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Rear-end collisions are some of the most common on the road. Far too often, though, it's confusing to recognize who is liable in a rear-end collision. You should know that there are numerous situations that can change liability, but if you suffer an injury, it's best to know against whom you are taking legal action.

In a Regular Rear-End Collision

In any rear-end collision, multiple people may hold a level of fault. When you suffer an injury, it's easy to start pointing fingers, but you should know the different situations that can lead to your harm and how to hold the following accountable.

  • The driver in the back: If the driver behind you is texting, speeding, or otherwise negligent when they crash into you, they are responsible for your damages.
  • A manufacturing company: Sometimes, the driver in the back may claim brake failure or other problems that could lead to a product liability claim.
  • The driver in the front: If you're driving and the driver in front of you is distracted when he or she slams on their brakes giving you no time to stop, it could impact liability.

In a 3-Vehicle Rear-End Crash

Some crashes can involve more than two vehicles. For instance, a rear-end crash can be a chain reaction with each vehicle following the other too closely, making it difficult to stop in time. In many situations, it can become challenging to determine liability, especially if the driver behind you does stop, but the driver behind him or her doesn't stop and causes the car behind you to strike your vehicle.

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There are several things that you need to do after a car accident. When you're dealing with the physical and emotional toll of the accident, it can be easy to overlook some of the most important steps that help protect your rights.

One of the most important things you need to do is report the car accident to your insurance provider. However, you must also act quickly to call the insurance despite having specific timelines that allow for you to wait some time before reporting or filing a claim or lawsuit.

Texas Law

In Texas, when there's a crash where there's no police investigation and the accident results in injury, death, or $1,000 or more in property damage, you must report the accident within 10 days. When filing a claim or lawsuit, you must file your claim within two years of the accident date, but you must work quickly to report it.

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As a worker, you may have many questions when you suffer an injury on the job. Unfortunately, one of the many questions you may have is if you have to use your paid time off for the time you miss following your work injury.

While you should think that you wouldn't have to use your own PTO for time you miss from work with an injury, there are some situations that can make this possible. Here's what you need to know about filing a workers' compensation claim and how you may have to use your own PTO after a work injury.

Insurance Companies Sometimes Delay Claims

If the workers' compensation insurance provider is not quick to make a decision regarding your benefits, you may not be able to receive time off through your coverage. Even if your injury makes it so you're unable to work, insurance companies are still looking out for their profits, and they're not always willing to provide compensation when you need it.

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History tells us that holidays are often more dangerous for drivers for a number of different reasons. Negligence is often more prevalent during these times of the year, and all those on the road are put in harm's way. If you're driving on the road for the upcoming holiday season or any holiday, it helps to recognize what dangers exist, when are the worst times to drive, and your rights if you suffer an accident.

Call our firm today at 361-698-7600 to discuss your potential claim.

Dangers Around All Holidays

We know that holidays are often most dangerous because of the increase in drunk driving, late night driving, and other issues. Some of the signs you should look for include swerving, speeding up and slowing down, erratic braking, and driving without headlights at night.

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When you need to recover workers' compensation benefits, it helps to have a firm understanding of the process, what to expect in the process, and how to move forward. Asking questions can be one of the most important things you do. Thankfully, with the right team on your side, you can get the answers you need to give you peace of mind.

At The Edwards Law Firm, we're committed to giving you the answers you need. Because of this, we work hard whenever you need us. Below, we've answered some of the more common questions we receive, giving you confidence in choosing us to represent you in your pursuit of benefits when you need them most.

Here are 7 questions you should ask when pursuing workers' comp benefits:

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