If there is one thing we Texans are heavily dependent on, it is our vehicles. Communities up north can rely more on public transportation, but not us Texans. We drive ourselves. And we’re proud of it! So, as a Texan, when you’ve been in a wreck, one of the first things you think about – after dealing with your injuries, if any – is how do I get a rental car?Read More
If I Didn’t Have a Seat Belt On When I Got in a Wreck Do I Lose My Case?
The simple answer is no, you do not lose your case, but it can reduce your recovery.
You are driving down the road minding your own business and out of nowhere a car hits you. You have a surge of emotions because you are hurt and emotionally upset. What do you do next? Usually, the first thing people want to know is should I talk to the insurance company after a wreck. Well, that depends.
I often get asked how someone not having a license affects a car wreck. First off, just because you didn’t have a license doesn’t mean you don’t have a valid claim or lose your case.
Ultimately, though, it depends on a few things:
- who was it that didn’t have the license;
- what were the circumstances of the wreck (i.e. how did the wreck happen);
- why didn’t you or the other person have a license?
These are a few questions that will help start this discussion. So, keep these and mind as we move forward. Also, assume for purposes of this discussion that a lawsuit will be filed, and thus, we will ultimately have to present this case to a jury will decide how much money to award and a judge who will have to rule on whether or not the jury gets to hear whether someone had a license or not. (Please note that only about 10% of cases go to trial, but as a personal injury lawyer, we always evaluate scenarios and cases as if they were going to trial. It allows us to come up with a possible percentage of success and value the case).
Now, let’s apply the questions and assumptions to a few different situations.Read More
This is a very common question that we get from our potential new clients and our current clients. It is also one of the most difficult questions to answer. In the end, your car accident case is worth what a jury will award you at trial. But that doesn’t really answer your question, does it?Read More
Carry the Load | Team Rucked Up: Cody Phipps, Kenny, Chris Stoy, Susan Hutchison, Ellen LoBue
Sponsored by Hutchison & Stoy, PLLC
Susan and Chris joined Team Rucked Up for the Carry the Load Challenge at Rverchon Park in Dallas, Texas on Memorial weekend. The goal was to honor our fallen soldiers and raise money for the Carry the Load organization. Carry the Load in a non-profit organization that provides ways to honor those who dedicate their lives to keeping our nation safe. Since 2011, $6.1 million of the funds raised has gone to organizations that provide services for our nation’s heroes. People could participate in a march either individually or in teams.Read More
The law firm of Hutchison & Stoy, PLLC, along with the Zalkin Law Firm, PC, represent Jasmin Hernandez, a Baylor University student who was raped by a Baylor football player while she was a student at the university.
Jasmin has filed suit for Baylor’s deliberate indifference to both the sexual assault by the student athlete as well as deliberate indifference to the consequences of the assault upon Jasmin.
Imagine this scenario. You’re a mother of three children. You arrive home from the grocery store, pull into the garage, shut the garage door behind you, hit the off button on your keyless ignition (you think), unload the kids and groceries, and head inside. Nothing to be afraid of there, right?
Well, what if your child’s room or play area is near the entrance to the garage access door? And what if you didn’t push the off-key on your keyless ignition hard enough, or you forgot since you’re not really used to using a key FAB?
At Hutchison & Stoy, PLLC, we believe that an educated youth is what makes America great! Lots of people need financial help with their education and we would like to help with that.
Hutchison & Stoy, PLLC has created a scholarship program through which we will be awarding an annual scholarships of $2,500 to current and future college students.Read More
Why do Insurance Companies Seek Subrogation?
Insurance companies see subrogation as a source of revenue. This revenue has become a necessity in recent years because premiums have been lowered because of market pressure. You should understand the basics of subrogation because subrogation clauses are common in most car insurance policies.
Distracted Driving: Is that Driver Drunk or Just on their Phone?
Imagine the following scenario: you are driving down the interstate after a hard day of work when the car in front of you nonchalantly veers into your lane causing you to slam on the brakes and honk your horn.
In turn, the car behind you slams on their brakes and honks at you. This of course upsets you even more, so you speed up to give the original troublemaker a stern staring and possibly another loud honking.
As you glance across your window into their car you see a person talking on their cell phone who seemingly has not a clue what just happened. For most of us who commute, this scenario occurs frequently.Read More
For various reasons unrelated to lawyering, I recently read a book called “Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain” by Sharon Begley. The book describes how the science of neuroplasticity reveals our extraordinary potential to transform ourselves. I am sharing with you portions of that book that struck me as profoundly related to us as lawyers in 1. the notion that we are not bound by our DNA; 2. the mindfulness that we need to be present in what we do; and 3. our job of finding the compassion in our jurors. I am not providing footnotes or citations to the studies mentioned in this article. Should you wish further exploration, I highly recommend the book.