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A motorcyclist was killed and his passenger was critically injured Sunday morning when their vehicle crashed into the back of a car that had run out of gas and left in a middle lane of North Central Expressway, police said.

The passenger on the motorcycle was taken to Presbyterian Hospital and placed in a medically induced coma, police said.

The name of the 34-year-old motorcyclist had not been released pending notification of relatives.

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Personal-Injury-Law-300x149For most people who have been injured in an accident, knowing what to do after the dust settles can be very confusing and can cause some people to procrastinate. That is the absolute worst thing to do after a car or truck accident. In Texas, you only have two years to file suit. That may seem like a long time, but trust us. IT IS NOT. Also, procrastinating on doing certain things will only draw your claims against the insurance company out further. In our office, like most offices, we have a set operating system for each of our personal injury clients here in the Forney, Rockwall and Dallas areas, with each client’s case run by an attorney and our staff in a way that best moves the case forward once we receive it. Most firms want to keep that system “proprietary”, but I am willing to share a little of the way we do things in order to help out each injured person, regardless of whether you actually hire our office to help you. Why? because every injured person deserves a fighting chance against the insurance company, not just those who hire an attorney.

So, here is a quick list of the things yo u need to do after a car or truck accident. This list begins AFTER you have received any necessary medical treatments and have begun the recovery process, if possible. This list shows some of the basic steps we take in order to begin moving your claim forward if they have not already been done. So, by doing any or all of these steps prior to hiring our firm, you will speed up the process of settling your claims against the at-fault party.

MAKE A CLAIM WITH THE AT-FAULT PARTY’S INSURER

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(via NBCdfw.com: Two people were injured after a semi-truck driver ran a red light and hit a DART train near the West End Station on Pacific Avenue in downtown Dallas Thursday morning, DART officials said.

A passenger and train operator were injured in the crash, which happened about 6:30 a.m., but the injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, DART officials said. The driver tried to flee the scene.

The accident has been cleared and trains are resuming services through downtown Dallas.

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Litigation-imagesWhen speaking with an attorney about how to defend yourself in a lawsuit, or how the defense may counter any claims they may bring as a plaintiff, you need to be informed of the different kinds of defenses the other side may have. One type of defense is called an “affirmative defense”. An affirmative defense is different from a general denial. A general denial. A general denial, in its most basic form, puts all the allegations in the plaintiff’s original petition at issue. That is why it is called a “general denial” because you are denying each and every, all and singular claims that the Plaintiff has brought against you. By filing a general denial, you have “answered the cause” and the Plaintiff will then be required to prove each and every element of his claims. In addition to the general denial, you may also bring affirmative defenses as well in the same Answer with the court. In some cases, it may also be required that you answer “with specificity” and you may do so by naming specific claims that the Plaintiff has brought against you and deny each of those claims individually and present facts in your Answer that support those specific denials. However, this article focuses on affirmative defenses, how they can be used and why they can be so effective. If you have any questions about any defenses you may have after you have been sued, contact the experienced civil litigators at Guest and Gray, P.C.
WHAT IS AN AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE?
An affirmative defense “seeks to establish an independent reason that the plaintiff should not recover” and is “thus [a defense] of avoidance, rather than a defense in denial”; that is, it is a defense of confession and avoidance. In re C.M., 996 S.W.2d 269, 270 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 1999, no pet.); Great Am. Prods. v. Permabond Int’l, 94 S.W.3d 675, 683 (Tex. App.—Austin 2002, pet. denied).
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civil-litigation-picture-300x214Guest and Gray, P.C. has helped countless individuals and businesses in the Forney, Kaufman and Rockwall area over the years. Our attorneys are trusted, local and proven. Our areas of civil practice involve personal injury, contract litigation, real estate, partnership and business disputes, and construction litigation. Our attorneys have the knowledge and practical experience to help guide you through the legal processes from start to finish, including asserting your rights at trial.

Real Estate Litigation

Kaufman and Rockwall counties are seeing unprecedented growth. New home start ups are at record highs. This means that lots of people are entering into real estate contracts. So, it is important to know the rights and duties each party to the transaction has, and what the ramifications for failing to abide by the contract are in a Texas real estate transaction.
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Injuries that are severe, long-lasting, and debilitating are often categorized as “catastrophic injuries”. Catastrophic injuries result in prolonged recovery period, pain and suffering, lost wages, and mental anguish. Victims of accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries may never fully heal from their injuries, resulting in loss of work capability. Many times, accidents involving catastrophic injuries result in the death of the victim. This is serious stuff.

If you have suffered a catastrophic injury as the result of someone’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for damages as a result of your injuries, or the loss of a loved one from the at-fault party or parties.

It is important to understand you may have several options. For instance in a serious automobile accident, your own policy may help to provide benefits. Texas requires insurers to offer personal injury protection on automobile policies, which covers the policyholder’s medical bills arising from an accident and underinsured coverage that helps protect you if the person who injures you in a car wreck does not have enough coverage. If you do not have these policies, I would advise you to purchase the additional coverage. Many times in our catastrophic injury cases, our clients with no underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage on their own policies are left with only a limited recovery due to the fact that Texas only requires a minimum liability policy of $30,000 individual/$60,000 per accident for drivers. Catastrophic injuries can lead to medical bills in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. So, it is important to have that excess coverage on your own policy just in case. Protect yourself before something bad happens.

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A woman was killed in a major crash involving a city garbage truck on Friday. Dallas police and firefighters responded to the crash at East Illinois Avenue and South Central Expressway at about 12:48 p.m.

One of the vehicles involved in the crash appeared to be heavily damaged, according to video obtained by NBCdfw’s Texas Sky Ranger.

First responders performed CPR on the woman involved in the crash, and she was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, according to fire and police officials.

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A wrong-way driver collided with a vehicle Sunday morning, killing a man on West Loop 820, police said.

The name of the 35-year-old victim had not been released pending notification of relatives.

The suspect was arrested and faces intoxication manslaughter charges, police said.

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Two people died Sunday morning when a driver lost control of his truck and crashed into parked at a standalone ATM.

Saginaw police said Monday that 25-year-old William Harrell was driving his Ford F250 pickup northbound along the 1000 block of N. Saginaw Boulevard at about 9:30 a.m. when he crossed over the southbound lanes, left the roadway, cleared a grassy median and smashed into a Chrysler 300 parked at a standalone ATM. There is no indication as to why William Harrell crossed over the lanes, but it would be his responsibility to maintain control of his vehicle. If he had some medical emergency, that would create an excuse, however, that may not shield him from liability for the injuries and death of any party that he injured.

The driver of the Chrysler has been identified as 43-year-old Bobby Bibles. Bibles was in the middle of a transaction at the ATM when he was struck. Police said the collision ejected Bibles from his car and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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At Guest and Gray, we pride ourselves on being a little different. We like it that way. If you walk into our office, you will see it almost immediately. We strive to create a relaxed atmosphere for our clients.

Our staff is friendly and will be glad to help you with any questions you have about the consultation and your case. We understand that it is a little weird having to meet with an attorney about anything, let alone potentially suing somebody. We are used to that. So, if you you need anything or have any questions, let us know and our staff will try to accommodate you. If you are not able to leave the house and need an attorney to meet with you over the phone or at your home. Let us know, we’ll meet you at your convenience.

The attorney you meet with will probably be wearing boots and jeans, not a suit. We are not your father’s law firm but we are just as good. The attorney will be happy to see you and take an actual interest in your health and well-being and not just how much your case is worth. We understand that an accident, even more minor accidents can have a huge impact on your life and create stress. We know that and we care about you as a person.