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A father from Grapevine is struggling for his life after an Uber in which he was riding was hit by a drunk driver. The man attended a concert with some coworkers and took an Uber around 2 a.m. When the Uber was going through an intersection in Houston, the Uber was hit. The driver who hit the Uber was arrested for drunk driving.

All five people in the Uber suffered broken bones in the accident. The Uber driver suffered a brain hemorrhage but remains in stable condition. The father remains unconscious in the ICU at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Another passenger is in critical condition and one is in stable condition. The man and his coworkers had opted to take Uber because they were drinking, and ironically were hit by a drunk driver.

Accidents involving rideshare vehicles such as Uber and Lyft have at times been tricky in the past. In their early years, rideshare companies would often fail to provide coverage after an accident, claiming that the drivers were independent contractors and any accidents were the responsibility of their personal automobile policies. Now, however, Uber can help pay for injuries that occur while a passenger is in one of their vehicles, even if the Uber driver is not at fault in the accident. The company provides up to $1 million in injury coverage, although that has to be split among all the passengers.

If you have been injured while you were a passenger in a rideshare vehicle such as Uber or Lyft, you should speak with an attorney. You may have several legal routes available for you to recover the maximum compensation you can after the accident. Call the Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule your free consultation.



I’m sorry to hear about your accident. You are not alone – it’s been estimated that over 100,000 people a year in the U.S. are burned by scalding water caused by a hot water heater being set too high. Many of these victims are under the age of 14 or are elderly.

Victims of hot water burns who are injured in hot tubs, showers, or bathtubs may have right to file a claim against the responsible parties that were negligent by providing unsafe water temperatures. Some of the parties that could be responsible include the manufacturer of the hot water heater, the building’s contractor, and any companies that were hired to maintain the hot water tank, faucets, or plumbing lines.

If a person is exposed to very hot water that has been overheated by a hot water heater, it takes less than five seconds to receive a serious third degree burn from the hot water. Young children under the age of five are at the greatest risk of sustaining a serious injury from the hot water that can lead to death. It’s been estimated that about a quarter of all burns involving children are from accidents involving hot tap water.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that families lower their hot water tank temperature settings to no higher than 120 degrees. Even at that temperature, a skin can receive a second-degree burn, but it takes a much longer time, which allows the opportunity to get out of hot water before skin is damaged. In addition, hot water valves in the home should be changed to anti-scald devices that can interrupt water flow after temps reach a specific level. Bathwater should be tested by an adult before putting a child into the tub.

Call the Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm if you wish to speak to an attorney about your hot water burn accident. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your ongoing medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule your free consultation at 972-231-5800.

 



Two children who were crossing the road this week were involved in an accident and were rushed to the hospital. The accident occurred on Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. Five children between the ages of 10 and 12 ran into the road in front of a vehicle on Kelly Boulevard in Dallas, near Frankford Road.
The driver of the vehicle was able to stop in time to avoid hitting the children. However, a vehicle behind that vehicle struck the first vehicle from behind, causing that vehicle to hit all five children. One of the children was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A second child was also taken to the hospital in an unknown condition. The accident occurred near Dan F. Long middle school.
These children are very lucky they weren’t more seriously injured or killed. In the U.S., a pedestrian is fatally killed in an accident on average once every two hours. Besides those fatalities, many more pedestrians are seriously injured in accidents with automobiles.
Those pedestrians who are injured in accidents with automobiles in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have legal rights. If the accident was the fault of the automobile driver, the driver can be held legally liable for damages. That can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, call the Dallas pedestrian accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. Our attorneys have a significant amount of experience in handling personal injury claims, and we have offices throughout the metro area from which to serve you. Call us now to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.



A Dallas man is in stable condition after a terrifying skydiving accident. The 54 year old man’s parachute opened with technical problems, and he crash landed in a field. The man was flown to Plano Medical Center.
The skydiver allegedly had significant amount of experience skydiving – he is reported to have participated in 650 jumps over a 13 year period. According to experts in the field, skydiving is a relatively safe sport. In 2014, there were about 3.2 million jumps in the U.S., and there were only 729 injuries, which averages out to about 2.3 injuries per 10,000 skydives. Many experts say that injuries normally only occur when skydivers are not following the best practices.
Most extreme sports, such as skydiving, carry a risk of injury. For those injured while participating in extreme sports, the victims may wonder whether or not they can sue as a result of those injuries. The answer is it depends. Many states have laws that protect those who operate businesses in certain high-risk activities, such as horseback riding. Those laws normally provide some level of protection if an accident occurs. In addition, many participants are required to sign waivers that may provide some protection to the business.
However, despite the legal protections in place and the waivers that may be signed, businesses cannot shield themselves from all liability. If an employee was negligent, and that negligence caused harm to a participant, the accident victim may be able to sue for damages.
Call the Dallas personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800 if you have been injured in a personal injury accident caused by another party. You may be able to recover compensation for your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We have offices throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area from which we can serve you, including Plano, Grapevine, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Irving. Call today to learn more or to schedule your free consultation.



Construction work is one of the most dangerous types of work in the U.S. According to EHS today, in the decade between 2002 and 2012 nearly 20% of all work related deaths happened on construction sites. Construction equipment typically requires that workers use their heads, arms, legs, hands, and feet to operate the equipment, which can cause serious injuries to those parts of the body. The 4 most common causes of contruction sitedeath or injury involve falling off of something, getting caught between things, being struck by moving objects, and electrocution.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration requires that supervisors follow certain regulations that cover construction job sites. These regulations control how often equipment must be maintained, types of protective gear that must be provided to construction workers, and which types of safeguards must be in place for construction workers.
In many cases, management puts profit ahead of workers’ safety, encouraging employees to work too fast, or to neglect time consuming or costly safety precautions. Accidents often occur due to a failure on the part of the company to provide the necessary funding to follow OSHA regulations. Companies may refuse to invest the time or the money into properly ensuring workers’ safety. For many companies, it can be cheaper to risk injury to a worker than to implement certain safety standards.
Many workers are prohibited from suing their employers and may only be able to recover workers’ compensation. In other cases, workers can sue their employers, or may be able to sue third parties for their injuries. In a personal injury lawsuit, the injured construction worker can recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.



Haltom City police arrested a drunk driving suspect who was accused of hitting a boy on a bicycle. The accident happened around 8 p.m. on a weeknight near Huddleston Street and Banner Drive.
The drunk driving suspect is 78 years old. He struck the boy as well as a parked vehicle. The boy was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition. The man was arrested on a charge of intoxication assault and is being held in jail. The boy remains in critical condition in Fort Worth.
Unfortunately, even with all of the education that has been directed at preventing drunk driving over the past several decades, there are still a huge amount of deaths and serious injuries attributable to drunk driving. Over 10,000 people are killed in the U.S. every year because of drunk drivers, which accounts for almost one-third of automobile fatalities.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an accident involving a drunk driver in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you are not alone. It’s important that you hire an attorney who can help you stand up for your legal rights. Even if the person who caused the accident does not receive a citation for drunk driving, he or she can still be held liable.
Call the Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm if you have been involved in an accident involving a drunk driver. We have offices in Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, and Grapevine. Call us today at 972-231-5800 to learn more about your legal rights or to schedule a free consultation.



There have been huge numbers of automobiles recalled in the U.S. in the last couple of years. Some recalls have been for minor issues, while some have been for huge and potentially deadly defects, including defective airbags and defective ignition switches. In spite of the huge numbers of recalled vehicles, only a small percentage of those vehicles have actually had the repairs done. There are many reasons car owners may choose to ignore recall notices, including a lack of time to get the repairs done, as well as underestimating how serious the problem with the vehicle is.
If you ever receive a recall notice for your vehicle, it’s vital that you get the repair done as soon as possible. If you fail to get your car repaired, you could potentially endanger the health and safety of you and your passengers, even if the vehicle is not in an accident. For example, some vehicles were recently recalled because they could catch on fire even when not in use.
Another problem with failing to get your car repaired is that if you were to sell it, and it was not repaired, you could open yourself up to legal liability for your failure to have it repaired. For example, if you knew it was recalled but you failed to do anything about it, you sold the vehicle to another person, and then he or she was in an accident because of the defect that you did not repair, you could potentially expose yourself to liability.
Yes, recall repairs can be a pain to take the time to deal with. However, they are free, and in some cases the dealership may be willing to provide alternative transportation if you need it while the repair is being done. If you are ever in an accident because of a defective automobile, call the Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We will provide you with a free consultation on your case. Call to learn more.



It’s obvious to anyone who drives, that the faster a vehicle travels, the harder it is to control and the longer it takes to stop.  So it should come as no surprise to learn that roughly one-third of fatal automobile accidents are attributable to excessive speed.  There is also, not surprisingly, a correlation between using alcohol and speeding. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or  iihs website, younger drivers, particularly men, are most likely to speed while driving. Men between the ages of 15 and 24 are typically speeding in over 35 percent of driving fatalities. As they age, the number declines dramatically.

It stands to reason then that in Texas’ college towns like Richardson where young drivers are daily commuting to campus, hitting up bars and parties, and traveling to friends homes, that drivers would do well to be particularly watchful of other drivers. It’s not uncommon for a speeder to cause an accident and then speed off, leaving the victim with no recourse but to call their own insurance company. Better to avoid the issue all together by driving defensively and not assuming that other drivers will be adhering to the speed limits and stop signs.

If you have been involved in an accident involving speeding however, you deserve to be compensated for your damages. You could be entitled to compensation for the damage to your car, your medical expenses, your time off work, and your pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm understand Texas law and how speeding can injure our clients in a collision.
Call the Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800 if you have been involved in an accident caused by a speeding driver. We will help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Call us to learn more or to schedule your free consultation.



One person was killed and 20 were hurt after a Greyhound bus crash in Arlington. The crash happened in the early morning hours on December 20.
The accident was originally reported around 5:30 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-30 near Center Street. According to emergency officials, at least 20 people were hurt and one was killed. Fortunately, most of the injuries to the bus passengers were minor. The freeway was closed for hours. Greyhound later sent a second bus to the crash site to take the remaining passengers to their destination.

The accident allegedly occurred when a driver of an SUV began driving erratically before crashing into the carpool lane divider. The SUV was then hit by the Greyhound bus. There were 40 passengers and a driver on the bus, and two people in the SUV at the time of the accident. A woman in the SUV was killed and a man in the SUV was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Although this accident does not appear to be the fault of Greyhound, the investigation is still underway. In cases involving companies that offer transportation to the public, such as Greyhound, taxi companies, airlines, subways, Amtrak, and others, the company transporting passengers for hire is called a “common carrier”. By law, common carriers can be held liable for the injuries of passengers if they are negligent when transporting their passengers.

Common carrier accident victims need attorney help in almost every case. Companies that transport passengers for hire have attorneys and insurance companies fighting on their behalf to minimize your payout. You need an advocate fighting for your legal rights as well. Call the Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We will provide you with a free consultation on your case and help you decide what to do to protect yourself.



A 37 year old man was killed in an industrial accident two weeks ago at Foliage Factory Landscape on White Settlement Road in Tarrant County. According to the sheriff’s office, the man was operating a piece of equipment when an elevated crossbar came down on him while he was working on the engine. The machine was not turned on at the time of the accident.

First responders attempted CPR on the injured man, but he died at the scene. He had only been with the company for four months. It’s unclear what caused the crossbar to come down on him while he was working.

The loved ones of a person killed in an industrial or another workplace accident have several legal options. They may be entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits. Workers’ comp death benefits are normally available to people who were related to the deceased worker and were financially dependent on that person. In Texas, death benefits can be paid to a surviving spouse, minor children, children in school who are under 25, dependent grandchildren, or other dependent family members. Death benefits normally equal 75 percent of the deceased employee’s average weekly wage. Burial benefits may also be available.

The loved ones may also be able to file a lawsuit against a negligent party who contributed to the accident. For example, if a piece of equipment was defectively manufactured or designed, and this led to an industrial accident in which a worker was killed, the worker’s family can sue the manufacturer for damages.

Talk to the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800 if you have been injured or a loved one was killed in an on-the-job accident. You may be entitled to a variety of benefits. Call today and get a free consultation on your case.





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