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Helping you take action following a slip-and-fall accident

On a weekly basis, we likely travel to different destination. Whether that means going to work, school, grocery store, department stores, government buildings or private dwellings, we enter the properties of others quite frequently. Upon entering these buildings or homes, we often do not think about the potential dangers we could face. We are often under the impression that property owners have taken the time to ensure safety of the premises and have removed dangers or warned visitors of them. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. This is when slip-and-fall accidents occur. Beyond that, falling debris or even a dangerous animal on site could also harm visitors. Thus, when a negligent property owner is at fault for an injury causing accident, it is important for victims to understand their rights.

At the Law Offices of Chris Pettit & Associates, P.C., our skilled legal team has years of experience handling premises liability actions. We understand that the injuries that could result from these matters can be catastrophic, making it difficult to return to his or her normal life. Although a slip-and-fall might seem like a minor incident, the reality is that much of the body could be harmed in this type of fall accident. The head, neck, back, limbs and internal organ are at risk for injury.

Guiding you through a wrongful death action

One cannot imagine the pain of a lost loved one until it happens. Death is something challenging to cope with, but it is a part of life that everyone must accept and deal with at some point. However, some deaths occur because of negligence and recklessness. This can make an already hard situation more challenging, as they have many questions regarding what happened and why it happened. Nonetheless, loved ones should not that they have legal resources available to them when a negligent party suddenly took a family member's life from them.

Much like the aftermath of an accident can be confusing and overwhelming for accident victims, it is the same case for the loved ones of deceased victims. In fact, the emotions caused by a tragic loss can be more immense, making it harder to move forward and think about what rights one might have. A the Law Offices of Chris Pettit & Associates, P.C., our San Antonio attorneys understand how sensitive these matters can be. We also understand how important it is to take timely action. One does not want the opportunity to hold a negligent party accountable.

Truck accidents and vicarious liability

A semi-truck can cause devastation when it is involved in an accident. The sheer size of these massive vehicles can leave cars and trucks totally destroyed and victims left with significant injuries. A family's finances can also be rocked in the aftermath of truck accidents, as medical expenses and lost wages can quickly add up.

Although these victims are free to pursue compensation for their damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent trucker who caused them harm, the sad reality of the matter is that many of these truckers lack the financial resources to truly compensate the full extent of the harm suffered. Therefore, it is often wise for these victims to also file a vicarious liability lawsuit against a negligent trucker's employer.

Signs of nursing home abuse and neglect

Many Texans trust nursing homes to care for their loved ones. Once a nursing home is thoroughly vetted and a family decides to place an elderly loved one there, a sense of relief may descend. However, nursing homes carry a heavy responsibility, one that must be lived up to on a constant basis. When nursing homes and their employees fail to adhere to the applicable standard of care, even for a brief moment, serious harm and death can befall unsuspecting residents.

There are signs and symptoms of nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse. To start, elderly individuals who seem confused, disoriented, or overly tired may be subjected to improper administration of medication. The dosage may be wrong, or they may be receiving the wrong medication. Second, those individuals who develop irritated or broken down skin in the diaper area may be neglected to the point that they are sitting in their own waste. Third, unexplained bruising, cuts, and broken bones may be signs that a resident is either being negligently handled or abused.

Semitrailers have longer stopping distances than passenger cars

It's not uncommon for Texans to be afraid of driving near semi-trucks. When driven negligently, these trucks can cause serious accidents that leave victims with extensive injuries. In the worst cases, victims are killed. There are a number of reasons why truck accidents are so devastating, including the size of the vehicle involved. Although everyday cars and pickup trucks may be able to stop relatively quickly even when traveling at a high rate of speed, semi-trucks take much longer to come to a safe stop.

A semi-truck's stopping distance and the time it takes to come to a stop is dependent upon its weight and the speed at which it is traveling. One of these big rigs can weigh as much as 80,000, which is significant when compared to the average 3,000 to 4,000-pound passenger vehicle. This means that a semi-truck traveling at 40 miles per hour will need 169 feet to safely come to a stop. A car traveling that same speed only needs 124 feet.

Injured in a truck accident? Our firm may be able to help

Many Texas motorists find semi-trucks intimidating, and for good reason. These massive vehicles can become deadly in a split second. Far too often, the truckers who operate these big rigs act negligently, thereby putting innocent motorists at risk of harm. Although federal regulations seek to reduce and even eliminate truck accidents caused by operator error or improper maintenance, the truth of the matter is that these wrecks will continue into the foreseeable future.

Those who are injured in truck accidents often wind up facing significant damages. The physical pain and suffering alone can be devastating, leaving some victims with permanent disability or disfigurement. The financial losses can be crushing, too. Medical expenses related not just to initial treatment, but also rehabilitative services, can be extensive. Additionally, those who are unable to work on account of their injuries can struggle to make ends meet. Taken as a whole, these losses can be overwhelming.

Loss of companionship in a wrongful death claim

When a person dies in a fatal accident, their surviving spouse loses a lot. They lose the income that the victim earned and may incur the costs of providing their loved one with a proper burial. But, San Antonio residents know that when a spouse dies, more is lost than just money. The love and support that they provided to their partner is more valuable than any financial payout.

As a result, wrongful death claims can include claims for a spouse's loss of companionship. Non-economic damages like loss of companionship recognize the important contributions that a decedent may have made to their marriage, family and home life. A spouse may base a claim for loss of companionship damages on the fact that they will never experience the benefits of marriage with their spouse again or enjoy the affection that their spouse bestowed upon them.

Status of victim may influence outcome of premises liability case

A premises liability accident can happen practically anywhere. A Texas resident may slip and fall on a wet floor at the grocery store, may trip on an unattached rug at a friend's house, or may suffer an injury when an article falls on them at a concert or sporting event. However they happen, injuries from premises liability accidents can be painful, expensive and, at times, life-threatening. However, depending upon whether the victim had permission to be in the location of the accident, they may not be able to recover their losses.

This is because different statuses may apply to different victims in premises liability cases. For example, if a victim is an invitee, then they have been requested to come onto the premises where the incident occurred. If a person is invited onto a property, then they can generally expect that the property has been made safe for them.

Speed a factor in deadly head-on vehicle accident

Four people had to be cut out of their vehicles when a speeding driver collided head-on with another vehicle that contained three people. The damaging accident occurred in the early hours of the morning in San Antonio, near Roosevelt Avenue and East Southcross Road. The driver of the speeding vehicle lost his life and the other victims of the crash were taken to a local hospital.

Investigators believe the crash happened because the driver lost control of his vehicle. When he lost control, his vehicle crossed over into oncoming traffic and hit the other vehicle head-on. The impact was so severe that the first car ended up on its side and all of the individuals involved in the crash had to be extracted from the wreckage.

Are there regulations on how long truckers may drive?

While driving down a Texas highway, a motorist may see a variety of different vehicles. From small hybrid automobiles that barely make a sound as they pass to massive semis and 18-wheelers that take up every inch of their lanes, individuals must be prepared for whatever comes their way. While any tired driver can be a threat to a person on the road, truck drivers and their massive rigs are particularly hazardous when those drivers do not have enough sleep to stay alert.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has recognized the importance of rest for truck drivers, primarily because a tired truck driver may not be able to maintain control over their vehicle. And, because trucks are so big and can cause so much devastation when they are involved in vehicle accidents, the FMCSA has promulgated rules regarding when truck drivers must take breaks to sleep.

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