find out how we can help you. Give us a call at (877) 724-7800 or fill out our free, confidential contact form.

VB Attorneys’ Top 10 Articles of 2018

Last year was a fantastic year for the VB Attorneys team. 2018 brought record-breaking verdicts, rewarding settlements, and humbling accomplishments for our law firm. Now as we prepare for the year ahead, we wanted to take this opportunity to review the last year with you.

Our Top 10 Articles of 2018 provide you a look into our year and hopefully shows you what happens when a law firm puts their client’s first. We grow together. If you like what you see, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on the many exciting things coming up in 2019! Happy reading!

$44 million jury verdict in wrongful death trial, Vuk Vujasinovic, Byron Alfred, Exxon, B&G Crane

1. Judge signs judgment on wrongful death case against B&G Crane Service LLC.

On November 20, 2018, a Jefferson County, Texas trial judge signed a judgment upholding a $44,370,000.00 verdict awarded in a wrongful death case in which a rigger lost his life. Read more about this record-setting case.

2. Arthur Square lawsuit claims kids died in uninhabitable apartment

In 2018 an apartment fire claimed the lives of two children. The fathers of the children as well as two men who survived the fire hired Byron Alfred to help them hold the companies accountable for the tragedy. Learn more about this case.

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3. Were you involved in a work accident at Tyson Foods? We can help!

Recently, Tyson Foods has found themselves the focus of numerous non-subscriber lawsuits filed by injured or sick employees. If you or a loved one has been hurt while working at Tyson Foods, time is not your friend. Learn more about Tyson's track record.

4. Top 10 Best & Worst Homeowner's Insurance Companies

Consumer Reports' 2018 survey of the best and worst homeowner's insurance companies. It reminded us that the best premiums don’t necessarily mean you’ll get compensated fairly when you file a claim. Read the report.

5. Byron Alfred is selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2018

In 2018, Byron Alfred was selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2018. To be selected as a Rising Star, Byron was nominated by his peers. Lawyers cannot buy or nominate themselves to be considered for this honor. Read more about this award.

6. Houston police officer injured by drunk driver hires VB Attorneys

In the early morning of December 28, 2018, a Houston police officer was injured in the by a drunk driver while driving his police motorcycle.  He hired our firm to represent him and we quickly got to work investigating. Learn more about his case.

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7. Jury returns $44 million verdict in a wrongful death crane accident lawsuit handled by VB Attorneys

On September 13, 2018, we were awarded a $44,370,000 verdict for the family of a rigger who died in a crane accident. The jury agreed with the family that the crane company should be held accountable for their decisions. Click here to read more.

8. Texans injured on the job with Tyson Foods face an unfriendly fake "workers compensation system set up by the company.

Tyson Foods is one of the most dangerous places to work in America, with a large operations spread throughout Texas you would think they would cover their employees with workers compensation. They don't.  Learn more about why this matters.

9. Tankerman receives Jones Act settlement for multiple injuries

We helped a former combat marine settle his case after two workplace injuries required three surgeries to repair damage to his knee. After being fired from the company we helped him hold his employer accountable for his injuries. Find out how. 

10. Texas Lawyer recognizes VB Attorneys for $44.37 million verdict

In 2018, Texas Lawyer recognized VB Attorneys for their historic $44,370,000 verdict in a wrongful death lawsuit. Read Vuk and Byron's quotes about some of the challenges they faced in this case.

Why insurance policies for commercial trucks and 18-wheelers are higher

Insurance policies for commercial trucks and 18-wheelers are higher than the policies we get as regular drivers because these drivers and companies have a legal obligation to be highly trained in safe driving practices.

For most people, we learn to drive, take our driving test, get our license, and pay the minimum amount of insurance possible. These minimum limits policies sometimes only have $25,000 in insurance coverage. That means if you get hit by a driver with a minimum limits policy of $25,000, that’s the maximum amount of money you’ll receive.

On the other hand, commercial vehicles like large trucks and 18-wheelers are required to have huge policies. And in some cases, the minimum amount is anywhere from $500,000 to $1,000,000. These larger policies are in place because commercial vehicles are required to follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s rules, which include:

  • Trucking companies must go through safety auditing and hire professional drivers
  • Professional drivers must have good safety records, must be medically fit to drive, must be supervised by their company, and must follow all safety rules all the time
  • If a trucking company is found to be unsafe, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will place it “out of service,” and it won’t be able to operate until and unless it proves to the Administration that it can operate safely.

Higher safety standards and insurance policies for commercial vehicles are supposed to keep us safer

There are over 15 million commercial trucks and 18-wheelers on the road in the United States. They are bigger than regular cars, which means the laws of physics are against us if we get hit. That’s why the safety rules for trucks and 18-wheelers are so strict. And why their insurance policies are larger.

State and federal laws lay out specific insurance requirements for commercial trucks. These requirements include the minimum coverage they need to carry. The idea is that higher minimum insurance limits for large trucks will increase public safety and make companies focus on safe operation. It also means that you may be able to get fair and just compensation for the harm they caused you when you’ve been hit by a truck or 18-wheeler.

However, even with a better chance to recover fully, you will still have to fight to get a fair and just settlement.

Higher minimum insurance limits don’t guarantee higher settlements

Depending on the facts of the case, the severity of your injuries, and other factors, the insurance company may fight your injury claim tooth and nail. Remember – insurance companies are supposed to make their shareholders money. They have no incentive to pay you for your pain and suffering, past and future medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and mental anguish.

That’s where we come in. Our job is to help you get your life back as soon as possible. We make sure the insurance company treats you fairly, and we take them to court if they don’t. We know their playbook better than they do. And they know we don’t settle for anything less than the best.

Don’t wait to consult an attorney about your case just because the trucking company has a big insurance policy. You’re just giving them time to build up their case against you when you wait. Time is not on your side.

To get our help now, call us at 877-724-7800 for your confidential, free case analysis. You can also fill out a contact form on our website and tell us about your case. Our attorneys will review your case, answer all your questions, and help you make an informed decision about what you need to do next.

For more information about how you can get help and protect your rights after a serious accident, reach out to our law office at 877-724-7800

Why impaired driving isn’t always drunk driving

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A common misconception surrounding car crashes is that for a driver to be considered “intoxicated” he/she must have consumed alcohol. In Texas, you are considered impaired if you are under the influence of certain medications or illegal drugs as well. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drugs play a role in approximately 18 percent of all motor vehicle driver deaths in the nation.

It is known that different drugs have different effects on the brain, however even some prescription and over-the-counter medications can impair faculties needed to operate a vehicle safely. These medications can affect attention span, depth perception, reaction time, judgment, motor skills, balance and coordination and are all key factors for driver safety.

What the law says about impaired driving

Under the law, being “intoxicated” means “not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance in the body.” What this means is, a person could not have a drop of alcohol in their body and still be impaired.

However, simply taking a prescription or over-the-counter medication and then operating a motor vehicle doesn’t qualify you as impaired. The true test is whether or not the drug impairs a driver’s mental or physical capabilities, causing drowsiness, dizziness, sleepiness or other similar symptoms.

Understand that having a prescription for a controlled substance or drug isn’t necessarily a defense. If the medication impairs one’s ability to drive you could still be considered intoxicated. This is why it is important to read drug label warnings and side effects and discuss with your doctor prior to getting behind the wheel.

Common prescription and over-the-counter drugs can impair drivers

It doesn’t matter if the medication an intoxicated driver took was over-the-counter or prescribed. You can still be considered impaired. Many common medicines are believed to impair drivers including pain relievers, antihistamines, antidepressants, and anti-anxiety medication.

Opiate pain relievers like codeine and morphine are known to cause dizziness, sleepiness, and disorientation. These factors can seriously affect driving ability. Most antihistamines like Claritin and Allegra are non-drowsy. However, some products such as Benadryl and cough and cold medications can cause dizziness and disorientation and lead to slow reaction time.

Antidepressants can also cause adverse reactions. Medications like Trazadone can cause slowed reaction time and drowsiness. Drugs such as Paxil, Zoloft, and Prozac can cause insomnia which could lead to tiredness during the day. Valium, Xanax, and many other anti-anxiety medications often produce tranquilizing effects on consumers, impairing judgment and reaction time. Most muscle relaxers can have the same effect and can possibly lead to driving safety issues. 

Again, understanding the potential side effects of your medication is important in preventing car wrecks due to impaired driving. If you aren’t sure if your medication or medical condition could impair your ability to drive a vehicle safely be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take a look at our article discussing how medically unfit drivers can cause serious truck and car wrecks.

Impaired driving has ruined lives

Motor vehicle crashes caused by intoxicated drivers are life altering events. Drivers who cause accidents while under the influence may be found negligent and liable for the damages that occur. Our law firm works with investigators to determine if drugs were a key factor in the crash and also examines medical records, police reports, and toxicology to determine how we can hold the impaired drivers accountable.

If you or a loved one has been injured by an intoxicated driver, you need an experienced car accident attorney. Before you sign anything or speak to an insurance adjuster it’s important for you to understand your rights. Our knowledgeable car wreck attorneys can help you through the process and ensure you are compensated for your losses. Feel free to give us a call at (877) 724-7800 or fill out a free, confidential case evaluation

Medically unfit drivers can cause serious car and truck wrecks

Although there are many causes of car and truck crashes, debilitating medical events are sometimes a contributing factor in major accidents. A medical event can come on suddenly as the result of an unexpected medical condition, like a stroke or heart attack, or it can be the result of a known condition, like epilepsy or diabetes. According to a 2008 crash causation study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), physical impairments and medical conditions contributed to at least 133 crashes over a period of two and a half years.

Unfortunately, contributing medical causes aren’t always reported or recorded after an accident. That means the actual number of crashes involving medically unfit drivers may be higher in reality.

Texas restricts licenses for some drivers with potentially dangerous medical issues

People with known medical conditions often face the challenge of deciding whether or not it is safe for them to drive. Not only must they consider their own safety, but the safety of others on the road must be considered, as well. Because drivers with known medical conditions can cause serious accidents if they become incapacitated while driving,

Texas has specific laws governing the motor vehicle privileges of such drivers. In addition, there are many basic guidelines for doctors who are recommending driver restrictions. Commercial drivers may also be subject to additional medical driving restrictions under federal laws, industry regulations, and employer policies.

In some states, doctors are mandatory reporters for patients who have or who develop certain medical conditions. This means that they are required by law to notify their state’s motor vehicle administration that their patient may not be fit to drive. However, in Texas, physician reporting is voluntary. Your doctor may report you—either as your physician or anonymously—to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) so that the appropriate action can be taken.

A final decision about whether or not you will be allowed to drive is usually made by the Medical Advisory Board (MAB). The MAB is comprised of 40 physicians who give advice to the DPS about medical conditions that can affect driving ability.

Texas restricts licenses for drivers with epilepsy or other seizure disorders

People with epilepsy or other seizure disorders can suffer from a loss of mobility, sensation, or consciousness without warning. Even if this only happens for a moment behind the wheel, the results can be deadly. In Texas, there are some driving restrictions for drivers diagnosed with seizure disorders:

  • You must be seizure free for three months before you can get a license to drive. This seizure-free period must be certified by your doctor.
  • If you are seizure free for three months, you may qualify for a Class C (non-commercial) license with a “P” restriction. The “P” restriction means you may drive regular consumer cars and trucks, but you may not drive a passenger-transport vehicle, such as a bus, taxi, or emergency vehicle.
  • If you are both seizure free and off medication for five years, you may be able to obtain an unrestricted license, whether commercial or consumer.

If you already have a license and later develop epilepsy, you should notify the Department of Public Safety (DPS). If your request for a license is denied, you may appeal the decision. To do this you must petition for a hearing in the Justice of the Peace Court or Municipal Court. You have thirty days to file a petition after your license is revoked or denied.

Heart attacks and strokes can bet lethal on the road

In many cases, it can be hard to predict a heart attack or stroke. However, for drivers who have been diagnosed with heart issues or have had a heart-related medical event or stroke in the past, there may be some limits on their ability to drive. For example, drivers who have had a recent stent placement or suffer from atrial fibrillation may not be restricted from driving, as long as they are currently medically stable and taking the appropriate medication. A commercial driver who has undergone the placement of an automatic implantable cardio-defibrillator may be restricted from driving forever, and non-commercial drivers may be restricted for six months or more after placement.

Patients who have experienced a stroke or heart attack in the past may need to undergo a comprehensive driving evaluation before the restriction is determined.

The driving restrictions for heart patients are very different depending on the details of each patient’s condition and medical treatment. Doctors typically use the medical restriction recommendations for specific conditions, as well as their own judgement, when making recommendations for heart patients.

Diabetic drivers could cause you harm

Diabetes can affect vision, reduce feeling in the feet and legs, and even cause loss of consciousness. In Texas, basic driving restrictions for diabetes are typically based on whether or not drivers use insulin to control their diabetes. Drivers generally need to undergo a medical exam for driving if they are taking insulin or have lost consciousness in the last three years. Depending on the degree of severity and control, drivers with diabetes may be restricted from driving for a period of six months or longer, and they may only qualify for a license with restrictions on commercial or passenger-transport driving.

Generally, for commercial licenses in Texas, the driver cannot qualify if he or she has diabetes that requires insulin. However, in some cases, it may be possible to apply for an exemption.

Medical issues related to sleep disorders can cause wrecks

Drowsy driving can be deadly driving, so driving restrictions may apply for drivers who suffer from a medical condition that interferes with their sleep or alertness, such as:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleep issues caused by shift work

In these kinds of cases, the driver may not be allowed to drive until treatment is stabilized, and he or she generally must show compliance with recommended treatment before qualifying for an unrestricted license.

Some medications, both prescription and over the counter, can also make drivers sleepy or confused. Illegal drug and alcohol use is clearly restricted, but prescription drugs used in the treatment of chronic pain, psychiatric disorders, and other conditions can have similarly dangerous effects on driving ability.

The law sometimes has driving restrictions for specific kinds of medication, but doctors’ recommendations and medical examinations may be necessary to determine if a prescription medication affects driving ability. Although there are not specific laws that apply, keep in mind that even over-the-counter use of cold medicines, sleep aids, and other remedies may have a negative effect on a person’s ability to drive.

Why drivers with dizziness or vertigo can cause wrecks

Vertigo or dizziness can make it very difficult, even impossible, to drive. In Texas, there are strict limitations on driving for patients with vertigo issues:

  • Drivers who are experiencing uncontrolled vertigo, whether constantly or intermittently, may not drive in Texas.
  • Drivers who are taking sedative medication to control their dizziness are also restricted from driving. This also extends to commercial drivers who are taking certain types of medications for vertigo.

What are some of the restrictions for medical conditions?

Texas law sets out restrictions for many medical conditions, and it recognizes that there are a lot of different medical issues or medications that impact driving. Doctors in Texas may choose to recommend that patients should be restricted from driving or undergo an evaluation of their driving fitness, even if the medical condition isn’t expressly mentioned in state laws. A doctor might choose to recommend a patient to the Texas Department of Public Safety for any number of conditions, including:

  • Cancer and cancer treatment
  • Neck and spine disorders
  • Dementia and cognitive impairment
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Movement disorders
  • Multiple medical issues or otherwise complex medical conditions

How to get legal help if a medically unfit driver caused your wreck

The medical condition of the driver causing the accident can figure heavily in the outcome of a personal injury case. If you believe that the other driver’s medical condition may have played a part in an accident in which you were injured, it is important that you at least speak with an attorney before moving forward with your injury claim. This will help you understand what to expect from your case and also avoid accepting less than your case is truly worth.

Unfit drivers are especially an issue in personal injury cases involving commercial driving and trucking. Although safety laws and trucking regulations exist, they are not always enough to prevent medical conditions from contributing to truck accidents, which are often deadly for the drivers who are hit. What’s especially disturbing is that this has been an issue for years, despite numerous government warnings that truck and bus drivers with known health issues have caused hundreds of accident deaths and injuries. It’s so bad that, in every single state, truckers have been caught violating federal medical rules, with Texas listed as one of the states with the most violators.

Some of the issues contributing to this problem have been highlighted in past safety reports and congressional inquiries, such as the fabrication of necessary medical certificates and “doctor shopping,” where truckers go to multiple doctors to find one who will give them a medical certificate—even though they know they have a health issue that should preclude them from driving. Even worse, it has been estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of drivers currently carrying commercial licenses in the U.S. who also qualify for full federal disability payments.

There is no excuse for medically unfit drivers, whether they are operating 18-wheelers or regular sedans, to be on the road endangering the lives of the traveling public. To get help understanding your legal rights after a car or truck crash, please contact the experienced auto accident and injury attorneys at VB Attorneys at 1-877-724-7800 or by starting a Live Chat now.

VB Attorneys’ Top 10 Videos of 2018

Our Top 10 Videos of 2018

VB Attorneys’ New Year is in full swing but we wanted to look back at some of our most popular videos of 2018. From historic verdicts, special guest interviews, and testimonials with satisfied clients, 2018 was certainly a great year. Our top 10 video list was determined based on views, shares, likes, and more. 

Grab some popcorn and take a look and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel to see our new videos first. We have so many exciting things coming up in 2019 and we can wait to share them with you. Happy viewing!

1. Brian Beckcom talks to Byron Alfred about $44 million verdict

Brian Beckcom sits down with Byron Alfred to talk about the record-setting $44,370,000 million wrongful death verdict Byron obtained in August 2018. Learn more about this record breaking verdict.

2. VB Attorneys represents individual Addicks Barker flood victims

Attorney Vuk Vujasinovic discusses his becoming a judge-appointed counsel for victims of Hurricane Harvey property flooding from the Addicks Barker reservoir. Learn how we are helping victims of Hurricane Harvey.

3. Client injured in maritime incident talks about how we helped him

After Josh was hurt in an offshore work injury, he seemed to face setback after setback. Listen to him explain how we helped get him on the path to healing. Hear Josh's story.

4. Jones Act lawyers: Brian Beckcom explains the law

Law firms can advertise for Jones Act cases, but probably cannot tell you the first thing about unseaworthiness. Watch Brian explain how experienced Jones Act attorneys help win your case.

5. Brian and his daughter Addison talk about what makes VB Attorneys cool

Brian Beckcom's daughter Addison discusses what makes VB Attorneys so cool and why she has her sights set on becoming a lawyer like her dad. Learn more "cool" information about us.

6. Tankerman for Buffalo Marine thanks attorney Brian Beckcom for winning his case

Our client Tim, is a former U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant who was hurt in a maritime accident while working as a tankerman. Listen as Tim thanks Brian for winning his case.

7. Houston injury lawyer Byron Alfred: How we help survivors of crane-related incident

Byron Alfred with VB Attorneys explains why more injuries and fatalities are caused by cranes than any other equipment on construction sites. Watch Byron explain how we could help you.

8. Chemical Process Operator hurt in explosion thanks VB Attorneys

Gary discusses what happened when he was hurt in an explosion at the natural gas storage facility where he worked and how he thanks VB Attorneys for helping him. Listen as Gary describes his fight for compensation.

9. Attorney Brian Beckcom interviews Ross Jurewitz

Brian Beckcom sits down to talk with Ross Jurewitz about appreciating and putting clients first as well as beer, Texas football, kids, and more. Watch Ross and Brian's chat. 

10. Vuk Vujasinovic discusses how to research a lawyer's track record

Hiring a lawyer with experience in cases like yours is important. Attorney Vuk Vujasinovic discusses how to research an attorneys' track record for the best chance at winning your case. Listen to Vuk's tips.

Subsea engineer injured on Rowan Companies rig hires VB Attorneys

An injured subsea engineer has now hired VB Attorneys after being injured while working aboard an offshore rig. At the end of December 2018, our client was working on a rig run by Rowan Companies when a fitting broke, causing a pressurized hose to whip around and strike him on the head.

Our client’s injuries were so severe that he needed to be medically evacuated from the vessel in order to receive immediate attention. He is currently still undergoing treatment for his injuries.

This case is currently still being investigated, but we will provide updates as it progresses.

Rowan Companies has a history of safety issues and unsafe working conditions

This is not our first offshore injury case against Rowan by far. We are currently helping several mariners who were injured working for Rowan, including a worker who hired us after getting injured on a Rowan jack-up rig in 2017.

Just this past September, we helped an injured roustabout settle his case against Rowan after he underwent several back surgeries due to their ineffective safety policies and procedures. Even though Rowan and its representatives tried every legal maneuver possible to shirk responsibility for our client’s injuries we held them to their responsibility to provide a safe working environment.

In 2006, we helped our client, James, settle his case against Rowan. James was was injured while employed as a maintenance worker on a Rowan-owned offshore oil rig. While being transported back to port, the boat James was riding on suddenly shifted and he was thrown down a stairwell. He subsequently underwent back surgery and now has lasting damage due to Rowan’s unsafe working conditions. That same year, we helped another mariner hold Rowan accountable for unsafe working conditions on another rig.

Not only is it important for the victims in these cases to receive compensation for their injuries but it’s also essential to hold  companies accountable for not providing safe environments for their employees. The Jones Act requires that maritime employers provide workers with a safe working environment. Rowan has a duty to follow the law and protect its workers. Our hope is that these cases will give Rowan an incentive to put safety first and to prevent the same thing from happening to future employees.

If you or a loved one was injured while working offshore, we can help

Offshore work accidents occur all too often. Fortunately, our maritime injury attorneys are experienced in taking on even the largest offshore corporations and winning. If you have been injured or your loved one has been killed working offshore, find out how we can help you. Call us at (877) 724-7800 or fill out our free, confidential contact form.

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