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Uber and Lyft, arguably the two most well-known ride-sharing services, have a lot of similarities. They use the same revenue and operation models, they allow users to pay for services via their smartphones, and they are both on-demand services with little wait times.
However, there are many differences between the services, too. Specifically, they differ in availability, types of service, and culture. Neither provider is necessarily “better;” rather, the provider that suits you best depends a lot on your preferences, needs, and location. If you are looking into transportation options, below are a few key distinctions between Uber and Lyft that can help you decide which provider to choose. [Read more…]
Similar to when you are in an accident in a private car, when you are a passenger in an Uber accident call 911 if necessary and seek medical attention. Even if you do not think your injuries are serious, it is still a good idea to get a medical evaluation to rule out any internal injuries and to legally protect yourself if injuries manifest later.
If possible, use your phone to snap photos and videos of the crash scene and of the damaged cars. It is also a good idea to jot down as much information as you can, including:
If issues arise when you file a claim, the information that you collect can be very helpful in proving your case. [Read more…]
It’s 2015, and technology has made incredible advancements in the past fifteen years. However, self-driving cars are in the early stages of development and testing. In the next five years, self-driving cars will most likely be released to the public and seen on the road every day.
The difference between fault and no-fault systems in state liability laws can be confusing to those who aren’t used to the system. States like Texas use a fault-based system of auto insurance, where insurance companies pay settlements according to each party’s degree of fault. If there is a disagreement with the insurance company on the claim, you might have to file suit to recover economic damages, including medical expenses and wages, and non-economic damages, like pain and suffering.
Being in a car accident can be terrifying, but the damages or injuries sustained in the accident can be made even worse by not practicing safe driving or being a safe passenger.
This may not seem like a big deal, but a passenger in a car accident can sustain very serious injuries if their feet are up on the dashboard during an accident. This small decision can completely change a person’s life. An example of this happening was when 26-year-old Bethany Bensen decided to put her feet up on the dashboard before she fell asleep in the car.
Bethany’s life was forever changed because of this decision. Her knees were pushed into her face, breaking one of her eye sockets, her cheekbone and her nose. Her feet were both broken in the crash, and a brain bleed has left her completely in her mother’s care. Perhaps, if Bethany had fallen asleep in the car in a different position, the injuries she sustained may not have been as bad. You can read more about Bethany’s tragic story here.
Unfortunately, many accidents have occurred in the last several weeks in the Houston area. The Law Offices of Hilda L. Sibrian wants to keep you informed of what has been happening in our area regarding roadway safety recently.
Martin Kingori was driving in Harris County around 2 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16 when he was T-boned by another vehicle. Kingori has been accused of driving under the influence, in addition to having his 4-year-old daughter in the front passenger seat, without a car seat. The other man in the vehicle that T-boned Kingori succumbed to his injuries at the time of the accident.
As a resident of Houston, Texas, a hectic driving environment has surrounded you for as long as you’ve lived here. The city shows up in almost all of the “Top Cities With Worst Traffic” lists, most often toward the top. According to a March 2015 article published by The Houston Chronicle, drivers in the region waste 85 hours per year—more than three and a half days—plodding along the highways and streets of Houston. With the current gas prices, that can add up very quickly.
For a number of years, the car accident statistics were improving for Houston, but the improvement seemed short lived after the cause was revealed. The decrease in car accidents was directly related to the decrease in people driving. Houston residents were driving less because they were unemployed and didn’t have anywhere they needed to go daily.
This week certainly called for a celebration, as it was our 11th anniversary as a firm! Our office was quite jovial this week as we took some time to reflect on all of our past experiences and celebrate our many years as a law firm here in the great city of Houston, Texas.
The thing is, not all local businesses can say that they’ve been around for 11 years. And for our longevity, we truly thank the people of Houston, Texas.
You and your family are driving home from a friend’s house on a Sunday evening. It had been a day full of cheering on the Texans, card games, and lots of laughs.
As you pull into an intersection, an approaching pickup truck runs a red light. Seeing your brake lights too late, the driver tries to avoid your vehicle—but to no avail.
Twisting metal, shattering glass, and the jerk of your car instantly changing direction fling you and your family onto the nearby sidewalk.
Amidst the terror, confusion, pain, and shrieking bystanders, you need to act.
But what do you do?
In 2013, there were 65,539 serious injury crashes in Texas. In those crashes, 89,270 people sustained serious injuries. Based on these numbers, one person was injured in a Texas car accident every two minutes, 16 seconds. (Statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation)
Art has always had a significant role in the life of Houston residents. With over 60 galleries featuring pieces from local, national, and international artists, the city has attracted art-lovers for decades.
For those looking for an evening outside downtown, consider visiting Bruce Munro’s Field of Light, a dazzling display along Brown Promenade.
The art installation will only be on display in Houston through Feb. 8, and is illuminated from 3-11 p.m. each day. For the best experience, however, visit the exhibit after dusk.