eNewsletter for Mike Love and Associates

Big Rig Truck Accidents in Texas

Recent big rig truck accidents in Texas demonstrate the dangers these trucks and negligent driver pose to Texas drivers. Last week, on Highway 75, a portion of the northbound lanes narrowed into a single lane. The cars slowed down, but a tractor trailer did not and ended up slamming into one car and then side-swiping another. Due the size and speed of the truck, even after these collisions, it did not slow down. It crossed the median into oncoming traffic before finally coming to a stop in the grass of a travel plaza. Police officers cited the truck driver for failure to control speed. A week earlier, a truck driver hauling gasoline failed to control his vehicle while making a turn. The 18-wheeler was hauling 7,200 gallons of gasoline. When the driver attempted to turn, the weight of the gasoline shifting was too much for him to handle, and the…
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Dangerous Dogs: Can Owners Be Held Accountable for Bites?

Dog bites are relatively common injuries that should always be taken seriously. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 4.5 million dog bites each year in the United States. About one in five of these bites will cause infections. Why do dogs bite innocent people? In many cases, dogs bite because they have negligent owners. Owners may allow dogs to wander around without leashes or treat them in ways that lead to hostile behaviors. For these reasons, if you have been bitten by a dog, you may have legal options. Under Texas law, there are scenarios where people injured by dog bites can hold owners accountable. In Marshall v. Ranne, the Texas Supreme Court established criteria for civil litigation involving animal bites. Some call the criteria used by the court in this case the ‘one bite rule’. What are these criteria? Dogs must have a history of aggressive behavior….
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The Top Five Mortgage Fraud Scams to Avoid

Victims of mortgage fraud can have their lives upended with almost no warning. Scammers committing mortgage fraud may misrepresent the value of homes, create misleading contracts or hide fees in the fine print to rob homeowners. Fraudsters also create fake companies or contracts to scam people who are not fluent in English or familiar with real estate laws. New mortgage fraud techniques are constantly being created, and thousands of Texans are affected each year. This blog may help homeowners, people shopping for mortgages and family members identify common scams. Have You Seen These Mortgage Fraud Scams? Avoid loan modification scams: Scammers are most likely to target people who are in vulnerable financial situations. Fraudsters may promise homeowners that they can lower their monthly mortgage payments by negotiating with their lenders. These people will often charge up-front fees (which is illegal) or promise money-back guarantees for using their services. They may…
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Can You Avoid Buying Defective Consumer Products this Holiday Season?

Holiday shopping has commenced. Over the next month, billions of hot products will fly off the shelves and wind up as gifts at family gatherings. If you are about to start shopping, please be aware that defective consumer products can pose a significant safety risk. Recent history is full of examples. Hoverboards gained notoriety during last year’s holiday season after several reports of fires and explosions. In one case, a defective hoverboard almost burned down a house. Earlier this year, Samsung captured headlines over reports its Note 7 could explode and catch fire. The Federal Aviation Administration banned Note 7’s from being carried on flights. Children’s toys may also pose dangers, even without defects. A recent Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report claims toy injuries resulted in 11 deaths and more than 185,000 visits to emergency rooms in 2015. All injuries and deaths affected children under 15 years old. Some…
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