Archive for August 2014

Austin Bans Use of Hand-Held Cell Phones While Driving

Yesterday, the Austin City Council adopted a ban on drivers using hand held electronic devices, including cell phones.  The ban, to go into effect on January 1, 2015, doe contain exceptions for hands-free devices and for 911 or other emergency calls.  You can read more about the ban in this article by KXAN. I have…

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Can I Sue A Day Care For Neglect?

Yes.  Texas law allows parents to sue a day care for neglect of a child. Unfortunately, many kids suffer injuries while they are entrusted to care workers at day care.  These injuries can occur from neglect, abuse or improper supervision of the children.  Your rights and remedies often depend on the exact facts of your…

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Be Aware In Crosswalks

I was really ticked off yesterday. As I was driving home, I was approaching a crosswalk.  Normally, there isn’t anyone at the crosswalk, but yesterday someone was there waiting to cross (actually, one of my daughter’s dance teammates crossing to go to her dance studio). I stopped so that she could cross the street, and…

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Back to School — Be Safe In School Zones

For those of us in Austin, today is the first day of the new school  year.  As always, we need to mindful of school zones, especially the prohibition against cell phone use in school zones. This year, the Austin Police Department is helping remind us, and perhaps not the easy way.  I heard a report…

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NCAA Settles Its Own Concussion Lawsuit

I’ve written often about the lawsuits between the NFL and former professional football players regarding their concussions.  Now, the NCAA is settling (or at least trying to settle) its own lawsuit about sports-related concussions. Under the proposed class action settlement, the NCAA will fund a $70 million pool of money to pay for former college…

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