Laws on Drinking & Getting Drunk in a Texas Bar

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 11th, 2013

As a lawyer, I'm often asked a wide variety of legal questions. Over the past 20 years, I've noticed a lot of confusion and misinformation regarding alcohol laws in Texas.

I've been asked a myriad of questions, including:

  • Can you legally get drunk in a Texas bar?
  • Can a police officer arrest me for public intoxication inside a bar?
  • Is it illegal for a bartender to drink while on the job?
  • What are the rules on getting drunk in a bar?

Are Bicycles Allowed to Ride on the Street?

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 2nd, 2013

As someone who deals with car-vs-bicycle accidents on a regular basis, I’ve often heard people complaining about how bicycles do not belong on the streets. “Why don’t they ride on the sidewalks?” Are bicycles even legally allowed on the road?

Why Don't ALL 18-Wheeler Trucks Have Dash Cameras?

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 14th, 2013

With the amount of damage an 18-wheeler can impose in an accident, why are trucking companies still hesitant to spend $100 on a dash camera?

Dash CameraAlthough it seems as if 18-wheelers serve no other purpose than adding to your aggravation level, 18-wheelers are actually a very important role in today's society. Commercial trucks (e.g. 18-wheelers, big rigs, tankers, semi trailers, tractor trailers, etc) carry the world's goods from place to place, crossing from state to state and often even crossing continents. Doesn't sound like much but if 18-wheelers stopped doing their job it would affect many companies, industries, and even interfere with you buying the things you need and enjoy.

5 Things You Should Do Immediately After an Accident

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 4th, 2013

Know this: ALL car accidents are traumatic events, even small ones. Immediately after an auto accident you might be shaken up, angry, upset and more. You will probably be rattled quite a bit. It's important that you realize your actions at the scene of the car accident will have a direct impact on the outcome of your case. Remember to stay calm and collected, unless you need immediate medical help.

Tips for Finding a Vehicle Accident Lawyer

Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 11th, 2013

Assuming that you've already decided that you need to file a lawsuit over a car accident, you still have some big decisions in front of you. First and foremost is deciding upon which attorney you want to represent your claim. The field of personal injury law is full of practitioners, so you do have plenty of options, but there are also some sensible criteria that you can use to determine which attorney would best be able to represent you. Here are some things to consider.

Accident Recreation

If you've ever studied anything about trials, you know that eyewitness accounts aren't given much weight during the course of a court proceeding. This is because people, no matter how much they will protest hearing this, really don't have very good memories on the average. Your memory is very complex and, if you happen to have been in a car accident, you definitely are likely to have holes in your memory that result from the adrenaline of being in the accident, the intense fear of knowing that an accident is coming, if you did see it coming, and other factors that play into this.

Blind Spots on Semis Cause 1/3 of Accidents

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 25th, 2013

According to information from Road Safe America, a full one third of accidents involving semi-trucks occur in the blind spots around these vehicles. These are areas that other drivers can actually avoid. The blind spots on a truck are minimized with the use of very sophisticated mirrors and, as technology advances, there are other types of sensing devices that are being employed to allow drivers to get a better idea of what is alongside them. For the present, however, it’s imperative that drivers in passenger cars are aware of what a semi driver can see and cannot see so that they can avoid getting into a crash with one of these massive vehicles.

Wireless Vehicles May Be the Future of Safety

Submitted by jrlaw on May 29th, 2013

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wireless vehicles may play a significant role in keeping the roads safe in the future. These vehicles would be equipped with devices that sense what the cars around them are doing and could, potentially, have a lot more information accessible to their systems that could help drivers stay safe. Some of what they could do could address many of the common causes of car crashes.

Passenger Injuries and Lawsuits

Submitted by jrlaw on Apr 10th, 2013

Not every car accident lawsuit involves someone who was hit by another motorist. Some of them involve people who were passengers in a car that was being driven negligently and who suffered injuries as a result of that negligence. Here are some things to consider if you’re wondering if one of these lawsuits is an option for you.

Were They Drunk?

If someone caused you injury due to an accident that occurred because the driver was drunk, you may want to consider exploring a lawsuit. These cases are increasingly common as people develop a lower and lower tolerance for drunk drivers. Whether you’re in the car with a drunk driver or outside of it, you may stand to win compensation by filing a lawsuit against that drunk driver if they injured you. Your being in the car does not constitute consenting to being injured due to their negligence.

Motorcyclist Critically Injures Pedestrian

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 27th, 2012

According to a press release, a motorcyclist critically injured a pedestrian in New York. The release states that the motorcyclist was drinking before the incident and that he had ran a red light at an intersection. The motorcyclist was charged with driving a motor vehicle while impaired and with vehicular assault.

Texting Behind the Wheel a Serious Problem

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 20th, 2012

According to information from the popular website Infographic, cell phone etiquette is rapidly decaying in the United States. While most of the information is relatively humorous and lighthearted, there are some disturbing facts that people should know. For instance, three in four adults admit that they talk or text when they are behind the wheel. The infographic points out that, on average, sending a text means that a driver has their eyes off of the road for 4.6 seconds. To make it even more disturbing, the information points out that, at a speed of 55 miles per hour, that means that you're essentially driving the length of an entire football field without looking.

Using your cellular phone for texting, Internet surfing, making calls without a hands-free device or any other purpose when you're behind the wheel is most certainly negligent. Car accident trauma and deaths impact the lives of thousands of people every year. When somebody is negligent behind the wheel, they may well end up injuring you, injuring someone in your family, actually taking the life of someone in your family or destroying your property.

Syndicate content