Author: Andrew Stratton

Jan 4

Motor vehicle accidents are among some of the most common reasons for personal injuries

Even the safest drivers are bound to commit driving offenses every once in a while. Unfortunately, even a speeding ticket can have dire consequences. Individuals who are convicted of a traffic violation will have demerit points assigned to their licenses based on the severity of the violation. Too many points may mean a suspension or complete revocation of your driver’s license altogether. However, there are a number of ways that Texas drivers can keep their driving record safe and avoid increased insurance rates and high fines:personal injury lawyers

The first and most important way to protect your driving record is to practice safe driving habits. Be sure to follow designated road signs, obey the speed limit, avoid tailgating, signal before making turns or changing lanes, and avoid distractions such as using a cell phone or changing the radio station. You should also always stay alert and wear a seatbelt. Additionally, if you have had a few drinks, do not get behind the wheel or your car.

Many individuals choose to work with a car accident attorney when facing a speeding ticket or other traffic violation. An experienced attorney can help you fight to keep your insurance rates down and prevent your license from being suspended. In most cases, an attorney will provide court representation on your behalf.

The best way to keep your Texas driving record clean is to contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible following a traffic citation. Let the car accident and workplace injury lawyers with our Law Office defend your legal rights by contacting us.

Parents sometimes depend on third-party individuals to provide care or supervision over their children. Unfortunately, negligent babysitters can be the cause of a number of child injuries.

If you or your child has suffered a personal injury due to the negligence of another individual, you may qualify for damages. Contact our Law Office to set up an appointment.

Negligence and liability play major roles in various personal injury cases. It is important to have a general understanding of these terms so that you can better grasp personal injury claims. In many cases, a personal injury attorney can help you understand how negligence and liability play into your specific situation and whether or not you have sufficient evidence to file a claim.

Negligence is defined as any type of conduct that falls below the standards created by law to ensure the protection of others against the unreasonable risk of harm. There are five basic criteria used to determine negligence. For example, a specific duty of care must have been owed to the injured party by the defendant. Additionally, the defendant must have breached said duty, ultimately leading to a causal connection between his or her conduct, or lack of conduct, and the resulting injury. In order to prove negligence, the damages suffered must demonstrate proximal cause and be the direct result of the defendant’s actions.car accident attorneys

Liability refers to an individual’s failure to exercise a reasonable level of care that resulted in the injury or harm of another party. Negligence can be considered a sub-category of liability, as liability works to designate fault following an incident that often results from negligent actions. Liability is determined by demonstrating that the individual who caused harm was responsible for providing certain services, such as maintaining a roadway or stairwell, and the failure to exercise these services led to an injury. It must also be shown that the injured party engaged in activity that was not considered dangerous or posed a foreseeable risk.

Whether you’ve suffered from a workplace injury, car accident, or slip and fall accident, our personal injury attorneys are here to help. Learn more about our services or set up an appointment by contacting us.

Nov 18

South Carolina Republican Party could skip 2020 primary to help Trump

The South Carolina Republican Party potentially could decide to forgo a 2020 primary election if President Trump runs for re-election -- but a concrete decision has not yet been made, state GOP Chairman Drew McKissick told Fox News Wednesday.

The Washington Examiner first reported the state party may abandon a primary this year to “protect” Trump – setting off a flurry of speculation about the South Carolina GOP’s plans for the upcoming election.

But McKissick stressed a decision would not be made until the party’s executive committee meets in the summer of 2019. Then, McKissick, along with one voting member from each county in the state, will determine their plan for a primary to submit to the Republican National Committee.

“The purpose of political parties is to unify around a platform and elect candidates who would advance that platform,” McKissick said, adding that the entire state party supports Trump in that regard.

“It is completely on the table that the executive committee will make one decision or another about a party. But nobody is pushing or prodding in any direction about doing it one way or another at this point,” he said. “Nobody was even thinking or talking about this before.”

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Should the state GOP opt out of a primary, it certainly wouldn’t be the first time it’s happened in the Palmetto State. Republicans opted out of primary in 1984 during former President Ronald Reagan’s largely uncontested re-election bid and again in 2004 when former President George W. Bush ran for re-election.

Democrats, too, skipped primaries for former President Bill Clinton’s re-election bid in 1996 and former President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012, according to The State newspaper.

Still, the idea the Republican Party was even considering scrapping the "First in the South" primary drew widespread condemnation among the state’s Democrats.

“The Republicans have themselves a pig in a poke. I don’t know why anyone is surprised as the Republicans have become experts at denying people the right to vote,” South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Trav Robertson told Fox News. “They have a president that half of the Republican base doesn’t support, and they want to deny them the right to vote.”

Sep 10

Last GOP congressman in New England files appeal in bid to keep seat

The last remaining Republican congressman in New England filed an appeal Tuesday that seeks to undo the election of his Democratic opponent under Maine's new voting system, asking the court to act quickly as the swearing-in of new U.S. House members nears.

A federal judge last week rejected U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin's concerns over the constitutionality of ranked voting, a system used in November for the first time in a congressional race.

Poliquin lost his re-election bid to Democrat Jared Golden. His appeal asks the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston to reconsider his request to nullify the election's outcome and either declare him the winner or order another election.

Poliquin claims he should be the winner because he had the most first-place votes on Election Day. But Golden won the race in an extra round of voting in which two trailing independents were eliminated and their votes were reallocated.

In his appeal, Poliquin claims that ranked-choice voting "violated all voters'" constitutional rights. Poliquin says the judge's rejection of his requests "sidestepped the explicit questions presented, often casting the questions at a more superficial level of analysis."

Meanwhile, Golden's chief of staff, Aisha Woodward, said the judge's decision was "crystal clear" and called it the "best response" to Poliquin's appeal.

Poliquin's appeal comes just weeks before Golden is set to be sworn in Jan. 3.

But Congress doesn't have to wait for the litigation to wrap up before deciding whether to swear Golden in, said Edward Foley, constitutional law professor at Ohio State University's law school. That decision is in the hands of the newly Democratic controlled House, where House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi earlier this month chided Republicans' fight against ranked-choice voting and Golden's win.

"Congress doesn't have to be controlled by the litigation in terms of deciding whether to seat the elected member," Foley said. "That's a decision Congress ultimately makes itself."

Another fight over a House race has been brewing in North Carolina , where Republicans want their candidate to take his seat in Congress in a still-undecided race marred by ballot fraud allegations.

But the fight there differs from Poliquin's lawsuit, which is about concerns over the system Maine used to tabulate winners.

Under ranked-choice voting, a system Maine voters approved in 2016, all candidates are ranked on the ballot, and a candidate who collects a majority of first-place votes is the winner. If there's no majority winner, then the last-place candidates are eliminated, and their second-choice votes are reassigned to the remaining field. The process is sometimes referred to as an instant runoff.

Poliquin has lambasted ranked-choice voting as being so "confusing" that it effectively disenfranchises voters.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Lance Walker said that critics can question the wisdom of ranked-choice voting, but that such criticism "falls short of constitutional impropriety." The judge rejected several of Poliquin's constitutional concerns and said the Constitution gives states leeway in deciding how to elect federal representatives.

Poliquin has also abandoned his request for a recount of Maine's election. The secretary of state's office said he is responsible for the "actual cost" of recount efforts.

Maine's top state court last year warned that ranked voting conflicts with the state's constitution, which says the winners of state-level races are whomever gets the most votes, or a "plurality." And so Maine uses ranked voting only in federal elections and state primary races, but not for general elections for governor or the Legislature.

Democratic Gov.-elect Janet Mills has vowed to seek to amend the state constitution so the system can be used in all elections.