Articles Tagged with East Texas

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social-image-logo-og-300x300Guest and Gray is one of the fastest growing firms in North East Texas, and for good reason. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex boom has been ongoing for the better part of 30 years, and the boom is now making its way south and east of the metroplex, with areas such as Forney, Terrell, Canton, Greenville, Tyler, and many other parts of east Texas seeing the effect of people either running away from the growth (and incidentally causing growth) or moving into the areas from other parts of the country. In Forney, a large percentage of the people moving in are from out of state, such as California, who are running away from the high taxes in those places.

At Guest and Gray, we saw this coming years ago. Most of our attorneys and staff grew up in the east Texas area and we saw the neighborhoods going up and the roadways being built. We knew a long time ago that our areas would be next. So, we decided to commit to serving these areas and those who live here.

As personal injury lawyers, we knew that the increased growth would have a negative impact on our roadways in that it would increase traffic, and as a result, increase the frequency and severity of accidents. So, we developed a practice acutely designed to handle a wide range of personal injury cases, from standard negligence cases such as car accidents, to more complex ones like 18-wheeler accidents, wrongful death claims, and dog bite cases. Our firm has helped hundreds of East Texans recover top compensation for their injuries.

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Insurance-Claim-PictureGuest and Gray, P.C. has successfully helped countless personal injury and wrongful death victims and their families recover under their uninsured/underinsured motorist policies in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth areas, including Forney, Dallas, and Rockwall counties.

Making and Uninsured/Underinsured Claim in Texas

Making an uninsured motorist claim is much like making claims against the at-fault party’s insurance, except that this is typically your own “excess” policy to help take care of medical bills and lost wages when you have already maxed out the at-fault party’s liability policy.

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GuestandGrayLogoGuest and Gray, P.C. is the advocate of choice for landowners from Kaufman county, Rockwall county and Hunt county. We service all areas of Northeast Texas, from Forney to Farmersville, Greenville to Terrell, and all outlying areas of East and Northeast Texas.  We have a 100% success rate in obtaining additional compensation for our clients who face condemnation by a condemning authority. Our goal is to fight for the rights of landowners against the unfair process of eminent domain.

In all condemnation proceedings, there are two things that the government, or their authorized entity, such as a water district or electricity provider, must demonstrate: that the taking is for a “public use”, and they must pay the landowner “just compensation”.

These are hard and fast rules, but what exactly constitutes a “public use” and “just compensation” can be a bit of a mystery.

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DogbitesTexas-300x168Ever been bitten by a dog? It is not very much fun. The personal injury lawyers at Guest and Gray Law Firm are keenly aware of this fact. Over the years, Guest and Gray Law Firm has helped victims of dog bites recover top dollar against negligent dog owners.

For the most part, dogs are man’s best friend. Not like those useless cats that just lay around the house and look at you in disgust. Dogs are sweet and caring and love you unconditionally. However, dogs have it in their system the capacity to become dangerous. Certain breeds more-so than others. Pit Bulls, Bull Dogs, and Rottweilers are some of the main dog breeds that people associate with a dangerous capacity to injure people.

However, in Texas, you really cannot just use a dog’s breed as a means of proving your dog bite case. It must be dog specific. This is a good and bad thing. Texas does not have a statute that covers civil liability for dog bites. Rather, in  Marshall v. Ranne, 511 SW 2d 255 (Tex. S.C. 1974) the Texas Supreme Court adopted the view of dog bite law contained in the Restatement of Torts section 509.  That means Texas is a “negligence” or  “one bite rule” when it comes to dog bites. In order to recover damages for a dog bite, the injured person must show that:

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Personal-Injury-Law-300x149Have you recently been injured in an accident and it was not your fault? Then you need to contact the law firm of Guest and Gray today. We handle cases just like yours every single day. From car accidents, to 18-wheeler wrecks, premises liability and beyond. When you are injured as a result of somebody else’s negligence, Guest and Gray is there for you. We fight hard for the rights of the injured.

Injuries as a Result of Other’s Negligence Can Happen Anytime You are on the Road

Negligence can occur in the most innocent seeming moments. The most common is while driving a car. For most people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, we become very accustomed to driving longer distances to get where we need to go, whether it be to work or to even the grocery store. The problem is that people can become so used to driving in those areas that they lower their guard and drive more dangerously. Messing with the radio, talking with others in the car and texting and driving are common factors in these types of accidents. People get bored driving so they distract themselves. In doing so, they make it more dangerous for others on the road because they are paying less attention to the 2-ton projectile they are driving at high speeds down the road. Driving is something that we do every day. Unfortunately, as a result, North Texas experiences catastrophic and fatal accidents on a daily basis.

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Guest and Gray is the firm to turn to if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident involving an 18-wheeler or other commercial vehicle. Our firm is based in the Dallas area with offices in Forney and Rockwall to meet the needs of our injured clients. Guest and Gray is a firm with small town values with big-city experience. Our personal injuries attorney’s have won millions for our injured clients and their families.

18-wheeler accidents are a different kind of animal than a standard motor vehicle accident. They are more fact specific and the at-fault party’s insurance company will look for more ways to refuse to pay. The number one tactic is become best friends with the claimant or portray to the grieving family that they truly care, and then send them a low-ball offer in an attempt to get them to settle before they meet with an attorney and find out the real value of the claim. Do not fall for this age old trick! Before you accept any settlement from the insurance company or the at-fault party, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about what is truly in your best interest.

Have You Or a Loved One Been Severely Injured in an 18-Wheeler Accident?

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Texasoilfields-300x191In the East Texas Oil Fields, accidents can happen at any time and have many different causes. Most often is due to a blowout or explosion, or an accident with machinery or falling object. Oil field accidents can be very dangerous. Permanent debilitating injuries, and even death, can result from oil field accidents in Texas.

Oilfield Accidents Commonly Result From:

  • Blowouts and gushers
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EastTexasOilFieldAccording to a recent KETK.com report, East Texas is experiencing a new oil boom. That is very exciting for many East Texas residents who will tell you that, even as of 2015, the outlook was bleak and jobs were growing scarce, and things only got worse in early 2016 when the bottom fell out on the price of oil. When prices dipped below $30.00 a barrel, hundreds of oil field workers and employees lost their jobs.

While the oil industry is and always will be cyclical, many people were concerned it would never be back the way it was before. This is due in large part to the over production we were seeing across the United States and OPEC.

Raymond Woodward was interviewed for the special report by easttexasmatters.com. “The state of the oil industry, right now, is in a state of recovery from a very deep slump,” Raymond Woodward, President of BHL Consulting Inc says. “It is improving. Employment is improving. Oil and gas prices are improving. We are on the way up.”

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EastTexasOilFieldThe East Texas Oil Field Is Still Producing In Paying Quanities

According to East-Texas.com, the East Texas Oil Field is still alive and well, with numerous East Texas cities like Tyler, Longview, Marshall and Gladewater all still seeing high levels of oil and gas and other natural resource employment. While that is all well and good for the oil industry, one thing that is for certain is that working in natural resource development, such as oil and gas and salt mines, on the job injuries are going to happen. Working on the rigs, in the trucks, on the lines, in demolition, you name it there is opportunity for danger.

If You Got Injured in An Accident Today, What Would You Do? What Would Your Family Do?

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traffic-highway-80-300x142Guest and Gray, P.C. has represented countless Rockwall and Kaufman county residents and their families after devastating 18-wheeler and commercial vehicle accidents in our area. When residents of Kaufman and Rockwall counties are injured in a truck or commercial vehicle accident, they know that Guest and Gray law firm will be there to help them hold the trucking company and their insurance carrier accountable for their actions.

Kaufman and Rockwall Counties are Seeing Growth in Number of Truck and Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Just in the last few weeks, truck accidents have caused havoc on our local roadways. In the last few years, both Kaufman and Rockwall counties have seen spikes in the number of truck related accidents, injuries and deaths. As more commercial vehicles drive on our roadways, that will only increase the risk of serious injuries to our local residents and those that travel on our roadways. When those types of accidents occur, you need to know who to call. Call Guest and Gray, P.C., your local, experienced truck accident attorneys.