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Hurricane Preparedness

Last year, the Texas coast was devastated by hurricane Harvey. Harvey caused an estimated $125 billion in damage. Approximately 336,000 people were left without electricity, and tens of thousands required rescue. Throughout the state, 103 people died in storm-related incidents, and an estimated 30,000 people were displaced.

Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to prevent a natural disaster, but what we can do is be prepared and be safe. You should designate an evacuation plan and a family meeting spot, before the first hurricane warning is issued to the Texas coast. Remember that it is necessary to evacuate as soon as possible when authorities tell you to. Never walk, swim or drive through flood water.

Additionally, you should build emergency kits with all the essentials to survive at least three days. Some of the essentials you should add to your emergency kit are:

- Water (3 to 5 gallons)

- Flashlights (one per family member)

- Battery Powered Radio

- Important Documents

- Sleeping Bags

- A change of clothes (one per family member)

- Extra batteries

- 72-hour supply of food

- Candles

- Pocket Knife

- Cash

- Toilet paper

- Hand sanitizer

- Trash bags

- Oral care

- First Aid Kit

- Medications

- Pet supplies and food

There are a few steps you can do to protect your property such as decluttering drains and gutters and installing check valves in plumbing to prevent backups. Consider hurricane shutters. To obtain more information on hurricane preparedness, visit Ready.gov.

The last step to protect your wellbeing after a natural disaster is to review insurance policies and keep the number of a lawyer who can help you with a property damage or injury claim. It is not uncommon for valid insurance policyholders to be to be denied the proper coverage the policy should entitle them. Insurance Companies are experienced at underpaying claims, to make a higher profit. It is in the insurance company's interest to charge you as much as they can in premiums, while avoiding paying as many claims as possible. They design a business based on this concept by creating confusing policies, while denying as many claims as possible.

When you receive a bad faith denial of an insurance claim, the insurance bad faith attorneys at The Begum Law Group will be there to make sure your rights are protected. We will be your advocate and fight the insurance companies on your behalf. Call us today at 956-267-5580, and let's start by evaluating your claim during a free consultation.

Knowing a truck's placards could help save your life

Truck crashes can be devastating because of their size and weight, but what about what they're carrying as their loads? This is something that isn't always discussed as much as it should be. It's important that drivers are observant and know what kinds of materials are being transported around them.

In the event of a crash, a semitruck's materials could spill, leading to secondary injuries from burns or crushing injuries, as an example. To better keep yourself safe, you should know how to read the placards on a truck and be able to identify them in case of injury.

Mild brain injuries can cause professional catastrophe

If you recently suffered a blow to the head, there is a significant chance that you received a mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Of course, technically speaking, there is also a chance that you received a more severe injury, but moderate and severe brain injuries typically render victims unable to function in ways that make it clear that a brain injury is present.

Mild TBIs are dangerous mostly because they are difficult to identify. This leaves many victims struggling with symptoms that make it difficult to live their lives and do their work and wondering why everything they do is frustrating and difficult.

Commercial trucks' “black boxes” -- crucial after an accident

Whenever we see news of another plane crash, inevitably some of the pundits and talking heads begin asking about how long it will take to retrieve the plane's "black box." Most people generally understand that these black boxes record several kinds of very important information about the flight and are built to remain intact, even in a high-speed crash.

What many people do not know is that large commercial trucks also contain data capture devices similar to planes' back boxes. In the trucking world, these are known as electronic control modules, or ECMs. While not all trucks have them, most trucks manufactured since the mid 1990s do.

Don’t wait to build a claim after a car accident injury

Surviving a car accident can feel like a combination of relief and stress -- at the same time. On one hand, even if you have significant injuries, you still have the opportunity to make a recovery, but, on the other hand, the path to recovery is often long and difficult, and full of potential pitfalls and complications.

If you experienced a car accident and suffered injuries, you may be scrambling to file your injury claim as quickly as you can, and it is good to make this a priority. However, it does you little good to file a weak claim that is easy for the other party to dispute or refuse to pay. To obtain full compensation for your losses and suffering, it is wiser to build a strong claim, founded on as much detailed evidence as you can gather.

4 ways to identify a distracted driver

How many times have you driven down Highway 281 or I-10 on your way or from work and seen someone multitasking behind the wheel? San Antonio, like most other cities, has plenty of distracted drivers on the road at any time of the day. Unfortunately, most people think that they can easily send a text message while driving 70 miles per hour down the highway. However, those few seconds it takes to send a text, check an incoming message or simply change the thermostat settings in the car, can be the time it takes for an accident to occur.

Avoiding negligent drivers is probably a daily occurrence during your commute. The following tips can help you identify a distracted driver before you become involved in a car wreck.

Exhaustion can play a role in Texas commercial truck crashes

Getting behind the wheel when you feel tired is usually a big mistake. Exhaustion can impact your reaction time, as well as your ability to focus on the task at hand. When you are tired, your risk for a crash increases. That fact makes it particularly concerning that so many truck drivers choose to drive longer than they should. Even with the migration to electronic logging devices to track trucker activity, many commercial drivers and trucking companies are still trying to manipulate and game the system.

Exhausted truck drivers are a common risk factor, and they put everyone at risk. Large commercial trucks can cause catastrophic damages to property and life-altering or life-ending injuries to occupants in vehicles. They are so much bigger and heavier than passenger vehicles that people in the smaller vehicle almost always end up suffering injuries, while the commercial driver stays safe. Preventing these collisions is critical to the safety of everyone on the road.

3 delayed injuries that could impact your health after a crash

As a victim of a crash, you know that the accident scene can be quite chaotic. People may be yelling or hurt, others may be in a frenzy trying to help you or others. In all the rush and stress at the scene, you may not have noticed some of the injuries you suffered. With adrenaline pumping through your veins, it's possible some of those injuries won't begin to bother you for a day or two.

One thing to remember is to monitor your health in the days following a crash. You can still report your injuries and make a claim, even if the injuries appear hours or days following a collision. Here are a few common signs of injury that may be delayed.

Make sure your settlement offer is reasonable after a crash

Millions of people across Texas travel in personal vehicles every day. The vast majority of them make it to their destinations without any real issues, but a few end up in crashes or collisions. Some of those people end up suffering serious injuries, while others can die as a result of a traffic accident.

If you've been paying your insurance premium on time for years and have never had a major claim, you may expect your insurance company to take good care of you. That could be a mistake that could cost you many thousands of dollars in the wake of your accident caused by another driver.

What to expect in truck accident settlements

Being involved in a truck accident can be a traumatic experience that can result in serious physical injuries, mental trauma and financial damages. In many instances, victims of truck accidents will opt to file a claim for damages to recoup some of their losses. In cases such as these, it is important to concentrate on making full recoveries as well as pursing legal claims.

After a truck accident that caused an injury to a victim, the victim can decide to file a personal injury lawsuit in the civil courts. Either the case will settle, or if the plaintiff prevails, a legal judgment of damages will be awarded in court by the presiding judge or a jury. It's frequently possible for the two parties to reach a mutual decision to settle. If you have been injured in an accident involving a truck, it is important that you understand how the settlement process works.

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